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When Is It Okay for Public School Officials to Attend Tech-Funded Events?

The education technology industry often gets flak for not seeking the perspectives of educators. So these days, companies, nonprofits and researchers make working closely with teachers and administrators as one of their main priorities.

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How a ‘New’ GI Bill May Shape Tomorrow’s Education-to-Employment Pipeline

First passed in 1944, the GI Bill transformed U.S. postsecondary education and the course of the nation’s economic development in the late 20th century. Seventy-three years later, the latest revision of the law is poised to mark another turning point for the education and workforce landscape.

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Academic Leaders Make Case for Net Neutrality

The Federal Communications Commission is reconsidering how it regulates the flow of information online, and academic groups are making their case to protect so-called “net neutrality” rules.In a session at the annual EDUCAUSE conference on Wednesday, three panelists encouraged the audience to advocate for net neutrality, stressing its importance to higher education institutions, libraries and other public service organizations. 

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K-12 Policy Updates: Mandatory Fall Reading for Every Education Entrepreneur

Last week, the Department of Education (ED) published Secretary Betsy DeVos’s “proposed priorities and definitions” in the Federal Register. The document, which is open for public comment until mid-November, lays out her vision for American education, and the requirements and priorities that ED will apply to all competitive funding going forward.

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Betsy DeVos Visits Bay Area Public School for a Lesson in Personalized Learning

“So, what unique traits does your dragon have?” Betsy DeVos asked a student Thursday in a science class at Thomas Russell Middle School in Milpitas, California. Students there were drawing dragons as part of a lesson on phenotypes and genotypes. Their peers in an art class close by also got a visit from the U.S. Secretary of Education.

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Do You Know the Edtech Adoption Rules in Your State? SETDA’s New Guide May Help.

What’s the difference between selling an education product to California versus Indiana—or any other state, for that matter?A new report from the State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA) aims to clear up the murky waters surrounding the adoption of digital learning materials, a process that varies wildly between states.

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How to Protect Education Data When No Systems Are Secure

Nothing is sacred—or secure—when it comes to data. Breaches have become a fact of life as they indiscriminately target the digital services that we rely on, from Equifax to Target, Ebay to Yahoo. Schools increasingly find themselves in the crosshairs as well. More than 207 incidents have targeted K-12 public schools since January 2016, according to this tally from industry consultant Doug Levin.

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Why the State of Surveillance in Schools Might Lead to the Next Equifax Disaster

Blaine is a student in a suburban town. He wakes up at 7 am and brushes his teeth before wolfing down a bowl of cereal. After putting on his high-top sneakers, he races out the door to the street corner, where he waits for the school bus. As he steps on the yellow ride, Blaine panics. Did he forget his school-issued RFID badge that he has to tap so that the district can have a record of him getting picked up? Whew, it’s at the bottom of his backpack.

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?New Report Spells Out How to Connect 6.5M Students in Schools Without Internet

The digital divide is showing real signs of narrowing—but there are still 6.5 million students in under-connected schools, according to a new report by the nonprofit EducationSuperHighway, which analyzes data from E-rate applications.

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?A Fight for Internet Access Is Brewing in Alaska

If you think your monthly internet bill is high, try $233,817. That’s how much Nome Public Schools in Alaska is charged for its 700 students, according E-rate data gathered by nonprofit EducationSuperHighway.

A steep price like that is not unheard of for rural districts in Alaska—and some people worry it might only get worse.

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