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The latest updates on new policy and legislation affecting education technology.


Epson To Help Fund Schools in Need

Epson and DonorsChoose.org have teamed up to launch a holiday program that aims to help public school teachers get funding for their classroom projects.

Proposed Bills Aim to Broaden Preschool for Low-Income Families

Congress has introduced bills designed to increase preschool access to low-income families.

Ed Unveils i3 Grant Recipients

The United States Department of Education has selected 25 applicants to receive a total of more than $135 million in the fourth round of the Investing in Innovation (i3) competition.

ISTE Recommends Increase to E-Rate Funding

The International Society for Technology in Education has recommended that the FCC should increase e-rate funding to $5 billion.

What's New with E-Rate and Why You Need to Know

Why is everyone talking about E-rate these days, and how might the latest changes impact your business?

Rebuilding Trust

With customer trust at a low ebb, education companies need to go back to the sales and marketing drawing board.

Report: States Spent $1.4 Billion on R&D

State research and development expenditures increased by 11.3 percent in the last year to $1.4 billion. Education spent the largest share of these dollars.

CoSN Survey: Schools Need More Broadband; E-Rate Needs More Funding

Almost every single district in the country expects to need additional Internet bandwidth and connectivity over the next 36 months as the Common Core and high-stakes assessments come online and more schools introduce BYOD and digital curriculum, according to a new report from the Consortium for School Networking

States Vie for $280 Million in Early Learning Grants

Sixteen states and the District of Columbia are competing for $280 million in federal in federal funding through the latest round of the Race to the Top–Early Learning Challenge.

Federal Grant Supports Technical Assistance for Educators of Deaf-Blind Students

A growing number of students with the deaf-blindness dual impairment are making their way out of specialized schools and into local neighborhood schools. Providing technical assistance to the educators who teach those students is part of the goal of a new $10.5 million grant awarded recently by the United States Department of Education.

How the Shutdown is Affecting Ed Tech Funding

Federal dollars are still funneling their way to districts, despite the budget battles waging in Washington.

Online Learning Innovations Get Sloan Consortium Recognition

An online certificate program in food security, several programs of study that help educators learn how to deliver instruction online, and multi-degree program that includes online career fairs and webinars with experts were among the recipients of this year's innovation awards from Sloan Consortium (Sloan-C).

Trend Micro Offers $15k Technology Grants for Public Schools

As part of its 25th anniversary, data security firm Trend Micro is offering grants to 12 K-12 schools and districts in the United States, including cash, in-kind contributions, and IT professional services.

Printed sign: Reform e-rate now!

E-Rate Reform Is 'Going to Happen.' But How?

The first steps toward comprehensive E-Rate reform have already been taken. What should schools expect?

Center for Children with Disabilities Receives $1.6 Million To Improve Support, Data Use

The National Technical Assistance Center on Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports is receiving $1.6 million in federal funds to support students with disabilities and improve on data-driven decisionmaking and implementation strategies.

Report: Most Important Factor for Common Core Success Is Teacher Support

The national discussion around Common Core is off base. Instead of focusing on test scores, teacher accountability and federal takeovers, policymakers need to put their efforts behind supporting teachers to improve teaching practices and ultimately improve student learning, according to a report released this month.

Houston ISD Wins $550,000 in College Scholarships

The Houston Independent School District will receive $550,000 in college scholarships as the winner of the 2013 Broad Prize for Urban Education.

280 Schools Receive $912,000 in Learning Grants

K-12 educators at 280 schools received $912,000 in grants from Ecolab 'Visions for Learning' program.

Should 'Preschool for All' Take a Targeted Approach?

There's a conundrum facing universal preK. According to researchers, the disadvantaged see definite benefits from free preschool, with mid-term academic gains and increased "quality" parental involvement. But when preschool is available to all, those who can afford private schools begin to switch to the free, public system, causing a "crowd out" that, among other things, increases costs to taxpayers by "as much as 19 percent" while providing no discernible benefits.

Report: 3 Ways State Education Agencies Can Strengthen Research

The Consortium for Policy Research in Education has released a new report, "State Education Agencies' Acquisition and Use of Research Knowledge in School Improvement Strategies," that examines how state education agencies look for, choose, and integrate research into strategies for improving low-performing schools.

$1.4 Million Federal Grant Targets Special Needs Programs

The Department of Education has awarded $1.4 million in grant dollards to Family Health International to set up a Center on Technology and Disability to provide assistive technology support to special needs students.

Rice Researchers Developing Optical Network To Master Big Data Management

A grant-funded network initiative at Rice University will be researching development of high-performance, low-power, optical networking devices and programmable packet switches at the same time it provides a new way for researchers on campus to manage the piles of data they're generating in their projects.

Labor Department To Distribute $474.5 Million for Career Education

The United States Department of Labor will award $474.5 million in grants to community colleges and universities in the third round of funding from the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training grant program.

U Maryland Receives $750 Million Software Grant

The University of Maryland has been awarded a grant for use of commercial product lifecycle management software from Siemens Corporation.

Caltech, Penn State Teams Win $10 Million NSF Awards

Teams led by researchers at California Institute of Technology and Pennsylvania State University have each won Expeditions in Computing awards for fundamental research in computer science.

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