Posts by Anne Wujcik

Anne has almost 30 years of education and publishing experience, so she’s a bit of an expert! She is a Senior Education Research Analyst in MDR’s Market Research Department and Managing Editor of EdNET News Alert/School of Thought Newsletter.

Just a Few Memories

By Anne Wujcik | 03/02/2018 | 6 Comments
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MDR graciously offered me space this week, because I told them I wanted to reminisce.  For anyone who’s been in the industry as long as I have, that’s a dangerous offer. I have enjoyed thinking back and calling up wonderful memories from decades of school market experience. But before I indulge myself, I have to […]

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Federal Education Funding Progress – One Small Step at a Time

By Anne Wujcik | 02/16/2018 | 0 Comments
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It seems only fitting that in my last official pre-retirement column, there’s some education funding news to share. On Feb 12, the president released his budget request for FY 2019. Last week, following a few hours of government shut down in the wee hours of Feb 9, Congress extended the current Continuing Resolution that is […]

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Open Education Resources Going Mainstream

By Anne Wujcik | 02/02/2018 | 2 Comments
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Open education resources (OER) are finally moving into the mainstream. At postsecondary institutions, OER has begun to expand beyond the small group of dedicated early adopters. Driven in part by pressure to address the high cost of college textbooks, the list of colleges that launched open learning initiatives boomed in 2017. In K-12, OER is rapidly […]

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Nation’s Schools Earn a “C” from Education Week Quality Counts

By Anne Wujcik | 01/19/2018 | 1 Comment
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Education Week released the 22nd edition of Quality Counts this week. This year, Quality Counts will be issued in three installments, allowing a more in-depth approach to the data underpinning the report. This first installment presents the annual “report card” that Education Week delivers to grade the nation’s and the states’ education progress. I doubt […]

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Progress on State Accountability Plans; Capacity Challenges

By Anne Wujcik | 01/05/2018 | 0 Comments
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The Department of Education has provided initial feedback to almost all the states that submitted their ESSA accountability plans in fall 2017. States have been asked to clarify elements of their plans or fix problems. How many states will actually make changes remain to be seen, as does the capacity and intent of the Department […]

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Slow FY18 Budget Progress, Reauthorization of the Higher Education Act Starts in Earnest

By Anne Wujcik | 12/15/2017 | 0 Comments
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Congress continues to work on several pieces of legislation that need to be in place before it moves on to finalize the FY 2018 federal budget, which is now three months overdue. Meanwhile it looks like another Continuing Resolution will be passed to take us into the new year. There’s no real impact on the […]

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Further Reform for the FCC’s Lifeline Program and Other Education News

By Anne Wujcik | 12/01/2017 | 0 Comments
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I’m using my space this week to include information and links to things you may have missed over the past few, very busy weeks. I know I am already finding it challenging to keep up and the holiday flurry has just begun. Read on for updates on what’s happening with Title IV-A grant money, the […]

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Gates Foundation to Fund School Networks

By Anne Wujcik | 11/03/2017 | 0 Comments
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The Gates Foundation has established new funding priorities for its K-12 education investments. The Foundation expects to commit $1.7 billion to K-12 over the next five years, with 60% of that amount devoted to curriculum development and a new network building initiative and 15% directed to charter schools. But the foundation has not totally abandoned […]

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Exciting Changes Here for EdNET News Alert & EdNETinsight.com

By Anne Wujcik | 10/27/2017 | 0 Comments
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Over the last several months, MDR’s marketing team has been busy refreshing the MDR look and feel. We have a fresh new logo and a new web site, updated marketing solutions, and a renewed commitment to helping education marketers stay connected to schools and their leaders. Long-time readers will know that the EdNET News Alert and […]

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Student Data Privacy Debate Resurfaces

By Anne Wujcik | 10/26/2017 | 0 Comments
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In case you missed it, the Department a of Education (ED) and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) are hosting a workshop on December 1 to examine what they call the “intersection” of the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) and the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). The overall goal is “to gather information […]

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DoE Grant Priorities, Screen Time

By Anne Wujcik | 10/20/2017 | 0 Comments

Secretary DeVos has proposed 11 priorities and related definitions for use in the Department of Education’s discretionary grant programs. These proposed priorities and definitions are intended to replace the Department’s supplemental priorities published on December 10, 2014. Though the bulk of the Department’s money funds programs that operate under a set formula – like Title […]

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MDR’s School Spending Update 2015-2016

By Anne Wujcik | 10/13/2017 | 0 Comments
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We recently released our annual School Spending Update for the 2015-2016 school year. Below you will find a summary of the findings. MDR’s proprietary school expenditure research shows U.S. K-12 public schools increased instructional spending by 3% in the 2015-2016 school year to $12.8 billion. The national average for All Instructional Materials (AIM) spending was […]

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Technologies Coming and Going

By Anne Wujcik | 10/13/2017 | 0 Comments

Campus Technology has been releasing snapshots of the results from its 2017 second annual Teaching with Technology Survey. The snapshots focus on one aspect of the research reporting, for instance, on college faculty’s use of blended learning or their take on the most valuable classroom technology tools. The one that caught my eye today reported […]

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State of the Market Research

By Anne Wujcik | 10/06/2017 | 0 Comments

Last week MDR published “School Trends: Principals’ Perspectives on Instructional Initiatives and Purchasing Decisions,” the final report in the 2017 State of the K-12 Market series. Previous reports examined the market from the perspective of classroom teachers and district-level administrators responsible for curriculum and instructional technology. This comprehensive approach allowed us to get a unique […]

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STEM Priority for DoE

By Anne Wujcik | 09/29/2017 | 0 Comments

Earlier this week, President Trump directed a memo to Secretary DeVos that encouraged the Department of Education to use $200 million from the Department’s budget to fund grant programs to support “high-quality STEM education, including Computer Science in particular. The memo also encouraged the Department to “prioritize helping districts recruit and train teachers capable of […]

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Arts in Education, House Passes FY 2018 Appropriations Bill

By Anne Wujcik | 09/15/2017 | 0 Comments

Last week, the Education Commission of the States released “Beyond the Core: Advancing Student Success Through the Arts.” The report details research that shows that arts education can have dramatic effects on critical 21st century skills, such as creativity, teamwork and perseverance. Further, while arts education supports success across student groups, disadvantaged and at-risk students […]

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Senate Education Appropriation Approved

By Anne Wujcik | 09/08/2017 | 0 Comments

Well it appears we now have a three-month Continuing Resolution that will keep the federal government operating until mid-December. The House is voting on the legislation on Friday and it is expected to pass largely on the strength of Democratic votes. The CR comes as part of the deal the President crafted along with leading […]

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49th Annual PDK/Gallup Poll

By Anne Wujcik | 09/01/2017 | 0 Comments

PDK released the results of its 49th annual PDK/Gallup Poll of the Public’s Attitudes Toward the Public Schools this week. While polls of the public about topics like American education reflect public opinion at one point in time, it is true that this specific poll has a long history and can provide a lot of […]

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Curriculum as Reform

By Anne Wujcik | 08/25/2017 | 0 Comments

I’m seeing a lot more discussion of curriculum as a key factor in improving student learning. Robert Pondiscio and Checkers Finn at Fordham, Elliot Soloway and Cathie Norris in the Reinventing Curriculum blog published in the T.H.E Journal, and of course E.D. Hirsch. A new policy spotlight from Chiefs for Change—Hiding in Plain Sight: Leveraging […]

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Education Next Poll, Interoperability

By Anne Wujcik | 08/18/2017 | 0 Comments

Education Next released its 2017 Poll on School Reform, its 11th annual survey of a representative sample of the American public. The 2017 Education Next survey, conducted in May and June of this year, polled more than 4,200 respondents, including oversamples of parents and teachers. The web site includes an interactive tool that allows users […]

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FCC Confirmations, Spending for College Course Materials

By Anne Wujcik | 08/11/2017 | 0 Comments

The Federal Communications Commission is up to its full complement of commissioners at last. Before recessing for its summer break, the Senate confirmed Jessica Rosenworcel and Brendan Carr as two new commissioners. Chairman Ajit Pai, who needs to be reconfirmed before the end of the year, will have to wait until the fall for his […]

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Dynamic Learning Project, ESSA Evidence Regs

By Anne Wujcik | 08/04/2017 | 0 Comments

Google just doesn’t quit, with a new demonstration of its commitment to the education market, Google and Digital Promise have announced a new partnership—the Dynamic Learning Project—that will address the what the organizations describe as an emerging “second level digital divide” which is created by major differences in the ways teachers and students use technology. […]

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