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Homeschooling’s unexpected heyday

Education | School is out because of COVID-19, but learning is still very in
by Laura Edghill
Posted 4/01/20, 05:24 pm

The coronavirus pandemic is giving just about every American family with children a taste of homeschooling. Many of them might like it more than they expected.

Robert Bortins, the CEO of Classical Conversations, said the homeschool resource company has had a sudden uptick in requests for materials. It would not surprise him to see a 10 to 20 percent jump in the number of families deciding to homeschool this fall due to the positive experiences they had during their enforced home-learning stint.

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Special education free-for-all

Education | Families of special-needs students miss school support during the COVID-19 outbreak
by Laura Edghill
Posted 3/25/20, 02:45 pm

The almost complete closure of the nation’s schools because of the coronavirus pandemic has stranded millions of special education students in a rapidly shifting learning landscape.

Among them: high school sophomore Josh Uchniat, who is on the autism spectrum. Even though his mom said he was “happy as a clam” with the unexpected shutdown of his suburban Detroit school, his parents are struggling to help him continue his learning at home.

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Inside the outbreak: Teaching and feeding

Education | Families and educators search for creative solutions during the pandemic
by Bob Brown
Posted 3/18/20, 04:24 pm

More schools in the United States are closed than open as states try to stop the spread of the new coronavirus. Students and their families face challenges and uncertainty not only about how they will learn, but also how to provide for the needs that schools meet for meals, special education, and disability accommodations.

Brielle Landman, a 10th grader at Champion Christian School in Champion, Pa., said her ADHD makes it difficult to keep to a schedule on her own.

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