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  • Here's What States Are Doing with Their ESSA Block Grant Money


    For decades, district leaders have been clamoring for more say over how they spend their federal money. And when the Every Student Succeeds Act passed back in 2015, it looked like they had finally gotten their wish: a brand-new $1.6 billion block grant that could be used for computer science initiatives, suicide prevention, new band instruments, and almost anything else that could improve students' well-being or provide them with a well-rounded education.

  • South Bend Man to Represent Indiana at 2018 Special Olympics

    He's a swimmer and will be competing in the 2018 Special Olympics. This isn't his first.

    Joe Grooms has been participating for 18 years! The games bring 3,500 athletes to Seattle to compete in a variety of sports. He'll be representing Team Indiana.  Read more

  • COPPA and Schools: The (Other) Federal Student Privacy Law, Explained

    From the July 31, 2017 EDUCATION WEEK by Benjamin Herold

    When it comes to federal protections for students’ sensitive personal information, the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, or FERPA, tends to get most of the attention.

    But schools also need to be familiar with the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act, commonly known as COPPA.

    In a nutshell, COPPA requires operators of commercial websites, online services, and mobile apps to notify parents and obtain their consent before collecting any personal information on children under the age of 13. The aim is to give parents more control over what information is collected from their children online. Read more