Policy Issues


Gates Foundation Needs to Avoid Past Blunders in Future Ed Investment

If the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation can avoid the same mistakes it has made in the past, its latest K–12 reform efforts will be more successful than many of its past education projects, according to a policy memo published by the National Education Policy Center.

The Problems with FERPA and COPPA in 21st Century Learning

Both of these pieces of legislation address children and their personal information. But it has taken until this year for the FTC and the Department of Education to get together in a public forum to discuss how these regulations intersect and whether they need to be updated.

Partnerships Help Milwaukee Schools Address ESSA

Partnerships with national service programs such as AmeriCorps are at the heart of success for Milwaukee Public Schools. Such collaborations can help districts implement plans for evidence-based school improvement under the Every Student Succeeds Act. ESSA requires evidence-based interventions to improve low-performing schools — those that fail to graduate a third or more of their students.

Common Core Qualities Live on in State Replacements

While the Common Core State Standards may have suffered the ignominy of being tossed out by nearly half of the states that originally adopted them, a review of replacement learning standards has established that in most places Common Core characteristics have remained in place.

Long-Term Broadband Goals Still on Far Horizon for Most Districts

Funding continues to be the biggest barrier for districts in their efforts to increase connectivity, in particular monthly recurring costs.

California Schools Tackle Achievement Gaps of Largest Demographic in State: Latino Students

While educational outcomes for Latino students have improved in recent decades, according to a new report from the Education Trust - West, there's still plenty of room for progress.

Motivation a Major Factor in U.S. Student Test Performance

A new report finds that bribery substantially boosts U.S. student performance on standardized tests, leading researchers to conclude that lack of motivation, not just lack of ability, has contributed to the United States' middling standings in international rankings based on standardized test scores.

CoSN Calls on FCC to Continue Lifeline Program Modernization

The Consortium for School Networking (CoSN) is urging the Federal Communications Commission to uphold the 2016 Lifeline Modernization Order, aimed at bringing broadband to low-income households by providing discounts for services to qualifying individuals.

Feds Fund Education Innovation for $95 million

Recipients of this year's federal EIR grants include organizations that are undertaking promising work in teacher professional development, reading and writing, school leadership and other practices.

Privacy Concerns Dominate 2017 Student Data Legislation

Since 2013, lawmakers in 49 states have introduced 503 bills, and 41 states have passed 94 laws regarding education data privacy and security, according to the latest accounting by the Data Quality Campaign.

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