Education

Push to Reopen Schools Could Leave Out Millions of Students
Education
Push to Reopen Schools Could Leave Out Millions of Students

President Joe Biden says he wants most schools serving kindergarten through eighth grade to reopen by late April, but even if that happens, it is likely to leave out millions of students, many of them minorities in urban areas. “We’re... Read More

New Study Warns of COVID-19’s Negative Impact on Rural Colleges and Communities
Education
New Study Warns of COVID-19’s Negative Impact on Rural Colleges and Communities
2021-01-26 21:06:41
by Sara Wilkerson

A new study published by the Alliance for Research on Regional Colleges reveals that the COVID-19 pandemic’s impact on underserved rural colleges and surrounding communities could endanger the stability of local economies, health care systems and social mobility for the... Read More

Biden Executive Order Vows Support for Quality, In-person Learning to Resume
Education
Biden Executive Order Vows Support for Quality, In-person Learning to Resume
2021-01-22 16:38:33
by Sara Wilkerson

President Biden has signed an executive order detailing his administration’s policy plans to reopen schools safely for quality, in-person instruction. The order also details how the administration will begin tackling long-term effects that were created and exacerbated by the pandemic,... Read More

Biden Directs DoED to Pause Federal Student Loan Payments Until September
Education
Biden Directs DoED to Pause Federal Student Loan Payments Until September
2021-01-21 20:52:09
by Sara Wilkerson

President Joe Biden has directed the Department of Education to extend its pause on federal student loan payments and collections until September 30, 2021.  The directive was part of a series of executive orders that the newly sworn in president... Read More

Virginia Modifies Guidance for K-12 Reopenings Amid Pandemic
State News
Virginia Modifies Guidance for K-12 Reopenings Amid Pandemic
2021-01-20 17:18:29
by Sara Wilkerson

Recently, Virginia officials released an updated revision of the state’s interim guidelines for reopening K-12 schools in a letter sent to Virginia educators and public health officials. The move comes one day after the Centers for Disease Control published a... Read More

Senators Collins and Hassan Protect Funding for Nearly 200 Rural, Low-Income School Districts
Education
Senators Collins and Hassan Protect Funding for Nearly 200 Rural, Low-Income School Districts
2021-01-04 14:46:35
by Sean Trambley

WASHINGTON — Last week, U.S. Sens. Susan Collins, R-Maine, and Maggie Hassan, D-N.H., announced they successfully reversed a Department of Education decision that jeopardized funding for nearly 200 rural, low-income school districts.  A provision they negotiated was included in the... Read More

With Education Pick, Biden Adds Public Schools Proponent
Education
With Education Pick, Biden Adds Public Schools Proponent

WASHINGTON — Joe Biden is poised to nominate Miguel Cardona as secretary of the Department of Education. The schools chief in Connecticut pushed to reopen campuses during the coronavirus pandemic and emerged as a consensus choice for the federal post... Read More

Supreme Court to Decide Whether NCAA Can Refuse Pay for Football and Basketball Stars
Sports
Supreme Court to Decide Whether NCAA Can Refuse Pay for Football and Basketball Stars

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court agreed Wednesday to decide whether major colleges and universities are violating federal antitrust laws by refusing to pay the football and basketball players who bring in hundreds of millions of dollars to their campuses. The... Read More

Departing Trump Administration Wants to Weaken Nutrition Rules for School Meals
Political News
Departing Trump Administration Wants to Weaken Nutrition Rules for School Meals

PHILADELPHIA — In their last days in office, Trump administration officials are trying to reduce nutrition requirements for school meals, seeking to undo changes initiated by the Obama administration a decade ago. The U.S. Department of Agriculture says it wants... Read More

Think Tanks Pen Joint Letter Urging Congress to Prioritize Impending College Student Crisis
Education
Think Tanks Pen Joint Letter Urging Congress to Prioritize Impending College Student Crisis
2020-12-10 19:06:57
by Sara Wilkerson

This week, a group of prominent Washington D.C. think tank organizations sent a joint letter to Congressional leaders urging them to prioritize bipartisan-backed legislation that would benefit America’s college students. The letter was sent to the House and Senate minority... Read More

Emhoff to Join Faculty of Georgetown Law
Education
Emhoff to Join Faculty of Georgetown Law
2020-12-10 18:47:04
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Doug Emhoff, husband of Vice President-elect Kamala Harris, will be joining Georgetown Law beginning in January. The nation's very first "Second Gentleman"  and an entertainment lawyer by profession, will serve as a distinguished visitor from practice and teach... Read More

Third Way Hosts First Installment of Virtual
Think Tanks
Third Way Hosts First Installment of Virtual "Wine with Wonks" Series
2020-12-04 15:12:31
by Sara Wilkerson

WASHINGTON – Third Way, a Washington D.C.- based think tank, launched its inaugural “Wine with Wonks” virtual series this week that features scholars from its ACADEMIX Upshot series in an effort to promote their research and explore various education topics... Read More

NewDEAL Forum Releases Policy Proposals on Education and Jobs Mismatch in COVID Era
Education
NewDEAL Forum Releases Policy Proposals on Education and Jobs Mismatch in COVID Era
2020-12-04 14:47:03
by Sara Wilkerson

WASHINGTON - As part of the 10th Annual NewDEAL Leaders Conference held this week, the NewDEAL Forum, a Washington, D.C.-based non-profit organization, released a new education report detailing policy solutions for providing high quality college and career pathways for students... Read More

BPC Launches Academic Leaders Task Force on Campus Free Expression
Education
BPC Launches Academic Leaders Task Force on Campus Free Expression
2020-12-02 14:53:09
by Sara Wilkerson

WASHINGTON -- As part of the official launch of its Academic Leaders Task Force on Campus Free Expression Initiative, the Bipartisan Policy Center, a Washington, D.C., think tank dedicated to bipartisanship, hosted a roundtable discussion on campus free expression faced... Read More

NYC Schools to Close Temporarily Because of Rising COVID-19 rates
Education
NYC Schools to Close Temporarily Because of Rising COVID-19 rates

NEW YORK — New York City public schools will shut down temporarily starting Thursday because of surging coronavirus cases, top city officials said Wednesday. Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza said the closure would be "temporary" in an email to staffers Wednesday afternoon, but did not signal... Read More

Gen Z Voters Maintain Faith in Democracy, Despite Election Concerns
Research
Gen Z Voters Maintain Faith in Democracy, Despite Election Concerns
2020-11-12 21:36:43
by Sara Wilkerson

WASHINGTON - In a Georgetown University focus group webinar of voters from Generation Z, the first-time voters expressed their excitement over participating in the democratic process, while at the same time voiced concerns about various influences on the election. The... Read More

Spanberger, Fitzpatrick Fighting to Omit VA Disability Compensation from Student Aid Consideration
Education
Spanberger, Fitzpatrick Fighting to Omit VA Disability Compensation from Student Aid Consideration
2020-11-11 19:25:31
by Reece Nations

WASHINGTON – Reps. Abigail Spanberger, D-Va., and Brian Fitzpatrick, R-Pa., jointly introduced legislation Wednesday that would exclude Veterans Affairs Disability Compensation from the list of benefits that have to be reported in a student’s application for Federal Student Aid.  Under... Read More

National Press Club Takes Possession of 'Holy Grail of Broadcast Journalism'
Media
National Press Club Takes Possession of 'Holy Grail of Broadcast Journalism'
2020-10-22 18:03:38
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The BCC microphone used by CBS journalist Edward R. Murrow during his historic broadcast from war-torn London during World War II is taking up temporary residence at the National Press Club this fall. Casey Murrow, the legendary journalist's... Read More

An Illinois University Got Major Pushback for Cutting Religion, French and Anthropology. But Other Colleges Are Dropping the Humanities too
Religion
An Illinois University Got Major Pushback for Cutting Religion, French and Anthropology. But Other Colleges Are Dropping the Humanities too

CHICAGO — Scott Sheridan didn’t expect his 23 years of teaching at Illinois Wesleyan University to end like this. Though fewer students are pursuing degrees in his areas of study these days, many still participate. This semester, more than 50... Read More

Blue Dogs Host Roundtable Discussion on Rural Education and Workforce Development
Congress
Blue Dogs Host Roundtable Discussion on Rural Education and Workforce Development
2020-10-09 14:40:59
by Sara Wilkerson

WASHINGTON - This week the Blue Dog Coalition hosted a roundtable discussion with experts in the K-12, higher and tribal education fields on rural education and workforce development. Blue Dog member Rep. Kendra Horn, D-Okla., moderated the roundtable discussion on... Read More

New Survey Says Most Schools Weren’t Prepared For COVID-19 Disruption
Education
New Survey Says Most Schools Weren’t Prepared For COVID-19 Disruption
2020-10-05 12:50:26
by Sara Wilkerson

A new survey conducted by the Rand Corporation researchers indicates that most schools were not fully prepared for remote instruction and prolonged school closures at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.  Rand researchers compiled responses from 957 elementary and secondary... Read More

Coronavirus Infections Among School-Age Kids Rose in September After Classes Resumed
Health
Coronavirus Infections Among School-Age Kids Rose in September After Classes Resumed

Keen to send the nation’s kids back to reopened schools, President Donald Trump has called children “virtually immune,” “essentially immune” and “almost immune” to the coronavirus that causes COVID-19. But a new report by researchers from the Centers for Disease... Read More

Parents Sue LA Unified School District, Blasting Its Online Learning as Inadequate
Education
Parents Sue LA Unified School District, Blasting Its Online Learning as Inadequate

LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Unified School District’s distance learning plan has caused “enormous learning losses” and left tens of thousands of Black and Latino students without a basic education, according to allegations in a class action lawsuit filed... Read More

Third Way Offers Lawmakers Insight into America’s New Education Landscape
Education
Third Way Offers Lawmakers Insight into America’s New Education Landscape
2020-09-24 21:21:33
by Sara Wilkerson

Third Way recently added new additions to its ACADEMIX Upshot series, a short-form research series dedicated to examining the impact of COVID-19 on America’s education system. Academic experts across the country have contributed to Third Way’s series since it first... Read More

The Atlantic Festival Tackles The State of Higher Education
Education
The Atlantic Festival Tackles The State of Higher Education
2020-09-23 17:49:33
by Sara Wilkerson

As part of the second day of its four-day festival, the Atlantic Festival held multiple panels featuring college leaders and providers discussing college reopenings and the lasting impact of the pandemic on the higher education landscape in the future.  In... Read More

Cybercriminals Strike Schools Amid Pandemic
Cybercrime
Cybercriminals Strike Schools Amid Pandemic

WASHINGTON — Just days before the Aug. 3 scheduled start of school, officials at the Athens Independent School District in East Texas received a shock. Cybercriminals had attacked the district’s entire computer network, encrypting all the data and demanding $50,000... Read More

Comcast Gives Pennsylvania School Surprise Virtual Learning Boost
Education
Comcast Gives Pennsylvania School Surprise Virtual Learning Boost
2020-09-21 18:29:16
by Dan McCue

Comcast gave students and teachers in a Pennsylvania school district a big surprise last week -- free Dell Laptops and a year of internet access to support virtual learning and help them overcome the coronavirus pandemic. The city of McKeesport,... Read More

Substitute Teachers Are in High Demand for School Districts Trying to Fill Vacancies in a Pandemic
Education
Substitute Teachers Are in High Demand for School Districts Trying to Fill Vacancies in a Pandemic

PHILADELPHIA — Dawn Pittman retired from teaching in 2013 after more than three decades. But Pittman has no plans to give up her passion — even in a pandemic. When Camden resumes in-person learning, possibly in January, she hopes to... Read More

Coronavirus, Trump Chill International Enrollment at US Colleges
Education
Coronavirus, Trump Chill International Enrollment at US Colleges

WASHINGTON — Chittawan Boonsitanon started junior year at Michigan State University last week from his home in Bangkok, 8,500 miles and half a world away. Boonsitanon said many international students decided months ago to take classes online, before Michigan State... Read More

Bipartisan Policy Center Celebrates Constitution Day with Webinar on Student Civic Engagement
Education
Bipartisan Policy Center Celebrates Constitution Day with Webinar on Student Civic Engagement
2020-09-18 17:26:19
by Sara Wilkerson

The Bipartisan Policy Center, a Washington, D.C.-based think tank, hosted a webinar on student civic engagement featuring student leaders and other experts as part of its second annual celebration of Constitution Day.  The webinar focused particularly on the civic engagement... Read More

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