Oregon’s higher education officials say impacts on enrollment will be ‘significant and largely negative’

Oregon’s higher education officials expect fall enrollment at colleges and universities to be severely impacted by wildfire and the pandemic.

Ben Cannon, executive director of the state Higher Education Coordinating Commission, or HECC, said during a meeting Thursday that the effects on student enrollment of the coronavirus pandemic and historic wildfires that burned in the Northwest will not be clear or official for several more weeks.

But, he said, they will be “significant and largely negative.”

“My prediction is that for our public universities, enrollment will be down anywhere between 1% and 10%, and for our community colleges, that enrollment decline will be greater,” Cannon said.

He said some community colleges could see up to 20% in an enrollment decline compared to last fall.

Typically, in a recession, enrollment increases — particularly at community colleges, Cannon said.

“This may come,” he said, “but, of course, this is not a typical

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Report finds ‘significant lack of equity’ in K-12 education, Michigan Civil Rights Commission says

The Michigan Civil Rights Commission released a 62-page report Wednesday, Sept. 30, describing inequities in Michigan’s K-12 education system. The report also detailed recommendations for policy makers and educators to implement to make achieving educational equity a priority in all Michigan schools.

The adoption of the report passed unanimously at a Wednesday Michigan Civil Rights Commission meeting.

Stacie Clayton, Chair of the Michigan Civil Rights Commission, said the report revealed a “significant lack of equity” in Michigan’s K-12 education system.

“This Commission believes that an adequate education is the key to unlocking a lifetime of opportunities and also is a basic civil right,” Clayton said. “We learned during our education hearings that not all children receive the kind of education they deserve as their birthright. We urge policy makers, educators and other stakeholders across the state to view this report as a roadmap they can follow to help schools achieve

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TN Education Commissioner used pre-pandemic report to gauge “significant learning loss”

(WTVC) – Tennessee Education Commissioner Penny Schwinn cited Spring learning loss projections on national, months-old research, rather than up-to-date testing from Tennessee students.

There’s no question, educators are still navigating learning curves after the pandemic forced kids out of the classroom in the Spring.

However, NewsChannel 9 found out state leaders cited pre-pandemic data, not recent Fall 2020 tests from Tennessee students to categorize what she called a “significant learning loss” during a press conference last week.

Lawmakers grilled Education Commissioner Penny Schwinn during a series of hearing on schools re-opening.

At a press conference with Governor Bill Lee last week, Commissioner Schwinn said “preliminary projections” reflected there was an estimated 50 percent decrease in proficiency rates in 3rd grade reading and a projected 65 percent decrease in proficiency in math.

On Friday, Hamilton County Schools Spokesperson Tim Hensley said the student’s data from district was not included in the

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