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What we’re reading: December education news of note

By Kevin Acocella on

Even with the holidays in full swing, it was a busy month for education news. Every Student Succeeds passed, Arne Duncan stepped down and the experts took a look back at the year that was. Check out a few of our favorites below. We’d love to know how our readers think about these topics and encourage you to post your thoughts in the comments section!

Debating technology for our youngest of learners

By Kevin Acocella on

“The technology skills our first grader is developing from using the tablet will be as obsolete in the future as the software she is learning on it.” This was one of the more attention-grabbing points made by a concerned parent in a letter published by the Baltimore Sun in January titled ‘Baltimore County Schools Tech Initiative Fails Young Learners.’

House vote means no buzzwords left behind

By Kevin Acocella on

Words matter. After 14 years of political wrangling over the role of federal government in American education, the House passed on Wednesday a landmark bipartisan update to the Bush-era No Child Left Behind act. Somehow, despite its 1,000+ pages, the more vocal advocates on both the right and the left found little within it to celebrate.

What we’re reading in November

By Kevin Acocella on

We’re back with the next edition of What We’re Reading. The month of November saw a number of trends in education press, notably the effects of Novembers elections and the impact of pending legislation. We’d love to know how our readers think about these topics.

What we’re reading in October

By Kevin Acocella on

It’s been a busy end to the back-to-school season, which can make it tough to find the time to keep up with all that’s happening in the world of educational technology. Catch up here on the technology impact on classroom performance, the new OCED report, and more.

The Sandy Hook Promise

By Dan Carroll on

In the month since the tragedy at Sandy Hook, we have felt horrified, angry, and powerless. This terrible incident has deeply wounded a community and shocked educators, parents, and students across the country. We all need to do whatever we can to ensure that our schools are the safe and welcoming environments our students need.