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Texas Unveils Special Education Fix After Denying Services

U.S. News

The U.S. Department of Education previously concluded that Texas school districts, for more than a decade beginning in 2004, illegally capped the number of special education students at 8.5 percent of total enrollment.

Betsy DeVos' Department of Education misspells W.E.B. Du Bois' name, then misspells its apology


"Education must not simply teach work -- it must teach life." Du Bois were echoed by the U.S. Department of Education's Twitter account, but ironically, with a spelling error. The account attributed the words to W.E.B. "DeBois." Of course, people on Twitter noticed right away and were not afraid to bring out the red pens and correct the "alternative spelling." Later, the account apologized for the error -- but, sadly, it botched that too.

How coronavirus school closures could cause 'historic academic regression'

USATODAY - Tech Top Stories

At 8:40 a.m., a mindfulness coach at a private preschool in Miami used Zoom to greet toddlers lounging on carpets, beds and couches at home. Their faces lit up when she sang and said she loved them. At 8 a.m. in Nashville, Tennessee, charter school teachers met via Zoom while their principal beamed them onto Facebook Live. He reminded students to fill out the daily online survey about their well-being. "Do you feel safe at home?" is a question teachers monitor closely.

Towards a Computational Model of Why Some Students Learn Faster than Others

AAAI Conferences

Learners that have better metacognition acquire knowledge faster than others who do not. If we had better models of such learning, we would be able to build a better metacognitive educational system. In this paper, we propose a computational model that uses a probabilistic context free grammar induction algorithm yielding metacognitive learning by acquiring deep features to assist future learning. We discuss the challenges of integrating this model into a synthetic student, and possible future studies in using this model to better understand human learning. Preliminary results suggest that both stronger prior knowledge and a better learning strategy can speed up the learning process. Some model variations generate human-like error pattern.

Zuckerberg taps Shelton to run education effort

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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and wife Priscilla Chan meet with James Shelton, whom they tapped to run their philanthropic education efforts. SAN FRANCISCO -- James Shelton, former deputy secretary of the U.S. Department of Education, will oversee the education efforts of the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan, announced Wednesday. "Jim has already made an impact working in government, business and philanthropy," Zuckerberg said in announcing the appointment in a Facebook post. Shelton has led education efforts at the Gates Foundation and was president of an education technology company before signing on to the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative. Zuckerberg says Shelton will focus on the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative's two educational priorities: technology-enabled personalized learning that allows K-12 students to learn in their own way and at their own pace and reaching underserved communities to remove "barriers to success for the most vulnerable kids," such as poverty and illness.