AM News: White House Promotes New E-Rate Initiative

Obama Calls for Revamping of Federal E-rate Program EdWeek: The administration will ask the Federal Communications Commission to consider rechanneling and increasing funding through the program, which is derived from telecommunications fees, with the goal of giving 99 percent of the …

Obama Calls for Revamping of Federal E-rate Program

By guest blogger Sean Cavanagh

President Obama is expected on Thursday to call for an ambitious overhaul of the federal E-rate program, a step that many education and technology advocates have been urging for years to improve what they see …

Update: Key Members Depart "Parents Across America"

I've been hearing about infighting and changing membership within Parents Across America for a while now, but have only just now gotten up to speed on some of the arrivals and departures from this group.

The group has fascinated and …

Saving DC Schools with Catastrophe Innovation!

Emma Brown in The Washington Post offers an important window into school reform occurring (ad infinitum) in Washington DC: D.C. Council member David A. Catania plans to announce wide-ranging legislation Tuesday that could substantially reshape the city’s public education system,…

Education Policy via Litigation

Education is a highly politicized aspect of society, affecting the lives of millions and requiring hundreds of billions of dollars per year. The politics of education policy may be unavoidable, but there are reform strategies that bypass politicians and voters. …

AM News: Federal Cuts Affect Schools Unevenly

Navajo Schools Lose Funding Due To Sequestration Cuts NPR: Indian reservations don't collect state property taxes, meaning most of their education budget comes directly from the federal government. 

'Miracle' L.A. school board triumph LA Times: Ratliff had what Sanchez lacked: The …

Why Minnesota governor vetoed Teach For America funding

Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton just vetoed a line item inserted into the state’s higher education legislation that would have given $1.5 million to Teach For America over two years. This is what he said in an explanatory letter to the…

San Jose Teachers’ Contract Offers Leadership Pathways

Note: in November 2012, Accomplished California Teachers (ACT) released the policy report “Promoting Quality Teaching: New Approaches to Compensation and Career Pathways.”  The following post is the second in a series of profiles showing how California teacher leaders

Is District Participation in Race to the Top Waning?

With last week’s decision by the Christina school district in Delaware to stop fighting for the rest of its Race to the Top funding, a key urban district has dropped out of the state’s education reform plans.

Christina and the …

Teacher Turned Entrepreneur – An Interview With Adam Bellow


Two weeks ago Adam Bellow relaunched eduClipper. Unlike a lot of new ed tech services, Adam comes from a teaching background not a tech developer background. Last week I sent Adam some questions about the transition from teaching to …