Narrowing the Digital Divide – Lifeline is a federal program that provides low-income families $9.25/month to help reduce the cost of phone service. The Alliance for Excellent Education is leading an advocacy effort to ensure families can use this subsidy to pay for internet access at home so that students are better equipped to do well in school. Learn more from this fact sheet.
New Initiative Aims to Better Prepare Principals – The Wallace Foundation has launched a five-year, $47 million initiative to help universities improve how they prepare future principals, especially for the highest-need schools. The new initiative will fund the redesign of up to six university programs, which will be asked to carry out their efforts in partnership with school districts. The university initiative comes on the heels of a new Wallace report.
U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation Changing the Debate in Quality Assurance in Higher Education. A new report from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce notes that “According to a survey by Gallup, only 11% of business leaders perceive college graduates to be ready for work, whereas 96% of chief academic officers in our nation’s colleges believe students are adequately prepared to start their careers.” The Chamber calls for “a voluntary, employer-driven talent supplier recognition and certification system—one that can complement the existing accreditation system and be used to improve government-supported quality assurance systems over time.”
Wallace Foundation Social/Emotional Learning Survey for Afterschool Stakeholders – The Wallace Foundation is seeking your perspective on social and emotional learning in after-school. Please take the survey here.