Coronavirus / COVID-19

Home education remains a popular option in post-pandemic Florida

Families who chose home education during the pandemic not only liked the option, but may have told a few friends. A new report from the Florida Department of Education shows last year’s record setting 35% in the number of Florida families homeschooling their children grew by another 6%. According to[Read More…]

KaiPod Learning offers flexible span of educational opportunities, endless choice for families

Originally tagged “pandemic learning pods,” as though once the COVID-19 emergency had passed, so would these traditional education alternatives, the micro-school phenomenon appears ready to shed its born-of-the-moment modifier. No longer regarded as the educational equivalent of mushrooms after a thunderstorm — ephemeral and generally undesirable — learning pods have[Read More…]

Jacksonville Catholic school one of many schools hoping summer programs will address pandemic learning loss

As many students continue to struggle academically more than two years since COVID-19 hit, one Florida Catholic school has a focused plan to close the gap. Guardian Catholic School in Jacksonville, Florida, will offer learning opportunities for students in kindergarten through third grade during its summer program to help those[Read More…]

Science center in the Ozarks reinvents itself, wins $1 million prize to continue offering education choice to families

Two years ago, as the coronavirus pandemic began shuttering childcare centers nationwide, a Springfield, Missouri, center that had been providing STEM education activities faced a critical decision. Should it close, or should it attempt to fill the area’s childcare gap? The team at The Discovery Center voted to stay open.[Read More…]

Empowerment, exit and entrepreneurship will continue to transform education

Editor’s note: This commentary from Kerry McDonald, a senior fellow at the Foundation for Economic Education and an adjunct scholar at the Cato Institute, appeared Monday on forbes.com. Over the past two years of social and economic disruption, U.S. education has experienced an extraordinary transformation that can best be defined[Read More…]

Catholic schools pivoted – and grew – during COVID

Editor’s note: This article appeared Tuesday in the Clarion Herald, the official newspaper of the Catholic Archdiocese of New Orleans. A panel of four Catholic education leaders touted the resiliency and flexibility of Catholic schools in the United States during and after COVID at the National Catholic Educational Association Convention[Read More…]

Poll: California voters more dissatisfied with local schools after pandemic than voters in other states

Editor’s note: This article appeared Tuesday on the 74million.org. From their dislike of local teachers’ unions to a lack of confidence in school administrators, California voters are more disillusioned with the state of education than voters nationally, a new poll has found. Commissioned by the reform-oriented nonprofit, Murmuration, likely California[Read More…]

Homeschooling skyrocketed during the pandemic, but what does the future hold?

Editor’s note: This analysis from Daniel Hamlin, assistant professor at the University of Oklahoma, and Paul E. Peterson, Henry Lee Shattuck Professor of Government and director of the Program on Education Policy and Governance at Harvard University, appears in the Spring 2022 issue of Education Next. As folk wisdom has[Read More…]