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Secret ‘Fusion Centers’ and the Search for the Next School Shooter

It sounds like a conspiracy theory, but it is not.Since 2001, the Federal government has provided state and local law enforcement agencies with grants, training and other forms of assistance to create a national network of so-called “fusion centers”—buildings in locations not disclosed to the public where government officials gather, process, and disseminate information about terrorism, homeland security and criminal justice on a daily basis.Oh, and they’re highly secretive.

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Teachers Unions Aren’t Going Away, But They Might Take a Hit After This SCOTUS Ruling

JANUS AND TEACHER SALARIES: This week, the Supreme Court’s ruling on the closely-watched Janus v. American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees case is likely to leave public educators feeling uneasy.

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The Dept. of Ed. Reorganization Plan is Out. Where Is the Office of EdTech?

The Trump Administration on Thursday announced a proposal to overhaul the organizational structure of federal departments. Among the ideas: merge the Department of Education with the Department of Labor to form a single Cabinet agency, which is being called the Department of Education and the Workforce.

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This Isn’t the First Time the White House Attempted to Cut the Dept. of Ed. But Things Are Different Now.

When Betsy DeVos first took the helm at the United States Department of Education back in February 2017, pundits, researchers and even EdSurge weighed in on the event—wondering how the new leader would run the show. Yet few could forecast how tumultuous DeVos’ tenure would be, as her policies and responses to legislators and union leaders have garnered the education secretary a growing list of enemies.

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‘Schools Can’t Police Providers.’ Education Leaders Call For Restoration of Net Neutrality Rules

Last December the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted to repeal net neutrality, a set of rules prohibiting broadband providers from prioritizing web traffic. In response, this Wednesday, senators will have the opportunity to vote on a resolution under the Congressional Review Act that could block the FCC’s repeal, restoring net neutrality rules.

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U.S. Dept of Ed Reassigns Chief Privacy Officer, Leaving Key Position Vacant

In a surprise move by the United States Department of Education, the chief privacy officer, Kathleen Styles, has been reassigned— according to Michael Hawes— director of the student privacy policy and assistance division at the U.S. Department of Education.

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#NeverAgain: A Call to Action on Gun Violence From Education Leaders

St. Augustine, an early Christian theologian and philosopher, is believed to have said, “Hope has two beautiful daughters; their names are Anger and Courage. Anger at the way things are, and Courage to see that they do not remain as they are.”Too often, people lose hope after tragic events like the school shooting in Parkland, Fla., precisely because they fail to translate their anger into the courage necessary to make change. (This is not to mention the political hang-ups and distractions that also prevent action.)

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?Office of Edtech Wants Help Making Sense of All Those Higher Ed Providers

At a panel session at SXSW EDU on Tuesday, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos asked speakers what they might do if they had her job for a day. Now, the Education Department’s Office of Educational Technology is soliciting ideas from, well, everyone in what’s been named the “Higher Education Ecosystem Challenge.”

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?Betsy DeVos at SXSW EDU: ‘What Students Really Need Won’t Originate in Washington’

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos made a last-minute appearance at SXSW EDU on Tuesday, calling for a “rethink” of American higher education. In an unusual move, DeVos spent the bulk of the session serving as moderator, asking questions and seeking policy advice from three panelists.

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Betsy DeVos Touts Personalized Learning, Slams Common Core and Reform Efforts

U.S. Education Secretary spared no words in her critique of education reform efforts during the Bush and Obama administrations. “I don’t think there is much we can hold onto, from a federal level, that we can say was a real success,” she said at a Jan. 16 event organized by the American Enterprise Institute, a conservative public policy think tank.

Yet where she sees “promise” are movements to improve education at the classroom level, particularly through instructional approaches now often referred to as “personalized learning.”

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