Month: March 2021

Virginia Education Department sued over guidelines to protect transgender students

The department’s adopted guidelines, which fill 26 pages, specifically mandate that schools allow students to access “restrooms, locker rooms and changing facilities” that conform to their gender identities. The guidelines also stipulate schools should let students participate in gender-specific programs or activities — such as physical education, overnight field trips and intramural sports — according to their gender identities.

One suit was filed Monday in Lynchburg Circuit Court by the Christian Action Network, a religious advocacy group that campaigned against establishing a mosque at Ground Zero of the 9/11 terrorist attacks and which the Southern Poverty Law Center classifies as

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Coursera IPO: 5 things to know about the online-education company

When Coursera, the online education company, launched its first classes roughly nine years ago, it was part of a wave of companies betting on what could be the — or at least a — future of higher education: free online lecture-style classes taught by professors at reputable universities. 

At the time, the buzz surrounding these massive open online courses, as they’re known, was at such a din that the New York Times declared 2012 to be “The Year of the MOOC.” 

The promise of MOOCs and online courses more broadly to democratize access to higher education has shown cracks in

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Education Department Extends Student Loan Relief | Education News

The Education Department announced Tuesday a new round of student loan relief for approximately 1 million borrowers, continuing a week-long chain of announcements aimed at relieving financial burden for borrowers who defaulted on student loans during the coronavirus pandemic.

“At a time when many student loan borrowers have faced economic uncertainty, we’re ensuring that relief already provided to borrowers of loans held by the Department is available to more borrowers who need the same help so they can focus on meeting their basic needs,” Education Secretary Miguel Cardona said in a statement. “Our goal is to enable these borrowers who

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Pressure grows on UK govt to probe ‘rape culture’ in education

Pressure intensified Tuesday on the UK government to act over claims that a “rape culture” is “endemic” throughout the country’s education system, after thousands of victims’ testimonies were collated online.

a person in a blue shirt: The "Everyone's Invited" website has collected nearly 10,000 testimonies of alleged sexual misconduct, many of them at British schools and universities

The “Everyone’s Invited” website has collected nearly 10,000 testimonies of alleged sexual misconduct, many of them at British schools and universities

Politicians and education leaders were among those calling on ministers to respond following the deluge of first-hand accounts of sexual abuse, assault and other misconduct posted anonymously on the website “Everyone’s Invited”.

Created by 22-year-old Sara Soma last summer, it has catalogued nearly 10,000 testimonies

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Education ties show the real state of US-China relations

John D. Van Fleet is chair of the education committee at the American Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai.

It has been a dramatic 10 days since China’s top foreign policy official Yang Jiechi and Foreign Minister Wang Yi confronted U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken and national security adviser Jake Sullivan in Alaska.

Blinken’s robust opening gambit and Yang’s now-famous 17-minute spirited response became the accelerant for a social media explosion in China.

The next day, New York-based SupChina website reported that the sentence “the United States has no business lecturing China as if it were superior” is now “one

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