Federal Grants to Expand Charter Schools

The Department of Education announced $253 million in federal grants to expand charter schools. These grants are the first for charter schools to be awarded under ESSA and include the following states:  Indiana, Maryland, Minnesota, Mississippi, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, Texas and Wisconsin. In addition, two state-level programs are also among entities receiving $56 … Read More

What You Need to Know About New Guidelines for K-12 Edtech Research

The Education Technology Industry Network (ETIN) of SIIA has updated the research guidelines they first published in 2011.  New ESSA legislation includes specific definitions of what counts for evidence of impact in product efficacy research. These new guidelines focus specifically on the K-12 market and will impact any effectiveness research you conduct and present in … Read More

ESSA and Federal Education Budget Create Discord in Washington, D.C.

Even though healthcare and the Russian investigation capture the daily headlines in Washington, D.C., there is still real work being accomplished, although not without criticism. Some states that have already submitted their ESSA plans for review now find themselves having to defend them after feedback from the Department of Education. The response from the department … Read More

Taking Advantage of Year-End Spending

Why You Need to Act Now School district spending has predictable cycles. The budget year for most districts is July 1 to June 30 each year. This means that during the spring months, districts are entering the final stages of their budget development process for the upcoming school year and looking to spend remaining funds … Read More

Webinar: ESSA Under the New DOE: How ESSA Will Affect My Organization

Learn about the latest updates, what we are seeing in the new administration with ESSA, and how it will impact your business as you close out the selling season and begin planning for 2017–2018.  Presented by Steve Rowley, CEO, Acumen Partners. Hosted by Michael Campbell, Vice President, Acumen Partners Watch the Recorded Webinar Now Webinar was … Read More

From the Principals’ Perspective

It is no surprise to anyone who works closely with school districts that most still find that their budgets do not stretch far enough. Our annual survey of K-12 principals confirmed that again this year. However, the survey also allows us to spot early trends and anticipate the impact of changing conditions and circumstances in … Read More

ESSA vs. NCLB – What You Should Know for 2016-2017

ESSA vs. NCLB – What You Should Know for 2016-2017 Last December when ESSA was signed into law, it represented the first reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) since 2001, when NCLB went into effect. While ESSA includes many of the same requirements as NCLB, there is now more flexibility in how … Read More

Literacy LEARN Act Incorporated into ESSA

Since President Obama signed ESSA into law in December 2015, there has been lots of conversation around what the long-awaited legislation means for literacy advocates. The ability to read is a prerequisite to improving student achievement, yet there has been reduced funding available for literacy initiatives since the days of Reading First. However, there is … Read More

[PRESS RELEASE] MCH Report: State of Education in K-12 Districts

April 5, 2016 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE MCH Strategic Data Announces Release of New Research on Principals in K-12 Districts SWEET SPRINGS, MO – April 5, 2016 – MCH Strategic Data, America’s leading compiler of institutional data, has released a new study; the 5th Annual Principals’ Assessment of Public Education, a look into the state of … Read More