Coronavirus Brings ‘Homework Gap’ to the Forefront

Even before he launched his distance learning classroom last week, middle school band director Blake Bogan knew he faced some unique challenges. “Most of my job is listening to students and helping them mix and blend their sound with their peers,” says Bogan, who teaches at Raceland Middle School in Raceland, La. It’s a rural town of roughly 10,000 about an hour’s drive southwest of New Orleans. Since perfecting the mix and blend of a Read More

Schools Face Nightmare Scenario After Coronavirus Crisis

SCHOOL OFFICIALS FROM the country’s biggest school districts recently sent a message to Congress: Inject the K-12 system with a serious infusion of cash ahead of what forecasters say is the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression, or brace for the catastrophic results of hallowed out school budgets. “Dark clouds are forming on the educational horizon that will spell disaster if Congress does not intervene,” 62 superintendents from school districts like New York City, Los Read More

DeVos To Use Coronavirus Relief Funds For Home Schooling ‘Microgrants’

This week, U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos announced that more than $300 million from the first coronavirus rescue package will go to two education grant competitions for K-12 and higher ed. States will be able to apply for a piece of the $180 million allotted to the “Rethink K-12 Education Models Grant” and $127.5 million allotted to the “Reimagining Workforce Preparation Grant.” The money is 1% of the more than $30 billion set aside for education in the CARES Read More

Ready for what? New research weighs high schools’ ‘promotion power’

A few years ago, Jessica Baghian, the assistant superintendent and chief academic policy officer for the Louisiana Department of Education, was speaking on a panel at the Association for Education Finance and Policy conference. She said she was “riffing on” her frustration over K-12 accountability systems that fail to communicate what happens to students after they graduate from high school. “It felt like we were missing an opportunity to tell schools more about what happens to Read More

Court Rules Detroit Students Have Constitutional Right To An Education

In a landmark decision, a federal appeals court has ruled that children have a constitutional right to literacy, dealing a remarkable victory to students. The ruling comes in response to a lawsuit brought by students of five Detroit schools, claiming that because of deteriorating buildings, teacher shortages and inadequate textbooks, the state of Michigan failed to provide them with the most fundamental of skills: the ability to read. For decades, civil rights lawyers have tried Read More

3 cybersecurity tips crucial to secure student information in remote learning

The early March onset of the coronavirus pandemic in the U.S. forced the majority of the nation’s school districts, ready or not, to embrace a fully online learning model. As buildings closed to help slow the illness’ spread, administrators had to confront a number of questions: How do we quickly provide training to do this effectively? What about students who lack home internet access? How should assignments be structured to take pressure off of families also Read More

9 Ways Schools Will Look Different When (And If) They Reopen

Three-quarters of U.S. states have now officially closed their schools for the rest of the academic year. While remote learning continues, summer is a question mark, and attention is already starting to turn to next fall. Recently, governors including California’s Gavin Newsom and New York’s Andrew Cuomo have started to talk about what school reopening might look like. And a federal government plan for reopening, according to The Washington Post, says that getting kids back in Read More

Secretary DeVos Releases Statement on ‘Inexcusable’ NAEP Results

U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos released the following statement on the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) 2018 Civics, Geography, and U.S. History Assessments for 8th Graders: “America’s antiquated approach to education is creating a generation of future leaders who will not have a foundational understanding of what makes this country exceptional. We cannot continue to excuse this problem away. Instead, we need to fundamentally rethink education in America. It is the only way Read More

Report: State preschool programs at risk of ‘long-term damage’

States spent $8.7 billion on preschool last school year — a 3.5% increase over the previous year — but publicly funded early-childhood education programs are at risk of experiencing “long-term damage” due to the pandemic’s effect on the economy, according to leaders of the National Institute for Early Education Research. “The current and looming economic crisis poses a considerable threat to state-funded pre-K,” W. Steven Barnett, NIEER’s senior co-director and founder, said Monday during a press call. “It Read More

Why Teachers Are Key in Boosting Girls’ Interest in Math

Many of America’s top math students may be naturally good at numbers, but when it comes to the appeal of the subject, a vast number of them point to teachers as being the most influential in boosting their interest. That’s the finding of a national survey of 1,253 11th and 12th graders, conducted by the Philadelphia-based Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM) that queried the students about their views on math and STEM. The students are participants in this Read More