Written By Maria Worthen (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Susan Gentz (email@example.com).
February 20-27, 2015
As we write this, the US House of Representatives is debating an ESEA reauthorization bill, with a vote expected by the end of the day. In the states, 45 legislatures are now in session. March is generally a very busy month because states are still filing legislation but there is also a good amount of movement in committees and in chambers. As always, we will be sure to keep you updated on these important bills.
The purpose of this blog is to share policy developments in the field of K-12 online learning, blended learning, and competency education – to highlight recent trends, enablers, identify barriers and provide an issues update. It includes a snapshot of important education policies, regulations, gubernatorial, and legislative affairs.
A summary is below; a more detailed version with additional legislative information is available in the members-only iNACOL Member Forums. We track policy priorities and issues related to the field’s needs as outlined annually in the iNACOL State Policy Frameworks. This report provides background information and recommendations for issues on the critical policy shifts needed to transform K-12 education.
State Policy Highlights
- Two bills have been introduced, one in Minnesota and the other in Oregon, to encourage teacher preparation programs to create competency-based pathways for teacher certification.
- A bill in Minnesota would provide an appropriation to increase online college course offerings for K-12 students. Another bill in Minnesota would establish the “digital student achievement backpack” to allow for the secured use of student data.
- A bill in Texas creates an allotment for school districts to purchase technological equipment that contributes to student learning. (more…)