The Senate’s $2 trillion package includes over $30 billion for education, with at least $13.5 billion for K-12 schools. Help will come, in part, from the Education Stabilization Fund, which is partially meant for protecting jobs and paying staff while school is out of session.
In a matter of days, districts are shifting from an education system that has focused on face to face interaction to one that works at a distance. Yet over half of students live near the poverty line, 14 percent have a learning disability, and some struggle just to find internet access.
BeeLine Reader’s technology, which adds color gradients to digital text to aid visual tracking and improve reading ability, has been integrated as a standard feature within Blackboard Inc.’s accessibility tool, Blackboard Ally.
The Brain Injury Association of America has partnered with TeachAids to offer the latest concussion education through TeachAids’ CrashCourse. The base curriculum is offered in both high definition and virtual reality and includes a short interactive film.
The Pennsylvania Department of Education has canceled statewide assessment tests for the 2019-20 school year, including the PSSA, PASA and Keystone Exams. Standardized testing for students in career and technical education programs have also been canceled.
Current seniors who meet all district and state requirements will still be able to graduate this school year. The requirement that students take end-of-course assessments has been suspended for Mississippi seniors as well.
State officials have warned cyber charters against trying to take advantage of the crisis to recruit new students during the shutdown. Now an emergency school bill includes language that freezes payments to school districts based on enrollment numbers on March 13.
The move from classrooms to an online world—or no school at all—is sparking anxiety and fear, not just for kids and teens but also for their parents and caregivers. Experts suggest finding other ways to connect, including video conferences and snail mail.
Massive changes for K-12 schools were approved by the Ohio legislature, affecting state testing, graduation, special education, private school vouchers and more. Annual state testing for the 2019-20 school year are waived by the bill.