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    School enrollment numbers in D.C. are projected to decline, the latest shift after years of growth in its public and charter schools. The study, released by the local research group D.C. Policy Center, shows enrollment didn’t change much during the pandemic and before the pandemic — D.C. public and charter schools experienced a steady increase in numbers and that was expected to continue. The study shows between school years 2007-08 and 2019-20, enrollment increased by 19,177 students in prekindergarten through grade 12, an average of 1,598 students per year. When looking at 2020-21 and 2021-22, enrollment began to fall off, with an average of only 29 students beginning school in the District each year. D.C. currently has some 87,000 students enrolled. The study predicts that the number could fall to 81,000 by 2026. More Local News More DC News More Education News The causes include families leaving the city or pulling students out of schools for options, such as home schooling, and a declining birthrate. The birthrate has declined by 2.3% each year since 2016, according to the...
    The number of students enrolling in community colleges nationwide, including in the D.C. region, continues to decline, and it is leaving these institutions struggling to boost student numbers. According to the National Student Clearinghouse, which monitors college enrollment numbers, community colleges are down 827,000 students since spring 2020. That is the biggest decrease among higher education institutions for that time frame. More Education News More Local News More Coronavirus News “We’re certainly not immune to the national trends that you see going on at community colleges everywhere,” Sharon Morrissey, senior vice chancellor for Academic and Workforce programs for the Virginia Community College System. According to the VCCS, since fall 2019, enrollment numbers have been down almost 9% at the state’s public two-year colleges. In Maryland, the Maryland Community College Association reports an almost 14% drop in the number of students enrolling at the state’s community colleges for that same period. “The loss is significant because we really have tremendous shortages in a lot of health fields,” said Brad Phillips, executive director for the Maryland Association of Community Colleges....
    Athens-Clarke County officials use taxpayer money to lure in greater and greater numbers of homeless people from around Georgia, but the potential consequences to the county and to the University of Georgia (UGA) are too great to ignore. This, according to two Athens residents who said they have observed the city’s homeless epidemic up close. One of the two residents, John Gurley, said he has seen more and more UGA parents worry over their child’s safety. Aggressive behavior from the city’s homeless plays a role, Gurley said. “Once the University of Georgia engages on this then things will start to happen,” said Gurley, who added that five of his grandchildren live in the area. “This is something that could impact enrollments and could impact endowments not being given.” Another Athens resident, Donna Carter, told The Georgia Star News this week that, per her assessment, 60 to 70 percent of the people who find themselves homeless do struggle with mental health and addiction problems. “You aren’t going to reintegrate them back into society the way that they are. They need a supervised...
    Vice President Kamala Harris will announce Monday that 10 million households have opted into the Affordable Connectivity Program, the administration's new low-income broadband access expansion program. Harris is set to deliver remarks on the milestone Monday afternoon at the White House. She will be joined by Federal Communications Commission Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel and White House infrastructure implementation coordinator Mitch Landrieu. Embed: "The President and Vice President have made it a top priority to ensure all Americans have access to reliable, affordable, high-speed internet to learn, work, and participate in the 21st century economy. Broadband connectivity is vital for work, school, health care and more," the White House said in a statement. "President Biden, Vice President Harris, and the entire Administration are committed to changing this through implementation of the broadband provisions of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law that address the affordability of internet service, a modern-day necessity." BIDEN'S $64 BILLION BROADBAND BOOST WON'T LAND UNTIL AFTER THE MIDTERMS President Joe Biden's bipartisan infrastructure law dedicated $14.2 billion in funding for the Affordable Connectivity Program, the administration's upgraded successor to the FCC's...
                      by Benjamin Yount  Wisconsin’s Department of Public Instruction on Friday released enrollment figures for this school year, and statewide enrollment once again fell. “Wisconsin’s total school district headcount for the third Friday of September 2021 was 814,101, a decline of 0.5 percent from September 2020,” DPI said. “4K and preschool special education headcounts rebounded with a 7.0 percent increase from last year, and kindergarten headcount increased slightly by 0.7 percent . First through 12th grades — where Wisconsin’s mandatory school attendance laws apply — were down 1.1 percent.” But while there are fewer kids in traditional public schools, there are more kids in the state’s choice schools. “Independent charter schools reported a total third Friday of September 2021 headcount of 10,691, an increase of 15.6 percent from September 2020,” DPI acknowledged. “ The 4K/PK headcount was up by 18.3 percent and kindergarten by 15.8 percent, while first through 12th grades increased by 15.4 percent.” Jim Bender with School Choice Wisconsin told The Center Square that both the drop in traditional...
    As we approach Annual Election Period (AEP) (aka Open Enrollment Season), seniors are, once again, opting for Medigap (aka Medicare Supplements) in greater numbers. There’s good reason. A recent study conducted by AHIP (America’s Health Insurance Plans) shows that these plans offer seniors a sense of security both financially as well as for the health coverage reliability. Medicare supplements offer the consumer freedom to choose their own doctors and hospitals and helps protect against unforeseen medical expenses. READ MORE: Nikolas Cruz Jail House Battery Trial Could Have Implications For His Parkland Massacre TrialMedigap is private health insurance designed to supplement Medicare, offering coverage for the out-of-pocket costs not covered by Medicare alone, such as deductibles, coinsurance and copayments. Medigap coverage allows seniors – many of whom are on fixed incomes – to lower medical costs and avoid getting confused by complex medical bills. Many industry insiders feel that seeing so many seniors opting in to Medigap plans underscores the importance of these kinds of plans. These supplements provide additional access to medical care, fill the gaps in coverage and give seniors...
    ADAMS COUNTY, Colo. (CBS4) – The U.S Department of Education says enrollment in public schools during the pandemic has dropped by more than 1.5 million students. Though Colorado school districts say we are weeks from an official count, many have seen fewer students return. Adams 14 School District has been working to get students back in the classroom since mid-summer when they began seeing a huge decline in those planning to return. READ MORE: Colorado Finally Gets Rain Right Where It Needs It “Everybody is still pretty focused on their family’s health,” said Mileas Munoz, a parent of an 8 year old at Alsup Elementary School in Commerce City. (credit: CBS) Mario Marquez, the Chief Business Officer for the district, says they have seen declining enrollment numbers year after year. “Most recently is when the most severe dips started to occur,” he said. Last year’s enrollment numbers hit an all-time low of just over 6,000 students, a number that would drop even more as pr]: “Since the 26th of July our numbers were in the mid-3,500s,” Marquez said. They immediately...
    ADAMS COUNTY, Colo. (CBS4) – The U.S Department of Education says enrollment in public schools during the pandemic has dropped by more than 1.5 million students. Though districts say we are weeks from an official count, many have seen fewer students return. Adams 14 School District has been working to get students back in the classroom since mid-summer when they began seeing a huge decline in those planning to return. READ MORE: White River National Forest Now Owns Sweetwater Lake “Everybody is still pretty focused on their family’s health,” said Mileas Munoz, a parent of an 8 year old at Alsup Elementary. (credit: CBS) Mario Marquez, the Chief Business Officer for the district, says they have seen declining enrollment numbers year after year. “Most recently is when the most severe dips started to occur,” he said. Last year’s enrollment numbers hit an all-time low of just over 6,000 students, a number that would drop even more as preparations for the new year started. “Since the 26th of July our numbers were in the mid-3,500s,” Marquez said. They immediately launched a variety...
    One week before the first day of school in Colorado's Adams District 14, new superintendent Karla Loria went knocking door-to-door to find students who had not yet registered for school this year. There were 12 names on her list. During her first attempt, she registered eight. By the end of the week, she had found and enrolled all 12. Other administrators tasked with their own list of missing children weren't as lucky — and their jobs could be on the line because of it. With enrollment numbers tied directly to the district's funds, it's imperative that students show up to school. To boost her district's numbers, Loria launched a $43,500 marketing campaign that included five billboards urging students to come back to Adams 14. "It's asking, or inviting, our families outside of our district or inside of our district to enroll so we can start capturing students and attracting students from other districts as well," she told the school board, who unanimously approved the project. Despite their efforts, the district started school with 5% fewer students, adding to a...
    Undergraduate college enrollment numbers this Spring are down nearly 5 percent from last year, meaning there are 727,000 fewer students attending colleges and universities in the wake of classroom disruptions stemming from the Chinese coronavirus. Overall spring enrollment fell to 16.9 million from 17.5 million, marking a one-year decline of 3.5 percent or 603,000 students, seven times worse than the decline a year earlier, with undergraduate students accounting for a 4.9 percent drop (727,000 students), according to new data published by the National Student Clearinghouse. “That’s really dramatic,” says Doug Shapiro, who leads the clearinghouse’s research center, according to a report by MPR News. The report added that fall enrollment numbers had indicated the situation was bad with a 3.6 percent undergraduate decline compared with a year earlier — but experts were waiting to see if those students who held off in the fall would decide to enroll in the spring. It appears they haven’t. “Despite all kinds of hopes and expectations that things would get better, they’ve only gotten worse in the spring,” Shapiro added. “It’s really the end of a truly...
    California leads the nation with the largest drop in spring 2021 college enrollment numbers largely due to a steep decline in community college students, who have particularly struggled with pandemic hardships, according to a report released Thursday. The state’s overall community college and university headcount dropped by about 123,000 students — the largest numeric decrease of any state. The percentage decline was 5.3% .The numeric downturn reflects California’s stature as the most populous state, but does not account for the entirety of the loss, researchers said. College enrollment across the nation dropped by 3.5% — or about 603,000 students — from spring 2020 to spring 2021, marking the biggest decline on record with the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center, which has tracked higher education enrollment and degree data since 2011. The calculation takes into account a decline of undergraduates and an increase in graduate students, the report by the organization says. “California is doing worse than the national averages by 1 or 2 percentage points in terms of the declines this spring compared with last,” said Doug...
    The Navajo Nation is the largest Native American tribe in the United States, according to updated enrollment numbers. With nearly 400,000 members, the tribe surpassed the number of those enrolled in the Cherokee Nation, which stands at 392,000, according to the Associated Press. An official in the Navajo Nation’s vital records office confirmed to the Washington Examiner that the tribe’s number of members is 399,494. Deaths and new enrollments account for such changes in membership, the official said. JAY INSLEE SIGNS BILL BANNING PUBLIC SCHOOLS FROM USING NATIVE AMERICAN MASCOTS, LOGOS, AND TEAM NAMES The Washington Examiner reached out to the Cherokee Nation to confirm its enrollment number but did not immediately receive a response. Enrollment-based funding allocations are reportedly at least partly responsible for the Navajo reaching its status. Having the highest enrollment number means that the Navajo Nation will receive the largest share of the enrollment-based coronavirus aid funding from the federal government, according to the Associated Press. CLICK HERE TO READ MORE FROM THE WASHINGTON EXAMINER A public notice...
    President Joe Biden made serious inroads to expanding the Affordable Care Act (ACA) with the American Rescue Plan, the $1.9 trillion pandemic relief bill. The results in just the last few months since the administration reopened the special enrollment period on Feb. 15 are astounding. Via Charles Gaba (a.k.a. our own brainwrap), look at this: There were over 1 million confirmed Obamacare enrollees through the 36 states in the federal marketplace and 1.5 million estimated nationally. The more generous subsidies provided in the American Rescue Plan are just part of the reason for these new enrollments, so President Biden is more than entitled to take this bow: I am pleased to announce that one million Americans have signed up. That’s one million more Americans who now have the peace of mind that comes from having health insurance. One million more Americans who don’t have to lie awake at night worrying about what happens if they or one of their family members gets sick. Through this opportunity for special enrollment, we have made enormous progress in expanding access to health insurance. The bill Biden signed provided...
    This article was written by WTOP’s news partner InsideNoVa.com and republished with permission. Sign up for InsideNoVa.com’s free email subscription today. Nearly 2,500 fewer students are enrolled in Prince William County Public Schools than a year ago, according to data from the school division. If the numbers maintain, it would mark the first time in many years that enrollment in the school system has declined. Public school systems are required to report fall enrollment figures to the Virginia Department of Education on Sept. 30 every year. The latest count shows Prince William with 89,076 students enrolled this fall. That’s down from 91,524 a year ago, a 2.6% decline, and School Board Chair Babur Lateef says it’s about 3,000 fewer students than the system budgeted. “Those enrollment numbers, we hope, are temporary due to the pandemic,” Lateef said this week. Indeed, although the state education department has not released the fall enrollment figures yet, reports from other areas of the state indicate fewer students are attending public schools as parents turn to private schools or homeschooling during the COVID-19 pandemic. The decline in enrollment could...
    SAN ANTONIO – Hunter Jackson, a Trinity University student, was considering her options to stay home in Chicago or live on campus as she started her freshman year during a pandemic. “I have a family with a history of pre-existing conditions,” she said. Jackson said she felt comfortable enough with the precautions taken to move into campus and experience college life. “It’s definitely something to get used to, and it definitely can be challenging at face value. But once you kind of get into it and becomes kind of like routine, it’s doable,” she said. Eric Maloof, vice president of enrollment management at Trinity University says enrollment numbers are stable. “What Hunter is saying anecdotally supports the data that we see both at Trinity and other highly selective schools across the country, that students like Hunter ultimately made the decision to go to college,” he said. The university met its 640-freshman enrollment goal, and about 84% of them chose to live on campus for the first year, Maloof said. Mike Flores, chancellor of the Alamo Colleges...
    CHARLESTON, Ill. (AP) — Student enrollment at Eastern Illinois University has been growing for the last three-straight years, continuing with a 10.5% increase this fall. Even during the global pandemic, enrollment numbers are at the highest point since 2014, at 8,628 students. The number of student-athletes has also increased, despite scholarship cuts that the athletic director was forced to make as a result of a budget impasse. The most significant factor in this fall's double-digit enrollment increase is due to the university's dual-credit program, according to The News-Gazette. EIU’s growing dual-credit program works with smaller, rural schools in East Central Illinois to provide opportunities that might not otherwise exist given necessary instructor requirements like a master’s degree. An emphasis on the dual-credit program helped boost the number of new admissions from 1,580 during the fall semester of 2019 to 2,228 in the numbers released earlier this month for fall 2020. Josh Norman, EIU vice president for enrollment management, said those numbers are not an accurate representation of the number of students actually on campus. The on-campus and off-campus denotations are...
    By CEDAR ATTANASIO, AP/Report for America SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Education advocates are urging New Mexico lawmakers to take action during the next legislative session to preserve school budgets amid a drop in enrollment attributed to the coronavirus pandemic. Members of a legislative panel were meeting Wednesday to discuss potential legislation as schools face a reduction in funding because of lower enrollments. Funding for the next school year is allocated based on enrollment this semester. During an online town hall Tuesday, Public Education Secretary Ryan Stewart pitched viewers on legislation to freeze funding based on pre-pandemic numbers. “We’ve heard from many many many of our board members and superintendents about the impact that the pandemic is having on enrollment this year and the way in which it’s really an outlier,” Stewart said. State Rep. Natalie Figueroa, an Albuquerque Spanish teacher, is one of two dozen representatives and senators meeting Wednesday as part of the Legislative Education Study Committee. School funding in New Mexico is determined by the number of students enrolled at the 40-day mark, known by some educators...
    By Ashley A. Smith, EdSource California’s community college system is experiencing a systemwide decline of student enrollment this fall, with some campuses reporting double-digit losses. The fact that fewer students have enrolled for this fall reveals a worrisome decline for the nation’s largest college system — with 116 institutions serving more than two million students. While enrollments have been largely flat in recent years, with variations among the colleges, the situation appears to be different this year, with the picture complicated by the coronavirus pandemic, job losses, the transition to mostly online classes and historic wildfires. “This is an issue that we’re paying very close attention to, that we’re very concerned about, particularly as it relates to any loss of enrollment for our most vulnerable student populations,” California Community Colleges Chancellor Eloy Ortiz Oakley said during a Board of Governors meeting Monday. “We did begin the (fall) semester with a brief decline in enrollment. We’re beginning to see that gap close. We’ll have more data come November but right now we’re probably looking at around a 5% to 7% decrease...
    (CNN)Moderna, the first US company to begin Phase 3 clinical trials of a coronavirus vaccine in the US, increased its enrollment of minorities this week, but is still not even close to the levels requested by Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. So far, 24% of study participants "are from communities of color," according to postings on the company's website and Twitter account. Last week, the company said 18% of the participants were minorities, which they said included "Black or African American, Latinx, American Indian, and Alaskan Native." To be representative, vaccine trials should enroll minorities in percentages similar to their representation in the population. Moderna's 24% is well below that mark, as about 18% of the US population is Latino, 13% is Black, and a little over 1% is American Indian or Alaskan Native, according to US Census data. Covid-19 vaccine trials have been slow to recruit Black and Latino people -- and that could delay a vaccine Fauci told CNN recently that he wanted to see minorities enrolled in coronavirus vaccine...
    (CNN)Contrary to his predictions, President Trump won't have a coronavirus vaccine ready by Election Day, vaccine experts tell CNN after reviewing data from Moderna, the first company to begin its Phase 3 clinical trials of a coronavirus vaccine in the United States. Fact Check: Will there be a coronavirus vaccine by November?"There's no way. There's just no way," said Dr. Peter Hotez, a vaccinologist at Baylor College of Medicine and a CNN medical analyst.Last week President Trump said he was "optimistic" a vaccine would be ready around Election Day on November 3."I believe we'll have the vaccine before the end of the year, certainly, but around that date, yes. I think so," Trump said Thursday.CNN obtained part of an email Moderna sent on Friday to the principal investigators of its vaccine trials. It says 4,536 study subjects have enrolled in the trials.JUST WATCHEDHear from first US participant to receive Moderna Phase 3 trial vaccineReplayMore Videos ...MUST WATCHHear from first US participant to receive Moderna Phase 3 trial vaccine 03:46Read MoreThe trial started the morning of July 27 and intends to...
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