Equity Issues in Education


VHS Learning To Provide Free AP STEM Courses in Select Schools Through Massachusetts Initiative

Online learning nonprofit VHS Learning will provide free online Advanced Placement courses in STEM subjects to up to 1,500 Massachusetts high school students students during the 2022-23 school year in a partnership with the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education with funding from the U.S. Department of Education.

SXSW EDU 2022 Gears Up To Reimagine Education: From Practical to Profound

Since COVID-19 turned the U.S. education system upside down, the movement to "reimagine education" seems to be having a moment, and SXSW EDU attendees can expect to hear a lot of discussion on remaking America’s public school norms when the event returns in-person March 7–10 in Austin with more than 350 in-person sessions, dozens of which will be streamed online as well for virtual attendees.

RAND Survey: District Leaders See Mental Health of Students, Staff As Top Concern

A new survey of K–12 district leaders by RAND Corp. and its nonprofit partners shows that respondents’ three biggest concerns — by an overwhelming margin — during the current school year are the mental health of students, teachers, and principals, respectively.

TutorMe Announces Deal to Provide Tutoring Services to 11K Students of St. Louis District

Online tutoring provider TutorMe today announced it will provide on-demand, 24/7 tutoring for the 11,000-plus students of Ferguson-Florissant School District in St. Louis for the remainder of this school year at no cost to students.

Age of Learning Expands School Solutions with New My Reading Academy

Age of Learning, creator of the popular ABCmouse online learning program, has launched My Reading Academy, a game-based platform offering “an individualized, adaptive learning solution blending interactivity, adaptive challenges, and ongoing feedback to sustain engagement and motivation in young learners," the company said.

New EduRecoveryHub Site Showcases Best Practices in K–12 COVID Recovery Spending

A new website, EduRecoveryHub.org, launched today showcases emerging best practices in how K–12 school districts are using federal pandemic recovery education funds, along with expert analysis from varying perspectives on what makes each effort stand out.

Texthelp's New OrbitNote Adds Accessibility Functions to PDF Files

Texthelp, a provider of literacy and accessibility technology, has launched a new web app called OrbitNote that adds accessibility features to PDFs, including the ability to type, highlight, and leave voice memos on documents, the company said in a news release.

New UNICEF Report: Scale of Education Loss During Pandemic 'Nearly Insurmountable"

Marking the International Day of Education on Monday, Jan. 24, UNICEF today released a new report illustrating the “nearly insurmountable” impact of COVID-19 disruptions on children’s learning around the globe, with "younger and more marginalized children facing the greatest loss,” UNICEF said.

Survey Finds Teacher Shortage Crisis Exacerbated By Push to Ban Classroom Discussions of Race and Gender

Education-equity advocacy nonprofit Stand for Children has released a new national survey of teachers that finds that 3 in 10 teachers are considering leaving the profession at the end of this school year, and more than a third of the 2,000 K–12 educators surveyed cited as a reason new state laws restricting classroom discussions on race, gender, and sexuality.

CodeSpark Academy Adds New Adventure Game Design Tools

CodeSpark Academy, a popular learn-to-code app for kids ages 5–10, announced today the launch of “Adventure Game,” a powerful new set of design tools that allows users to use code to create open-ended role-playing games, inspired by classic hit games like “The Legend of Zelda” and “Animal Crossing.”

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