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Will DeVos Disclose ALEC Lobbying at Senate Hearing?

UPDATED 2:21PM 01/17/17: Billionaire heiress Betsy DeVos, Trump’s nominee for Secretary of Education, is in the process of a confirmation hearing led by the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee this afternoon, Tuesday, January 17th at 5pm EST (2pm PST). To tune in and view live, click here. According to the Center for American Progress, Devos and her family have donated…

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American Academy of Pediatrics Issues New Recommendations On #ScreenTime and Exposure to Cell Phones

The American Academy of Pediatrics has recently issued two new sets of recommendations on media use for children.  At first glance, popular news headlines suggest elimination of the previous “no screens before age two” recommendations (see NPR’s American Academy of Pediatrics Lifts ‘No Screens Under 2’ Rule and KQED’s American Academy of Pediatrics Says Some Screen Time is Okay for…

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Over 100 Education Researchers Sign Statement Calling for Moratorium on High-Stakes Testing, SBAC // California Alliance of Researchers for Equity in Education

The California Alliance of Researchers for Equity in Education recently released a research brief documenting concerns and recommendations related to the Common Core State Standards Assessments in California (also referred to as the CAASPP, California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress or “SBAC” which refers to the “Smarter Balanced” Assessment Consortium).  A two-page synopsis as well…

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Rocketship Pushes Expansion Despite Denials and Strong Community Opposition

[3/10/16  Update]: Despite strong community opposition and unanimous denials by district and county level school boards, the State Board of Education voted to allow Rocketship to expand their corporate charter school chain to the Monument Corridor in Concord, California.  For more background on how decisions like these can be set in motion, see here. ## Why is there so much controversy surrounding the proliferation of…

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Scientists Raise Concerns about Health Risks with EdTech. How Will The U.S. Department of Education Respond?

Will the U.S. Department of Education take action on recommendations made by scientists and medical doctors who document the need for safety precautions regarding the use of wireless devices in schools?  The answer remains to be seen.  On Tuesday, January 19th, the U.S. Department of Education held a Public Hearing at UCLA to gather comments for transition…