Month: May 2022

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Report: Higher education enrollment declines again

Higher education’s total enrollment for the spring 2022 semester fell 4.1 percent (685,000 students) compared to spring 2021, according to the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center.

“Following a 3.5 percent drop last spring, postsecondary institutions have lost nearly 1.3 million students since spring 2020,” the research center wrote in a May 26 post on its website.…

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Virtual forum looks at shifting education landscape

Join The Chronicle of Higher Education’s Goldie Blumenstyk and a panel of experts May 25 for the virtual forum “The Changing Higher-Ed Ecosystem.”

Topics of discussion will include the potential impact of growing competitors to traditional college programs and how new innovations will affect students.

The session begins at 2 p.m. ET on May 25. To register, click here.…

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Murphy touts PSLF program’s availability, expanded eligibility

Gov. Phil Murphy on May 23 led a roundtable discussion about the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) program, describing it as “a gem, but in many cases, a hidden gem.”

The PSLF program, Murphy explained, “allows people working throughout the public or nonprofit sectors to have that service credited against their outstanding federal student loans.…

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NTU’s Snowden is set for honor at Princeton commencement

Newark Teachers Union member Lee Snowden, who teaches at the city’s University High School, will be honored May 24 as one of four Princeton Prize for Distinguished Secondary School Teaching recipients during Princeton University’s 2022 commencement.

“It is truly an honor to be recognized for the great work that is happening at University High School,” Snowden says.…

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AAUP issues latest survey of tenure practices

In its 2022 survey of tenure practices, the American Association of University Professors says that 82.3 percent of colleges permit faculty members to extend their probationary period prior to being awarded tenure — a practice known as “stopping the tenure clock.”

“Of those that offer policies to stop the tenure clock, 92.5 percent make the option available to faculty members regardless of gender, in recognition that partners can be coequal caretakers of newborn or newly adopted children,” reads the report.…

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Cardona, Marten set to speak at U.S. DOE virtual summit

U.S. Secretary of Education Dr. Miguel A. Cardona will deliver the opening remarks during a May 23 virtual summit about ways in which schools and colleges can support mental health needs and students with disabilities.

“As communities and our country heal and recover, it’s important to acknowledge that our students with disabilities have faced unique challenges amid the pandemic and that some long-standing inequities between students with disabilities and their peers were made worse during this time,” Dr.…

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GAO report looks at teachers’ efforts to mitigate pandemic learning loss

During the 2020-21 school year, about 60 percent of K-12 teachers in a virtual environment “had students who had more difficulty understanding lessons than in a typical year, compared to 37 percent of teachers in an in-person environment,” according to the U.S. Government Accountability Office.

Here are other key findings in the GAO’s report, which was released May 10:

  • 85 percent of in-person teachers said live instruction, fully or partially in-person, helped students
  • Fewer than 40 percent of all teachers thought asynchronous learning, in which students work independently, helped the majority of their students

To view the full report, click here.…

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Notable changes proposed for school buses

The New Jersey Assembly’s Transportation Committee on May 12 released A1282, which would require the Department of Environmental Protection to develop and implement an electric school bus program.

In other bus-related developments, Federal Communications Commission Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel on May 11 unveiled a proposal to allow the use of federal E-Rate funding for Wi-Fi in school buses.…

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AFT joins coalition that’s fighting book bans

The AFT has teamed up with the American Library Association and other organizations, among them major publishers, to create Unite Against Book Bans.

The coalition offers an action toolkit online for amplifying and supporting the campaign that has information on contacting elected officials and media, how to create and circulate a petition, social media resources and more.…

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Watch SML reading webinars for chance at gift cards

Teacher Appreciation Week 2022 officially wrapped up several days ago, but the celebration will continue into early June for select viewers who take part in Share My Lesson’s next three Reading Opens the World seminars.

The AFT will randomly choose participants who attend the free live webinars on May 19, May 26 and June 2 to receive $25 gift cards for First Book Marketplace.…

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