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December 26, 2014

Student Data Privacy in 2014: Revelations, Legislation, Controversy

Google scanning student emails, inBloom collapsing, and the California legislature passing a major data-privacy measure were among the top data-privacy stories of 2014.

December 18, 2014

Obama's Ed-Tech Promises in 2008: #TBT, and a Look Ahead

In December 2008, President-elect Barack Obama vowed to improve broadband and technology access for U.S. schoolchildren, among other ed-tech priorities.

December 11, 2014

Apprentice Programs in High-Tech Fields Get $100M Boost From Dept. of Labor

The U.S. Department of Labor will award 25 grants totaling $100 million to public-private partnerships that develop registered apprenticeship programs.

November 17, 2014

E-Rate Funding Would Get Major Boost Under FCC Chair's Plan

The overall funding cap for the E-rate would rise from $2.4 billion to $3.9 billion a year, under a plan put forward by FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler.

October 17, 2014

E-Rate Funding Insufficient, District Leadership Groups Contend

Just 9 percent of districts report having adequate bandwidth to support digital learning and assessments, according to a new survey.

October 10, 2014

Ed. Data-Mining Research Effort Wins Federal Grant, Raises Privacy Questions

The National Science Foundation awarded a $4.8 million grant for the creation of a massive repository for storing, sharing and analyzing digital learning data.

September 26, 2014

Satirical Video Game Skewers NCLB, Charter Schools, Testing

An indie video game dubbed "No Pineapple Left Behind," currently under development, offers a satirical take on public school management. Its motto: "They take tests. You make money."

September 18, 2014

U.S. Ed. Department's Ed-Tech Nonprofit Was Born This Week: #TBT

A non-profit launched by the U.S. Education Department in 2011 to help support ed-tech innovation now works with 56 districts to identify and spread promising practices.

July 30, 2014

Senators Introduce New Federal Data Privacy Legislation

U.S. Senators Edward Markey and Orrin Hatch introduced a bill to update FERPA with stricter restrictions on the use of students' personally identifiable information.

July 25, 2014

Federal Data-Privacy Guidelines Urge Better Communication With Parents

New guidance from the U.S. Education Department focuses on transparency, but some advocates want new policies and more accountability.

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