Debate emerges over $500M education bill; some fear it may lead to full-fledged school vouchers in Pa.

With about $1 billion of unspent federal CARES Act funding sitting on the table, Pennsylvania policymakers have offered up a variety of ways to spend it from small business assistance to mortgage and rental assistance.



a room filled with furniture and a table: The Senate Education Committee on Monday will hold a hearing on a bill that would create education savings accounts that provide families with $1,000 per school-age child to pay for resources, including private school tuition, to help them recover educational losses for when schools were closed last spring due to the pandemic. The proposal is controversial because critics see it as leading the way for a full-fledged school voucher program.nAug


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The Senate Education Committee on Monday will hold a hearing on a bill that would create education savings accounts that provide families with $1,000 per school-age child to pay for resources, including private school tuition, to help them recover educational losses for when schools were closed last spring due to the pandemic. The proposal is controversial because critics see it as leading the way for a full-fledged school voucher program.nAug

But none of the proposals are more controversial than one being floated that has some believing it could be the lead-up to a full-fledged school voucher program.

The Senate Education Committee on Monday is holding an 11 a.m.

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UGC asks institutions to share roadmap for full-fledged online education

NEW DELHI :
The university grants commission (UGC) has kicked-off the exercise to open up higher education sector for full-fledged e-learning degrees, to bridge the physical-digital divide in tertiary education.

The regulator has asked institutions and universities to share a roadmap and roll out online degree courses from Jan 2021.

According to UGC, “higher educational institutions having an accreditation score of 3.26 (in a scale of 4) and above or having a rank in top 100 best university category of National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF) shall be permitted to start full-fledged online programmes without prior approval.”

Mint has seen a copy of the notification. It says a university must be in the top 100 NIRF list at least twice in three preceding cycles at the time of application.

Earlier in May, government had said that top 100 universities will soon be allowed to offer online degrees.

India’s higher education sector

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