A bipartisan group of U.S. senators is asking the Federal Trade Commission to investigate ed-tech companies’ digital marketing practices, as online activity surges during COVID-19.
State funding for K-12 is likely to fall sharply, though districts could look to protect essentials like distance-learning support and professional development, says school finance expert Mike Griffith.
Members of the future American workforce could see losses of earnings that add up to trillions of dollars, depending on how long coronavirus-related school closures persist.
Speak Agent, a digital, language-development platform based in Maryland, is one of the lucky ones: The company has secured money through the federal Payroll Protection Program.
The White House and congressional lawmakers soon hope to reach a deal to reinvigorate the Paycheck Protection Program, which could critically support small education firms.
School districts are getting more serious about giving every student a laptop or tablet, as devices have become a more critical learning tool amid COVID-19.
The FTC says companies should be aware of the applicability of the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act to remote learning, yet added that the statute shouldn’t prevent innovation.
Many companies in the education market are likely to pursue loans through the recent, massive stimulus. But securing that funding is no sure thing.
As district budgets contract during the COVID-19 crisis, the E-rate is likely to become a key source of funding for schools trying to improve their internet connectivity.
Because the economic rescue package will be used to cover so many district needs, the law will likely fall short in addressing many ed-tech priorities, a pair of advocates predict.