Policy Issues


Lit Fiber Leads Latest E-rate Funding Requests

Right now the biggest area for category one funding requests in the E-rate program is for lit fiber — major bandwidth connectivity. That line item in applications for the 2016 funding year totals $1.3 billion in pre-discount dollars, a request that trounces every other type of category one service included on applications by at least a factor of five-to-one.

New Report Looks to Data for Helping America's 1.3 Million Homeless Students

The number of homeless students in the United States has doubled since the 2006–2007 school year. New federal law that goes into effect with the new school year is designed to make it easier for those students to complete their education.

iNACOL to Host Personalized Learning State Policy Webinar

The International Association for K-12 Online Learning will host a webinar Tuesday, June 21 designed to look into promising state policies designed to enable and scale personalized learning.

Report: Colleges Behind in Development Ed Practices

Schools relying on placement tests to determine whether students need developmental classes in order to be college-ready could be doing their students a disservice that lasts a lifetime.

Report: Small Subgroup of Parents Opt Students out of Standardized Tests, Majority Support Them

In the 2014-15 school year, a small but distinct group of parents opted out of standardized testing for their children. However, the majority of the general public opposes opting children out, according to a new report from Educational Testing Service.

Report: Where's the 'Computer Science' in STEM?

According to the Information Technology & Innovation Foundation, a non-profit science and technology think tank, while there's a certain "groundswell of interest" in CS in the United States, it's still not enough to address the high demand for skilled workers among employers.

California DOE Pushes Forward on ESSA-Based Improvement System

California is working through the impact of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), which places responsibility for figuring out how to evaluate schools and districts on the states themselves. Recently, a Department of Education task force handed in its recommendations for building an accountability and continuous improvement system that emphasizes three themes: performance, equity and, most prominently, improvement.

New Report Offers State Policy Examples for Personalized Learning

The International Association for K-12 Online Learning has issued a new report that provides policymakers with examples to guide their efforts in advancing personalized learning environments.

Alaska ED Adopts Stakeholder Intelligence System

The Alaska Department of Education has implemented a cloud-based stakeholder intelligence system to help gather insight into the opinions and priorities of a large number of stakeholders across the state's vast geography, 54 school districts and culturally diverse population.

Pennsylvania ED Creates Superintendent's Academy

The Pennsylvania Department of Education has launched its Superintendent's Academy, a new professional development program designed for district leaders from around the state.

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