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News & Issues

  • National Ed Tech Plan Advocates Radical Reforms in Schools

    If there were any doubts about the Obama administration's intentions toward education technology, the United States Department of Education settled them Friday with the release of the first public draft of the National Education Technology Plan (NETP). The 114-page document reveals an intent not only to infuse technology throughout the curriculum (and beyond), but to implement some major--sometimes radical--changes to education itself.

  • Houston School District Reaches Settlement Over False E-Rate Claims

    Houston Independent School District (HISD), the largest district in Texas, has reached a settlement with the United States Department of Justice over allegations it filed false claims related to the federal E-Rate program. Under the terms of the settlement, the district has agreed to pay $850,000 to settle a civil claim and to forfeit several million more in federal funds requests.

  • i3 Innovation Grant Program Opens

    The United States Department of Education has released final priorities and opened the application process for the Investing in Innovation Fund, also known as "i3," a $650 million grant program that's designed to fund "the development of path-breaking new ideas, the validation of approaches that have demonstrated promise, and the scale-up of the nation's most successful and proven education innovations."

  • Education Department Names Race to the Top Finalists

    The United States Department of Education Thursday announced finalists in the first phase of the Race to the Top competition.

  • Colorado Prep School Goes Solar

    An ongoing effort by a Colorado school to "deepen its students' appreciation for the world around them" has led to its being given a fully engineered, fully financed solar panel array to meet the school facility's energy needs.

  • El Paso District Looks To Lock Down Confidential Data

    El Paso Independent School District in Texas will be implementing a security appliance strictly intended to prevent confidential data from leaving the network.

  • Westside Union SD Automates Timekeeping

    Westside Union School District of Quartz Hill, CA, which serves communities in the Antelope Valley about 60 miles north of Los Angeles, reported that it will automate its extensive district timekeeping processes with a solution from workforce management software provider Kronos.

  • Early Intervention Program Addresses Academic, Behavioral Issues

    "Children who enter grade school with cognitive and social-emotional delays are at an increased risk for reading problems, academic underachievement, and becoming disengaged or disinterested in school." This assessment, from Janet Welsh, a research associate at Penn State University's Prevention Research Center for the Promotion of Human Development, is at the heart of a new intervention program developed by researchers at the school to help families with kindergarteners at risk for poor school performance.