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April 29, 2015

Messer-Polis Data-Privacy Bill Endorsed by Educator Groups; Industry Wary

Changes to the new Student Digital Privacy and Parental Rights Act have won over some educator groups, but raised concerns from the ed-tech industry.

April 28, 2015

New Federal Student-Data-Privacy Bill Targets Loopholes

A revamped federal student-data-privacy bill would cover more student information, allow fewer uses of that data, and impose new requirements on ed-tech vendors.

April 20, 2015

Ed-Tech Groups Give Thumbs Up to K-12 Tech Amendment in ESEA Rewrite

Although it's just a first step, bipartisan support for the "I-TECH" amendment by the Senate Education Committee is seen as positive by ed-tech advocates.

April 09, 2015

Student-Data-Privacy Protections Fall Short, Researchers Contend

Lawmakers and policymakers should expand the scope of student data that is protected and require more of ed-tech vendors, argues a new report from NEPC.

April 07, 2015

Major FERPA Overhaul Under Consideration in U.S. House

A draft overhaul of FERPA would ban the use of students' educational records for marketing, allow companies to be fined, and expand parental opt-out rights.

April 07, 2015

Guide for Ed-Tech Developers Issued by U.S. Department of Education

Technology should make learning more meaningful and better support teachers, U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan told developers at the ASU+GSV summit on Tuesday.

March 23, 2015

Federal Student-Data-Privacy Bill Delayed Following Criticism

A proposed bill that would establish a new baseline for federal involvement in protecting student-data privacy will undergo further revision before being formally introduced.

March 10, 2015

New Principles Aim to Guide Use, Protection of Student Data

More than 30 groups representing school officials and educational data-use proponents have signed on to new principles related to student data.

March 03, 2015

'Innovative' Principals Gather at U.S. Education Department

Eleven "highly innovative" principals told U.S. Education Department officials about leadership, dealing with state tests, and their efforts to go to scale.

February 27, 2015

Model 'Terms of Service' for Data Privacy Unveiled by Ed. Department

Federal officials have issued guidance to help districts review the merits of the "terms of service" on privacy issues offered by educational technology vendors.

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