Coronavirus / COVID-19

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…]

Jeb Bush: ‘Reform is never finished, success is never final’

Editor’s note: Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush advocates for an “unbundled” education of the future after two years of disrupted schooling in this opinion piece circulated by ExcelinEd, the organization for which he is founder and chairman. The commentary published originally in the Miami Herald. Last month marked two years[Read More…]

Indiana takes voucher-like approach to tutoring with $500 grants to families

Editor’s note: This article appeared last week on Chalkbeat Indiana’s website. Indiana plans to channel up to $15 million in federal emergency funds directly to parents to pay for tutoring for students who are struggling with reading and math. Dubbed enrichment scholarships, the voucher-like program will provide each student who[Read More…]

Homeschooling surge continues despite schools reopening

Editor’s note: AP News published this article last week on its website, apnews.com The coronavirus pandemic ushered in what may be the most rapid rise in homeschooling the U.S. has ever seen. Two years later, even after schools reopened and vaccines became widely available, many parents have chosen to continue[Read More…]