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August 19, 2015

'Opt-Out' Movement Has Little Public Backing, National Poll Reveals

An Education Next poll reveals relatively strong backing for federal testing, and mixed support for the Common Core State Standards.

June 25, 2015

Supreme Court Upholds Obamacare, in Setback for K-12 Opponents of Law

The high court ruled 6-3 in favor of an Affordable Care Act policy providing health-care subsidies across states.

June 22, 2015

New FCC Official Could Help Schools Navigate 'Net Neutrality'

In an attempt to help enforce "net neutrality" for schools and other organizations, the FCC created a new ombudsperson to act on consumers' behalf.

June 12, 2015

Federal Court Allows FCC Open Internet Rules to Go Forward

A federal court ruling will allow FCC rules protecting "net neutrality" to go forward, despite the telecom industry's objections.

May 06, 2015

EdX Settles Justice Department Complaint Over Online Access

After the Department of Justice raised allegations that edX's platform and digital content were inaccessible for students with disabilities, the online learning organization agreed to settle.

May 05, 2015

U.S. Senate's ESEA Rewrite Plugs 'Open Educational Resources'

"Open educational resources," an alternative to commercial products, get a boost in the U.S. Senate's version of bill to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act.

April 29, 2015

FTC Would Get New Enforcement Powers Over Ed Tech in Data-Privacy Bill

Bipartisan federal student data-privacy legislation likely to be introduced this week would give the Federal Trade Commission new authority to regulate educational technology vendors.

January 30, 2015

U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Business Roundtable, Lobby to Retain Annual Tests

Two national business organizations want annual tests kept in the rewrite of the No Child Left Behind Act.

January 29, 2015

Draft Federal Data-Privacy Bill Targets Some Ed-Tech Practices, Silent on Others

A draft measure being circulated on Capitol Hill would bar ed-tech vendors from directing targeted advertisements to students, though it does not cover some controversial practices.

December 09, 2014

Education Companies' Profits on Federal Contracts to be Negotiated

The White House Office of Management and Budget is changing its rules so that federally funded contracts worth $150,000 or more will require school districts to negotiate profits with contractors.

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