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White House Memo on STEM Ed Followed Up by Corporate Commitments

Finally, something the current White House and its previous residents can agree on: the need to invest in STEM education. President Trump this week issued a memo to Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos, encouraging her to divert $200 million from her agency's annual budget to grant programs that support "high-quality science, technology, engineering and math education."

How Should Schools Respond to Law Enforcement Requests for Student Records?

The Future of Privacy Forum (FPF) has released a new paper designed to help school and district personnel understand how to respond to law enforcement requests for student information.

California State Assembly Passes Resolution in Favor of Net Neutrality, E-rate

The California State Assembly has passed Assembly Joint Resolution 7, a measure pressing the federal government to support net neutrality.

Poll: Academic Achievement Less Valuable than Career Prep

Academic achievement is highly over-rated — at least to many Americans. The U.S. public would like to see their education dollars to go into programs that support career preparation and soft skills while giving a thumbs-down to vouchers and standardized testing.

6.5 Million Students Lack Adequate Access

Altogether, 74,000 schools, 2.6 million teachers and 39.2 million students now have at least the minimum connectivity to access digital learning, while 1,587 rural schools still lack adequate infrastructure to meet the requirements.

4 Recommendations for Closing Broadband Equity Gaps

SETDA and ENA have released a new report examining the steps states are taking to close the gaps in wireless access between their schools and districts.

Bipartisan Report Advocates Use of Data to Improve Government, Including Education

A government report put into play during the Obama administration is pushing Congress, against privacy objections, to repeal current bans that limit how federally collected education data is used while also putting in place privacy and security protections.

Where Do Students Go When They Leave Their Online Charter Schools?

Recent coverage by a television station in North Carolina examined why two virtual charter schools in the state have such seemingly high numbers of students departing.

New Mexico Schools Close in on Fiber-Fast Internet Goals

Almost two years after announcing plans to bring high-speed internet to every classroom by 2018, the governor of Next Mexico said 99 percent of the state's public schools now have access to broadband, primarily through fiber optic connections.

Senate Ed Appropriations Subcommittee Approves $68.3 Billion in Discretionary Spending

The Senate Labor, Health and Human Services and Education Appropriations Subcommittee has unanimously approved a funding bill for fiscal year 2018 that includes $68.3 billion in discretionary funding for the United States Department of Education, a $29 million increase over the previous year's budget.

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