Euphemism watch: ‘Education savings accounts’ law means school vouchers

A forecast of school legislation in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette this morning included the almost-certain return of expanded school voucher legislation in Arkansas, though it was placed under the comforting umbrella of euphemistic “school choice” legislation and further described euphemistically as “education savings accounts.” Walton-fortune-backed forces, led by Bentonville Republican Jim Dotson and including well-paid lobbyists, almost passed voucher legislation in 2017. It had two prongs — “education savings accounts” in which families could receive a tax credit for putting money into accounts to pay for private school education and “education scholarships” in which any…

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State and federal education report card delayed again

Alabama education officials again delayed the release of the state’s unified report card, due in part to technical problems with the website but also to ensure the data is accurate, according to Alabama State Superintendent Eric Mackey. “It’s better for data to be a day or two late than to be wrong,” Mackey told AL.com Monday evening. “It should be up Wednesday by noon.” This is the third delay of the release, planned initially for Dec. 21, then moved to Dec. 28, and again to Dec. 31, the federal deadline, which Alabama has…

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S.C. made dramatic gains in education

Acknowledging a review of student academic achievement results by officials associated with the National Assessment of Educational Progress, South Carolina improved its academic achievement grade from a D posted in 2009 to a B posted in 2017. Impressive incremental levels of teaching and learning apparently occurred within that near-decade period of time. The scholastic gain is worth noting because every state has a role to play, as the U.S. ratchets upward in its education ranking to post comparably among other top-performing industrialized nations. The academic achievement statistics from South Carolina’s…

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Education, knowledge and power

Speaking during the inauguration ceremony of Islamabad National University at the Prime Minister House on December 21, Imran Khan again stressed the need for empowering the youths of Pakistan with better education. The link between education and knowledge is understandable. No nation can seek the threshold of power unless it excels in education and the pursuit of knowledge. The PTI government seems to be single-minded in transforming its election manifesto into a reality by focusing on providing good, compulsory and quality education. How can better education and knowledge cause miracles…

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The new education revolution

We live in a world that’s changing all around us. That’s hardly a news flash. However, a recent article in The Atlantic magazine provides some fascinating context about how it’s changing — and ought to be a must-read for state and local officials. In fairness, those officials we’re familiar with already know all this, so perhaps it’s everyone else who ought to read “The Third Education Revolution.” The article makes the case that education is no longer something that ends with a high school diploma or a college degree —…

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Advertising 3 Ted Talks that answer questions about your child’s education

There have been countless debates on the impact of the education system on children. While most parents rely on schools, some parents are adopting innovative methods of teaching children, from virtual learning to homeschooling. But how do we ensure a particular method of teaching is ideal for a child? Here are three Ted Talks that will answer your questions on how to effectively teach a child. Kids can teach themselves In this Ted Talk, educational researcher Sugata Mitra shares how kids figured out how to use a computer on their…

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Education risks examined for cybersecurity

SecurityScorecard has released its latest research, The 2018 Education Cybersecurity Report, examining the shift to modern data collection and storage in the education system. It highlights the new risk factors this move invites as massive amounts of personal data is being aggregated on networks and stored on premises and in the cloud, much of it accessible to multiple third parties. Data collection is a vital resource for educational institutions across the world, including student records which contain highly sensitive material such as a student’s name, address and social security number, and…

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Demetrious Cox teaching athletes importance of education

Demetrious Cox has two jobs that keep him busy on and off the football field. Most days, the former Jeannette and Michigan State standout is a defensive back with the Cincinnati Bengals practice squad. He has been traveling with the team of late. The rest of the time he works as a tour guide. Cox and his father, Dorsey, have taken on a new nonprofit business venture they are calling, “Educated Athletes First,” an informative and interactive program designed to help student-athletes and their parents prepare for a college career…

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6 ways tech will change education forever

Technology has always been a driving factor in different aspects of human life. It has changed the way we live and perform various activities. One of the aspects of our lives that has been subjected to many changes due to the latest rapid developments in digital technologies is education. The advancement of digital technologies has opened up many opportunities for improving education and allowing people to learn better and faster. Today, we are going to give you the 6 most impactful ways technology is changing education as we know it. Tech empowered classrooms One…

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Higher education faces challenges ahead

Higher education has yet to be disrupted by technology and globalization the way some industries have. Sectors ranging from retail to entertainment to manufacturing have seen seismic shifts in their delivery models, competition, and customer expectations. Today, the question higher education leaders are asking is not are we next, but when and how does it happen? Higher education occupies a unique position among industries. Its performance and output is measured and evaluated not only by its own customers (students), but also by business (which employs its customers upon graduation), government (which provides…

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