• Online School

    OPINION: Ontario’s ‘choice’ of fully online school would gamble on children for profit

    For children, fully online learning creates the conditions for further educational inequality, prof says This article, written by Lana Parker, University of Windsor, originally appeared on The Conversation and has been republished here with permission: Despite the lack of data documenting benefits to children, and emerging evidence of several drawbacks and harms, the Ontario government is discussing making full-time online schooling a permanent “choice” in public education. This idea is being introduced without adequate research, and stands to become the latest measure that raises inequality and threatens the viability of education as a public good. The Globe and Mail obtained an Ontario Ministry of Education presentation dated March 22, 2021, detailing…

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  • Education

    Wake County Board of Education approves redesigned Virtual Academy for next school year :: WRAL.com

    By Emily Walkenhorst, WRAL education reporter & Aaron Thomas, WRAL reporter Cary, N.C. — Parents and guardians in the Wake County Public School System have from Thursday until May 2 to decide whether to enroll in the district’s virtual academy next year. The district’s Board of Education approved the registration period Tuesday evening, without opposition. It will be the second year of the school district’s virtual academy, created to work around the COVID-19 pandemic, but it will look different from this year. Parents and guardians can register for the virtual academy, but registration isn’t automatically confirmed by the school. Further an admitted student may be removed from virtual academy if…

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  • Science

    Climate change may have changed direction of the North Pole’s drift

    A sudden zag in which way the North Pole was drifting in the 1990s probably stemmed in large part from glacial melt caused by climate change, a new study suggests. The locations of Earth’s geographic poles, where the planet’s axis pierces the surface, aren’t fixed. Instead, they wander in seasonal and near-annual cycles, largely driven by weather patterns and ocean currents (SN: 4/15/03). But in addition to moving about in relatively tight swirls just a few meters across, the poles drift over time as the planet’s weight distribution shifts and alters its rotation around its axis. Before the mid-1990s, the North Pole had been drifting toward the western edge of…

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  • Home Schooling

    Denver program aims to expand homeschool resources to Black families

    DENVER — During the 2020-2021 school year, the number of families homeschooling in Colorado doubled. But many families have found it’s not a one-size-fits-all system. Denver parent Joyelle Naomi founded Denver Independent School to help Black families in particular, access resources. “The learning experiences, the resources, the communities that exist within the larger homeschooling space — they’re not really designed with us in mind,” Naomi said. Naomi was homeschooling her two children well before the pandemic. As a single parent working full time, she could relate to the challenges many Black parents face. Denver Independent School address four specific barriers: Economic, which is why DIS families receive stipends to help…

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  • Exchange Student

    Foreign exchange students eager to return to Georgia next school year

    Foreign exchange students planning return to Georgia A Rome, Georgia, family is one of few in the state hosting foreign exchange students, but more students plan to come later this year. ROME, Ga. – With many of Georgia’s schools putting a halt to their foreign exchange programs due to the pandemic, many international students’ dreams were put on hold. However, with an end of the pandemic appearing to be in sight, they are planning a big return come September. An organization that helps the high schoolers come here said it is looking for families who want to host the students. “We have so many students this year that we are…

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  • Online School

    New K-8 online school now accepting enrollment applications after many students preferred online learning

    COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KKTV) – A new, fully online school is now taking enrollment applications after many students preferred online learning even before the pandemic. District 11 in Colorado Springs created Spark Online Academy after hundreds of students reportedly left the in-person classroom environment every year, and preferred online learning instead. D-11 already has one online school, Achieve Online School, but the pandemic really amplified the need for an additional program. “If you have an internet connection, you can access the learning, so it doesn’t really matter where you are,” said Principal Julie Johnson. D11 said online learning allows for that flexibility that some parents and families may need or…

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  • Education

    Hungary’s poor Roma children struggle with digital education

    BODVASZILAS, Hungary (AP) — Mihaly Horvath, a 12-year-old in a village in northeastern Hungary, can’t wait for his school to reopen. As a devastating COVID-19 surge swept Hungary in the spring, classes were suspended and students were ordered to study online. But Mihaly’s family, part of Hungary’s large Roma minority, doesn’t have a computer or internet access at their home in Bodvaszilas, and he says he’s falling behind in his lessons as a result. “Some students have telephones, some have computers. But there are others like me who don’t have either,” he said from the yard of a dilapidated house where he lives with nine other family members. “It’s more…

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