January 25, 2022
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Schools look to improve online credit recovery
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Despite some challenges, experts expect a rise in online credit recovery programs. Efforts were underway before the coronavirus pandemic to improve such programs, including in Los Angeles schools, where a teacher was brought in to oversee online credit recovery.
Full Story: The Hechinger Report (1/24) 
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Students in US, Afghanistan connect via Zoom
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High-school students in Afghanistan are connecting with students in the US via Zoom. During a recent discussion, students talked about a poem -- "Why Was I Born a Girl?" -- in which a female student in Afghanistan writes about the treatment of women in her country.
Full Story: The New York Times (1/22) 
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Systems Management
La. web portal highlights dual-enrollment options
A new portal in Louisiana is designed to bring more underrepresented students into dual-enrollment programs where students can earn college credits or even an associate degree while still in high school. The goal is to offer more job-ready career pathways.
Full Story: The Times-Picayune | The New Orleans Advocate (1/24) 
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While a few states are addressing students' data privacy, many school districts are not doing enough to protect them, writes Charlie Sander, chairman and CEO at ManagedMethods, which assists schools with cybersecurity. A survey of school district administrators found that 77% were not very concerned about data breaches and 79% were not very concerned about compliance with data privacy regulation.
Full Story: T.H.E. Journal (1/24) 
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Managing Budgets
School boards in Va. seek to overturn order on masking
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Seven school districts in Virginia -- Fairfax County, Alexandria, Arlington County, Falls Church, Hampton, Prince William County and Richmond -- filed a lawsuit against Gov. Glenn Youngkin on Monday seeking to overturn an executive order regarding wearing masks in schools. In the lawsuit, the school districts say Youngkin's order, which makes wearing masks optional, goes against the authority given to local school boards in the state constitution.
Full Story: The New York Times (1/24),  The Washington Post (tiered subscription model) (1/24) 
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Emerging Technology in Schools
How a shift to a Web3 model could alter education
The rise of cryptocurrency and NFTs signals movement towards a Web3 landscape, in which internet users retain ownership of their intellectual property online. This article considers what this could mean for education, including giving students more options and making it easier to "unbundle" college courses.
Full Story: EdSurge (1/24) 
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Last Byte
Two experts on China will join NBC hosts covering the Olympics, and the network's news division will provide stories during the games, as concern grows over the country's human rights stance. NBCUniversal has also brought TikTok on as a partner in Olympics coverage.
Full Story: TVNewsCheck (free registration) (1/24),  Deadline Hollywood (1/23) 
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