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Education & State of the Union 2015
posted by: Alana | January 21, 2015, 06:57 PM   

Did you miss the State of the Union Address? Don’t worry. AAE has you covered.

In light of last night’s State of the Union address, we wanted to keep teachers abreast of the education-related policy proposals laid out by President Obama.


The two most important education components of last night’s address involved the Student Digital Privacy Act and expanding school access to the internet.

Here’s a highlight of some of the most important quotes related to each:

  • President Obama called on Congress “to finally pass the legislation we need to better meet the evolving threat of cyber-attacks, combat identity theft, and protect our children’s information.” He also said “Everyone has a role to play in ensuring parents and others can trust that data are being safely used to help students succeed. In the past year, states have created 26 new student privacy laws, and the education technology industry have pledged a series of commitments to safeguard data that has been signed by 75 companies. All federal action needs to be aligned with all the local and state efforts to protect student data.”

  • With regard to expanding high-speed internet access to schools and communities, he said, “I intend to protect a free and open internet, extend its reach to every classroom, and every community, and help folks build the fastest networks, so that the next generation of digital innovators and entrepreneurs have the platform to keep reshaping our world.”

Despite Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan making national headlines with plans to prioritize the overhaul of No Child Left Behind in 2015 and a campaign promise to rewrite the bill dating back to 2008, the topic was not covered in last night’s address.

According to AAE’s 2013 national survey, 93% of AAE members incorporate technology into their daily lessons. And 65% of teachers would support a blended learning environment where students spend part of their day with a teacher and part of their day on a computer. It’s clear that AAE members are interested in proposals that advance technology and modernize education.

AAE has surveyed our members on the latest policy issues and our 2015 national survey results will be released soon. So be on the lookout for that new data!

What are your thoughts on the president’s State of the Union address as it relates to education?
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