Policy Issues

New York iZone Academy Taps Microsoft and Other Corporate Sponsors for Blended Learning Environment

When the New York City Department of Education (NYCDOE) opens its next iZone school in fall 2014, Microsoft will be deeply embedded in its operations — along with other corporate sponsors that may even go as far as hosting classes for this new school without walls.

Is School District Consolidation Worth the Cost?

Over the course of the last century the number of public school districts in the Untied States dropped from 117,108 in 1939 to just 13,629 in 2009, a decrease of nearly 90 percent, according to the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES). Proponents of district consolidation most often cite cost savings associated with economies of scale as the driving factor. But does consolidating districts save money? And what happens to any savings when you add educational technology into the mix?

American PISA Scores Drop

This global assessment measures how well 15-year-olds do when solving real-world problems in math, reading, and science. Says Ed Secretary Duncan: The results must serve as a "wake-up call."

Campaign Aims To Bolster Teacher Recruitment

A new public awareness campaign conceived by the TEACH coalition and the Ad Council has been launched to encourage top students to consider a career in education.

Report: Math and Reading Proficiency Improve in SIG Schools

Student achievement in math and reading has improved at schools that received School Improvement Grants, according to a new report from the United States Department of Education.

Report: Sequestration Pain Varies Among Education Agencies

The School Superintendents Association has released a new report, Unequal Pain: Federal Public Education Revenues, Federal Education Cuts and the Impact on Public Schools, that examines revenues for every district in the United States and urges Congress to end sequestration and end debate over federal funding of education.

80 Districts Finalists in $120 Million RTTT-D Grant Program

The United States Department of Education has revealed the finalists for its 2013 Race to the Top–District competitive grant program. The finalists, who will compete for $120 million in federal grants, include 80 districts spread over 21 states.

Report: More States Are Using Data Systems To Help Improve Student Achievement

An increasing number of states are collecting and analyzing student data effectively for the purpose of improving student achievement, according to a report from the Data Quality Campaign released today.

Report: Technology and Educators Need to Start Working Together Better

Schools can no longer keep technology specialists and educators separated. In fact, teachers can be the "best advocates" for moving technology initiatives forward in a district — once they understand how and why it will support teaching and learning, according to a new report.

ISTE: E-Rate Funds Should Be Increased to $5 Billion

The International Society for Technology in Education has released comments it has submitted to the Federal Communications Commission ahead of the agency's update of the Schools and Libraries Program of the Universal Service Fund, or E-rate.