High Schools

For first time, major counseling group questions standardized testing in college admissions

By Jayne Caflin Fonash, NACAC President

In almost every conversation these past two months with students, families, counselors, admission professionals, and the media, I have been asked, “What gives you hope for the future?”.

My response? Along with thousands of you around the world, I chose this profession because I believe in the power and ethical provision of access, equity, and transparency in the college admission process. Knowing that, I trust that many of you are guided every day as I am by our commitment to act in the best interests of students―particularly those underserved students at greatest risk―while being

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DeVos pushes education agenda with federal covid-19 relief money

“The current disruption to the normal model is reaffirming something I have said for years: we must rethink education to better match the realities of the 21st century,” she said in the announcement. “This is the time for local education leaders to unleash their creativity and ingenuity, and I’m looking forward to seeing what they do to provide education freedom and economic opportunity for America’s students.”

The Michigan billionaire has in the past been clear about her views of traditional public schools, referring to them as “a monopoly” and a “dead end.” She has advocated for decades for the expansion

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Some Parents Concerned Their Children Won’t Be Ready for Next Year, Survey Says – Inside School Research

While most parents of K-12 students seem pleased with the communication and educational activities being provided by schools during the COVID-19 shutdowns, some are still concerned about how prepared their children will be for the next school year, according to the latest findings from a nationwide survey by the University of Southern California.

The USC Dornsife Center for Economic and Social Research‘s “Understanding Coronavirus in America Study” reveals that out of 1,452 households with school-age children that were polled, 78 percent of parents said they were satisfied with the communication from their school and 87 percent have at least

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DeVos gets mixed reaction to decision to leave intact IDEA during covid-19

Congress, in its recent $2 trillion economic stimulus package known as the Cares Act, included a requirement that DeVos report back on whether she needs congressional approval to provide school districts with IDEA waivers during the pandemic, which has closed virtually all schools. DeVos sought public input and on Monday told Congress that “there is no reason to waive” any IDEA provision that is “designed to keep students learning. ”

DeVos suggested a few flexibilities, including an extension of the timeline for evaluating toddlers with disabilities, but she did not meet the full requests for more IDEA leniency from special-education

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For Joan Baratz Snowden, Who Died This Month, Teachers Were Key to Equity – Inside School Research


Joan Baratz Snowden, the president of the Education Study Center and veteran education policy researcher, died April 27 at her home in Washington D.C., from cancer. She was 80.

Snowden’s work focused on improving educational opportunities for students of color and improving teacher quality, writing books on teacher preparation, teachers of color, and student social-emotional learning. She served as vice president for assessment and for policy at the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, and directed research and policy studies for ETS, the Educational Testing Service. Snowden also helped develop a “core curriculum” for training new teachers as

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U.S. congressman: 3 whistleblowers allege political interference in charter school grant

But according to these whistleblowers, Pocan said, professional staff was overruled by political appointees who ordered the funding be awarded to IDEA. The identities of the whistleblowers were not revealed to The Post, nor were the names of the political appointees.

The Education Department did not respond to a request for comment.

IDEA, a Texas-based charter school network with nearly 100 campuses in Texas and Louisiana serving nearly 53,000 students, said in a statement:

“Peer reviewers from education and other fields evaluate grant applications independently from Department of Education staff. In three of the last four Charter Schools Program competitions,

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Teachers, parents, principals tell homeschooling stories

In this post, by Carol Burris, teachers and parents and principals tell their stories about how they are coping, and what they most worry about in this troubling period of schooling.

Burris is a former New York high school principal who now serves as executive director of the Network for Public Education. She was named the 2010 Educator of the Year by the School Administrators Association of New York State, and in 2013, the National Association of Secondary School Principals named her the New York State High School Principal of the Year. Burris has been writing for this blog

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It’s ‘devastating’ for students who rely on music classes

This appeared on the website of the Hechinger Report, a nonprofit, independent news organization focused on inequality and innovation in education. I was given permission to publish it.

By Sarah Robinson

Every few days, I get a calendar notification reminding me of a musical event no longer happening for students in Metro Nashville Public Schools in Tennessee. As I dismiss each notification, feelings of frustration and disappointment hit me like a one-two punch.

For a moment, I picture myself in an alternate universe and think, today is the day the chamber choir is performing as part of the Mayor’s

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