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September 21, 2015

Parents at Ease With Use of Student Data, But Not for Commercial Purposes

Just 42 percent of parents are at ease with companies that create software, websites, and apps having access to student records, a national poll shows.

September 04, 2015

Obama Talks School Technology Gap During Alaska Visit

The President touted his ConnectED program, which draws financial support from ed-tech providers and hopes to improve digital education and Web connectivity.

August 05, 2015

'De-Identifying' Student Data: Next Front in the Privacy Wars?

De-identifying student data is often easier said than done, prompting new debate about the best way to protect student privacy without thwarting research and innovation.

July 22, 2015

Scaled-Back FERPA Overhaul Introduced in U.S. House

The Student Privacy Protection Act would update FERPA to ban the use of student information for targeted advertising and allow for fines of up to $1.5 million on educational agencies.

July 20, 2015

Obama Seeks to Connect Public Housing Residents to Low-Cost Internet

The ConnectHome initiative aims to help close the "homework gap" by enlisting corporations to provide affordable Internet to students living in public housing.

July 17, 2015

Helping Parents Find the Right Preschool, Via Better Web Tools

Public and privately funded web portals are being created to help parents pick a high-quality preschool based on data, rather than just intuition.

July 16, 2015

(Yet Another) Federal Student-Data-Privacy Bill Introduced

The bipartisan SAFE KIDS Act seeks to protect student data privacy by placing new prohibitions on companies and granting enforcement authority to the Federal Trade Commission.

June 26, 2015

ISTE 2015: Ed-tech Leadership, Maker Education, and Professional Learning

Roughly 18,000 ed-tech enthusiasts will descend on Philadelphia this weekend for the annual conference of the International Society for Technology in Education.

June 23, 2015

FCC Official to Guide Consumers, Schools on Net Neutrality

After establishing rules to protect "net neutrality," the FCC added a new agency ombudsperson as a resource for consumers.

June 18, 2015

FCC Moves to Add Broadband to 'Lifeline' Program for Needy Households, Students

The commission voted 3-2 to invite public comments about restructuring the Lifeline Program to cover more affordable broadband access for low-income families.

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