As 2020 kicked off, the U.S. job market was the strongest in 50 years, and the economy had seen a record 113-month streak of job creation. Across industries, demand for talent was booming. Then, nearly overnight, our world—and the job market with it—suddenly and wrenchingly changed. Click here for the full article…

Many K-12 schools this week have cancelled in-person classes and announced a shift to online teaching. But at least one online-learning expert thinks that’s a bad decision, especially for vulnerable students. A growing body of evidence suggests that online learning works least well for our most vulnerable learners. If you are going online, the number…

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$30.75 Billion. That sounds like a lot of money. Included in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act that Congress passed, approximately $30,750,000,000.000 was appropriated for education. See how big it looks when you write it out? It looks even bigger when you realize that this money comes with very few strings attached. Here’s…

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Schools, Districts and companies selling to them have questions, and forebodings. What’s important to look at are facts before the national quarantines started to tank the economy. These tell the trajectory that was already happening. We’ll list those below the early predictions. Once those are understood, then add the three other events, which are 1)…

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Across the country, virtual job fairs are taking place on a much larger scale through a platform developed by the California Center on Teaching Careers, a state-funded agency working to address teacher shortages in the state. Since last year, more than 150 school districts or countywide education agencies have participated in six virtual fairs, and…

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A new American Institute of Architects report indicates that the coronavirus pandemic has reduced the demand for construction design services, with 50{310f4324ad65b0a2030a48dd153b38f905c81f5512720fdadc65be8f0797b958} of architecture firms surveyed reporting fewer design projects than expected for March as of March 23 and 59{310f4324ad65b0a2030a48dd153b38f905c81f5512720fdadc65be8f0797b958} responding that they had fewer inquiries for new projects. The demand for design services is…

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The coronavirus has led to major supply chain disruptions, especially of goods from China, and an expert thinks American businesses will be hesitant to resume orders from this part of the world. This in turn will create a surge of new manufacturing- and supply chain-related construction projects such as factories and warehouses, he added. In…

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A week after state and federal authorities directed school districts to continue offering special education during school closures, the level and quality of those services remains a patchwork in California. In some districts, teachers are talking daily to students and their families, assigning homework and holding online classes. But in other districts, special education so…

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At Gov. Newsom’s urging, school labor and management groups agreed recently on principles to guide them as they switch to distance learning and continue providing meals for students in the months ahead. The 3-page “framework for labor-management collaboration” is not a mandate. By itself it won’t resolve acrimonious disputes over employee expectations, safety issues, hours…

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