US: Federal: H.R. 521 Transforming Education Through Technology Act
Policy Title: US: Federal: H.R. 521 Transforming Education Through Technology Act - [link to the Bill is at the bottom of the page : http://democrats.edworkforce.house.gov/bill/transforming-education-through-technology-act Go to the policy]
Author(s): Rep. George Miller
Description: The Act would help schools, districts, and states transform learning systems by utilizing innovative technology. Specifically the legislation would:
1. Support teachers and principals in using technology to increase college and career readiness, close achievement gaps, and engage all students 2. Help school districts build a technology infrastructure to make sure schools take full advantage of what technology has to offer 3. Help states improve student learning, upgrade assessments, and improve educator preparation and support 4. Seed innovation to create the learning environment of tomorrow using the best technology of todayMoreover, the legislation includes prominent roles for OER in two explicit ways. First, all U.S. states would be required to "consider making content widely available through open educational resources when making purchasing decisions with funds received" under the Act and OER is explicitly called out as an efficiency/productivity strategy that grantees could pursue to extend the 'reach of of high-quality materials, tools, curriculum, instruction, or teachers".
Link to the Bill is at the bottom of the page