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Pomona Students Line Up for Sprint-Issued Hotspots and Home Internet

As part of its 1Million Project, intended to outfit a million low-income students with reliable connectivity in their homes, Sprint has begun issuing free mobile hotspot devices and wireless connectivity.

California District Faces Heat for Offering 'Common Applications'

A California school district supplied its families with an online tool that would allow them to learn more about available schools — both those that are part of the district and those that are charter schools — and to apply to both kinds of schools with single applications for each type.

Autopsy for the Failure That Was inBloom

In the wake of inBloom, 400 pieces of state-level legislation around student data privacy have been introduced, and many have been adopted. More tellingly, the trend in data-fueled ed tech has since been toward piecemeal adoption of closed, proprietary systems instead of a multi-state, open source platform.

Project Aims to Dispel 'Misguided Notions and Outdated Assumptions' about College Readiness

Policymakers and education leaders are often working with "misguided" ideas about student success and college readiness, and researchers at the University of Chicago are looking to do something about that.

Education Department Tweets Two Big Spelling Errors Over Weekend

The Department of Education (ED) sent out an official tweet Sunday quoting influential scholar and civil rights activist W.E.B. Du Bois and misspelling his name. Then the ED sent out an apology and correction that misspelled the word “apologies.”

ED Secretary DeVos Tells States to Maintain ESSA Timelines

Betsy DeVos, the new secretary of the United States Department of Education (ED), wants to maintain the timeline set by the Obama administration for reviewing state plans under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), even though accountability regulations appear as though they will be eliminated by Congress.

DeVos Meets With Staff as GOP Proposes Terminating ED

On the heels of Betsy DeVos' confirmation as the new head of the United States Department of Education, several Republican representatives have introduced a bill to eliminate the department altogether.

ESSA Student Accountability Ruling Canceled by Congress

Just hours after Betsy DeVos was officially confirmed as education secretary by the United States Senate, a Republican-led Congress dismantled rules laying out how parts of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) and the Higher Education Act (HEA) would be implemented. On Monday, Senate and House Joint Resolution 57 and H.J. 58 were passed along for a vote to the full House by the House Rules Committee.

FCC Blocks 9 Companies From Providing Low-Income Internet Access

FCC regulators are telling nine companies that they won’t be allowed to participate in a federal program intended to help them provide affordable internet access to low-income consumers — weeks after those companies were approved to do so.

Betsy DeVos Wins Historic, Tie-Breaking Senate Vote to Become Education Secretary

Michigan billionaire Betsy DeVos won a historically close Senate vote Tuesday to become secretary of the United States Department of Education (ED), despite opposition from teachers’ unions, Democrats civil rights groups and parents. At approximately 12:40 p.m. ET, Vice President Mike Pence cast a historic tie-breaking vote, making the vote 51-50 and confirming President Donald Trump’s controversial pick for the cabinet post.

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