Policy Issues


Shuttered Online Charter Being Sued by State of Ohio

The school was founded in 2000 and by 2015 had a student enrollment of 14,453, making it the Ohio's largest charter. By 2016, while ECOT had the "single-largest graduating high school class" in the country, it also had the worst failure rate.

K–12 Tech Orgs Praise Senate Net Neutrality Vote, but Does It Matter?

If passed into law, the bill would reverse the Federal Communications Commission's December decision to end net neutrality rules put in place by the Obama administration. Those rules, set to expire June 11, bar companies from charging more for some content and from slowing down or outright blocking some content.

Math Teachers: Dump Tracking of Students; Focus on Essentials

A major association of math teachers has issued a call for rethinking math education in pre-K–12.

Uncertain Future for Federal Ed Tech Funding Program Doesn't Deter Applicants

E-rate discounts requested have dropped from $3 billion in 2017 to $2.8 billion in 2018. That's just half of what it was in 2012, when funding reached $5.2 billion.

How California's Student Privacy Law Protects Against Targeted Advertising

In 2014, California signed into law the most comprehensive student-data-privacy legislation in the country. The success of this landmark legislation in California has sparked a national conversation on the importance of protecting our students’ data, and has been the inspiration for similar legislation across the country.

Common Sense Pushes FTC to Make New Rules on Use of Minors' Data

Common Sense Media has filed a request with the Federal Trade Commission to investigate the impact of the Facebook data mishandling specifically on teenagers.

Achieve Gives Guidance to States on Developing Well Rounded Science Assessments

As states sort out their science standards — many adopting the Next Generation Science Standards and even more going at the work on their own — all of them are expected to adhere to "high-quality" summative science assessments that meet federal requirements spelled out in Title 1 Part A of the Every Student Succeeds Act.

Law Aims to Sort Out Credit Transfer

A new Virginia law is intended to improve the credit students get for taking college classes while in high school and to make sure those credits stick when they enter four-year institutions.

Research: Students Who Benefit Most from Charter Schools Are Least Likely to Apply

Students from economically disadvantaged backgrounds, those with lower academic achievements and students who are not white are the most likely to benefit academically from attending a charter school.

Foundation for Blended and Online Learning Report Examines Tech Solutions to Rural Ed Challenges

Rural schools face a raft of challenges schools in more densely populated areas do not, including declining enrollments, high socioeconomically disadvantaged populations, high transportation costs, lack of computer and internet access in student homes, low teacher pay, high teacher turnover, fewer teachers and fewer courses available to students.

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