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Major changes afoot for the nation' 's largest K-12 Law

Major changes afoot for the nation's largest K-12 Law

01/26/2015

Topics: Advocacy

Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tennessee) has made a move to significantly alter the No Child Left Behind Act (more commonly referred to these days as the Elementary and Secondary Education Act or ESEA). His draft legislation has grabbed headlines for proposed changes to annual testing and teacher…

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Secretary Duncan unveils Obama' 's ESEA reauthorization priorities

Secretary Duncan unveils Obama's ESEA reauthorization priorities

01/23/2015

Topics: Advocacy

Speaking at an elementary school in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 12, U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan kicked off a flurry of activity around the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Schools Act by declaring the need to refresh the law, formerly known as No Child Left Behind (NCLB…

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Chairman of senate education committee releases draft legislation for ESEA reauthorization

Chairman of senate education committee releases draft legislation for ESEA reauthorization

01/23/2015

Topics: Advocacy

Senator Alexander's discussion draft, would update No Child Left Behind and greatly reduce the federal role in education. If passed, the bill would consolidate most programs into block grants and let states decide how best to…

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Slideshow outlining E-Rate policy changes

Slideshow outlining E-Rate policy changes

01/22/2015

Topics: Advocacy, Digital storytelling, Literacies

The E-Rate program has been helping U.S. schools and libraries connect to the internet since 1997. The largest federal education technology program, E-Rate was authorized under the Telecommunications Act of 1996 and is overseen…

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Wegner' 's ed tech accomplishments get nod from Obama and peers

Wegner's ed tech accomplishments get nod from Obama and peers

01/14/2015

Topics: Advocacy, Assistive and adaptive technologies, Augmented reality, Coding & robotics, Computational Thinking, Digital Citizenship, Digital storytelling, Education leadership, Gamification, Gaming, Literacies, Makerspaces, Personalized Learning, professional learning, Project-based learning, Robotics, Standards, STEM & STEAM

There she was in the White House, along with 120 other school superintendents, and there was President Obama, at the podium. And then there was this:

" "And then you got Mary Wegner, superintendent of the Sitka, Alaska, School District. Where's Mary?" " Obama said. " "She came a long…

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Most education programs get little or no funding increases

Most education programs get little or no funding increases

12/16/2014

Topics: Advocacy

The Senate has approved a fiscal year 2015 appropriations omnibus bill that funds all federal programs through the end of the fiscal year, except for the Department of Homeland Security. The House has already approved this bill, and the president is expected to sign it soon. The bill provides…

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E-Rate boost to provide critical tools for learning

E-Rate boost to provide critical tools for learning

12/11/2014

Topics: Advocacy

" "There will never be a day when technology replaces teachers, but there will be a day when tech-savvy teachers replace those who are not." "
—Kecia Ray, ISTE Board chair and executive director of Learning Technologies and Library Services for Metropolitan Nashville Public…

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Historic $1.5 billion increase for school broadband proposed

Historic $1.5 billion increase for school broadband proposed

11/17/2014

Topics: Advocacy

Today, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler announced his proposal to increase funding for the E-Rate program — by $1.5 billion! E-Rate, has been helping schools and libraries around the country connect to the internet since its enactment in 1998. The…

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New York voters pass Smart Schools Bond Act

New York voters pass Smart Schools Bond Act

11/12/2014

Topics: Advocacy

More students across New York will have the opportunity to learn in connected classrooms and acquire the communication, collaboration, creativity and critical-thinking skills they need to thrive in the global economy thanks to the Smart Schools Bond Act, a nearly $2 billion investment for ed…

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What the E-Rate changes mean for your school

What the E-Rate changes mean for your school

10/23/2014

Topics: Advocacy

Last summer, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) approved some of the most sweeping changes to the E-Rate program since its launch in 1998. The E-Rate program, enacted as part of the Telecommunications…

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