As early childhood education has increasingly become focused on what is called "rigor," or an academic focus, which means that kids spend a lot of time in chairs, online preschools have gained a foothold. In 2015, Utah sponsored the first state-funded online "preschool" of its kind, called UPSTART. And the company has expanded pilot programs to at least seven other states, according to the nonprofit Defending the Early Years, which commissions research about early childhood education and advocates for sane policies for young children. … [Read more...] about Yes, there are online preschools. And early childhood experts say they stink.
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It is not clear what, if any, enforcement action the FTC could try to take against foreign app developers that market their software to U.S.-based customers. The FTC could face obstacles asserting its regulatory authority against companies outside the United States because it may be tough for the FTC to establish that U.S. courts have personal jurisdiction over overseas-based app makers. Still, the FTC’s letter drew the attention of app stores that made the BabyBus apps available—at least one store temporarily pulled the apps, which have since been restored. … [Read more...] about Federal Trade Commision Eyes Overseas App Developers for Potential COPPA Violations: Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act
The Simplifying the Application for Student Aid Act (H.R. 3177), introduced by Reps. Joe Heck (R-NV), Phil Roe (R-TN), Jared Polis (D-CO), and Mark Pocan (D-WI), would “allow students to use family income data from two years prior to the date of the FAFSA application.” It would also “improve the ability to link between the online FAFSA form and income tax data stored by the Internal Revenue Service to automatically input income data into the FAFSA form, reducing the need to manually input information that often prevents low-income students from applying for aid.” … [Read more...] about House Members introduce Bipartisan Education Measures; ED Seeks Feedback on Recognizing Innovative Programs
Legislative Activity House Approves Reauthorization of the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act The House voted on September 13 in a 405-5 vote to approve H.R. 5587, the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act. Introduced by Reps. Glenn “GT” Thompson (R-PA) and Katherine Clark (D-MA), the legislation reauthorizes and reforms the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education (CTE) Act to prepare more Americans to enter the workforce with the skills they need to compete for high-skilled, in-demand jobs. The bill passed the committee by a vote of 37 to 0 in July. … [Read more...] about Perkins Reauthorization Moves Forward; Department of Education Updates “College Scorecard”
The state has spent $151.7 million on Read To Achieve, much of it for digital devices for elementary schools and summer camps to help young readers who fall behind, as the N&O previously reported. … [Read more...] about NC leaders want to improve Read To Achieve to try to get more young children reading