• Home Schooling

    More parents than ever turn from public schools to homeschool

    During the COVID-19 pandemic, millions of American families have helped teach their own kids from home. But in 2019, even before the coronavirus hit, a record-breaking 2.5 million US children were being homeschooled.  Homeschooling used to be seen as a fringe religious phenomenon, and any parent will tell you it’s a lot of work. Some parents homeschool all the way from pre-K through high school, while others take it up for only a year or two, but overall, homeschooling families are more diverse than ever, with a growing share being non-white and not religiously motivated.  From 2013-2016, I interviewed homeschooling parents and attended conferences and conventions to understand what’s driving…

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  • Education

    Analysis: A $5.5 billion shift in who pays for public education in Texas

    Editor’s note: If you’d like an email notice whenever we publish Ross Ramsey’s column, click here. If you would like to listen to the column, just click on the play button below. Fast-rising property values in Texas can be hard on local taxpayers, but they’re gravy to the state government. Because of the way public schools are funded, a rise in local property tax revenue means the state doesn’t have to send as much money to local school districts. The schools would get the same amount as before — it’s not a budget cut — but the money that might have come from the state comes instead from local school…

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  • Education

    Covid Provides a Rare Chance to Transform Public Education

    The Covid-19 pandemic has brought into focus a stark choice: Will we respond to the enormous disruption of schools by rethinking education, or will we double down on an outdated industrial-age system created to prepare kids for the last century? New Orleans faced a similar dilemma after Hurricane Katrina struck in August 2005. Louisiana’s Legislature had in 2003 created a Recovery School District to turn around failing schools, but the storm’s devastation accelerated the process. The RSD was responsible for dozens of schools, which became charter schools. Students were freed from traditional attendance zones and allowed to pick their schools. Thousands of teachers were asked to reapply for their positions.…

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  • Home Schooling

    New homeschooling books available at Agawam Public Library for students K-6

    AGAWAM, Mass. (WWLP) – The city’s Public Library is working to make learning material more accessible to students. Following a challenging year of virtual learning, the library is now offering homeschooling books for grades K-6. The books are tailored to a specific grade level and cover either science, social studies, or geography.The books also include worksheets to help reinforce lessons. The library staff told 22News they’re happy they can offer this as another resource to parents, but they can’t wait until the kids can come back into the library like they used to. RoseLeen Dupre of Children’s Room Agawam Public Library told 22News, “It’s been very hard not seeing them…

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  • Online School

    Utah public school adapts online education to individual student needs

    As parents, we want children to have the best education possible and we do everything we can to increase their chances of success in life. If money, time, and personal circumstances were no object, we would all likely choose high-priced private schools and pay for individualized tutoring as well. For most of us, however, those aren’t options. Thankfully, Utah Online School feels the same way about your child’s education as you do and does provide individualized options. UOS emphasizes individual student success by tailoring learning to student needs with the help of certified teachers, adult mentors, and counselors. And here’s the best part: It’s completely free. If it sounds too…

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  • Online School

    Rochester Public Schools looks to launch permanent online school

    Rochester Public Schools announced Tuesday it is in the process of developing a full-time online school for the upcoming fall, providing a permanent distance learning option for the nearly 18,000 students enrolled in the district. In a unanimous 7-0 vote Tuesday evening, the Rochester School Board gave the OK for district staff to submit an application to the Minnesota Department of Education establishing “permanent online K-12 comprehensive education” for the 2021-22 school year. Under Covid guidelines, the state’s Safe Learning Plan already requires districts to provide an “equitable distance learning model” for any student that chooses to opt out for medical reasons — no documentation required. In a presentation to…

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  • Online School

    School board, finance corporation to meet Feb. 16; Public may view online – Winchester Sun

    The Clark County School District Finance Corporation will hold a special meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2021, at 6 p.m. in concert with the regular meeting of the Clark County Board of Education (approximately 6:30 p.m.). The meeting will be held via Google Meet online videoconference. The purpose of the meeting is to consider adopting a resolution authorizing the issuance of school building refunding revenue bonds for school building purposes and school building revenue bonds for school building purposes. To view this meeting live, visit the CCPS YouTube Channel at https://www.youtube.com/user/CCPSvideo/ at 6:00 and click the Live Now button.  A recorded version of the meeting will be available soon after…

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