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  • Report: Most States Spending Less on K-12 Education

    Per-pupil spending in 34 states is below pre-recession levels for the 2013-2014 school year. According to a new report released by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, despite some improvements in state revenues, 15 of those states have cut budgets beyond the levels they were at just last year.

  • Broadband Comes Up Short in Most School Districts

    A preliminary report from a survey of K-12 school districts has revealed that 99 percent of all districts in the United States will need broadband upgrades within the next three years.

  • Meta-Analysis: Technology-Led Education Drastically Curbs Recidivism

    Education programs in prison have a massive impact on recidivism. Based on a new study, the largest to date measuring the effectiveness of prison education programs, "inmates who participated in correctional education programs had 43 percent lower odds of returning to prison than inmates who did not." The study also set out to find whether technology-led instruction among inmates could cut down on recidivism as well as teacher-led instruction. The results were positive.

  • Charter School Tackles Adult Ed with Online and Blended Courses

    A new charter school for adults will open this week offering technology-driven education to adults who have faced chronic under-education and unemployment in Washington, D.C.

  • Smarter Balanced Approves Usability, Accessibility, and Accommodations Guidelines

    The 23 governing states of the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium have unanimously approved the consortium's Usability, Accessibility, and Accommodations Guidelines, which outline the modes of assessment delivery for all students, particularly those with special needs.

  • PARCC Issues First Request for Proposals Ahead of 2014 Assessments

    The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers has issued a request for proposal for "a computer-based test delivery platform, an assessment item repository, a data warehouse, score reporting tools, and a score reports design study," according to a news release from the 20-state consortium.

Uncle Sam Wants YOU To Comment on E-Rate

Want more funding for broadband? Now's your chance to let the FCC know what you need and why. Deadline: Oct. 16.

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