Federal Flash: Grand Reopening! How the Federal Government Is Supporting Students’ Return to School

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March 26, 2021 10:09 am

The U.S. Department of Education (ED) convened the National Safe School Reopening Summit to share strategies and guidance to help schools return to in-person instruction quickly and safely. Also, President Biden announced $81 billion in education relief funds is already on its way to states as new, national survey data shows that millions of students only attend school remotely and receive little live instruction. Plus, the public comment period on new E-rate funding is open, and the Senate held its confirmation hearing for Cindy Marten to be the deputy secretary of education.

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Federal Flash: Rescue Me—How the American Rescue Plan Act Helps Students

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March 11, 2021 01:47 pm

The $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan Act is headed to President Biden’s desk, including much-needed investments in K–12 education and a groundbreaking change to the federal child tax credit. Plus, President Biden issued a new executive order guarding against discrimination on the basis of sex, gender identity, or sexual orientation, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture takes steps to provide free school meals for all students through the end of summer.

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Five Things Learned on Digital Learning Day 2021

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March 10, 2021 10:00 am

Ten years ago, the policy landscape for digital learning was uncertain. Many educators and the public had yet to realize the potential that technology could have to close equity gaps and personalize instruction for students.

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Testing, Testing? New Federal Guidance on State Assessments

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March 02, 2021 03:24 pm

The U.S. Department of Education (ED) waives accountability requirements, but questions remain on whether state assessments will go forward as planned this year. Plus, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) launches the biggest federal program ever to close the digital divide, the House advances President Biden’s plan for COVID-19 relief, and Dr. Miguel Cardona is officially the new Secretary of Education.

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