Department of Education Provides STEM Funding

Department of Education Provides STEM Funding

The Department of Education in fiscal 2018 not only fulfilled but surpassed a directive from President Trump to provide $200 million for science, technology, engineering and math, including computer science, education. The Department awarded $279 million in STEM discretionary grant funds in the fiscal year.


Educators Look for “Integrated Ala Carte”

Educators Look for “Integrated Ala Carte”

School technology leaders increasingly report that they have infrastructure in place and student devices deployed, but they are still working on ways to use that technology to improve classroom instruction.


More Funding for Schools but Target is Broader than Instruction

More Funding for Schools but Target is Broader than Instruction

Larger allocations to the Department of Education are a positive for the companies that provide goods and services to schools, although growing emphasis on issues like school safety diverts funds that might otherwise be used to support instruction in the classroom.


What's Driving College Course Materials in 2018 & Beyond?

Several forces are at work in the U.S. market for higher education instructional materials, which Simba Information believes likely will have a long-term impact on the role of course materials in colleges and universities in the coming years.


Benchmark in LA and Other Adoption News

Benchmark in LA and Other Adoption News

Benchmark Education (New Rochelle, NY) took the K-5 schools in Los Angeles by storm this year in the elementary adoption of English language arts programs.


Trump Targets Expanding Access to Computer Science Education

Trump  Targets Expanding Access to Computer Science Education

The new initiative comes amid continued calls from technology companies for more skills training and reformed worker visas to fill high-demand technology and engineering roles and technology company executives generally reacted positively.


More Schools Ready for Digital Learning as Connectivity Increases

More Schools Ready for Digital Learning as Connectivity Increases

Evan Marwell, founder and CEO of EducationSuperHighway, told Simba's newsletter, Electronic Education Report, that a rising percentage of school districts ready for digital learning, from 30% in 2013 to 94% now, is unlocking opportunities for teachers to expand educational resources.


Title I Funding, Lifeline to Poor Schools, Up in FY 2016

Title I Funding, Lifeline to Poor Schools, Up in FY 2016

Funding for Title I, the largest elementary and secondary education program that funds support for low-achieving children especially in high-poverty schools, rose 3.5% in fiscal year 2016, ended Sept. 30, 2016, to $14.91 billion, up from $14.41 billion in fiscal 2015.


Election Results Mixed for Education Future

From Electronic Education Report, November 7, 2014

Looked at in broad strokes, the mid-term elections of 2014 were a victory for the Republican Party, which picked up seven seats to win control of the Senate, expanded its House of Representatives majority by an additional 12 seats and won three more governors’ mansion. Looked at in education terms, the results are more mixed in how they will impact funding, the Common Core State Standards, teacher evaluations and collective bargaining rights a...


Obama’s 2015 Spending Plan Would Boost Education

Obama’s 2015 Spending Plan Would Boost Education

President Barack Obama in March proposed $68.6 billion in discretionary spending for the Department of Education in fiscal 2015, which would be a 1.9% increase from fiscal 2014, but the spending plan as proposed is unlikely to be acted upon in a Congressional election year

Additionally, late in 2013 Congress passed the Bipartisan Budget Act , which set discretionary funding levels for two years. Under that agreement, forged to avoid another government shutdown, Congress restored half of the se...