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Act Restores Private Right to Sue on Discriminatory Educational Practices
Education
Act Restores Private Right to Sue on Discriminatory Educational Practices
2020-09-17 13:49:04
by Sara Wilkerson

WASHINGTON - The House passed the Equity and Inclusion Enforcement Act (EIEA), legislation on Wednesday that will restore students’ and parents’ right to hold schools accountable for racial discrimination under Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The... Read More

New York Launches COVID Response Team to Monitor City's Schools
Cities
New York Launches COVID Response Team to Monitor City's Schools
2020-09-16 14:40:46
by Daniel Londono

NEW YORK, N.Y.- The City of New York on Monday implemented a new COVID "Response Team" to monitor the city's schools and hopefully prevent a resurgence of the coronavirus in one of the nation's hardest hit municipalities. The city's new... Read More

House Passes Legislation Aimed at Increasing Diversity in Schools
Education
House Passes Legislation Aimed at Increasing Diversity in Schools
2020-09-16 14:02:47
by Sara Wilkerson

WASHINGTON - Today, the House of Representatives passed the Strength in Diversity Act 2020, legislation that will provide funding for voluntary desegregation initiatives across the country. The Strength in Diversity Act was brought to the House by Rep. Marcia Fudge,... Read More

Community College Enrollments Down Due to Uncertainties Caused by COVID-19
Education
Community College Enrollments Down Due to Uncertainties Caused by COVID-19
2020-09-04 20:51:45
by Sara Wilkerson

Community colleges saw a nearly 6% decline in enrollments this summer due to uncertainties stemming from the coronavirus outbreak, according to a new report from the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center. Community colleges were not the only institutions to face... Read More

DeVos: Open Schools But Let Parents Choose Whether Children Attend
Education
DeVos: Open Schools But Let Parents Choose Whether Children Attend

DETROIT — In a new letter to the nation’s parents, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos is encouraging them to send their kids back to school, warning of students falling behind academically without directly addressing the health risks posed by the coronavirus.... Read More

Why No Break on Tuition Despite the Move to Remote Classes? COVID-19 Costs are Astronomical
Education
Why No Break on Tuition Despite the Move to Remote Classes? COVID-19 Costs are Astronomical

SAN JOSE, Calif. — Robert Massa, an adjunct professor at USC, had a recent conversation with his neighbor that undoubtedly mirrors discussions unfolding in front yards, in living rooms and at kitchen tables across the country. “His daughter is going... Read More

Black History Instruction Gets New Emphasis in Many States
Education
Black History Instruction Gets New Emphasis in Many States

Through his high school years in Orlando in the 1990s, Florida state Sen. Randolph Bracy never heard a word about a massacre seven decades earlier that took place on Election Day just 15 minutes away in Ocoee. Only later did... Read More

College Students Return to Campus Faced With Multiple Options and Fear
Education
College Students Return to Campus Faced With Multiple Options and Fear
2020-08-28 18:10:11
by Sara Wilkerson

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to produce strains on key cornerstones of society, the education system in America is faced with its biggest challenge yet: students returning to the classroom. To find out more about how students are feeling as... Read More

Judge Strikes Down Florida Order Linking School Reopening to Funding
State News
Judge Strikes Down Florida Order Linking School Reopening to Funding
2020-08-25 19:13:23
by Sara Wilkerson

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - A Florida judge struck down a state order Monday that required "brick and mortar” schools in the state to be open five-days-a-week by the end of the month. Judge Charles Dodson of the Leon County Circuit Court... Read More

Federal Judge Blocks DoEd Rule Favoring More CARES Act Funding for Private Schools
Education
Federal Judge Blocks DoEd Rule Favoring More CARES Act Funding for Private Schools
2020-08-24 21:16:58
by Sara Wilkerson

SEATTLE - A federal judge ruled last week in favor of Seattle Attorney General Bob Ferguson's request to block a Department of Education rule that required school districts to either share a larger percentage of federal funding with private schools... Read More

A Generation Left Behind? Online Learning Cheats Poor Students
Education
A Generation Left Behind? Online Learning Cheats Poor Students

LOS ANGELES — Maria Viego and Cooper Glynn were thriving at their elementary schools. Maria, 10, adored the special certificates she earned volunteering to read to second graders. Cooper, 9, loved being with his friends and how his teacher incorporated... Read More

Iowa Governor's Push to Reopen Schools Descends Into Chaos
Education
Iowa Governor's Push to Reopen Schools Descends Into Chaos

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — An aggressive push by Iowa’s pro-Trump governor to reopen schools amid a worsening coronavirus outbreak has descended into chaos, with some districts and teachers rebelling and experts calling the scientific benchmarks used by the state... Read More

Free Virtual Resources for Parents and Educators as America Goes Back to School
Education
Free Virtual Resources for Parents and Educators as America Goes Back to School
2020-08-19 15:30:17
by Kate Michael

WASHINGTON — As American students head back to school, parents, teachers, and administrators are securing resources to offer safe school environments or transition to online classrooms while maintaining rigorous curriculums. Everyone is striving to keep students’ minds sharp and bodies... Read More

New Michigan Program Gives Degree-Seekers Chance To Earn Free College Credits
Education
New Michigan Program Gives Degree-Seekers Chance To Earn Free College Credits
2020-08-18 22:24:39
by Gaspard Le Dem

A new state initiative launched last week by the Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity allows residents to earn college credits at state institutions at no cost, and without needing to take coursework. Through a partnership with two educational... Read More

Parents Turn To Homeschooling As Schools Go All-Virtual
Education
Parents Turn To Homeschooling As Schools Go All-Virtual
2020-08-13 15:17:59
by Gaspard Le Dem

Christy Murrell had doubts about the education her teenage son was getting at a public school in Fairfax County, Virginia.  The mother of three, who calls herself “a very hands-on parent,” was struggling to communicate with teachers at Westfield, one... Read More

Coronavirus Cases Among Children on the Rise as Schools Gear Up For Reopening
Education
Coronavirus Cases Among Children on the Rise as Schools Gear Up For Reopening
2020-08-11 12:12:35
by Gaspard Le Dem

New data shows that a growing number of children across the country are testing positive for the coronavirus as many schools prepare to resume in-person classes this fall. Over the last two weeks of July, the U.S. reported 97,078 new... Read More

Educators Say US Needs Better Plan to Reopen Schools Safely in Pandemic
Education
Educators Say US Needs Better Plan to Reopen Schools Safely in Pandemic
2020-08-07 13:47:25
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON - House Democrats, at a congressional hearing Thursday on reopening public schools, accused President Donald Trump of mishandling the government’s response to the coronavirus pandemic. They said schools might not have been forced to close early in the Spring... Read More

Districts Go Round and Round on School Bus Reopening Plans
Education
Districts Go Round and Round on School Bus Reopening Plans

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — School districts nationwide puzzling over how to safely educate children during a pandemic have a more immediate challenge — getting 26 million bus-riding students there in the first place. Few challenges are proving to be more... Read More

How to Manage Anxiety Surrounding Back-to-School Transition
Mental Health
How to Manage Anxiety Surrounding Back-to-School Transition
2020-08-06 18:14:49
by Kate Michael

WASHINGTON - Even as students across the United States are beginning to head back to class, the reopening of schools remains a topic of intense debate. While no one can predict what is ahead for the Fall of 2020, there... Read More

Public Colleges Face Gut Punch from States’ COVID-19 Deficits
Education
Public Colleges Face Gut Punch from States’ COVID-19 Deficits

America’s public colleges and universities are facing one of their toughest financial challenges ever as the economic collapse hammers state tax collections and tens of thousands of students opt to wait out the pandemic or study online. With the recession... Read More

Most K-12 Parents Don’t Want Full-Time In-Person Classes This Fall
Education
Most K-12 Parents Don’t Want Full-Time In-Person Classes This Fall
2020-08-04 20:01:48
by Sara Wilkerson

As schools across the country consider their learning options for the upcoming academic school year, a new Gallup poll says fewer parents favor full-time in-person instruction, suggesting a shift in parental preferences from late May.  At the end of the... Read More

Senators Urge USDA to Extend School Meal Waivers for Low-Income Students
Education
Senators Urge USDA to Extend School Meal Waivers for Low-Income Students
2020-08-03 21:02:49
by Reece Nations

WASHINGTON - Thirty-four members of the U.S. Senate have signed a letter to Department of Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue requesting an extension of various waivers that allow low-income students access through the upcoming school year to school-provided meals. One-in-seven children... Read More

States Raid Fund Meant for Needy Families to Pay for Other Programs
In The News
States Raid Fund Meant for Needy Families to Pay for Other Programs

WASHINGTON — Nearly 25 years ago, President Bill Clinton vowed to “end welfare as we know it,” and Congress bought in, passing landmark legislation designed to help millions of low-income Americans find work and get off the rolls for good.... Read More

D.C. Public Schools Will Go All-Virtual Until At Least November
Education
D.C. Public Schools Will Go All-Virtual Until At Least November
2020-07-30 21:39:51
by Gaspard Le Dem

WASHINGTON - District of Columbia officials on Thursday announced that D.C. public schools will hold all classes remotely until the end of the fall semester’s first term on November 6. The decision comes after several neighboring school districts, including Montgomery... Read More

Child Care Sector On Brink Of Collapse
Congress
Child Care Sector On Brink Of Collapse
2020-07-28 20:31:20
by Gaspard Le Dem

WASHINGTON - Just a few months ago, Braudilia Mendez had four employees to help care for the toddlers at Curious Mind, a bilingual child care center in Washington, D.C.’s Petworth neighborhood. But when the pandemic struck, Mendez was forced to... Read More

CDC Endorses the Reopening of Schools, Downplays Health Risks
Education
CDC Endorses the Reopening of Schools, Downplays Health Risks
2020-07-24 17:39:48
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Centers for Disease Control is reversing course and now says schools should reopen in the fall, downplaying the potential health risks associated with such a move while conceding the recommendation is based on “limited data.” The new... Read More

NAACP Sues ED For ‘Robbing’ Public Schools of Coronavirus Funding
Education
NAACP Sues ED For ‘Robbing’ Public Schools of Coronavirus Funding
2020-07-23 14:10:06
by Gaspard Le Dem

WASHINGTON - The NAACP is adding its voice to a broad legal challenge of a rule by the U.S. Department of Education that diverts COVID-19 relief aid away from public schools to benefit private education.  The powerful civil rights organization... Read More

Trials of Parents in College Admissions Scam to Proceed in Groups, Judge Says
Education
Trials of Parents in College Admissions Scam to Proceed in Groups, Judge Says

Ten of the remaining parents charged with paying bribes to get their children into elite U.S. colleges will be tried in two groups, after a federal judge rejected their appeal for separate proceedings. “There is common and overlapping evidence” in... Read More

Biden Previews His Plans on Education and Care for The Elderly
2020 Elections
Biden Previews His Plans on Education and Care for The Elderly

WASHINGTON — Joe Biden on Monday previewed his plans to build a “caring economy,” saying he will make it easier for elderly Medicaid recipients to receive care at home. Biden is expected to offer more details on his proposals regarding... Read More

School Buses Pose Social Distancing Problem as Schools Prepare to Reopen
Health
School Buses Pose Social Distancing Problem as Schools Prepare to Reopen
2020-07-16 20:43:52
by Gaspard Le Dem

WASHINGTON -- Despite an increasing number of coronavirus cases in all but a handful of U.S. states, school districts across the country are pushing ahead with plans to resume in-person classes this fall. With the pandemic continuing, minimizing the risk... Read More

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