Policy Issues


Democrats Speaking for Next 24 Hours to Try to Derail Nomination of DeVos for ED Secretary

Senate Democrats are speaking on the floor of the chamber for the next 24 hours, in an effort to derail the confirmation of Betsy DeVos, President Trump’s nominee for secretary of the Department of Education (ED).

Carnegie Learning Inks Commitment to Protect Student Information

Carnegie Learning, a provider of software- and web-based personalized learning solutions, has joined more than 300 education technology companies in signing a pledge to protect student information.

ED Secretary Nominee Narrowly Wins Committee Vote

The U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor & Pensions narrowly approved the nomination of Betsy DeVos Tuesday for secretary of the United States Department of Education (ED). The committee voted 12-11 to approve President Donald Trump’s pick to head the ED, splitting along party lines.

A Framework for Technology Adoption: Making Your Pedagogy Deeply Digital

This week’s blog post distills our 30-plus years of working in K–12 classrooms trying, trying, trying to integrate computing devices into those K–12 classrooms. The result: five guidelines. Educators, what’s your take on these five guidelines? Researchers: "Experience is the best teacher, but a fool will learn from no other."

Vote on Education Secretary Delayed Until Next Tuesday

A vote on Betsy DeVos, President Donald Trump’s nominee for Department of Education (ED) secretary, has been delayed a week so that senators can review her investments and government ethics paperwork. The Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) will now vote at 10 a.m. Jan. 31, rather than tomorrow, Jan. 24.

Video Series to Reveal K–16 Education Plan and Advocate for Disadvantaged Students

Unite For California Students (U4CAS) and Prager University will launch a four-part video series discussing changes to California’s education system so it can better meet the needs of special needs and low-income students.

Obama Administration and ED Won't Finalize Controversial Regulation in ESSA

The Obama Administration and the United States Education Department (ED) are dropping an effort to adopt a final regulation under the Every Student Succeeds Act that would have required that federal funds must “supplement and not supplant” state and local funds.

NC Experiments with Teacher Bonuses on Test Scores

Some third-grade and high school teachers in North Carolina are getting bonuses this month based on testing results. The idea was to reward teacher performance and retention in student learning and improvement.

Common Sense Urges Senate to Question DeVos’ Ed Tech Stances

The confirmation hearing for President-elect Donald Trump’s pick for education secretary, Betsy DeVos, is taking place this Wednesday, where she will answer questions about her plans on key education policy issues, including education technology.

Feds Finalize Assessment Parts of ESSA

Six weeks before it hands over the reins to a new leadership, the Obama administration has issued the final word on assessments in the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).

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