Education

Bill Aims to Boost Hiring of School Social Workers, Counselors
Mental Health
Bill Aims to Boost Hiring of School Social Workers, Counselors
2021-06-22 20:20:20
by Alexa Hornbeck

The Counseling Not Criminalization in Schools Act, a bill recently reintroduced by members of the Senate and House, aims to increase the presence of social workers, counselors and other personnel to support marginalized students. “Our legislation is pretty simple. It... Read More

Supreme Court Hands Win to Student Athletes
Sports
Supreme Court Hands Win to Student Athletes
2021-06-22 15:15:02
by Dan McCue

In a unanimous decision Monday, the justices held the NCAA can’t enforce rules limiting education-related benefits — like computers and paid internships — that colleges offer to student athletes. The case doesn’t decide whether students can be paid salaries. Instead,... Read More

FAFSA Simplification Act Delayed
Education
FAFSA Simplification Act Delayed
2021-06-17 19:34:48
by Ansley Puckett

WASHINGTON - The Free Application for Federal Student Aid Simplification Act, which will implement changes to simplify the FAFSA application process, has been delayed by a year. On Friday, the Office of Federal Student Aid announced that the act will... Read More

Senate Looks at Biden’s 2022 Budget Request for the Department of Education
Education
Senate Looks at Biden’s 2022 Budget Request for the Department of Education
2021-06-17 14:34:19
by Ansley Puckett

WASHINGTON- The Senate Appropriations subcommittee met Wednesday to examine President Biden’s Fiscal Year 2022 budget request for the Department of Education. The $102.8 billion budget for the Department’s programs and activities is a $29.8 billion increase from the 2021 fiscal... Read More

Department of Education Confirms Title IX Protects Gay and Transgender Students
Civil Rights
Department of Education Confirms Title IX Protects Gay and Transgender Students
2021-06-16 20:12:01
by Ansley Puckett

WASHINGTON- The U.S. Department of Education confirmed Wednesday that Title IX protects students from discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 prohibits discrimination based on sex in any educational activity or... Read More

Loan Relief Granted to Defrauded For-Profit College Students
Education
Loan Relief Granted to Defrauded For-Profit College Students

The U.S. Education Department said Wednesday it's erasing student debt for thousands of borrowers who attended a for-profit college chain that made exaggerated claims about its graduates' success in finding jobs. The Biden administration said it is approving 18,000 loan... Read More

Education Department Highlights American Rescue Plan Beneficiaries
Education
Education Department Highlights American Rescue Plan Beneficiaries
2021-06-15 18:34:40
by Ansley Puckett

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Department of Education posted 28 plans Monday describing how various states intend to use the American Rescue Plan Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief funds to support students, schools and educators. The fund provides almost $122... Read More

Biden Taps Sandra Bruce to Be Inspector General for Ed Dept.
Education
Biden Taps Sandra Bruce to Be Inspector General for Ed Dept.
2021-06-15 18:30:54
by Ansley Puckett

WASHINGTON - President Joe Biden announced seven nominations on Friday, including his nominee for Inspector General of the Department of Education, Sandra Bruce. If confirmed, Bruce will be tasked with auditing and investigating DOE programs to combat fraud, waste and... Read More

Biden’s Back-to-School Goals on Target
Education
Biden’s Back-to-School Goals on Target
2021-06-14 17:29:20
by Ansley Puckett

On Thursday, U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona responded to the results of the April 2021 National Center for Education Statistics Survey on schools reopening. The NAEP launched the NAEP School Survey in February, which surveyed approximately 3,500 schools each... Read More

DoEd Advancing Equity in Education
Education
DoEd Advancing Equity in Education
2021-06-14 17:22:07
by Ansley Puckett

The Department of Education is taking action to advance equity in education and ensure that schools are serving students across the nation. According to a release on Wednesday, the Department of Education has published a report detailing the varying impacts... Read More

Justices Defer Harvard Case on Race in College Admissions
Supreme Court
Justices Defer Harvard Case on Race in College Admissions

WASHINGTON (AP) — With abortion and guns already on the agenda, the conservative-dominated Supreme Court is considering adding a third blockbuster issue — whether to ban consideration of race in college admissions. The justices on Monday put off a decision... Read More

Lawmakers Seek to Build, Diversify STEM Workforce
Technology
Lawmakers Seek to Build, Diversify STEM Workforce
2021-06-09 17:40:55
by Alexa Hornbeck

Zharia Akeem, 19-year-old student at Tufts University, said that after being accepted into its Bridge to Engineering Success program she saw a need to help and bridge the gap between engineering research and minority communities.  “I am the only person... Read More

Virginia Teacher Reinstated After Dispute Over Transgender Students
Law
Virginia Teacher Reinstated After Dispute Over Transgender Students
2021-06-08 21:05:36
by Tom Ramstack

A judge on Tuesday ordered a Leesburg, Va., elementary teacher reinstated in his job after he was suspended for refusing to address transgender and nonbinary students according to their gender preferences. Physical education teacher Byron “Tanner” Cross refused to address... Read More

Gottheimer Leads Effort to Have Panic Alarms Installed in all Schools
Law Enforcement
Gottheimer Leads Effort to Have Panic Alarms Installed in all Schools
2021-06-01 20:07:45
by TWN Staff

Rep. Josh Gottheimer, D-N.J., is leading a bipartisan effort to have silent panic alarms installed in every primary and secondary school across the nation. The vehicle for this is the Alyssa’s Legacy Youth in School Safety Alert Act, named for... Read More

Murphy, Davis Want K-12 Tax Deduction Made Available to Athletic Coaches, Administrators
Taxes
Murphy, Davis Want K-12 Tax Deduction Made Available to Athletic Coaches, Administrators
2021-05-24 18:19:59
by Reece Nations

WASHINGTON — Reps. Stephanie Murphy, D-Fla., and Rodney Davis, R-Ill., are sponsoring legislation that would expand a federal tax deduction so K-12 athletic coaches and administrators are eligible for reimbursement should they pay out of pocket to buy equipment and... Read More

Princeton Gerrymandering Project Launches District Mapping Contest
Political News
Princeton Gerrymandering Project Launches District Mapping Contest
2021-05-17 20:54:59
by TWN Staff

The nonpartisan Princeton Gerrymandering Project has launched what it is calling the "Great American Map-Off," a contest challenging the public to draw redistricting plans for seven crucial states – Wisconsin, Colorado, Ohio, Illinois, Florida, North Carolina and New York – in anticipation... Read More

Is Income-Driven Repayment Contributing to Federal Student Loan Payment Problems?
Think Tanks
Is Income-Driven Repayment Contributing to Federal Student Loan Payment Problems?
2021-05-14 18:32:35
by Kate Michael

WASHINGTON — Student loan forgiveness has been a topic of conversation as the Biden administration continues to consider proposals for alleviating student loan debt, but in the absence of any news on that front, borrowers are starting to get worried... Read More

Subsidized Broadband Benefit Program Available for K-12 Today
Education
Subsidized Broadband Benefit Program Available for K-12 Today
2021-05-12 20:57:57
by Victoria Turner

Amanda Schermerhorn recently majored in political science at Minnesota State Community and Technical College. During the pandemic, she often had to use her Detroit Lakes campus free wi-fi from her car in the parking lot, along with other students, just... Read More

Biden Hits Schools Goal Even as Many Students Learn Remotely
Education
Biden Hits Schools Goal Even as Many Students Learn Remotely

President Joe Biden has met his goal of having most elementary and middle schools open for full, in-person learning in his first 100 days, according to new survey data, but the share of students choosing to return has continued to... Read More

Harvard President Urges ICE to Ease ‘Hurdles’ for International Students
Education
Harvard President Urges ICE to Ease ‘Hurdles’ for International Students
2021-04-29 20:03:07
by Dan McCue

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- The president of Harvard University is urging the White House to untangle barriers put in place by the Trump administration and make it easier for international students to engage in low residency or hybrid educational programs. In... Read More

School Infrastructure Investments Bridge Paths to Better Future
Education
School Infrastructure Investments Bridge Paths to Better Future
2021-04-29 18:58:14
by Victoria Turner

Tara Roberts, a single mother of eight, was committed but “in tears” as she opened her first classroom door at Portland Community College, said Mark Mitsui, president of PCC. She now holds a doctorate in nursing, is a health care... Read More

Poll Finds Strong Support for Colleges, Universities, Mandating COVID Vaccines
Opinion Polls
Poll Finds Strong Support for Colleges, Universities, Mandating COVID Vaccines
2021-04-23 20:37:24
by TWN Staff

WASHINGTON - Nearly 70% of Americans agree with universities and colleges mandating all staff and students be vaccinated for COVID-19 before they resume face-to-face operations, a new, Back-to-Normal Barometer survey has found. The survey asked respondents whether they agreed or... Read More

Johns Hopkins Launches Institute to Foster New Renewable Energy Technologies
Education
Johns Hopkins Launches Institute to Foster New Renewable Energy Technologies
2021-04-23 19:27:15
by TWN Staff

Johns Hopkins University and its Whiting School of Engineering announced Thursday that they are establishing the Ralph S. O'Connor Sustainable Energy Institute to support ongoing research and education in the fields of clean, renewable, and sustainable energy technologies. The wide-ranging effort is the... Read More

‘No Need to Reinvent the Wheel’ to Recover US Workforce
Education
‘No Need to Reinvent the Wheel’ to Recover US Workforce
2021-04-20 19:17:34
by Victoria Turner

With at least 4 million long-term unemployed American workers more than a year into the pandemic, witnesses before a US Senate hearing Tuesday called for the expansion of a post-secondary education grant to cover short-term, high quality programs.  Throughout the... Read More

Survey: Even as Schools Reopen, Many Students Learn Remotely
Education
Survey: Even as Schools Reopen, Many Students Learn Remotely

Large numbers of students are not returning to the classroom even as more schools reopen for full-time, in-person learning, according to a survey released Wednesday by the Biden administration. The findings reflect a nation that has been locked in debate... Read More

Protecting the Arts in Higher Education
Education
Protecting the Arts in Higher Education
2021-04-07 13:51:41
by Sara Wilkerson

This week Americans for the Arts, a leading arts advocacy nonprofit organization, is hosting the National Arts Action Summit, a virtual week-long summit that brings together arts advocates from around the country to hear from experts on arts policy, arts... Read More

A Year of Online Learning: The Good, the Bad, the Ugly
Education
A Year of Online Learning: The Good, the Bad, the Ugly
2021-04-06 19:42:04
by Kate Michael

WASHINGTON — Online education had been on the rise for several years prior to COVID-19, but the pandemic fast-tracked a sudden pivot to emergency remote instruction. Over the past year, more students and faculty experienced and gained confidence in online... Read More

Meeting the Needs of Disabled Students During COVID-19 and Beyond
Education
Meeting the Needs of Disabled Students During COVID-19 and Beyond
2021-04-01 20:58:13
by Sara Wilkerson

This week, the Hunt Institute, a non-profit that brings together people and resources to inform elected officials and policymakers about key issues in education, hosted a webinar discussing how students with disabilities could be better served during and after the... Read More

Supreme Court Seems Ready to Back Payments to Student-Athletes
Supreme Court
Supreme Court Seems Ready to Back Payments to Student-Athletes
2021-03-31 21:00:23
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — A majority of justices, representing both sides of the High Court’s ideological divide, appeared ready during oral arguments on Wednesday to allow college athletes to be compensated monetarily for their efforts. In doing so, they also signaled they... Read More

Ball In Their Court: Justices Take on NCAA Restrictions
Supreme Court
Ball In Their Court: Justices Take on NCAA Restrictions

WASHINGTON (AP) — The NCAA and former college athletes are getting ready to play ball at the Supreme Court. With the March Madness basketball tournament ongoing, the high court will hear arguments Wednesday in a case about how colleges can... Read More

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