Policy Issues


Proposed Law Puts Professors in the K-12 Classroom

One state is tackling the problem of teacher shortages by proposing legislation that would allow faculty from higher education to work as adjunct instructors within K-12 schools in core academic subjects without a teaching license.

School Leaders Could Do Better at Using Evaluation Systems for PD Guidance

Just as Dorothy already had what she needed to return home from Oz, schools and districts are already equipped to help teachers identify areas for continuous professional growth; they just need to know how to use their resources — and specifically, their evaluation systems — more effectively.

Reinventing the Right Curriculum Is Impossible — But Necessary!

Fixing the curriculum means replacing its current focus on English, math, history, science, etc. with content relevant to a future where 65% of today’s students will have jobs that don’t yet exist! This week’s guest blog by Jonathan Grudin explores making that "impossible" fix … possible.

CA Assemblyman Pulls Controversial Bill from Privacy Committee Hearing

California Assemblyman Jim Cooper (D-Elk Grove) has withdrawn AB-165 — a controversial bill that would have provided a student exclusion to the existing California Electronic Communications Privacy Act (CalECPA) — from a Privacy Committee scheduled for Tuesday, April 18.

Nonprofit Launches Interactive Report Cards for Florida Schools

A newly launched online toolkit is making data on schools in Florida (and beyond) easy to find and interpret through the use of interactive data visualization tools.

Common Sense Kids Action Joins 55 Organizations to Oppose CA AB-165

Common Sense Kids Action, an advocacy platform of the nonprofit Common Sense Media, has joined a coalition of more than 55 civil rights, immigration, education, youth, health, labor and LGBTQ organizations to oppose the passage of California Assembly Bill 165.

Report: Funding More Equitable in CA K–12 But Gaps Persist

School district funding in California is more equitable but access gaps persist, according to a new research study published by The Education Trust–West.

Scorecard: Onerous State Regs Inhibit Public Charter School Growth

Currently, the country has 7,000 charter schools, serving about 6 percent of the total number of students in public education.

San Francisco High Schoolers Tap AR to Tackle Environmental Issues

In the city that has been leading the fight to slow climate change, students will soon spend class time using an augmented reality (AR) game to figure out how to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

House Votes to Repeal Online Privacy Regulations Issued by Obama Administration

The House of Representatives voted Tuesday to block online privacy regulations issued during the final months of the Obama administration, a first step toward allowing internet providers such as Comcast, AT&T and Verizon to sell the browsing habits of their customers.

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