Policy Issues


San Francisco High Schoolers Tap AR to Tackle Environmental Issues

In the city that has been leading the fight to slow climate change, students will soon spend class time using an augmented reality (AR) game to figure out how to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

House Votes to Repeal Online Privacy Regulations Issued by Obama Administration

The House of Representatives voted Tuesday to block online privacy regulations issued during the final months of the Obama administration, a first step toward allowing internet providers such as Comcast, AT&T and Verizon to sell the browsing habits of their customers.

NSTA Joins March for Science Global Campaign

The National Science Teachers Association will be participating in March for Science, a global campaign that sounds a call for support and safeguards for the scientific community amidst recent policy changes that have caused worry among scientists.

Fact Sheet: Trump Budget Proposal Boosts School Choice, Cuts Student Aid

President Trump Thursday released a "skinny" budget proposal that cuts the United States Department of Education’s $68 billion budget by $9.2 billion down to $59 billion and fulfills his campaign promises of increasing federal investment in school choice programs with a $1.4 billion boost.

Finding Evidence for ESSA

A new website developed at Johns Hopkins University aims to provide insights into K–12 reading and math programs. The website gives up-to-date information to help education leaders better understand how these programs compare under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).

Short-Term Impact of $3 Billion School Improvement Grants: Zilch; Long-Term Impact: TBD

A hefty study commissioned by the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) and written by researchers at Mathematica has examined the impact of School Improvement Grants (SIGs) and found that implementing a SIG-funded model "had no impact on math or reading test scores, high school graduation or college enrollment."

New Virginia Department of Education Website Communicates Quality of Schools

The Virginia Department of Education worked with AIS Network to develop a website that captures report card data and puts it into context that is meaningful and useful for parents, students and the general public.

Federal Online Tool to Help Financial Aid Applicants Shuts Down

The IRS and the Department of Education (ED) confirmed late Thursday that the federal government intentionally shut off an online tool used by millions of students each year to apply for federal student aid.

GPA Versus Exam Scores: What's Better in Predicting College Success?

High school GPA is a better predictor of college success than standardized exam scores among students heading directly into higher ed from high school. But among those who delay their college entry, the same isn't necessarily the case; it depends on the type of test and the subject under consideration.

Indiana Schools Superintendent Awards Technology Grants

The Indiana Department of Education has awarded grants to 32 school districts to help boost students’ use of technology in the classroom, according to the Associated Press.

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