Policy Issues


Brief: It's Time for States to Protect School Directory Information

FERPA, the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, grants schools a "directory information exception," allowing them to share students' personal information with third parties when it wouldn't "generally be considered harmful or an invasion of privacy if disclosed." This ability comes with no limits. In fact, the third party can then "redisclose" that information to anybody.

Van Hollen Introduces Bill to Fund Title I, Special Education

U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) introduces the Keep Our Promise to America's Children and Teachers Act to fund schools serving low income students and special education.

Department of Ed Joins Top-10 Rank of FOIA Lawsuits

A Freedom of Information Act project to measure the number of FOIA lawsuits filed against federal agencies has added the Department of Education to the top-10 list for the first time.

Trump Administration Sets Five-Year Strategy for STEM Ed

The National Science and Technology Council has released a new report outlining the nation's goals for STEM education over the next five years.

Senate Committee Approves Libraries Bill

The U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee voted unanimously Thursday to send the Museum and Library Services Act to the Senate floor.

Establishing Best Practices for Early Learning Facilities

A new report finds early learning facilities are not designed with the needs of young children in mind and provides a framework for improving these institutions.

Crafting a National Research Agenda

At a recent meeting convened by the Jefferson Education Exchange, associations determined that more work is needed to make educators aware of the federal Institute of Education Sciences research.

ED Outlines Procedures for State ESSA Plan Amendments

The U.S. Department of Education is instructing chief state school officers on how to make changes to their ESSA plans for the 2019-2020 school year.

Wisconsin District Invests School Safety Grant on Physical Updates and Training

Sun Prairie Area School District received $463,308 through a Wisconsin Department of Justice grant program, which made $100 million available to K-12 schools to support projects designed to improve school safety.

Database Provides Accurate Accounting of School Shootings

The project is conducted as part of the Advanced Thinking in Homeland Security program at the Naval Postgraduate School's Center for Homeland Defense and Security. The goal is to serve as a single source for "objective and accessible data from which school administrators, law enforcement and public officials can draw to inform their decisions," according to a report on the project.

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