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Education gets spotlight in SOTU

President Obama in his Jan. 20, 2015 State of the Union Address highlighted the need for high-speed broadband for all Americans, access to higher education opportunities, and the need to…

Top 5 education policy issues in 2015

The Council of State Governments (CSG) recently issued a brief outlining what it considers to be the top five policy issues that will face education in 2015. In a blog post,…

Duncan calls for NCLB repeal

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan on January 12 laid out a vision for the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) that continues a focus on the nation’s most vulnerable…

Obama seeks laws on student privacy, data hacking

A White House official said President Obama on Jan. 12 will announce a measure aimed at preventing companies from selling student data to third parties and from using information collected…

FCC approves $1.5B E-rate increase

The Federal Communications Commission on Dec. 11 voted to increase funding to the federal E-rate program by $1.5 billion. The additional funding comes from a consumer telephone bill increase of…

District policy change could ban selfies

Whether by design or not, a proposed Wake County school policy change could ban students from taking pictures of themselves and others in school. One of the revisions to the school…

ED proposes more transparency in teacher prep

The U.S. Department of Education is proposing regulations, including more transparency and real-time feedback, to help ensure teacher training programs are preparing educators who are ready to succeed in the…

5 ways to make progress with student data

Transparency is one of the first, and most important, steps in ensuring that conversations about student data use--and keeping that data secure and private--remain open and productive. Collecting and using student…

Course Access policies focus on equitable learning

The answer to ensuring that all students have equitable access to the courses that will prepare them to be college- and career-ready could be found in a state policy known…

Calif. law targets social media monitoring of students

If California school officials collect information about students’ public posts on social media websites, they must discard this information within a year after a student leaves the district, and…

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