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Posted: September 16, 2020 06:11 pm

Federal Flash: A Judge Says “No” to DeVos, the Senate Says “No” to McConnell, and the House Says “Yes” to Diversity

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September 16, 2020 06:11 pm
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Education Secretary Betsy DeVos is forced to abandon her policy to shuttle more funding to private schools with COVID-19 relief funds. The U.S. Senate can’t quite muster the votes for Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s (R-KY) COVID-19 legislation. The U.S. House of Representatives passed the first federal legislation on school integration in more than thirty years.

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Posted: September 10, 2020 01:04 pm

Val Verde Unified School District Leads with “Love, Empathy, and Grace” During COVID-19 Pandemic

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September 10, 2020 01:04 pm
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In mid-August, the Val Verde (California) Unified School District began the 2020–2021 school year with all 20,000 students engaged in high-quality distance learning. Like districts nationwide, Val Verde implemented full distance learning in the spring and again this school year to protect the health and safety of students, staff, and families during the COVID-19 pandemic. But unlike some districts, Val Verde already had the tools, resources, and plan in place to transition students seamlessly to a remote environment thanks to the district’s preparation and participation in the Future Ready Schools® (FRS) network.

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coronavirus, Future Ready
Posted: September 09, 2020 08:32 am

Five Strategies for a Great Virtual Meeting

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September 09, 2020 08:32 am
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Ready or not, here they come. It’s that time again. It’s time for the students to return, and with that it’s time for the infamous back-to-school district kickoff meeting. It’s no secret that this year is so, so different than the kickoffs of years prior. Most years, administrators, teachers, and support staff return rested, having just come off a needed break and some well-deserved downtime. This year, anxiety is high, questions remain, fear surrounds us, and adversity can be seen in every direction.

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Future Ready, Technology
Posted: September 08, 2020 09:17 am

UCLA Community School Fosters a “Dynamic Community of Learners”

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September 08, 2020 09:17 am
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“Community” is more than a word at UCLA Community School (UCLA-CS). Just as “community” sits at the center of the school’s name, a strong sense of community guides the teaching and learning practices at this unique school located in Los Angeles, California.  

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California, Deeper Learning, LA Unified School District
Posted: September 08, 2020 06:30 am

Federal Flash: Secretary DeVos to States—Don’t Expect Assessment Waivers in 2021

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September 08, 2020 06:30 am
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In today’s Federal Flash, a flurry of activity across multiple federal agencies. First, we cover the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA’s) eleventh-hour reversal to extend waivers that have made it easier for school districts to serve free school meals, plus the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA’s) new guidance that ends state reimbursement for cloth face masks and personal protective equipment (PPE) for schools. We also have all the details on Secretary Betsy DeVos’s letter to chief state school officers about spring 2021 assessments.

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coronavirus, DACA, Federal Flash
Posted: August 25, 2020 10:12 pm

Federal Flash: USDA Decision Threatens Student Access to Free Meals During COVID-19

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August 25, 2020 10:12 pm
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In today’s Federal Flash, we cover the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA’s) refusal to extend waivers that give schools flexibility on where and how to serve students meals during the pandemic and an injunction halting Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos’s rule on equitable services under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. In addition, we breakdown both political parties’ education platforms—or lack thereof—heading into the 2020 election and the prospects for Senate Republicans’ latest “skinny” coronavirus relief bill.

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coronavirus, Federal Flash
Posted: August 03, 2020 08:18 am

Closing the Homework Gap in Middletown City School District

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August 03, 2020 08:18 am
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On any given day, about 30 percent of students in Middletown City (Ohio) School District lack the home internet connectivity they need to participate in learning activities outside of school. It’s a reality that Superintendent Marlon Styles, Jr., and his team have worked diligently to address since he arrived in the urban school district three years ago.

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Digital Equity, E-Rate, Future Ready
Posted: July 30, 2020 12:14 am

Federal Flash: Senate Republicans’ Plan to Coerce Schools to Physically Reopen This Fall

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July 30, 2020 12:14 am
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In today’s Federal Flash, we break down the education proposals in the Senate Republicans’ coronavirus relief package, known as the Health, Economic Assistance, Liability Protection, and Schools (HEALS) Act, and cover the reaction to it. We also provide an update on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC’s) new guidelines for reopening schools.  

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coronavirus, Federal Flash
Posted: July 24, 2020 12:22 am

Federal Flash: Students of Color Caught in the Homework Gap

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July 24, 2020 12:22 am
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In today’s Federal Flash, a breakdown of new data shows that the homework gap is much larger than previously thought—especially for students of color, students from low-income backgrounds, and those living in rural areas. We’ll also provide an update on Senate Republicans’ coronavirus relief proposal and school nutrition advocates’ push to extend a key flexibility for school meal programs. 

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coronavirus, E-Rate, Federal Flash
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