Policy Issues

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.

California Senator Introduces Bill to Protect Privacy of Mobile Device Users' GPS Data

Senate Bill 576, authored by Senator Mark Leno, requires vendors to give consumers a clear notice explaining how their location information will be used and shared when they install a new app. It also stipulates that app users give express consent before their geolocation data can be collected and shared.

Idaho Schools Scramble when Broadband Contracts Voided

Idaho school districts are scrambling to make sure they have Internet broadband after a court case threw out the agreements they had with their Internet service providers.

Report: New Teacher Prep Rules 'Too Stringent'

Proposed federal changes to teacher preparation requirements have generated numerous comments from education leaders and organizations, and the response isn't looking favorable — at least according to an analysis by Eduventures, a research and consulting firm that analyzes changes taking place in higher education.