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[EdNews Round Up] Funding, Education Policy, and More

[EdNews Round Up] Funding, Education Policy, and More

No one knows better than educators about the importance of staying up-to-date. In this edition of Edmentum’s EdNews Round Up, you’ll find the latest and most interesting education news.

A lot has happened over the last month, so we gathered up some of the top news stories in the world of education and education policy, including Biden’s proposed education policy, the new Secretary of Education, and what’s next for schools under the new administration.

Biden Proposes $175 Billion to Reopen Schools
U.S. News
The president’s stimulus plan includes $130 billion for public elementary, middle and high schools and approximately $35 billion for institutions of higher education.

What Biden’s ‘American Rescue Plan’ Would Do for Schools and Students, in One Chart
President Joe Biden’s COVID-19 recovery plan includes more than double the aid for K-12 schools that Congress approved in its last coronavirus relief plan, but how much of it appeals to lawmakers responsible for passing any such blueprint remains to be seen.

13,000 School Districts, 13,000 Approaches to Teaching During Covid
The New York Times
To assess how public schools have navigated the pandemic and the impact on students, The Times examined seven representative districts. The answers were strikingly different.

SAT Discontinues Subject Tests And Optional Essay
The College Board will discontinue the optional essay component of the SAT and that it will no longer offer subject tests in U.S. history, languages and math, among other topics. The organization, which administers the college entrance exam in addition to several other tests, including Advanced Placement exams, will instead focus efforts on a new digital version of the SAT.

DeVos balked at more state testing waivers. What will Biden's Ed Dept do?
Education Dive
K-12 Dive spoke with testing and policy experts about the likelihood education secretary nominee Miguel Cardona would issue waivers for 2020-21.

What happens to children who missed kindergarten during Covid-19 crisis?
Faced with the rigors of distance learning, some kindergarten parents decided to keep their children in preschool, a safe and familiar option that allowed the in-person interaction that small children crave. Early childhood advocates warn that some of these children may well struggle when it is time to go to first grade in the fall.

Biden Calls for $130 Billion in New K-12 Relief, Scaled Up Testing, Vaccination Efforts
Biden is calling for $130 billion in additional COVID-19 relief funding for schools, ramped up testing efforts, and accelerated vaccine distribution strategies to help reopen “the majority of K-8 schools” within the first 100 days of his administration.

Biden revokes Trump report promoting ‘patriotic education’
President Joe Biden revoked a recent Trump administration report that aimed to promote “patriotic education” in schools but that historians mocked and rejected as political propaganda.

As reopenings move forward, so do plans to maintain online learning options
Education Dive
Districts have invested millions of dollars during the pandemic to deliver distance learning to students. Now that the infrastructure is in place, stakeholders realize it would be wasteful to throw out the lessons learned from the emergency transition and not take advantage of what works as an additional option for families to choose. 

Interested in learning more about education policy and trends coming this year? Check out our on-demand webinar where we discuss President Biden’s education policy, Dr. Miguel Cardona, the stimulus packages and what's in them for K-12 education, and how we can help students gain back the lost learning during this pandemic.'s picture
McKenna Wierman

McKenna Wierman studied Journalism at the University of Mississippi, and has worked with Edmentum since June 2016. She currently serves as a Digital Marketing Specialist, and believes that empowered teachers are the key to successful students.