Policy Issues


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.

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.

Net Neutrality Win: FCC Proclaims Internet a Utility

The Federal Communications Commission today chose to keep the Internet open. In a three-two vote split down party lines, the FCC officially reclassified broadband Internet as a telecommunications service under Title II of the Communications Act.

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.

Report: School Superintendents Earn Average of $122,000 Annually

School superintendents earn an average salary of $122,000 and a median salary of $113,000, with base salaries ranging from $36,000 to $315,000, according to a new report from the School Superintendents Association.

Research: How Twitter Has Shaped the Common Core Debate

The continued unraveling of the Common Core makes for compelling drama — at least that's how a research project has begun presenting it.

Study: Policies Stifling Competency Ed

While the idea of competency-based education is intriguing to about 89 percent of educators, only half as many have taken action in their schools or districts to promote it. The reason why, according to two education organizations that have studied the issue: policy obstacles "that make implementation challenging."

Los Angeles Unified Reverses 1-to-1 Direction

Los Angeles Unified School District is backing away from its much-publicized 1-to-1 program.

Will Gifted Education Weather the Common Core?

According to a new study, some districts and states believe that the Common Core gives them a reason to "ditch" services for gifted students, equating the standards with advanced education.

$1 Billion Federal 'Enhancing Education Through Tech' Bill Introduced

The United States Senate will once again be forced to consider explicit funding of education technology. Taking up the mantle left by former lawmakers, U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) has introduced legislation that would reactivate the Enhancing Education Through Technology Act, a move that has generated numerous statements of support among education organizations

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