"Because the work that is being provided cannot replicate what you would do in a six-hour school day," said Katrina Lee, the supervisor of special education for Charlottesville City Schools. "Being able to acknowledge that is really important in planning for special education. We have students who have hours of services a day if you think about their reading, math, emotional self-regulation and executive functioning. And to do all of that at home when the day for them is very different would be overwhelming."
Michigan's special education population declined by nearly 8 percent in the last five years, to 197,788, but certain special education funding dropped by almost 16 percent to $201 million. The overall student population dipped by 4 percent. Because special education services must be funded, schools shifted about $692 million from their general operating budgets in the 2015-16 academic year to spend nearly $3.1 billion overall on special education. In other words, school districts spent $459 less per student overall to cover the shortfall from federal, state and local sources of revenue. Noting "the realities" of public funding, the report suggests short-term ways to reward districts for best practices and long-term approaches "requiring more, sustained public investment over time."
FILE - In this July 19, 2016, file photo, Education Secretary John B. King, Jr., speaks on a panel with first lady Michelle Obama to college-bound students participating in the Reach Higher initiative's third annual Beating the Odds event in the East Room of the White House in Washington. WASHINGTON -- Days before he is to step down, U.S. Education Secretary John King cautioned against weakening the USA's public education system, calling public schools "fundamental to who we are as a country." King's slated replacement, Michigan billionaire philanthropist Betsy DeVos, has called the system a "dead end" and a monopoly, and has spent years working to strengthen competition in the form of lightly regulated public charter schools and taxpayer-supported private school vouchers. In an interview, King, 42, said the role of the U.S. Department of Education "is to ensure a strong public education system in early learning, in K-12 and in higher ed." That belief will likely be put to the test over the next four years.
Demand for specialized business programs in new technologies has been increasing all over the world, especially in cryptocurrencies and the blockchain technology behind them. Rebecca Guy, an associate at Scotiabank Global Capital Markets, went back to school to learn a second language. But she's not trying to become fluent in French, Italian or Mandarin. Last September, the 24-year-old started the master of management in artificial intelligence (MMAI) program at Smith School of Business in Kingston to help her become as savvy in new technologies as in business. "I found the program because one day I found myself becoming so frustrated working on a project with a team because I felt like I only understood half of the puzzle," recalls Ms. Guy.