Policy Issues


New Department of Ed IDEA Site Live and Generating Heat

Feedback is trickling in on the U.S. Department of Education's new website dedicated to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). Since February, the site has been undergoing a redesign, based at least in part on comments from 130 people who provided feedback during the design process. The new site went live June 1.

Data: Education Isn't Free Everywhere

Families in many countries outside the U.S. lack ready access to public education and struggle to come up with the fees for their children's education, so the kids may not go to school.

Grant Spotlight: $20 Million for PK-12 STEM Education

The National Science Foundation is awarding up to 18 multi-year grants for efforts that promote science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) in PK–12 schools. The awards this year are expected to total $10 million to $20 million, with individual awards ranging from $400,000 to $2 million apiece.

Principal Robert Furman Urges Teachers to Break Old Habits and Go Digital

L. Robert Furman urges educators to break the cycle of wash, dry, rinse, repeat. The Pennsylvania principal will present at three sessions during the ISTE conference later this month.

K–12 Cyber Incidents Have Been Increasing in 2017

The founder and operator of a K–12 Cyber Incident Map is sharing some lessons he has learned after collecting data over the past 17 months on cyber incidents at United States schools. Doug Levin, president of Ed Tech Strategies, says that as K–12 schools increase their use and reliance on digital tools and services, the number of cyber incidents has also been on the rise — exponentially so.

DQC Pushes for States to Add Post-High School Data on Ed Report Cards

The report offers guidance to education agencies on how to make post-high school enrollment data "more meaningful" to families and others.

Steve Hargadon Wants Tech — and Individuals — to Revolutionize Education

Steve Hargadon wants a revolution in education. He is the founder and director of the Learning Revolution Project, a social networking website for educators, as well as a vehicle for online and in-person educational conferences. During the ISTE conference in San Antonio, TX, Hargadon will present at three sessions.

South Carolina Recruits Teachers of Tomorrow to Fill Teacher Shortage

In an effort to resolve the state’s worsening teacher shortage, the South Carolina Department of Education has approved Teachers of Tomorrow, an alternative teacher licensure program, to train prospective teachers through online and in-person instruction.

Playbook Shows How to Redesign K–12 Schools for 21st Century Learning

Burnett Middle School of San Jose, CA increased its state Academic Performance Index from 654 in 2009 to 740 by 2014, blowing away the growth rates of similar schools.

Equity Through Access: 21st Century Learning & the Necessity of 1-to-1

It is essential for all K–12 students to be provided with a district purchased personal device in order to meet the demands of 21st century competencies for everywhere, all-the-time learning as framed in the Partnership for 21st Century Learning.

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