Last week, President Trump signed a congressional resolution to roll back the Federal Communication Commission’s (FCC) broadband privacy rules adopted in 2016. The response has been a loud outcry that privacy on the internet is dead. On the contrary, the vast majority of the internet is still under substantial regulation by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC).
A recent article in Politico claims that the federal E-Rate program produced no gains in student SAT results in North Carolina public high schools. With this assertion, the author concludes that federal programs supporting school connectivity nationwide should be eliminated, or at least halted until investments can demonstrate a stronger relationship with student outcomes. But the article’s underlying study doesn’t support such a sweeping conclusion, and the author fails to recognize the key role played by professional development for teachers in improving classroom learning through technology.