Policy Issues


Final Round of i3 Development Grants Seeks Alternatives to Exclusionary Discipline

The United States Department of Education (ED) has opened the application period for the seventh round of Investing in Innovation (i3) “Development” grants. This will be the last opportunity schools will have to tap into this part of the competitive grant program, which offers up to $3 million for each accepted proposal.

CEOs, Governors Ask Congress To Commit $250 Million for K-12 Computer Science

A consortium of business leaders and politicians has asked Congress to fund computer science education, committing nearly $50 million in private contributions to the initiative.

Research: High School Career Tech Ed Outcomes Prove Potent

According to a new research project that examined career and technical education (CTE) in Arkansas, students with a stronger focus on CTE were more likely to graduate from high school, more likely to enroll in a two-year college and more likely to be employed after high school and have a higher wage.

Competition Looks for Best Ideas To Implement ESSA

A competition has been launched to retrieve the best ideas educators have to make use of funds provided for professional learning by the federal government's Every Student Succeeds Act.

Report: Blended Fits Nicely To Re-Engage Dropouts

Each year about 485,000 people leave high school before they get a diploma. Students drop out for myriad reasons: They struggle in classes, have personal or family obligations, don't see the connection between school and their lives or, quite simply, the school environment has become unsupportive. A new report examines the use of blended learning as a strategy for pulling these students, aged 16 to 24, back into high school for completion or an equivalent credential.

Hit by Testing Provider Outages, Alaska Cancels Online Assessments

Alaska is dumping this year's online assessments for its students after continued technical problems plagued the exam process. The maelstrom began when a major fiber cable was damaged by a backhoe on a university campus in Kansas where Alaska's testing provider is located.

SETDA Report Urges States To Dig into High-Speed Broadband Work

A new report by the State Education Technology Directors Association (SETDA) and Common Sense Kids Action advocates that states play a bigger role in increasing access to high-speed connectivity for students and teachers.

Data Privacy Legislation Scrutinized in NASBE Report

The tangle of data privacy regulation for education is heating up as state and federal lawmakers increasingly consider laws intended to protect students.

Funding Technology: E-rate Reboot Removes Broadband Hurdles

It has been more than a year since the FCC modernized E-rate. Here's how the latest developments are affecting schools.

Report: Shift to ESSA Can Bring Personalized Learning into Focus

Now that more control over education decisions is being handed back to the states with passage of the Every Student Succeeds Act, they need to be "thoughtful" in how they design their education systems to make sure every student's growth is taken into account, said a new report by an education organization that advocates for personalized learning.

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