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Trump Administration Walks Back Rule on Foreign Students
Education
Trump Administration Walks Back Rule on Foreign Students
2020-07-14 20:32:48
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Trump administration has rescinded a rule that would have required international students to transfer or leave the country if their schools held classes entirely online because of the pandemic. The decision was announced at the start of... Read More

More Than 200 Schools Back Lawsuit Over Foreign Student Rule
Education
More Than 200 Schools Back Lawsuit Over Foreign Student Rule

BOSTON (AP) — More than 200 universities are backing a legal challenge to the Trump administration’s new restrictions on international students, arguing that the policy jeopardizes students' safety and forces schools to reconsider fall plans they have spent months preparing.... Read More

Cuomo Outlines Plan to Reopen Schools in New York
State News
Cuomo Outlines Plan to Reopen Schools in New York

NEW YORK — Gov. Andrew Cuomo rolled out a data-driven plan on Monday for reopening New York schools that hinges on consistently dropping coronavirus infection rates, mandates for face mask usage in classrooms and daily screenings of staff and students.... Read More

Spanberger Joins Call for Justification for ICE Policy Shift on Foreign Students
Political News
Spanberger Joins Call for Justification for ICE Policy Shift on Foreign Students
2020-07-13 19:28:59
by Reece Nations

WASHINGTON - Rep. Abigail Spanberger, D-Va., has joined the growing number of lawmakers calling on Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials to explain their decision to upend the educational plans of thousands of international students holding F-1 and M-1 visas. Last... Read More

Five States Sue Education Dept. Over CARES Act School Funding
Education
Five States Sue Education Dept. Over CARES Act School Funding
2020-07-13 13:27:31
by Tom Ramstack

Five states and the District of Columbia filed a lawsuit this week that accuses the U.S. Education Department of shorting schools in low-income areas on their fair share of coronavirus relief funds. Instead, too much of the money is going... Read More

Virus Spread, Not Politics Should Guide Schools, Doctors Say
Education
Virus Spread, Not Politics Should Guide Schools, Doctors Say

As the Trump administration pushes full steam ahead to force schools to resume in-person education, public health experts warn that a one-size-fits-all reopening could drive infection and death rates even higher. They’re urging a more cautious approach, which many local... Read More

US Education Chief DeVos Downplays Risk of Opening Schools
Education
US Education Chief DeVos Downplays Risk of Opening Schools

The top U.S. education official downplayed the risk of reopening schools in the fall, a high priority of President Donald Trump, and repeated a threat to cut funding to schools that don’t fully resume in-person learning as educators wrestle with... Read More

International Students On Hold In Wake Of Administration’s Deportation Threat
Education
International Students On Hold In Wake Of Administration’s Deportation Threat

WASHINGTON - International students at universities across the country have been rattled and confused by a new Trump administration rule that threatens to deport them if they are unable to attend in-person classes in the fall.  The U.S. Immigration and... Read More

Democrats Rebuke White House Over Possibly Directing Virus Aid Away from Public Schools
Education
Democrats Rebuke White House Over Possibly Directing Virus Aid Away from Public Schools

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump’s apparent proposal that future coronavirus aid for schools be tied to students, rather than school districts, has drawn rebukes from key Democrats. “He wants to increase funding in CARES four for education, but he’s looking... Read More

Trump Urges K-12 Schools to Reopen; Others Aren’t So Sure
Education
Trump Urges K-12 Schools to Reopen; Others Aren’t So Sure

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump on Tuesday urged the nation’s public schools to reopen “quickly and beautifully” and jabbed at districts such as Los Angeles’ that remain uncertain, again injecting politics into the pandemic response. As the nation’s death toll... Read More

Utah Secures 500,000 Face Masks in Anticipation of Reopening Schools
State News
Utah Secures 500,000 Face Masks in Anticipation of Reopening Schools
2020-07-07 19:06:08
by Jacob Pederson

The Utah Board of Education has received a shipment of 500,000 face masks it plans to distribute to students and teachers as they return to school in the fall. The collection of masks is the latest manifestation of Gov. Gary... Read More

Schools Try to Plan Reopening Amid Conflicting Coronavirus Guidelines
Education
Schools Try to Plan Reopening Amid Conflicting Coronavirus Guidelines

PHILADELPHIA — A month into planning what fall might look like for the 2,700 students in his Gloucester County school district, Jim Lavender tore through 104 pages of guidance from the New Jersey Department of Education. By Wednesday, Lavender had... Read More

High Court Strikes Down Ban on Taxpayer Funding for Religious Schools
Education
High Court Strikes Down Ban on Taxpayer Funding for Religious Schools
2020-06-30 21:12:50
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court struck down a ban on taxpayer funding for religious schools on Tuesday, saying such institutions can't be prevented from participating in programs that use public funds to support private education. The 5-4 ruling upheld a... Read More

Colleges Seek Legal Protection as They Mull Return to In-Person Classes
In The News
Colleges Seek Legal Protection as They Mull Return to In-Person Classes
2020-06-25 16:51:41
by Gaspard Le Dem

WASHINGTON -- With fall around the corner and coronavirus cases surging in some states, U.S. colleges are scrambling to figure out their gameplans for the upcoming school year.  Public health experts have repeatedly warned of a potentially massive second wave... Read More

University of Michigan Confirms It Won’t Host Presidential Debate. Here’s Why
Debates
University of Michigan Confirms It Won’t Host Presidential Debate. Here’s Why

DETROIT — The uncertainty surrounding the fall semester, including ongoing COVID-19 concerns, led the University of Michigan to withdraw from hosting a presidential debate in October. The school made the official announcement Tuesday morning. The Free Press was the first... Read More

Economists and Educators Make Plea for Bigger COVID-19 Relief Bailout
Education
Economists and Educators Make Plea for Bigger COVID-19 Relief Bailout
2020-06-23 18:38:03
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON - Economists and educators asked a congressional committee Monday for a federal bailout to help ethnic minorities who they say are hit unequally hard by the COVID-19 pandemic. They agreed widely that African Americans and Latinos are losing their... Read More

Most College Students Struggling With Food Or Housing During The Pandemic, Report Says
Education
Most College Students Struggling With Food Or Housing During The Pandemic, Report Says
2020-06-18 13:36:15
by Gaspard Le Dem

Roughly three in five college students in America are struggling to meet basic living needs like food and housing during the coronavirus crisis, according to a new report by The Hope Center. The study, which surveyed more than 38,000 students... Read More

Educators Tell Congress COVID-19 Leaves Schools Vastly Underfunded
Education
Educators Tell Congress COVID-19 Leaves Schools Vastly Underfunded
2020-06-16 14:36:12
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- School administrators cautioned Congress Monday about underfunding education as the COVID-19 epidemic takes a big bite out of government appropriations. They said many schoolchildren already are falling behind in their studies while they face a likelihood of fewer... Read More

Rule Barring Some College Students From Receiving COVID-19 Relief ‘Immoral,’ Advocates Say
Education
Rule Barring Some College Students From Receiving COVID-19 Relief ‘Immoral,’ Advocates Say
2020-06-15 15:54:11
by Gaspard Le Dem

WASHINGTON - Secretary of Education Betsy Devos issued a new rule on Thursday that would prevent colleges from granting coronavirus relief funds to undocumented students and non-citizens, including recipients of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) program. After weeks... Read More

After George Floyd, Some School Districts Cut Ties With Police
Education
After George Floyd, Some School Districts Cut Ties With Police

Some school leaders want to replace the armed officers who patrol school hallways with nurses, counselors or unarmed guards — who, they say, can help keep students safe without reminding them of police officers who have killed George Floyd and... Read More

Senate Panel Considers Steps to Reopen Nation’s Schools
Education
Senate Panel Considers Steps to Reopen Nation’s Schools

WASHINGTON — The Senate health committee on Wednesday considered the steps schools should take to reopen later this year as officials seek to protect students, teachers and staff from COVID-19 while compensating for learning gaps students experienced this year. The... Read More

College Students Want Their Money Back. It’ll Be Tough to Get It
Education
College Students Want Their Money Back. It’ll Be Tough to Get It

WASHINGTON — The coronavirus left Grainger Rickenbaker, a 21-year-old Drexel University student and hockey goalie, without in-person lectures, seminars or labs as the school switched to remote learning. So he sued. Rickenbaker is suing the Philadelphia university for the pro-rated... Read More

Experts Warn Injecting Money Into Higher Ed Without Oversight Could Lead to Profiteering
In The News
Experts Warn Injecting Money Into Higher Ed Without Oversight Could Lead to Profiteering
2020-05-20 17:12:46
by Gaspard Le Dem

WASHINGTON -- Experts say that injecting federal money into America’s higher education system amid the coronavirus crisis could unintentionally lead to more profiteering in the industry. The pandemic has taken a significant toll on U.S. colleges and universities, shutting down... Read More

With Schools Shut, Democrats Seek Funds to Close ‘Homework Gap’
Education
With Schools Shut, Democrats Seek Funds to Close ‘Homework Gap’

WASHINGTON — With millions of students stranded at home for the duration of the academic year and questions persisting about whether the COVID-19 pandemic will allow schools to reopen in the fall, lawmakers and federal agencies are weighing the best... Read More

To Open or Not to Open Come Fall? Colleges Need to Decide
In The News
To Open or Not to Open Come Fall? Colleges Need to Decide
2020-05-15 13:12:06
by Gaspard Le Dem

Over the last few months, the coronavirus crisis has forced colleges and universities across America to close down campuses and teach students entirely online. Now, the new school year is around the corner, and they face another daunting challenge --... Read More

Questions Abound As School Boards Assess How to Reopen After COVID-19
Education
Questions Abound As School Boards Assess How to Reopen After COVID-19
2020-05-14 21:11:20
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Anyone who doubts how difficult it will be to reopen the nation's public schools in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak need only spend a few moments speaking to leaders of the National School Boards Association. Public schools... Read More

Universities Sued by Students Who Say Online Education Inadequate
Education
Universities Sued by Students Who Say Online Education Inadequate
2020-05-11 13:36:49
by Tom Ramstack

Universities nationwide are being sued by parents and students who say the schools are falling short of their duties during the coronavirus shutdown. The universities have switched to online education until the national emergency subsides. The students and their parents... Read More

New Campus Sexual Assault Rules Bolster Rights of Accused, Protections for Schools
In The News
New Campus Sexual Assault Rules Bolster Rights of Accused, Protections for Schools
2020-05-06 20:50:07
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Education Department unveiled new campus sexual assault rules on Wednesday that significantly reduce the legal liabilities for schools, narrow the scope of cases educators will be required to investigate and bolster the rights of those accused of... Read More

Student Advocates Sue Education Dept. for Wage Garnishments in Loan Defaults
Education
Student Advocates Sue Education Dept. for Wage Garnishments in Loan Defaults
2020-05-04 13:07:35
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON - Higher education advocacy groups are suing the U.S. Education Department for continuing to garnish the wages of persons who default on student loan payments during the coronavirus epidemic. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos announced March 25 her department would... Read More

Library of Congress Posts Digitized Papers of Three Presidents Online
Education
Library of Congress Posts Digitized Papers of Three Presidents Online
2020-05-01 19:30:39
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Library of Congress may be closed due to the coronavirus, but its manuscript division has just added the digitized papers of three presidents to its online collection. The presidencies of each of the men, Andrew Johnson, Chester... Read More

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