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Homeschooling Doubled in 20-21, International Enrollment, No CARES Funding for Private Schools

By Net Assets posted 11-17-2020 11:29 AM


(from Reason) According to a recent Gallup poll, homeschooling has doubled this past school year, and learning pods may prove to be a considerable player in the shifting competitive landscape of the educational marketplace. In the long-term, education thought leader Michael Horn believes that learning pods and other education alternatives provide parents with family-friendly schedules and opportunities for likeminded communities of values that traditional public schools can't manage.

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(from Inside Higher Education) The total number of international students studying at U.S. universities, whether from within the U.S. or online from abroad, decreased by 16% this fall, while enrollments of new international students decreased by 43%, according to a new survey. There may be a bounce back, however, "All of our records show in the past that when it’s safe to resume travel, we’re dealing with surges of students that have deferred, that set their plans aside, that were granted deferments and want to come," said Allan E. Goodman, president of the Institute of International Education.

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(from Law and Crime) Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos just got to the official end of the line with her efforts to divert $16 million in public school COVID-relief funding to private schools. U.S. District Judge for the Northern District of California James Donato signed a permanent injunction – made public Monday – that will formally end litigation begun last summer against the Department of Education. The CARES Act earmarked approximately $16 billion to help elementary and secondary schools maintain their operations and provide effective education during the pandemic. Funds were to be distributed to both public and private schools; the amount allocated to private schools was, as has been the case historically, based on number of low-income students served by the private schools. The DOE under DeVos, though, issued a rule that would instead apportion funding based on total student enrollment. 

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