Obama Announces $2.5M for Native Americans to Run Schools

As part of the Obama Administration’s historic commitment to ensure that all students attending Bureau of Indian Education-funded schools receive an effective education delivered to them by tribes, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell and Assistant Secretary – Indian Affairs Kevin K. Washburn announced this week that the BIE will fund $2.5 million in Sovereignty in Indian Education competitive grants.

Have the Feds Made School Food Worse?

Last week I attended the School Nutrition Association’s annual meeting in Boston, a gathering of the nation’s school food service workers. While most of the controversy lately has focused on the federally-required improvements to nutrition standards for school lunches, getting lost in the shuffle are new standards coming online this fall for school snacks and beverages.

Obama’s Initiative for Black and Latino Boys to Expand

President Obama will announce on Monday that 60 of the nation’s largest school districts are joining his initiative to improve the educational futures of young African-American and Hispanic boys, beginning in preschool and extending through high school graduation.

Commissioners Question Funding of FCC’s School Wi-Fi Plan

Two of the co-authors of the E-Rate subsidy program have cautioned FCC chairman Tom Wheeler not to move too much money to wireless support if it means “cannibalizing” funding for basic connectivity, and suggest any Wi-Fi funding migration be a two-year test-project.

Feds Extend NCLB Waivers for Six States

Six states so far will get to keep their waivers from many of the mandates of the outdated No Child Left Behind Act through the end of the upcoming school year, the U.S. Department of Education announced Thursday. The states are: Arkansas, Colorado, Connecticut, Nevada, South Dakota, and Virginia.