Policy

GOVERNMENT

Federal, state and local government all have influential roles in setting education policy. Sometimes they work together; frequently they conflict. Here’s the latest.


U.S. Department of Education Announces Final Regulations for Every Student Succeeds Act
ED RULES (AND REGULATIONS): The U.S. Department of Education today issued its final regulations on several key provisions of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), a law designed to help states and districts move beyond limited metrics and labels of the No Child Left Behind program...
The Learning Accelerator and Innovation Partners America Release 'State Profiles in Innovation' Report
EDTECH STATE OF MIND: Thousands of schools are attempting to redefine their models, but how should a state get involved? To help answer that question, The Learning Accelerator, along with Innovation Partners America, released a new report this week—"State Profiles in Innovation"—profiling how Texas, Georgia, Tennessee and Rhode Island are supporting districts and schools on personalized and blended learning...
U.S. High School Graduation Rates Hit Record High
GRADUATION RATES HIT NEW HIGH: The Obama administration announced today high school graduation rate has reached a new high of 83.2 percent. This graduation rate is up one percent from the last academic year. According to National Center for Education Statistics, the number has increased steadily since the 2010-2011 academic year (79 percent), and the growth applies across racial and demographic groups...
US Dept. of Ed Awards $26 Million to Boost PreK-12 Literacy
READ ON! The U.S. Department of Education has awarded $26 million in grants to 29 organizations through its Innovative Approaches to Literacy program. School districts from more than a dozen states made up the majority of grantees; a handful of checks went to nonprofits such as CommonLit, a provider of free literacy tools and resources...
White House Launches $9M Grant Program to Improve Annual Assessments
TESTING, TESTING, 1, 2, 3: The Department of Education has opened grant applications to state education agencies and consortia wishing to rework their annual assessments, THE Journal reports. The new Enhanced Assessment Instruments program offers $9 million in grants for states to review their annual tests in hopes of reducing unnecessary testing and more effectively report scores...
Will Clinton Make Public Universities Free for Families Who Make Under $125,000?
DIDYA CATCH IT? Last night at the Democratic National Convention, former presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders and Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton announced a proposal to make public university educations free for families making salaries that total to less than $125K by 2021...
Clinton’s Veep Choice Talks Education
ED AND THE DNC: Before descending on Philadelphia this week for the Democratic convention, Hillary Clinton and her vice presidential pick, Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine heated things up this weekend in Miami. Education was at the forefront of their speeches, with Clinton praising Kaine for increasing education spending in his home state while he was governor as well as increasing enrollment in pre-K programs...