• Online School

    First ABA-approved online J.D. program to debut next fall

    Signage is seen outside of the American Bar Association (ABA) in Washington, D.C., U.S., May 10, 2021. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly St. Mary’s University School of Law launching a five-year pilot program The school hopes to enroll students from under-served parts of Texas and beyond (Reuters) – St. Mary’s University School of Law next fall will launch the first fully online Juris Doctor program approved by the American Bar Association. The San Antonio law school unveiled the pioneering program Tuesday, saying it planned to enroll 25 students in the first cohort of the five-year pilot program. Nearly a dozen law schools now offer hybrid J.D. programs, in which a large portion of…

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  • Exchange Student

    Exchange Students Coming To The Twin Cities This Fall

    EAGAN, MN — Exchange students are coming to the Twin Cities this fall. The only ISD 196 school that is still accepting students is the School of Environmental Studies in Apple Valley, but schools in Saint Paul, as well as Burnsville, are accepting students as well, Christine Burbach, who helps place students through the nonprofit organization Greenheart, said. 180 students are still looking to be placed, and could be placed wherever they can find a host family and school, Burbach said. Burbach, a former exchange student herself, told Patch about her experience. Originally from Germany, Burbach was an exchange student in Arkansas in 1998. Although she was initially disappointed that…

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    Some parents are seeking out permanent virtual school for the fall

    “When the pandemic first hit, online school was a bit messy for everyone,” Lucero, a stay-at-home mother from Colorado Springs, told CNN Business. “But my older daughter did so well with it. She started participating more with teachers and became more comfortable than when she was in a school setting. Her grades were amazing.” Her daughter, 13, is on the autism spectrum and diagnosed with sensory processing disorder, conditions that often make it harder for children to communicate, socialize and adapt to environmental changes, such as distracting noises in the classroom. When the Colorado Springs School District announced plans earlier this year to launch a permanent online school option, called…

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  • Home Schooling

    Black homeschool families quintuple during pandemic, but what will happen this fall?

    Homeschooling in the 1980s typically called to mind white, middle class families who opted out of traditional district or private schools to focus on teaching their children through the lens of their religious faith. In recent years, homeschooling has moved far beyond being the preferred learning method of a handful of American families, increasing in popularity as parents become less satisfied with more traditional choices. The pandemic accelerated that trend as parents looked for innovative alternatives to public or private school virtual programs or wanted to avoid exposure to COVID-19 at in-person schools. Across the country, the Black community led the way. A recent U.S. Census Bureau report shows that…

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    Boston Public Schools awaiting response from state for online school option in fall

    Boston Public Schools has asked the state for clearance to offer an online school option in the fall and is expecting to hear back early next month, according to Superintendent Brenda Cassellius. “We want to be able to have a real online school as an option for families who still either have health or mental health conditions and they’re not able to do school, or where school worked well for some of our students in a remote environment,” Cassellius said on GBH News Boston Public Radio on Friday. The district submitted an application to the state for such a virtual school and expects a response the first week of June,…

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  • Home Schooling

    After homeschooling due to the pandemic, some families plan to send their children back to school in person in the fall | Local

    Some families decided to homeschool their children due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Now they plan to enroll — or reenroll — them in local schools for the 2021-22 school year. Before the start of this school year, less was known about COVID-19, vaccines weren’t yet available, and there was an expectation that students may move between in-person, hybrid and virtual instruction throughout the year, which became a reality for many. After considering those factors, some families decided to homeschool indefinitely, but now plan to send their children back to school in person in the fall. Sara McElroy said she and her husband, Clint, never envisioned themselves homeschooling their children, Ruby,…

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  • Exchange Student

    Kalona-Based Student Exchange Program Seeking Host Families for Next Fall | KCII Radio

    After COVID-19 forced international exchange students to either return home or stay in their native countries for the 2020-21 school year, Kalona-based World Link hopes U.S. host families can host high school exchange students this fall. World Link was founded in Kalona by Curtis and Lana Stutzman in 2002, who have a combined 50 years of experience in the cultural exchange community, first as students, then as hosts, and later as coordinators for other international programs. In an average year, World Link finds host families for about 160 exchange students in 10 states including Iowa. Regional Program Manager Karen King-Fitzgerald says the height of the pandemic last year prevented many…

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