Policy Issues


Bill Aims to Re-Train Blue Collar Workers for Security Jobs

Three Democratic representatives have introduced a bill intended to promote retraining of industrial workers to enable them to take cybersecurity jobs. The "New Collar Jobs Act" would include loan forgiveness for students, tax credits for employers and other perks.

Evidence of ROI for Alternative Credentials 'Weak'

While alternative pathways and credentials have gained momentum (and headlines) in recent years, evidence of their return to students is scant and quality assurance is "weak." So concluded a report that examined these options that exist outside of or alongside traditional undergraduate degree programs.

DeVos Kills Plan for Multibillion-Dollar Student Loan Servicing Platform

Facing a potential bipartisan revolt on Capitol Hill, the Trump administration abruptly cancelled a multibillion solicitation for a consolidated student loan servicing solution, throwing the project's long-term future into question.

State Giving Some College Students a Free Ride if They're Willing to Become STEM Teachers

Lawmakers in North Carolina have allocated funding towards scholarships for up to 160 college students who commit to teaching a STEM subject or special education within the state.

Biggest Challenges Facing K–12 STEM Ed: PD, Accountability Systems, CS Curricula

Mining two years’ worth of expert feedback, a nonprofit has identified six root causes to more than 100 issues facing STEM education today. The resulting “Grand Challenges” interactive map is a two-year project from 100Kin10 based on input from teachers, principals, nonprofit leaders, researchers, policymakers, union representatives and other education stakeholders within its network.

Net Neutrality Fight Takes Over the Web Today

The latest fight for net neutrality has officially begun. On one side of the ring stands FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, a Trump appointee who controls a majority of votes for any decisions currently made by the Federal Communications Commission.

Dordt College Wins $1.2 Million to Educate Future STEM Teachers

Dordt College has landed a $1.2 million grant that aims to help encourage students interested in careers as STEM educators.

New Department of Ed IDEA Site Live and Generating Heat

Feedback is trickling in on the U.S. Department of Education's new website dedicated to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). Since February, the site has been undergoing a redesign, based at least in part on comments from 130 people who provided feedback during the design process. The new site went live June 1.

Steve Hargadon Wants Tech — and Individuals — to Revolutionize Education

Steve Hargadon wants a revolution in education. He is the founder and director of the Learning Revolution Project, a social networking website for educators, as well as a vehicle for online and in-person educational conferences. During the ISTE conference in San Antonio, TX, Hargadon will present at three sessions.

New MIT Lab Intends to Deliver Education Innovation to the World

To expand its mission of delivering education worldwide, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology has launched a research, policy, pedagogy and practice lab that intends to uncover new ways of delivering education to learners in developing countries. The new "J-WEL" lab will emphasize reaching underserved populations such as women and girls, and displaced persons.

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