Policy Issues

Procurement Power

When the FBI hauled away files related to Los Angeles Unified's massive purchase of iPads and curriculum, it highlighted potential failures in the procurement practices districts have abided by for decades. Are there any lessons there for the rest of us?

Report: Policy Makers Can Reconcile Tensions Between Personalized Learning, Accountability Systems

Bellwether Education Partners has released a report aimed at helping policy makers understand the tensions between personalized learning and school accountability and draw a balance between the sometimes competing interests of the two.

Report: Grad Rates Inch Closer to 2020 Goal

Ninety percent by 2020. That's the high school graduation goal that a consortium of education organizations is pursuing. For 2013, the rate hit a high of 81.4 percent, up from 80 percent in 2012, which the organizers of "Grad Nation" consider on-target.

iNACOL Launches Free K-12 Policy Webinar

The International Association for K-12 Online Learning will host a webinar May 13 focused on policy changes, such as the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, in K-12 education.

IMS Global Launches K-12 Open EdTech Ecosystem Initiative

IMS Global Learning Consortium has launched a new initiative designed to make school leaders aware of the availability and benefits of open interoperability standards.

Report: Teacher Leadership Is Key to Common Core Success

A new report from the Center for American Progress examines districts throughout the country where collaboration between management and unions has given teachers a meaningful voice in implementation of the Common Core State Standards.

The Learning Accelerator Partners With Colorado To Promote Student-Centered Learning

The Learning Accelerator, the Colorado Department of Education and the Colorado Education Initiative (CEI) are launching a project to make student-centered learning available to every child in the state.

Report: California Voters Back Common Core

A majority of voters, 67 percent, polled in California support the Common Core State Standards, according to a new poll from Children Now. Respondents also showed greater support for many provisions of the standards when asked directly about them without mentioning the Common Core.

Ed Advocates Chime in Hot and Cold on No Child Left Behind Rewrite

As the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) began markup of the Every Child Achieves Act today, education advocacy groups are making their thoughts on the proposed legislation known.

Report: Use of Cloud-Based Services Places Kids in Range of Tracking and Ads

Legislators and district leaders are the last bastion for protecting students from the third parties that want to profit from access to information about them collected through schools, according to a new report on "student commercialism" funded in part by the Consumers Union.

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