Policy Issues


ED Grants $4.1 Million to Charter School Organizations

The United States Department of Education has awarded $4.1 million in grants to six organizations as part of its Charter Schools Program's National Leadership Activities initiative.

5 Ways to Keep Social Media From Being a Legal Headache

Our expert explains some basic privacy issues that district leaders need to understand.

How One New York City Principal Manages Smartphones in Class

Nancy Amling, the founding principal of Hudson High School of Learning Technologies, talks about what will and won’t change at her school now that the New York City Department of Education has lifted its ban on smartphones on campus.

ESEA Loophole Costing Title I Schools $1,200 per Student

What could $668,900 buy? That's the amount on average not received by Title I schools owing to a "comparability loophole" in funding that some education experts would like to close in the upcoming ESEA reauthorization process.

Colorado Districts Opt for Software To Help With Special Needs Compliance, Recordkeeping

In light of the implementation of recent statewide initiatives with greater compliance requirements, three Colorado school districts have purchased Excent’s Enrich special needs software platform.

Feds Hint at Launch of OER-Powered Online Skills Academy

Open Education Week is almost over, and the federal government has stepped in to put its support behind the development and use of open educational resources

10 Principles Tackle Appropriate Use of Student Data

A lengthy list of educational organizations has signed on to support a new set of principles for protecting and guiding the use of student data by educators, researchers, state people, parents and others.

Numerous Hurdles Challenge Performance-Based Funding in Online Learning

The idea of funding education based on measurable student outcomes rather than seat-time is gaining momentum in some states as an incentive to encourage schools to be innovative. A new 54-page report by International Association for K-12 Online Learning delves into the funding models and policies related to that practice in order to guide states that are considering a similar structure.

NCLB Rewrite Expected To Be Considered in Mid-April

Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN), chairman of the Senate Education Committee, and Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-WA) have said that the committee is making significant progress toward rewriting No Child Left Behind (NCLB) and expects to have markup legislation for consideration by the middle of next month.

ExcelinEd Launches Free Online Courses for Ed Policymakers

The Foundation for Excellence in Education (ExcelinEd) has launched a series of free, self-paced courses focused on education reform and designed specifically for policymakers.

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