Policy Issues


ESSA Student Accountability Ruling Canceled by Congress

Just hours after Betsy DeVos was officially confirmed as education secretary by the United States Senate, a Republican-led Congress dismantled rules laying out how parts of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) and the Higher Education Act (HEA) would be implemented. On Monday, Senate and House Joint Resolution 57 and H.J. 58 were passed along for a vote to the full House by the House Rules Committee.

Washington Rep. Intros Bill to Expand OER Use at 6 Institutions

Representative Melanie Stambaugh, who residents on Washington State Legislature's House Higher Education Committee, has proposed a bill that would award $100,000 grants to six colleges and universities to expand their use of open educational resources (OER).

Betsy DeVos Wins Historic, Tie-Breaking Senate Vote to Become Education Secretary

Michigan billionaire Betsy DeVos won a historically close Senate vote Tuesday to become secretary of the United States Department of Education (ED), despite opposition from teachers’ unions, Democrats civil rights groups and parents. At approximately 12:40 p.m. ET, Vice President Mike Pence cast a historic tie-breaking vote, making the vote 51-50 and confirming President Donald Trump’s controversial pick for the cabinet post.

GOP Works to Throw Out Obama Education Rules

As supporters and opponents of President Trump's choice for education secretary decide what the department will look like with Betsy DeVos at the helm, a powerful Congressional committee is pushing forward with a rollback of new rules put in place as part of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) and the Higher Education Act (HEA). Yesterday, the U.S. House of Representatives Rules Committee met to consider "congressional disapproval" of two rules, one related to teacher preparation programs and the other related to accountability and state education plans.

FCC Blocks 9 Companies From Providing Low-Income Internet Access

FCC regulators are telling nine companies that they won’t be allowed to participate in a federal program intended to help them provide affordable internet access to low-income consumers — weeks after those companies were approved to do so.

Democrats Speaking for Next 24 Hours to Try to Derail Nomination of DeVos for ED Secretary

Senate Democrats are speaking on the floor of the chamber for the next 24 hours, in an effort to derail the confirmation of Betsy DeVos, President Trump’s nominee for secretary of the Department of Education (ED).

ED Secretary Nominee Narrowly Wins Committee Vote

The U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor & Pensions narrowly approved the nomination of Betsy DeVos Tuesday for secretary of the United States Department of Education (ED). The committee voted 12-11 to approve President Donald Trump’s pick to head the ED, splitting along party lines.

Department of Ed Outlines Vision for Tech in Higher Education

The report serves as an enhancement to the department's "National Education Technology Plan," a document that has been updated and published about every five years to articulate how technology can be used to expand education.

Study: Instructor Quality 'Clearly' an Important Factor in Student Success

The study analyzed information on 2,343 instructors who had taught 34,725 sections of MTH/208, covering a total of 396,038 student observations, between July 2000 and July 2014. Student performance on the final exam (or some variation) was used as the outcome measure.

President-Elect Advised to Scale Personalized Learning

KnowledgeWorks, a nonprofit that works with federal, state and district leaders to expand competency-based and personalized learning, has issued four recommendations on how Donald Trump and his proposed secretary of education, Betsy DeVos, can "scale personalized learning."

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