A growing crisis in special education

Our daughter Mae is 4. She has Down syndrome, and we are fighting to keep her in school.

October is Down Syndrome Awareness Month, and in any other year we would work with friends, families, and organizations to fund-raise, advocate, and spread awareness for those who share Mae’s diagnosis.

But, of course, this is unlike any other year. As the uncertainty surrounding the coronavirus pandemic drags on, we have had to work harder than ever to advocate for basic educational rights and services for all children with special needs.

When schools began shutting down in March, families across the nation were faced with the reality that their children with special needs would lose the services and professional therapies that are provided through public school systems once a child reaches the age of 3.

More than seven months have passed since children have experienced a normal school day. Remote learning is

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A growing crisis is special education

Our daughter Mae is 4. She has Down syndrome, and we are fighting to keep her in school.

October is Down Syndrome Awareness Month, and in any other year we would work with friends, families, and organizations to fund-raise, advocate, and spread awareness for those who share Mae’s diagnosis.

But, of course, this is unlike any other year. As the uncertainty surrounding the coronavirus pandemic drags on, we have had to work harder than ever to advocate for basic educational rights and services for all children with special needs.

When schools began shutting down in March, families across the nation were faced with the reality that their children with special needs would lose the services and professional therapies that are provided through public school systems once a child reaches the age of 3.

More than seven months have passed since children have experienced a normal school day. Remote learning is

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E-learning Course | Growing Adoption of Mobile Learning to Boost the Market Growth

The e-learning course size is poised to grow by USD 61 billion during 2020-2024, progressing at a CAGR of over 13% throughout the forecast period, according to the latest report by Technavio. The report offers an up-to-date analysis regarding the current market scenario, latest trends and drivers, and the overall market environment. The report also provides the market impact and new opportunities created due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Download a Free Sample of REPORT with COVID-19 Crisis and Recovery Analysis.

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Technavio has announced its latest market research report titled Global E-learning courses 2020-2024 (Graphic: Business Wire)

One of the key factors contributing to e-learning courses market growth is the growing popularity and adoption of mobile learning. Due to the increased use of mobile devices such as laptops and tablets in schools and colleges, along with the increasing popularity of

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UTSA’s growing online degree programs offer students flexibility | UTSA Today | UTSA

UTSA’s growing online degree programs offer students flexibility

OCTOBER 9, 2020 — UTSA continues to see growth in its online degree programs. Currently there are 340 students enrolled in these fully online degree programs, which is an increase of 66% over last year’s enrollment. Growth is expected to continue in the spring, when a new degree program will be added.

The COVID-19 pandemic’s current disruption of education around the world demonstrates the value that comes from the flexibility of online courses.

“The pandemic has shined a blinding light on the need for online courses and the fact that online courses can be taught at the level of traditional courses,” said Suzana Diaz Rosencrans, assistant vice provost for online programs. “You don’t have to sacrifice quality to do that. I see the pandemic accelerating the timeline of online degrees offered.”

Not to be confused with the high percentage of courses currently being offered online at UTSA in response to

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Securing Higher Ed’s Growing Number of Remote Devices

To Improve Security, Watch Everything

The risks posed to higher education by malware and other cyberthreats are certainly nothing new. The difference now is in the sheer volume of attacks taking advantage of the growing number of threat vectors cybercriminals have at their disposal.

The current glaring weak point for colleges and universities is the vast array of endpoints now connected to their systems following the pivot to remote learning.

The more time students, faculty and staff members spend online, and the more devices they use to communicate and work, the greater the access would-be hackers have to their campus networks. “I worry about the risks every day,” says Bill Fisher, associate director of technical services in the IT department at Grand Valley State University. Since COVID-19 arrived, Fisher notes, GVSU has managed to keep its network safe. “But we’ve had to deal with ransomware a couple of times in

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Higher Education Market Growing at a CAGR 21.1% | Key Player Oracle, DELL Technologies, SAP, Vmware, Servicenow

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Sep 28, 2020 (AB Digital via COMTEX) —
The global Higher Education Market size is expected to grow from USD 13.7 billion in 2020 to USD 35.8 billion by 2025, at a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 21.1% during the forecast period. A growing number of higher education enrollments is a major driver for the growth of the market during the forecast period.

Solutions segment to hold a larger market size during the forecast period

Higher education solutions are transforming colleges, universities, and research campuses worldwide, along with new and engaging services for the entire lifecycle. The solutions included in the study are the student information management system, content collaboration, data security and compliance, campus management, and others. Higher education solutions are incorporated into business applications to enhance their capabilities. They derive insights from the business

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Equity gaps in education growing before pandemic; state hopes to bring change | Education

While the rate of Hoosier students going to college has declined across all races and ethnicity, the report finds gaps are growing among minority students.

Hispanic and Latino students show the lowest college going rate among all students at 51%. However, a 9 percentage point drop in the number of black students attending college in the last five years proves to be the most significant decline among any Hoosier race or ethnicity.

Socioeconomic status also plays a role in students’ progression to college. The report found white men of a local-income were the least likely to continue to college with just 29% pursuing that higher education.


PNW sees overall decline, high retention in fall 2020 enrollment report

Once in college, the report finds, black and Hispanic students are less likely to continue to their second year and eventually complete their higher education.

However, the rate of Hoosiers overall completing their

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Equity gaps in education growing before pandemic; state hopes to bring change | State

A new report from the Indiana Commission for Higher Education shows equity gaps in Hoosier education are growing, and may continue to grow during the coronavirus pandemic.

The commission’s 2020 College Equity Report, released Thursday, shows Indiana’s students are growing increasingly more diverse, yet minority students fall below state averages in going to and completing college.

“We can’t know how and where to target our efforts without first zeroing in on the preparation gaps for our young Hoosiers,” Gov. Eric Holcomb said in a news release. “That’s why this educational equity data is significant for Indiana, because it helps us identify the areas and systems we need to challenge to ensure new generations of Hoosiers are fully equipped for a prosperous future.”

Equity in education is defined by the commission in its third report on student equity as the idea that life’s circumstances or obstacles should not dictate opportunity to

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Teachers Find Higher Pay and Growing Options in Covid Pods

Krissy Rand has more than a decade of experience teaching special education to elementary school students, most recently in the Salem, Mass., public school district. She calls last spring’s remote teaching a nightmare, and was disheartened to learn about her school’s Covid-19 fall guidelines. With no library or gym time, “you’re basically a prisoner in your classroom,” she says.

The 39-year-old Ms. Rand put out her résumé. Eight groups of families contacted her within three days. She now makes more money teaching six first-graders from six families in Wellesley, Mass. They are following their public school’s curriculum, and she’s added cooking, yoga and earth sciences, with lots of hands-on experiments. She loves that there are no rules and administrative red tape, and no sitting through long meetings.

“It’s a teacher’s dream,” she says. “The day flies by.”

Long underpaid and underappreciated, teachers are finding more career options as demand for

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School spend on remote learning tech growing exponentially

An extensive market intelligence report details what kind of distance learning technology academic institutions are buying as well as activity from major ed tech providers.

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Academic institutions—both K12 and higher ed—account for the fastest growth and the largest market share in an analysis of remote learning technologies and how they’re used by enterprises, academic institutions, government organizations and individual users.

Conducted by Future Market Insights, the study forecasts the market for remote learning technology to have a compound annual growth rate of 14.7% between 2020 and 2030. Remote Learning Technology Spending Market, the related report, provides perspective on how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted the purchasing of software and services and what companies are investing heavily in these areas.

The growth of remote learning has promoted the adoption of technologies that provide learning materials online and those that mimic classroom environments. Advancements in web

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