Category Archives: Government Relations

Investing in Workforce EdTech: Staying Ahead of the Curve

As the very nature of work evolves rapidly, so does the nature of workforce training and education. Companies and students are demanding change, colleges are adapting, and investors are making workforce edtech a top priority–but are you considering how you can take advantage of this opportunity?  Technology is playing a highly disruptive role, both by […]

Five Steps to Take Now to Build a Strategic Plan in a Changing Political Environment

As the dust continues to settle from the historic 2016 Presidential election, it’s time to assess what you should do to prepare your company for the shifting political environment. Though uncertainty abounds about what direction the new administration will take in the education arena, there is no doubt that changes are coming. And while the […]

Government Relations Update – December 2015

ED-Lection 2016 With the Presidential race gearing up, Arc will track candidates’ education policy positions. Stay tuned for more in the coming months and into next year. GOP Debate During the October 10 GOP debate, Marco Rubio called the nation’s higher education system “completely outdated” and advocated for additional vocational education stating America needs more […]

Government Relations Update – June 2015

ED-Lection 2016 With the Presidential race gearing up, Arc will track candidates’ education policy positions. Stay tuned. DREAM-ers Donation Mark Zuckerberg announced that he and his wife Priscilla Chan are giving $5 million to TheDream.US as part of their commitment to supporting education in the Bay Area. They join philanthropists Don Graham, Amanda Bennett, and […]

Government Relations Update – April 2015

ED-lection 2016  As the Presidential race ramps up, Arc will track candidates’ education positions and keep you posted. Utah Education Funding Increase Utah Gov. Gary Herbert gives final approval to the largest funding increase for schools in 25 years. California NCLB Waiver Extensions Six districts in California have applied for a three-year extension of their No […]

Investing in Technology for Special Needs and Early Childhood Education

I recently spoke at a congressional briefing on technology in early education, focusing on the overall economic benefits of investing in technology for preK education and special needs. The panel also included Rhian Evans Allvin, Executive Director for the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC); Benjamin Heuston, Ph.D., President, Waterford Institute; Chip […]

September 2014 Government Relations Update

Education and the Midterm Elections While many are focused on how control of the House and Senate could change during the upcoming midterm elections, from an education standpoint, governor’s races across the country are the ones to watch. The single greatest influence on education in a given state is the governor, so it is critical […]

Common Core – For Our Kids

Note: This column ran in the August 16, 2013 edition of the Sarasota Herald-Tribune: What do economic development, better jobs, and our kids’ future all have in common? Good schools. In a few days schools will be back in session. But are those schools good enough? The education our kids get will determine how well […]

May Government Relations Update

Education Funding Update This year, a 15% carryover of Title 1 funds are allowed, so there is still some money to be spent. However, under sequestration, federal education funds will be cut around 5 to 7 percent; as these funds are often used by districts for content purchasing, the publishing industry will be hit harder. […]

“Raising the Bar: Reviewing STEM Education in America”

On April 10, I attended a Hearing of the Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary and Secondary Education, chaired by Rep. Todd Rokita (R-IN), where they reviewed the need to evaluate the federal government’s STEM investment to ensure it is helping students complete for jobs in these high-demand STEM fields. By 2018 the United States will […]