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  • (from the Enrollment Management Association) The Enrollment Management Association (EMA) Enrollment Spectrum podcast just released an episode on tuition discounting, with guests from the NBOA staff: Executive Vice President James Palmieri and Director, Research and Data Analysis Elizabeth Dabney. They discuss the impetus and findings of NBOA's 2021 " Tuition Discounting Report for PK-12 Independent Schools ," and how this data fits into the larger data landscape that independent school leadership may consider as they make strategic decisions.  Listen to the podcast Related content: Projections: Tuition Discounting in Unprecedented Times All news from NetAssets.org

  • (from Venable) Increasingly, employees, students, alumni, and parents at independent schools have taken to social media to air their grievances, express political views, and discuss their opinions regarding school closings, face masks, COVID-19 vaccines, and other hot-button issues. Schools should take a fresh look at their social media policies and consider whether they address the latest challenges and issues that may arise. Areas to consider include:  Reputational harm Legal challenges to social media activity and limits to first amendment rights  Policy updates to confidential information, anonymous accounts and "temporary" posts, communications on COVID-19 and political opinions More from Venable Related content What Don’t I Know? The Importance of Social Media ...

  • (from the 74 Million)  Just because school districts have more job openings than normal, that does not mean they’re facing the same labor challenges across the board. When researchers Dan Goldhaber and Trevor Gratz scraped Washington school websites this fall to look at what type of positions school districts were looking to fill, they found that  districts had more total job openings for para-educators and athletic coaches  than they did for classroom teachers. And among teachers, the researchers found that districts were facing disproportionately large challenges in filling special education, English learner and STEM jobs. This data suggests the solutions to hiring shortages must be targeted.  More from the 74 Million All news on NetAssets.org

  • (from FEI Daily) Some responsibilities are new and extremely important to a CFO’s role now, such as meeting diversity requirements and planning for ESG disclosures. Three other priorities are:  Risk management: CFOs are being asked to peek around every corner and to be more cautious, and strategic, in decision making, as they were following the 2008 recession. Modernizing technology: A recent study found that 63% of finance executives are making more use of cloud-based planning and reporting tools vs. pre-pandemic.  Being agile: CFO roles are not revolutionizing, they’re evolving. More from FEI Daily Related content: Time for Cloud 9: Automating the Business Office All news on NetAssets.org

  • (from CNN and the Washington Post) The   Supreme Court   on Thursday  blocked President Joe Biden's vaccine and testing requirement  aimed at large organizations, but it allowed a vaccine mandate for certain health care workers to go into effect nationwide. The court's decision that large companies do not have to force workers to get  coronavirus  shots or tests leaves employers facing a patchwork of clashing state policies over their role in protecting their workforces from the surging pandemic. While some employers are glad to be relieved of the requirement, others saw it as an opportunity to require vaccinations of their workers who may have expressed reluctance. Thursday’s order does not permanently kill the rule. Instead, the justices blocked it while they consider litigation against ...

  • (from the White House and Bolton) T he Biden Administration announced today that it will increase the number of COVID-19 tests available to schools by 10 million per month, double what was available in November 2021. The additional tests will help schools safely remain open and implement screening testing and test to stay programs. The new program includes: Sending 5 Million No-Cost Point-of-Care Tests Per Month to Schools.  Providing 5 Million Additional Lab-Based PCR Tests for Free to Schools Per Month. Deploying Federal Surge Testing Units to Support Free Testing Access for Students, School Staff, and Families at Community Testing Sites. Connecting Schools with COVID-19 Testing Providers to Set Up School Testing Programs using American Rescue Plan Funds.  New Training, Resources, ...

  • (From the Wall Street Journal) Sixteen major U.S. universities, including Yale University, Georgetown University and Northwestern University, are being sued for alleged antitrust violations. The colleges are members of the 568 Group, which consists of 21 colleges and universities that claim a federal exemption from antitrust laws in developing and using a common methodology to award need-based aid. The suit claims that nine of the schools are not actually need blind because for many years, they have found ways to consider some applicants’ ability to pay, and therefore shouldn’t be eligible for the antitrust exemption. Lawyers say more than 170,000 former undergraduate students who received partial financial aid at those schools going back up to 18 years could be eligible to join the suit as ...

  • (From Inside Higher Ed) New reports from the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center show an “unprecedented” decline in college enrollment among high school graduates. Prospects for the graduating Class of 2021 don’t appear much better; preliminary data from the clearinghouse show ​​freshman enrollment declined 2.7% from last fall — 13.1% since 2019 — across all sectors except private nonprofit four-year institutions, which increased 2.5% over last fall. The report also found that the enrollment decline disproportionately affected students from low-income schools, who enrolled at a rate of 49%, compared to 65% of higher-income high school graduates immediately enrolled in college. More from Inside Higher Ed All news on NetAssets.org

  • (From SHRM) As working parents juggled their jobs and caregiving during the pandemic, companies have responded by offering new benefits such as backup child care and stipends for college counseling services and tutoring. Employers that want to provide caregiving support but are concerned about costs have options, including online platforms that provide caregiving information and lists of caregivers can be an important element of these benefits, according to experts at SHRM. Other cost-saving benefits include allowing employees to work at home, providing flexible working hours and offering specific windows of time off. More from SHRM All news on NetAssets.org

  • (From EdSource) Employees at all Los Angeles County public and private schools will be required to wear N95 or other medical-grade masks amid a surge of Covid cases in the region, the Los Angeles Times reported. “Cloth face coverings alone are no longer acceptable, as they do not provide the same level of source control or personal protection as a proper surgical mask or higher level PPE,” the order reads. The new rules also require students and staff to wear masks outdoors in crowded areas. Similar policies are going into effect across the country: School officials in Amherst, Massachusetts are no longer allowing students to use cloth masks. The school district will be distributing medical-grade masks beginning next week. More from EdSource For NBOA members:   Resources ...