The Changing Roles of Teachers

From the Editor

Anne Wujcik, EditorWell it's official now. Congress has acted and the President has signed legislation repealing two sets of Every Students Succeeds Act (ESSA) regulations—those governing teacher-preparation programs and the school accountability regs—issued by the Obama Department of Education in November 2016. And they've done it using the Congressional Review Act, a rarely used piece of oversight legislation passed in 1996. The CRA requires that a majority in both chambers of Congress must pass a "joint resolution of disapproval," which must then be signed by the President. The joint resolution of disapproval cannot be filibustered, so the process can move fairly quickly. The CRA had been used successfully only one time before, in 2001. Though Congress tried to use the CRA more recently, President Obama vetoed those efforts. There was no question of a veto this time around.

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Voice from the Industry

Richard Carey, VP Technology, Second Avenue LearningReality Check: Augmented, Virtual, and Wearable Technology in Education

For months on end The New York Times, Bloomberg, Forbes, Fortune, and others have touted 2016, and later 2017, as “the year of virtual reality.” Was it? Will it be? There’s no argument that alternate, augmented, virtual, wearable, and highly portable digital technologies have been around for some time, with breathless media reports waxing and waning, as they are wont to do. But the question remains: can we avoid the hype-cycle to develop and deploy these technologies where there are real use cases supporting them? Maybe this time is the charm.

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She Snoops for Scoops: The Personal Side of the EdNET Community

Vicki Smith BighamHappy Friday and happy Spring—I am hoping that if Spring weather has not reached you yet that it is right around the corner. It is in full bloom here, and I plan being outside a lot this weekend. But before we start that weekend, read on for this week's scoops!

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Association of American Publishers Honors Winners of the 2017 REVERE Awards

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U.S. Secretary of Education Announces Release of Updated ESSA Consolidated State Plan Template

In a letter delivered today to chief state school officers, U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos provided clarity on the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) implementation and released the updated template for the consolidated state plans. Secretary DeVos issued the following statement: "The updated state template will ensure states are able to better serve students with the freedom and flexibility they deserve, and which Congress requires. My philosophy is simple: I trust parents, I trust teachers, and I trust local school leaders to do what's right for the children they serve. ESSA was passed with broad bipartisan support to move power away from Washington, D.C., and into the hands of those who are closest to serving our nation's students."

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