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Student Privacy Bill Delayed

Rep. Jared Polis (D-CO) and Rep. Luke Messer (R-IN) did not release a student privacy bill March 23 as expected. Polis and Messer held off on releasing the Student Digital Privacy and Parental Rights Act, which intends to prevent vendors and third parties from using student information, according to Messer’s staff. The delay followed complaints from parents and activists who say they fear the measure may not go far enough to protect students. “While we welcome federal legislation to...

Number of Black Families Homeschooling More Than Doubled in Four Years

A growing number of black families are choosing to homeschool their children, the U.S. Department of Education reports. Although increasing numbers of black families are choosing to homeschool, RiShawn Biddle, who runs Dropout Nation, an education news and policy magazine, says it is difficult to know exactly how drastic the increase has been. “There are more black families that are taking up homeschooling,” Biddle said. “The question is how many. Currently the data we have on homeschooling...

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