• By David DeSchryver
    January 12, 2015

    Late last year, the US Department of Education announced 18 awards in the Preschool Development Grants competition. The Department made two types of grants – Development, for states that currently serve fewer than 10 percent of four year-olds in any existing publicly funded preschool programs, and Expansion, for states seeking to expand existing preschool programs for children from low- and moderate-income families. Read more

  • By David DeSchryver
    January 15, 2015

    Sen. Lamar Alexander's discussion draft bill provides new supplement, not supplant language that may have significant implications for the education market. The new language preserves the requirement that federal Title I funds are used only to supplement state and local dollars, but the compliance test is quite different.  Read more

  • By Ben Wallerstein
    January 14, 2015

    A new bill introduced/referred to the House education committee in Indiana also would require ed tech to comply with HIPAA/HITECH requirements for technical safeguards. Read more

  • By Noah Sudow
    January 13, 2015

    Although the big news last week that stole the headline was the President’s free community college commitment, the President also announced a proposal for the creation of an American Technical Training Fund. Read more

  • By Noah Sudow
    January 9, 2015

    Today, the President has announced the America’s College Promise Proposal, which would allow students to go to community college without paying tuition for their first two years. There are still a lot of details to be released (like the cost), but below is our initial overview of the proposal. Read more

  • By Noah Sudow
    December 19, 2014

    Well the wait is over—kind of—it’s been almost a year and a half since President Obama first announced that his administration would undergo the task of developing a higher education ratings system, with the goal of tying it to Title IV- Federal Financial Aid, which includes Pell Grants.  The long-awaited 17 page document, which the Department initially said was going to be released in the spring, is sparse on detail—little more than a list of 11 broad metrics, meant for feedback and public comment.  Read more

  • December 19, 2014

    Today, the U.S. Department of Education released a Draft Framework of their College Ratings Proposal, which has been of much discussion and controversy for the past year and a half since its initial announcement. The proposal is a rough document, meant for feedback and comments, which focuses around 11 proposed metrics.  Read more

  • December 18, 2014

    For our final Education Insider report of 2014, we asked Insiders to revisit a few of the leading topics in education policy this year and to take a look ahead at the policies that will be front and center in 2015. In addition to our tracking measures on topics such as ESEA and HEA, we asked Insiders to look at gainful employment, for-profit colleges, student data privacy, and the newly-proposed teacher preparation regulations, among others. Read more

  • By David Deschryver
    December 11, 2014

    The new federal grant procurement and management rules are coming, and will take effect on December 26, 2014.  Read more

  • By Noah Sudow
    December 1, 2014

    Last week the Department of Education released their long-anticipated new proposed teacher preparation program regulations.  As expected, the proposal would require states to collect data on program outcomes, including academic gains, job placement, and teacher and principal satisfaction with the programs. 

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