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    OKCPS Superintendent Weighs In On Board Of Education’s Action On Charter School Funding

    Last Thursday the State Board of Education voted 4-3 to equalize funding between public school districts and charter schools through the approval of a resolution in a four-year old case involving charter school funding. The decision has received some strong push back from public schools’ leaders like Oklahoma City Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Sean McDaniel. “I am so hopeful that this was a mistake,” said Dr. Sean McDaniel. “I am hopeful that as the board reflects on what happened up until right now there will be an understanding that they jumped out too quickly.” The lawsuit that was settled was introduced back in 2017. In the lawsuit the Oklahoma Public…

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    Opinion | Public education’s two afflictions: Covid-19 and teachers unions

    Teachers unions always justify their aggressions as “for the children,” but always are serving only their members. Abundant data — from public and private U.S. schools, many of which have remained open, and from schools worldwide — refutes the proposition that children, or teachers, are seriously endangered in schools that have taken, as in Chicago, precautions including air purifiers and intensified cleaning. Americans believe K-12 education is so important that laws almost everywhere require children from about age 5 to 17 to attend school five days a week, eight months a year. Public school teachers insist that they are essential workers. Remote learning during the pandemic has proved that in-person…

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    Higher education’s reopening decisions affected the most vulnerable students

    The COVID-19 pandemic hit higher education on March 6, 2020 when the University of Washington became the first major U.S. university to cancel in-person classes and have students take courses and finals remotely. What followed was a tidal wave of shuttered campuses, canceled study abroad programs, and students and faculty alike scrambling to make sense of remote learning amid spiking infection rates across the country. Surviving the end of the academic year, however, was only the beginning of a larger, looming higher education crisis. Over the summer, schools wrestled with the difficult question: what should be done about the fall? Davidson College’s College Crisis Initiative (C2i) collaboration with the Chronicle…

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    COVID-19 fuelling education’s tech disruption, deepening digital divide

    TORONTO/NEW YORK (Reuters) – The COVID-19 pandemic deepened inequities in accessing and benefiting from education but the future of learning could be a more equal one, participants told Reuters Next panels on Monday. FILE PHOTO: Nine-year-old Bacho Tsiklauri writes in a school book during a lesson, at a school in the village of Makarta, some 100 km (62 miles) north of Tbilisi, Georgia, April 10, 2013. REUTERS/David Mdzinarishvili/File Photo The pandemic hastened a rise in virtual learning and a disruption of the status quo already under way but probably won’t eliminate in-person instruction for good, they said. COVID-19 forced the University of Oxford and myriad other schools online amid COVID…

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    Parenting and polling in education’s new normal

    Throughout 2020, flexibility was a mantra in K-12 education as schools and districts responded to a highly volatile situation from the COVID pandemic. It turns out parents and students wholeheartedly want options. The new Biden administration and new Congress should ensure flexibility is a beacon for their education policymaking in 2021. Last year, public and private K-12 school leaders urgently oriented classrooms to foster learning environments that are effective yet safe. They prioritized what subjects to emphasize, organized rigorous online instruction, timed interactions to the minute, and toggled among those demands on the fly. But it’s parents and students — as much as the professionals — who have shown surprising…

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    Education’s racial and wealth inequality should be a priority for the new Education Secretary (opinion)

    If realized, President-elect Joseph R. Biden’s nomination of Connecticut’s education commissioner, Miguel Cardona, as the new U.S. secretary of education will be a historic appointment — Cardona would be the first Latino in this position during a time when Latino students represent a critical force in K-12 education and the likely new majority in U.S. postsecondary education over the course of the next four decades. Some higher education experts worry that a K-12 practitioner may not adequately know our sector. But we can’t move forward on improving the educational advancement of the most vulnerable students in the nation, including bilingual and immigrant students, without having a profound knowledge of racial…

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