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

‘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

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

CDC Says Distancing of 3 Feet for Kids is Sufficient
Education
CDC Says Distancing of 3 Feet for Kids is Sufficient
2021-03-19 20:38:15
by Daniel Mollenkamp

WASHINGTON- The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced on Friday that it has revised its social distancing guidelines for schools, further clearing the way for schools to reopen for full-time, in-person instruction.  The agency now says students should... Read More

Schools Weighing Whether to Seat Students Closer Together
Education
Schools Weighing Whether to Seat Students Closer Together

BOSTON (AP) — U.S. guidelines that say students should be kept 6 feet apart in schools are receiving new scrutiny from federal health experts, state governments and education officials working to return as many children as possible to the classroom.... Read More

'It's Exhausting.' A Year of Distance Learning Wears Thin
Education
'It's Exhausting.' A Year of Distance Learning Wears Thin

AMERICUS, Ga. (AP) — At first, many schools announced it would last only a couple weeks. A year later, the unplanned experiment with distance learning continues for thousands of students who have yet to set foot back in classrooms.   Comfortable... Read More

Arizona Schools Must Offer In-Person Instruction
In The States
Arizona Schools Must Offer In-Person Instruction
2021-03-08 14:09:42
by TWN Staff

PHOENIX - Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey issued an executive order last week requiring public schools to offer in-person, teacher-led instruction by Monday, March 15. According to the Republican governor, 12 of Arizona’s 15 counties are in phases where all schools... Read More

Flexible, Customized Schooling Could be Remedy for Education Inequality
Education
Flexible, Customized Schooling Could be Remedy for Education Inequality
2021-02-26 19:25:20
by Kate Michael

WASHINGTON — COVID has taken a toll on student learning and wellbeing, but a coalition of community schools advocates believes they have the answer to correcting academic learning loss and supporting the holistic development of young people. They say their... Read More

School Voucher Push Taps Frustration Over Distance Learning
Education
School Voucher Push Taps Frustration Over Distance Learning

ATLANTA (AP) — With her children struggling in many classes last spring, Kelli Rivera became so frustrated with how her suburban Atlanta district was handling the coronavirus pandemic that she withdrew them to home-school them. They're back in public school... Read More

IAVA Protecting Veterans from Predatory Schools
Veterans
IAVA Protecting Veterans from Predatory Schools
2021-02-22 18:57:03
by TWN Staff

NEW YORK - The Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America kicked off veteran education week this morning, continuing a six-week campaign to highlight the priority issues of its members. Over the course of this week, IAVA is highlighting its advocacy... Read More

CDC Releases Guidelines for Reopening Schools
In The News
CDC Releases Guidelines for Reopening Schools
2021-02-12 20:45:26
by TWN Staff

ATLANTA - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Friday released its long-awaited guidance on safely reopening schools, emphasizing that it is"critical for schools to open as safely and as soon as possible." The top recommendations are what one... Read More

Report Shows Increased Higher Education Attainment Over Time
Education
Report Shows Increased Higher Education Attainment Over Time
2021-02-11 19:56:08
by Sara Wilkerson

Earlier this week, the Census Bureau released a report brief that shows higher education attainment levels have increased for Americans over the past 15 years. Data gathered for the report was sourced from the American Community Survey, an ongoing survey... Read More

Is One Day a Week Enough? Biden's School Goal Draws Blowback
Education
Is One Day a Week Enough? Biden's School Goal Draws Blowback

President Joe Biden is being accused of backpedaling on his pledge to reopen the nation's schools after the White House added fine print to his promise and made clear that a full reopening is still far from sight.Biden's initial pledge... Read More

Reps. Spanberger and Castro Reintroduce Apprenticeship Program Initiative
Congress
Reps. Spanberger and Castro Reintroduce Apprenticeship Program Initiative
2021-02-01 21:04:13
by Sara Wilkerson

WASHINGTON – As part of the first session in the 117th Congress, Reps. Abigail Spanberger, D- Va., and Joaquin Castro, D-Texas, reintroduced legislation to support youth apprenticeship programs in Central Virginia and across the country.  The Strengthening Youth Apprenticeships Act... 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

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

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

TX-10: Mike Siegel (D)
House Watch
TX-10: Mike Siegel (D)
2020-11-02 21:31:25
by TWN Staff

About Siegel: Mike Siegel is a civil rights lawyer and former public school teacher running for Texas’s 10th Congressional district. He began his career in 1999, joining the Americorps national civil service program and teaching 3rd grade as a Teach... Read More

OR-02: Cliff Bentz (R)
House Watch
OR-02: Cliff Bentz (R)
2020-11-02 05:26:51
by TWN Staff

About Bentz: Cliff Bentz is a third generation Oregonian, raised on his family’s cattle ranches in Harney County. He attended Whitehorse Ranch and Pine Creek Grade Schools. At age 14, he was sent to live with an aunt and uncle... Read More

NY-22: Anthony Brindisi (D)
House Watch
NY-22: Anthony Brindisi (D)
2020-11-02 04:55:59
by TWN Staff

About Brindisi: Elected in 2018, Anthony Brindisi has been an outspoken advocate for his district. As an independent voice and a tireless supporter of Upstate New York’s working families, Brindisi has developed a record of working with anyone, at any... Read More

NY-16: Jamaal Bowman (D)
House Watch
NY-16: Jamaal Bowman (D)
2020-11-02 04:31:14
by TWN Staff

About Bowman: Jamaal Bowman was born and raised in New York City.  He spent his early years in public housing and later in rent-controlled apartments. He didn’t have much growing up, but his mother provided him all that he needed:... Read More

NC-09: Cynthia Wallace (D)
House Watch
NC-09: Cynthia Wallace (D)
2020-11-01 12:09:24
by TWN Staff

About Wallace: Cynthia Wallace resides in Charlotte, N.C., in the 9th Congressional District. The granddaughter of farmers, she grew up in Springfield, Ga., a small town with a rural route address with no street address. She is the daughter of... Read More

IA-01: Ashley Hinson (R)
House Watch
IA-01: Ashley Hinson (R)
2020-11-01 07:28:23
by TWN Staff

About Hinson : Ashley Hinson is a current Iowa House representative, a former award-winning journalist and a mom. An Iowa native, Ashley is the first woman to represent Iowa’s 67th district, which covers Hiawatha, Robins, Cedar Rapids and Marion, where she... Read More

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