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Lumina Foundation is committed to increasing the proportion of Americans with high-quality degrees, certificates and other credentials to 60 percent by 2025.
April 20, 2020
'Everything Has Changed': A Look at K-12 Education Under Coronavirus
Alex Baumhardt, Educate
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Sarah Garland’s dining room is doing double duty as a reading classroom these days. She’s teaching her kids to read at the same time she does her paid job. 

Garland is the executive editor at The Hechinger Report. Because of COVID-19, she joins countless parents across the country as a substitute teacher while schools are closed. For students, school as a mainstay of day-to-day life has evaporated. 

In this interview, Garland talks about what she’s hearing from teachers, parents, and students as they adapt to this new normal. She also shares what she’s experiencing herself and what changes might still be yet to come.  

What Should a Federal Jobs Bill Do?
Paul Fain, The Key With Inside Higher Ed
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Some 22 million Americans have filed for unemployment aid as a result of COVID-19—putting the unemployment rate at its highest level since the Great Depression. 

In this podcast, Maria Flynn of Jobs for the Future and Mary Alice McCarthy of the Center on Education and Skills offer their thoughts on a federal jobs bill and how such a bill should help displaced workers and college students without creating more hurdles for them.

The Next Casualty of the Coronavirus Crisis May Be the Academic Calendar
Beth McMurtrie, The Chronicle of Higher Education
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As the coronavirus rolled across the country in early March, Beloit College scrambled to keep up. Like virtually every other campus in the United States, it sent students home and moved instruction online. But what about the future?

College and university leaders are struggling to figure out exactly when their campuses will reopen. Some institutions have already called off in-person summer courses. Others are considering an online fall semester.

Not every campus will adopt the same model, but nearly every college will have to change on some level.

Colleges Must Be Flexible With Credit Acceptance, Higher Ed Groups Say
Hallie Busta, Education Dive
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Six leading higher education organizations have issued a set of principles to guide their members in accepting academic credit in light of the coronavirus's impact on instruction.

The eight principles include acknowledging that the current situation is placing stress on students and intensifying historical inequities. Transparency about credit policies also is critical, the groups say.

Crisis Breeds Both Challenges and Opportunities
Sandra Woodley, The EvoLLLution
Why Society Will Need Liberal Arts Graduates
Sonia Cardenas, Diverse Issues in Higher Education
How to Ensure Equity in CTE Programs
Laura Ascione, eCampus News
Putting Fairness at the Heart of Higher Education
Courtney Brown and Jamil Salmi, University World News
Opinion: Education a Giant Step Toward Freedom
Holly Christensen, The Akron Beacon Journal 
Commentary: Note to Congress: Invest in Worker Training, Too
Jack Markell, U.S. News & World Report
Financial Aid Still Flowing for College Students
Matthew Mowry, Nashua Telegraph
Students Turn to Courts for Refunds
Greta Anderson, Inside Higher Ed
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