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How Proposed Title I Changes Impact School Funding and Edtech Vendors

EdSurge, by David DeSchryver

These newly proposed “supplement, not supplant” rules are now the hot ESSA topic, and they are worth your attention. They have significant implications for schools and districts, as well as for vendors and private partners. And the politics are ridiculous. So let's break out three storylines that you should follow. More in EdSurge.

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Backward Innovation: The Great Unbundling of Higher Ed’s Online Service Providers

EdSurge, by Ben Wallerstein and Ryan Craig

Higher education is abuzz with talk of partnerships between private companies and universities. Yet ask a dozen faculty what they mean by “private sector” and you may feel a bit like the blind man and the elephant. Left to their own devices, education entrepreneurs and investors tend to revel in their own awesomeness, critique risk-averse leaders and exchange vague descriptions of so-called “bureaucratic processes” that stymie innovation and impede progress.

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Don't Drop The Ball

US News and World Report

"According to a poll conducted by Whiteboard Advisors, Washington insiders place the odds of getting the bill reauthorized this year at 40 percent – still less than 50-50, but a stronger showing than even a few months ago."

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The Consumerization Of Edtech

TechCrunch, by Ben Wallerstein and Jacob Stiglitz

As policy geeks, it’s easy to forecast limited investment in supplemental learning because of cultural norms or the structure of U.S. public education. But convenience has a funny way of shaping consumer behavior. Broadband ubiquity and mobile computing are beginning to bend the curve on access and, in turn, consumption. And it’s happening quickly.

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Which Student Data Privacy Bill Will Become Law?


But there’s dim hope for Vitter’s proposal, according to a survey of 50 to 75 political 'Insiders' published by Whiteboard Advisors, a Washington, DC-based consulting firm that publishes a monthly pulse check on proposed legislations.

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New Year, New Edu


David Deschryver, co-director of Whiteboard Advisors, said he anticipates that assessments will take a new turn under ESSA.

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The Report Card: Education at State Level in 2016

CQ Roll Call

Ben Wallerstein, co-founder at Whiteboard Advisors, said that although accountability in higher education is “still relatively nascent,” state legislatures will be taking a closer look at it next year. “We expect to see new accountability models considered in 2016.”

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