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Department Of Education Issues Controversial Guidance On Distribution of Education Stabilization Funds

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BackgroundOn March 27, 2020, Congress enacted the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (“CARES”) Act in response to the Novel Coronavirus Disease 2019 (“COVID-19”). See H.R. 748. The CARES Act appropriated approximately $30.75 billion to create an Education Stabilization Fund (“ESF”) to provide emergency funding for several education programs—including public K-12 schools, charter schools, and some private K-12 schools—in response to COVID-19. Allocation of ESF grants is statutorily tied to the allocation formulas established in Title I of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (“ESEA”).

Using informal guidance, the U.S. Department of Education (“ED” or “the Department”) has indicated that local education agencies (“LEAs” or “school districts”) receiving federal emergency relief funds under the CARES Act must provide “equitable services” to private schools irrespective of the private school’s population of low-income or other at-risk student population. This differs from the equitable services statutory provision of the ESEA, which provides funding for low-income and other students at risk of not meeting state academic standards based on the relative proportion of eligible children residing in the district who are enrolled in the private school.

As discussed below, this guidance departs from both from the statutory text of CARES Act and previous Department …

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Four candidates contend for three spots on Dryden BOE

four candidates contend for three spots on dryden boe

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Local Board of Educations elections are approaching as this year voters will be required to submit their vote via absentee ballot no later than 5 p.m. on June 9. The Dryden Central School District features a contested race with four candidates vying for three spots on the Board of Education. Heather Williams, Vice President of the board, and Sophia Georgiakaki are running for another term, while newcomers Bridget Dutcher and Rhonda Kowalski seek their first term on the board. All four candidates sat down with the Courier to discuss their candidacy. Heather WilliamsDryden Courier: What is your connection to the school district? Heather Williams: I am a long time resident of Dryden, and my daughter attends Dryden Elementary School. I taught in the district for 20-plus years, and have served for the past three as Vice President of the Board of Education.DC: Why should the public consider voting for you for another term? 








Heather Williams

HW: I would like the public to vote me in for another term because I am dedicated to the children and adults of this district. I research carefully, and advocate for best practices. I stay informed, ask questions, and listen attentively during public comment. It …

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Higher Education Innovator Dr. Glenda Ballard Appointed To World Trade Resource Advisory Board

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NEW YORK, June 4, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — World Trade Resource (WTR), a data-driven, technology-enabled workforce solutions firm, announces the addition of higher education executive Dr. Glenda Ballard to the WTR Advisory Board.  Dr. Ballard currently serves as the Associate Vice President for Graduate and Professional Studies at St. Edward’s University.  Her mission at St. Edward’s University is to provide students with a quality education that meets the students where they are and prepares them for a globally diverse, technologically-adept, and culturally responsive future. Glenda has driven the development of transformative academic programs that include both master’s and doctoral programs for educators and individuals in the private sector who find themselves responsible for developing new talent. Her extensive knowledge and expertise encompass University Undergraduate and Graduate Programs, Adult Education, Experiential Learning, and Professional Development and Training. Dr. Ballard holds a doctorate in Adult and Continuing Education from Virginia Tech University and currently serves as President of the Texas Association of College of Teacher Education and has been recognized for outstanding leadership by the Council of Deans Education and the Texas Association of Colleges for Teacher Education.
“Dr. Ballard’s addition to our board further strengthens WTR’s commitment to creating transformative virtual learning programs in …

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Money Experience Named As Hybrid Learning Resource For Impact Global Education’s Flexible Higher Education Solution

money experience named as hybrid learning resource for impact global education’s flexible higher education solution

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CAMBRIDGE, Mass., June 4, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Money Experience, the innovative edtech company based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, today announced its partnership with Domain, a flexible and affordable higher education solution from Impact Global Education, a leader in hands-on learning. Domain is innovating education during the COVID-19 pandemic, and as part of the partnership, Money Experience’s Essentials program will be included as a virtual learning resource in the Life Skills section of the platform.With many colleges and universities unlikely to reopen as expected this fall, Domain offers a flexible and affordable alternative. Developed by the education experts at Impact Global Education, Domain was designed for young adults who are interested in making better decisions about the next phase of their life, whether they choose college or another competency-based path.Money Experience’s Essentials program, which is designed for high school students, college students and young adults, gives users hands-on experience making financial decisions. It utilizes an interactive life simulator to walk users through the arc of life’s different moments – all the way through to retirement – and allows them to explore how each decision they make can impact not only their long-term financial health, but also their near- and long-term lifestyle goals.”Money Experience …

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Ed Tech JPA in Calif. Contracts with Edupoint to Expedite Procurement of Synergy SIS | Massachusetts Newswire

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IRVINE, Calif., Jun 02, 2020 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — California’s Ed Tech Joint Powers Authority (Ed Tech JPA) has contracted with Edupoint(R) Educational Systems to provide streamlined procurement of the company’s market-leading Synergy(R) Student Information System (SIS) to Ed Tech JPA members under a consortium purchasing agreement, saving members time and resources while ensuring adherence with data privacy and public procurement laws.
Founded by four California school districts and one county office of education-Capistrano Unified School District, Clovis Unified School District, Fullerton Unified School District, El Dorado County Office of Education, and Irvine Unified School District-the Ed Tech JPA coordinates consortium purchases of high-quality products and services with the aim of streamlining procurement, providing competitive pricing, and securing favorable technology contracts for its members.
“We ran Synergy SIS and Edupoint through our rigorous RFP process, which included not only an extensive checklist of required functionality, but also verification that Synergy SIS aligns with the California Student Data Privacy Agreement (CSDPA) to ensure compliance with all state and federal student data privacy laws,” said Brianne Ford, President of the JPA. “The resulting contract enables our members to work directly with Edupoint on an expedited purchase and implementation process at pre-negotiated …

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Pandemic ‘confirms face-to-face teaching is here to stay’

pandemic ‘confirms face-to-face teaching is here to stay’

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The Covid-19 crisis may have accelerated universities’ adoption of online education, but it has also confirmed the durability of the bricks-and-mortar model, an Australian forum has heard.Indiana University president Michael McRobbie said the past few months had strengthened his scepticism about predictions that traditional education would be supplanted by purely online approaches. “One thing we have learnt definitively is that students do not want to be locked in their parents’ basement for four years doing their degree online,” he told a webinar presented by the Australian National University (ANU).
“Sociologists will claim that 50 per cent of what a student learns, they learn from interaction with other students and aspects of their environment outside the classroom. There is a desperation for young students to get back to a college education.”
A Melbourne-born computer scientist and ANU alumnus, Professor McRobbie spent a decade as Indiana’s chief information officer before becoming president in 2007. He said that as the university prepared for its bicentennial year last winter, he had been contemplating how to make technology “even more pervasive” throughout the institution.
“Little did we know what was in store for us,” he reflected.
Singapore Management University, which was gearing up for its 20 …

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Online experiment ‘confirms face-to-face teaching is here to stay’

online experiment ‘confirms face-to-face teaching is here to stay’

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The Covid-19 crisis may have accelerated universities’ adoption of online education. But it has also confirmed the durability of the bricks and mortar model, an Australian forum has heard.Indiana University president Michael McRobbie said the past few months had strengthened his scepticism about predictions that traditional education would be supplanted by purely online approaches. “One thing we have learnt definitively is that students do not want to be locked in their parents’ basement for four years doing their degree online,” he told a webinar presented by the Australian National University (ANU).
“Sociologists will claim that 50 per cent of what a student learns, they learn from interaction with other students and aspects of their environment outside the classroom. There is a desperation for young students to get back to a college education.”
A Melbourne-born computer scientist and ANU alumnus, Professor McRobbie spent a decade as Indiana’s chief information officer before becoming president in 2007. He said that as the university prepared for its bicentennial year last winter, he had been contemplating how to make technology “even more pervasive” throughout the institution.
“Little did we know what was in store for us,” he ruminated.
Singapore Management University, which was gearing up …

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Cybersecurity and Education Technology: Risks and Prevention Strategies

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#EdTech has soared to new heights as COVID-19 induced quarantines force learning institutions to shut their doors. The vast majority of the world’s students are currently unable to attend school, prompting greater reliance on technology-based learning solutions. 
Although these options are mutually beneficial for both learners and educators, education technology has one notable weakness: A higher likelihood of the systems falling prey to ambitious cyber criminals. 
Education Technology: Growth and Development
Incorporating technology into education is inevitable, especially as it has lagged compared to other fields in this respect. One of the issues is the lack of support for educators to learn and profit from new technologies, and the finances to implement them.
The United Kingdom pledged £10 million to support the Education Technology Strategy, a plan published early in April to support and improve digital learning. 
The end goal is to drive change in education for the better through technological innovation. For instance, cutting out time-consuming manual administrative tasks, and allowing teachers to pursue individually tailored training courses online.
Educators and students can communicate easily via existing apps such as Facetime or Skype. Virtual reality can transform how subjects are taught; anti-cheating software should keep the learning process above-board. 

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Crisis ‘confirms that face-to-face is here to stay’

crisis ‘confirms that face-to-face is here to stay’

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The Covid-19 crisis may have accelerated universities’ adoption of online education. But it has also confirmed the durability of the bricks and mortar model, an Australian forum has heard.Indiana University president Michael McRobbie said the past few months had strengthened his scepticism about predictions that traditional education would be supplanted by purely online approaches. “One thing we have learnt definitively is that students do not want to be locked in their parents’ basement for four years doing their degree online,” he told a webinar presented by the Australian National University (ANU).
“Sociologists will claim that 50 per cent of what a student learns, they learn from interaction with other students and aspects of their environment outside the classroom. There is a desperation for young students to get back to a college education.”
A Melbourne-born computer scientist and ANU alumnus, Professor McRobbie spent a decade as Indiana’s chief information officer before becoming president in 2007. He said that as the university prepared for its bicentennial year last winter, he had been contemplating how to make technology “even more pervasive” throughout the institution.
“Little did we know what was in store for us,” he ruminated.
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Accomplished Scientist, Educator Named Chief Academic Officer At Lawrence Tech – MITechNews

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SOUTHFIELD—Tarek M. Sobh, the interim provost at the University of Bridgeport as well as UB’s executive vice president of research and economic development and founding dean of its College of Engineering, Business, and Education, has been named vice president of academic affairs and provost at Lawrence Technological University.Sobh’s appointment is effective Sept. 1 and concludes a national search, said LTU President and CEO Virinder K. Moudgil, who made the announcement.“In Dr. Sobh, we feel we have found an internationally recognized educational leader who will help us continue to improve Lawrence Tech’s strong academic programs, expand our service to the professions and the region, and assure that our graduates are well prepared for the challenges of the shifting global economy,” Moudgil said. “Dr. Sobh is also an exemplary scientist and scholar and through his research, writings, and presentations, has added much to the field of engineering and other technological professions.”As provost, Sobh (pronounced soap) will oversee LTU’s four colleges, its library, and LTU’s offices of eLearning, Student Affairs, Enrollment Management, and Corporate and Community Partnerships.“I am honored to be named the provost at LTU and very much look forward to working with …

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