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If Coronavirus Gets Worse in the U.S., Online Learning Can Fill the Gaps

Originally published in Education Week – February 14, 2020 On the relatively rare occasions when disaster forces K-12 schools to close for a prolonged period of time, e-learning has helped fill the gap in instruction. Asian countries affected by the SARS outbreak in 2003 turned to virtual instruction. When Hurricane Katrina battered New Orleans in […]

A 2020 Wish List for Progress in American Education

Originally published in Townhall – January 16, 2020 At the beginning of the 2000s, the stars were aligned for broad-based educational reform. A Republican president had made it one of his signature issues and a Democratic Congress – operating in a much less partisan environment than exists currently – was ready to work with him […]

Toy drive nets more than 20,000 toys donated to Nationwide Children’s Hospital

Originally published on WBNS TV – December 15, 2019 COLUMBUS, Ohio — A truckload of joy made its way to Nationwide Children’s Hospital on Sunday. An annual tradition was back to make a big splash and set a record. It’s also sure to make the holiday season a bit brighter for hundreds of young patients. Boxes […]

A new facility for Passport Academy

Originally published in the Pittsburgh Courier – December 4, 2019 Passport Academy Charter School held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for its new facilities at 1835 Centre Ave. in the Hill District, Nov. 7. Mayor Bill Peduto was on hand, along with principal Jeff “Bo” Jackson and Councilman R. Daniel Lavelle. Passport Academy serves students between ages […]

Students Using App to Find Manufacturing Jobs

Originally published in IndustryWeek – September 25, 2019 Whatever you need to find it seems there is an app that will help you. And that’s true of students seeking jobs in manufacturing.  Students at Ivy Tech Community College in Indiana will now be able to use the services of Tallo, an online platform, to connect them to employers, colleges, and […]

Wyoming Virtual Academy

Originally aired on Wyoming News Now – September 21, 2019 As local schools began in early September, so did Wyoming Virtual Academy. The online program began in 2008 and has grown to 600 students today. WyVA offers classes from elementary level to college credit courses. “I just think it’s a really good option for a […]

Virtual school offers students the opportunity to learn from home

Originally aired on Channel 7 News (WSAW-TV) – September 4, 2019 WAUSAU, Wis. (WSAW) – The Wisconsin Virtual Academy and Destinations Career Academy of Wisconsin are two options for students who need to break out of the traditional classroom setting. Students are able attend school from any place that has internet. The K-12 program is free […]

Career readiness is key to our prosperity

Originally published in The LNP – August 31, 2019 Collectively, Americans have racked up $1.6 trillion in student debt — and Pennsylvanians, on average, carry more than any other state. According to Peterson’s financial aid survey, 2017 graduates of a Pennsylvania postsecondary school have an average $36,193 in student loan debt, well above the national […]