• Education

    Parent PLUS borrowers stealing from their retirement to fund kids’ college education, survey says

    One in four American parents who borrowed from the federal government to help pay for a child’s college education doesn’t expect to retire as planned because of the debt, a survey released Tuesday says. And one in five parent borrowers regret taking out the loans, the NerdWallet survey shows. “Parents take on whatever it takes to get their kids at college, including taking on unaffordable debt,” said Anna Helhoski, student loan expert at NerdWallet, a personal finance website based in San Francisco. Of the total $1.6 trillion in student loan debt, Americans borrowed roughly $103 billion in PLUS loans as of the second quarter of 2021. There are 3.6 million…

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  • Home Schooling

    The number of homeschooled kids in America has doubled during the pandemic

    The number of U.S. kids who are homeschooled has nearly doubled during the pandemic. Why it matters: Some parents have lost faith in traditional schools, others fear exposing their kids to the coronavirus — and the broad exodus could further weaken America’s struggling public education system. By the numbers: Nearly 2.6 million kids have switched from traditional school to homeschooling since the pandemic began, according to a new report from the Bellwether Education Partners, commissioned by the Walton Family Foundation. Now the total number of homeschooled kids sits at about 5 million. According to census data, more than 11% of U.S. households are now homeschooling. And it’s not just white…

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    How this husband-wife duo launched a startup while battling cancer and homeschooling their kids

    Amy Lahkani (left) and Samir Lahkani with their children. The husband-wife duo helped launch Magicall during the pandemic, while facing other challenges at home. (Magicall Photo) Samir and Amy Lakhani have had quite the year — one that involved quitting full-time jobs, working on their first startup, homeschooling kids, and a cancer diagnosis, all during a global pandemic. Last summer, Samir, who previously worked for Facebook and Seattle startup Convoy, decided he wanted to take a break from corporate life and start his own company with Joanne Zhu, a former coworker at Convoy. They launched Magicall, a video calling app that allows children to play games and read books remotely with…

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  • Home Schooling

    Some area families pull kids out of the classroom and turn to homeschooling

    WACO, Texas (KWTX) – Both across the state and in Central Texas, families are showing more interest in homeschooling as the pandemic has created obstacles in education. In the fall of 2020, the number of homeschooling families in Texas had nearly tripled from 4.5% in the spring to 12.3% by October, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. In 2021, the Texas Homeschool Coalition says the trend is continuing and their organization is seeing even more interest. THSC President Tim Lambert says calls and emails are nearly five times higher than what they saw last year. “Nobody expected the delta variant of the coronavirus to hit but it has hit and…

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  • Online School

    Some kids don’t want to return to in-person schooling

    Taliyah is mostly worried about facing social pressures she hasn’t had to deal with in more than a year. Virtual learning, she said, helped her to thrive in class and engage more with her studies than she did in person. “For online classes, you don’t have to worry about trying to fit in, who will talk to you in the hallways,” she told CNN. “I struggle with social anxiety and overthinking. Virtual school made it so much easier for me. I didn’t have to deal with some of those pressures.” As schools reopen across the US, many children are excited to get back into classrooms with their friends. But for…

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  • Home Schooling

    Florida couple teaches homeschooled kids through action sports

    A Florida couple – fueled by their passion for surfing, skating and ocean engineering, found a way to teach academics to groups of homeschooled kids through action sports. Toni and Uli Frallicciardi longed to create a curriculum that pushed beyond the four walls of a classroom and even homeschooled their own three children to make learning come “alive.”  In 2018, they turned their passion into a reality. NAVY FLIES WIDOW AROUND SHIP NAMED AFTER HER HUSBAND FOR 100TH BIRTHDAY It just so happened to come at a time when the Parkland, Florida, community needed it most.  Kids participate in Surf Skate Science program in South Florida. (Alukastories. com) The Frallicciardis…

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  • Online School

    Virtual School is Here to Stay: A Kid’s Guide to Online Learning | State

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., July 23, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — PrepNet Virtual Academy (PVA), a fully online school managed by National Heritage Academies (NHA), is offering an education experience that fuels student success in life, college, and beyond. Through the Early College Program, students can receive a kindergarten through associate degree education for free at PVA. An educator for 18 years, PVA Principal Melissa VanKlompenburg knows what it takes to make a virtual school tick and support student success. She has served in various roles ranging from teacher to coaching and learning consultant to school leader to school leadership development specialist. In her most recent position as remote learning lead, VanKlompenburg led…

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