January 2015 - Top Stories

Congratulations to the following 2014 EDDIE Award Recipients

The Awards target innovative and content-rich programs (including apps for iPad and Android) and websites that augment the classroom curriculum and improve teacher productivity, providing parents and teachers with the technology to foster educational excellence:

  • ALMA
  • Atomic Learning
  • Brain Hive
  • CompassLearning
  • Edgenuity
  • Edmentum
  • ExploreLearning
  • Hatch Early Learning
  • Infobase Learning
  • K12 Inc.
  • Learning A-Z
  • Rosen Publishing
  • Schmoop
  • SunGard
  • Triumph Learning

A quest for a different learning model: Playing games in school

Can real education be taught through children's games? New York middle school, Quest to Learn, delivers curriculum through the medium of games - some digital, some not - for a connected learning environment to hopefully bridge the chasm between what kids enjoy and value in their lives and what they need to learn in school.

Many Schools Are Still Getting Less Funding Than They Were Before The Great Recession

A new report from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities reports that at least 30 states are providing districts with less funding than they were prior to the Great Recession. States started slashing their education budgets as a result of the 2007-09 recession. While state funding for students improved slightly in the 2014-15 school year, additional funding has not completely restored budgets to their previous levels.

The plot to overhaul No Child Left Behind

Republicans are hatching an ambitious plan to rewrite No Child Left Behind this year - one that could end up dramatically rolling back the federal role in education and trigger national blowouts over standardized tests and teacher training.