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.


Nonprofit Urges Senate to Question Betsy DeVos on Edtech at Confirmation Hearing
COMMON SENSE QUESTIONS FOR DEVOS: Common Sense Media’s policy arm, Common Sense Kids Action, is encouraging lawmakers to question Donald Trump’s education secretary pick, Betsy DeVos, at her confirmation hearing next week on issues surrounding education technology, privacy and early learning...
UK Bill Could Speed Up Degree-Awarding Powers For Startup Institutions
RISKY BUSINESS: It might become easier for UK higher-ed institutions to award degrees. The Higher Education and Research Bill, a piece of legislation currently floating before Parliament, could grant providers “the same powers from the day they launch for a three-year probationary period,” compared to a process that previously took up to six years, the Guardian reports...
U.S. Department of Education Announces New Teacher and School Leader Grant Competition
THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION recently announced a new grant competition, the Teacher and School Leader (TSL) program, focused on training educators working in high-need schools “where equal educational opportunity is particularly important for historically underserved students...
Civil Rights Data Shows Inequities in Resources and Discipline for K-12 Schools
DISCIPLINE AND DATA: High school graduation rates reached a record high of 83.2 percent under the Obama Administration, but troubling opportunity gaps and inequalities still persist, according to U.S. Education Department’s Civil Rights Data Collection (CRDC). Washington D.C., for example, spent nearly $20,600 dollars per pupil, while Utah spent only $6,500...