Posts Under: Education Policy

Budget Blast: Official Trump Education Budget Leaves Students in the Rearview

The President’s official budget proposal for Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 was officially released yesterday. The proposal closely matches with an earlier version leaked to the Washington Post last week and provides all the details missing from the March “skinny budget.” While education stakeholders have been preparing for deep cuts since the release of the skinny budget and last week’s sneak peak, the official release was still staggering. Education Department funding under the proposal would be slashed by $9.2B, or 13.5 percent, overall for FY18. The recent spending agreement for FY17 has the Education Department funded at $68.2B. Cuts of this magnitude will be devastating for students, families, and schools who rely on a strong public education system to prepare children to be successful citizens and participants in the next generation workforce. For all of the focus and priority given to job training and economic development by President Trump, this proposal s ...

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Budget Blast: Trump FY18 Budget Proposal Would Gut Education & Skills Training

On Wednesday, the Washington Post obtained a leaked version of President Trump’s fiscal year (FY) 2018 education budget proposal. Set to be officially released next week, the proposal would, among other items, significantly reduce investments in skills training and adult basic literacy and eliminate ed tech investments under ESSA’s Title IV. The proposal would shift some of those funds to new investments in school choice, including expanding charting schools and vouchers for private and religious schools. more

Budget Blast: Shutdown Averted but Congress Skimps on Ed Tech

A government shutdown has been averted and the resulting agreement to fund the government through the end of fiscal year (FY) 2017 was nowhere close to President Trump’s proposal for FY2018. Title I will receive a net increase in funding by $100M and state grants for special education will go up $90M. Disappointingly, the Student Support and Academic Enrichment Grant program under Title IV of ESSA received a staggeringly low appropriation of only $400M. In addition, the agreement would allow the funds to be distributed in a competitive manner from states to local districts. Established as a formula grant program of $1.6B when the law was passed, the low appropriation would be impractical to distribute entirely as a formula. Further provisions set the minimum competitive grant size at $10,000 and allow districts to use up to 25 percent for infrastructure activities – including hardware and software – which is an increase from the law’s 15 percent threshold. ...

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SIIA Releases ESSA, Title I Report

Adding to our library of market analysis resources for members, The Education Technology Industry Network (ETIN) of SIIA is excited to announce the release of our latest education policy report — The Every Student Succeeds Act, Title I Summary & Analysis. ESSA’s Title I is the largest federal funding source for K-12 schools to improve the academic achievement of disadvantaged students.

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Budget Blast: Trump’s Education Budget – Is it Real?

 

Since President Trump released his “skinny budget,” which would slash $9.2B from the Education Department’s budget for Fiscal Year (FY) 2018, I’ve heard from many SIIA members wondering what the impact is going to be on schools. In short, the impact of the Trump budget on schools is nada. Nothing. This is a budget proposal and not an actual appropriations bill. Every year, the President puts out a budget proposal and every year it is ignored by appropriators in Congress as they develop the actual federal budget and appropriations levels.

We have already heard from leaders in Congress that President Trump’s proposal would have a steep climb on both sides of the aisle if it were ever to be seriously considered. Additionally, outside stakeholders on all sides of education have weighed in with varying levels of concern.

The proposal does however provide the most detailed window into the Trump Administration’s education priorities that we have had to date. So, what does it propose in order to reach $9.2B? more

President Trump Addresses School Choice in First Address to Congress

On Tuesday, President Trump delivered his first address to Congress since his inauguration.

 

Receiving only a few moments during the speech, President Trump called education “the civil rights issue of our time.” Trump then called on Congress “to pass an education bill that funds school choice for disadvantaged youth, including millions of African-American and Latino children.” While there was speculation that we would learn more details about Trump’s $20B school choice campaign promise during the speech, the President elaborated only that this should be separate legislation – possibly leaving the recently reauthorized Every Student Succeeds Act unscathed. The President finished his education remarks by reiterating his support for school choice stating “families should be free to choose the public, private, charter, magnet, religious or home school that is right for them.”

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Infrastructure Blueprint A Great Start for Digital Learning & Connected Communities

One of the marquee promises of President Donald Trump’s campaign for the White House was a not insignificant $1 trillion investment to revitalize America’s infrastructure. Since taking office, the President has been mum on details and timing for an infrastructure push. In the void, Senate Democrats this week announced their vision for an infrastructure investment plan, the “Blueprint to Rebuild America’s Infrastructure.” What does this blueprint get right? Most importantly, the blueprint takes a broader interpretation of the term infrastructure by including broadband investments. Moving beyond concrete, glass and steel to include fiber is essential to ensuring schools, libraries and whole communities are connected to economic opportunities. Just as commerce increasingly occurs in the online marketplace, classrooms and schools around the country have begun to harness the benefits of digital learning. Over the last few years, the nation has made signif ...

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Continued Misunderstandings of the Student Privacy Pledge

Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood has filed suit against Google for violation of the K-12 School Service Provider Pledge to Safeguard Student Privacy.  The suit will work its way through the legal system and a judgement made based on its merit, but it is important to point out that the suit contains some important misunderstandings about the student privacy pledge. The complaint alleges that Google violated the student privacy pledge because it collected information about students who are using general purpose services. The pledge, however, only applies to applications, services, or web sites “designed and marketed for use in United States elementary and secondary educational institutions.” In addition, the complaint suggests that the pledge is violated because Google uses layered privacy policies (for its general purpose services and a more restrictive policy for its educational services) and educational websites related to its privacy policies (google.com/e ...

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DeVos Hearing Lacking Education Technology

President-elect Donald Trump’s nominee for Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos, faced a tough lineup of Senators at her confirmation hearing on Tuesday evening. The heated, partisan questioning primarily focused on DeVos’ beliefs on school choice/privatization, accountability, and civil rights and her financial contributions to education reform groups. Unfortunately, education technology was not a topic addressed directly by DeVos or by any of the Committee’s members.

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