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May 15, 2015

FERPA Targeted (Again) in Two U.S. Senate Bills

A modest update and a radical makeover for the country's most significant current federal data-privacy law were proposed in the U.S. Senate this week.

May 12, 2015

Feds: N.M. Can Use Evaluations to Meet 'Highly Qualified' Teacher Mandate

Veteran teachers getting a score of "effective" or better don't have to follow current rules for demonstrating subject-matter knowledge.

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 06, 2015

Digital Content Provider EdX Settles With DOJ After Allegations of Inaccessibility

An online learning organization has entered into a settlement agreement after a Department of Justice review concludes that the provider's digital content and website are not accessible for students with disabilities.

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.

May 05, 2015

'Open Educational Resources' Promoted in U.S. Senate's ESEA Draft

Republican Orrin Hatch and Democrat Tammy Baldwin support the inclusion of an amendment to the ESEA that would encourage the use of "open educational resources."

May 01, 2015

Parents' Guide to Student Data-Privacy Policy Released by Advocacy Group

Future of Privacy Forum released a new guide to help parents better understand current student-data-privacy laws and their rights when it comes to their child's education information.

April 30, 2015

White House Unveils New ConnectED Effort Focused on Library Access, Content

President Obama announced new ConnectED initiatives to provide $250 million in free e-books to students and meant to give all students in 30 communities a library card.

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 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.

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