AM News: White House Promotes New E-Rate Initiative
Obama Calls for Revamping of Federal E-rate Program EdWeek: The administration will ask the Federal Communications Commission to consider rechanneling and increasing funding through the program, which is derived from telecommunications fees, with the goal of giving 99 percent of the nation's schools access to high-speed broadband and wireless Internet access within five years.
G.O.P. Bill on Schools Would Set Fewer Rules NYT: Senator Lamar Alexander’s bill would allow states to devise curriculum standards, tests, school rating systems and consequences for schools that fail to meet state goals with far fewer guidelines.
No Child Left Behind Debate, Student Loan Rancor Signal End Of Bipartisanship Huffington Post: Over the last few years, even when signs of partisan rancor interfered, education held onto its unique status as an across-the-aisle, hand-shaking issue. Its position was bolstered especially as more and more Democratic politicians, once entirely swayed by teachers' unions on school policy, joined the "education reform movement," a group that is often at odds with labor on how to improve schools and whether to link teacher evaluations to student test scores.