How Biden Wants to Trim a Mountain of Student Debt

How Biden Wants to Trim a Mountain of Student Debt

This post was originally published on this sitePresident Joe Biden has been considering forgiving some government student loan debt. Such a move that could help alleviate the weight on borrowers of $1.6 trillion in federal education debt, a figure that has more than tripled in the last 15 years. As...

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Teachers across US question profession, gun laws after Texas school shooting

Teachers across US question profession, gun laws after Texas school shooting

This post was originally published on this siteAfter a school shooting in Texas left at least 19 children and two adults dead, some teachers say they’re second-guessing the profession.     

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Pushing for ‘school choice,’ US Sen. Ted Cruz splits with Gov. Greg Abbott in his endorsements for Texas House runoffs

Pushing for ‘school choice,’ US Sen. Ted Cruz splits with Gov. Greg Abbott in his endorsements for Texas House runoffs

This post was originally published on this site By Patrick Svitek, The Texas Tribune April 19, 2022 “Pushing for “school choice,” U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz splits with Gov. Greg Abbott in his endorsements for Texas House runoffs” was first published by The Texas Tribune, a nonprofit, nonpartisan media organization that...

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Florida rejects 71 percent of K-5 math textbook submissions, citing concerns about critical race theory

Florida rejects 71 percent of K-5 math textbook submissions, citing concerns about critical race theory

Florida’s department of education announced Friday that it had rejected 54 of the 132 math textbooks submitted for adoption by the state’s public education system, claiming some of them taught critical race theory, NPR reported Monday.
According to a press release, Florida Commissioner of Education Richard Corcoran rejected 41 percent of the textbooks submitted — the most in Florida history — including 71 percent of books intended for grades kindergarten through five.
“Reasons for rejecting textbooks included references to Critical Race Theory (CRT), inclusions of Common Core, and the unsolicited addition of Social Emotional Learning (SEL) in mathematics,” the press release reads.
Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) banned the teaching of critical race theory in Florida schools last year after replacing the national Common Core targets in math and reading with Florida’s Benchmarks for Excellent Student Thinking (BEST) standards the year before, per NPR. Social emotional learning is an educational practice that aims to help students develop social and emotional skills as they engage with the curriculum. One teaching blog suggests incorporating SEL into math classes by asking students, “How did today’s math make you feel?”
DeSantis praised Corcoran for rejecting such a large percentage of the submitted textbooks. “It seems that some publishers attempted to slap a coat of paint on an old house built on the foundation of Common Core, and indoctrinating concepts like race essentialism, especially, bizarrely, for elementary school students,” the governor said.
On Monday, DeSantis’ press secretary Christina Pushaw shared a tweet from anti-CRT activist Christopher Rufo. Rufo’s screenshot shows a “K-12 Math Ethnic Studies Framework” used by Seattle public schools. The framework requires students to be able to “identify how math has been and continues to be used to oppress and marginalize people and communities of color.”
“This is what we want to avoid in Florida,” Pushaw wrote. “The corporate media will gaslight you by claiming CRT isn’t really in math instruction, but it is.”
This is what we want to avoid in Florida. The corporate media will gaslight you by claiming CRT isn't really in math instruction, but it is. And it would be here if we didn't have @GovRonDeSantis @EducationFL taking action to prevent it. https://t.co/qwsqbFUVo0— Christina Pushaw 🇺🇸 (@ChristinaPushaw) April 18, 2022

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‘Disturbing’: Biden education secretary warns Florida after DeSantis signs anti-LGBTQ bill targeting ‘most vulnerable’

‘Disturbing’: Biden education secretary warns Florida after DeSantis signs anti-LGBTQ bill targeting ‘most vulnerable’

This post was originally published on this site The Biden administration once again is warning Florida about its widely-criticized and possibly unconstitutional “Don’t Say Gay” bill which Republican Governor Ron DeSantis signed into law Monday afternoon while surrounded by young children. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona Monday afternoon warned he...

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Schools got record federal money during COVID. They’re having a hard time spending it all.

Schools got record federal money during COVID. They’re having a hard time spending it all.

This post was originally published on this siteSchools’ efforts to hire staff and spend COVID relief money are running into a national labor shortage, supply chain issues and construction delays.     

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Why U.S. Colleges Are Rethinking Standardized Tests

Why U.S. Colleges Are Rethinking Standardized Tests

This post was originally published on this siteThe pandemic forced a pause on colleges requiring standardized testing, long the gold standard for admissions in the U.S. As Covid-19 restrictions ease, widespread mandatory reliance on the ACT and SAT entrance exams isn’t springing back as quickly. One reason is that schools...

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Public Service Loan Forgiveness: 100,000 borrowers are eligible so far under new rules

Public Service Loan Forgiveness: 100,000 borrowers are eligible so far under new rules

This post was originally published on this siteThe Department of Education has so far identified 100,000 borrowers who are eligible for student debt cancellation due to the changes the agency made to the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program in October. The cancellations are expected to total about $6.2 billion in...

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Manchin worries free education will turn Americans into moochers. Students are left in the dust

Manchin worries free education will turn Americans into moochers. Students are left in the dust

This post was originally published on this site With barely a whimper, free community college for all Americans bit the dust, at least for now. Already stripped from the pared-down Build Back Better bill proposed by the Biden administration in October, free community college will not re-emerge as a free-standing...

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CNN Poll: Economy and education will shape how Americans vote in 2022

CNN Poll: Economy and education will shape how Americans vote in 2022

This post was originally published on this siteVoters begin the midterm year primarily focused on economic issues, according to a new CNN poll conducted by SSRS in January and February. The survey also showed that Democrats are suffering an early deficit in enthusiasm about voting, a dynamic that could be...

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