Straight A’s: Initital Digital Learning Day 2013 details announced
January 18, 2013 08:12 pm
On January 1, the U.S. Congress passed legislation to extend tax cuts for most Americans and temporarily avert the so-called “fiscal cliff” that was scheduled to go into effect on January 2, 2013. At the same time, however, it merely kicked the can down the road on “sequestration,” postponing until March 1 the billions of dollars in automatic spending cuts to the military and numerous domestic agencies, including the U.S. Department of Education. One Fiscal Cliff down, three more to go?
With less than one month until the second annual national Digital Learning Day on February 6, the Alliance for Excellent Education released initial details of the organization’s national effort to promote digital learning and spotlight successful instructional technology practice in the classroom. o date, forty-six states and the District of Columbia, and nearly 18,000 teachers have already signed up to participate in digital learning activities throughout the day and beyond. Digital Learning Day details
The federal student financial aid system, originally designed to increase access to higher education, must undergo a transformation to help more students earn a higher education degree or certificate and meet the increased demands of the twenty-first-century economy. A new Alliance for Excellent Education report, Repairing a Broken System: Fixing Federal Student Aid, outlines a comprehensive approach for revamping the student aid system into one that better supports students and institutions of higher education (IHEs) and focuses on access and completion. Repairing a broken system #fixfinaid
The Alliance will be dissecting every U.S. Governor’s State of the State speech for education policy news so you don’t have to. We’ll update you over the next few issues of Straight A’s on what the states are up to over the next few years. In this issue, we cover Connecticut, where Gov. Malloy is focusing on Sandy Hook Elementary and turning around underperforming schools; and New York, where Gov. Cuomo’s entire message is on jobs and education. State of the States