The 50 States of Education Policy: A continued push for school choice

educationdive | April 30, 2019

This latest column focuses on some of the key takeaways from what's happened in state policy during the past month. Previous installments of The 50 States of Education Policy, along with an interactive map that breaks down policies in each state, can be found here.While school choice and school choice-friendly policies aren't new, there's been a lot of talk around these topics in April. In the month after President Donald Trump's Fiscal Year 2020 budget request was introduced, U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos began visiting states to campaign for one of the administration's main education proposals: Education Freedom Scholarships (EFS). And as states continue making their way through their 2019 legislative sessions, lawmakers in several regions are clashing over measures that promote school choice.Below is a recap of the major state-related school choice policy news that took place this month: This school choice-promoting proposal — under which taxpayers can choose to contribute in exchange for dollar-for-dollar federal tax credits capped at $5 billion annually — was first announced in February. The idea behind these scholarships is that the credits would be for private donations to scholarship-granting organizations, and states could use the funds for initiatives including dual enrollment, private schools and homeschooling.

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CLASS101 Announces the Global Consolidation of Its Subscription Service, CLASS101+

CLASS101 | December 08, 2022

CLASS101 (CEO Daisun Kong), South Korea's #1 online class platform, today announced the global consolidation of its subscription service, CLASS101+. In a phased rollout that had begun in August 2022, CLASS101+ had become available on three separate platforms – English, Japanese and Korean. Now, all three will begin sharing each other's class offerings via a globally-integrated product. This latest development is set to accelerate CLASS101+'s foray into the global online learning market, bringing its fast-growing number of subscribers and its 130,000+ registered creators all the closer. Breaking down language barriers is necessarily the most important key to success, and to this end CLASS101 is embracing Neural Machine Translation (NMT). Using this state-of-the-art technology, the company plans on gradually making available its 4,000+ classes across all its subscription platforms together with AI-generated subtitles in English, Japanese, and Korean. CLASS101's new language capabilities are unparalleled domestically, and so is its ability to internalize innovations in personalization and localization. Leveraging both the previously accumulated data and the expanded catalog of classes on offer, the company is actively honing its algorithm to deliver more accurate class recommendations on CLASS101+. Its machine translation capacity is being put to use for all aspects of UI localization, too. Together, these attempts aim to present a more personally gratifying learning experience to each and every subscriber. "CLASS101 aspires to build a world where people live doing what they love, and the consolidation of our subscription platforms and class content is a momentous step toward achieving our vision on a global scale, The number of subscribers from South Korea has been on the rise, and we're confident that our enhanced ability to serve global users would help us attract more learners from Asia, Europe and the United States. For all intents and purposes, CLASS101+ is now a wholly globalized service, and our hope is for both our subscribers and creators from around the world to inspire one another and discover new and unexpected possibilities for growth and development." Daisun Kong, CEO of CLASS101. CLASS101, in fact, has a proven track record of producing content that could reach a global audience. In the past, classes from such famed South Korean creators as InHyuk Lee and Lia Kim (from ONE MILLION Dance Studio) had been translated from Korean into English and Japanese. These translated versions ended up accounting for about 36% of the revenue generated outside South Korea. An even stronger case in point is the fact that a number of classes produced abroad and taught in English were purchased in South Korea without translation. Precedents like these indicate that the sheer desire to learn new skills, hobbies and knowledge has no boundaries, be it lingual or geographical. It goes without noting that CLASS101+ has a truly exceptional roster of internationally-acclaimed creators. Yehuda and Maya Devir, married Israeli comic artists, share how to create webcomics as enthralling as theirs, which have led to their building a community of more than 9 million followers. Kathy Nakajima is a pioneering Hawaiian quilt designer and a renowned media personality in Japan. Hisanori Yoshida, an announcer and an award-winning radio host, teaches effective communication skills. David Yungin Kim is a world-class audio engineer and a three-time Grammy winner who has recently released a class on song mixing. In its fully-evolved form, CLASS101+ will be offering 4,000+ classes in 3 different languages (English, Korean and Japanese) in 25 categories, including digital drawing, crafts, photography, and fitness. For $19.99 per month, subscribers can access them anytime, anywhere.

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The CE Shop Offers Flexible Connecticut Salesperson Pre-licensing Course

The CE Shop | January 05, 2023

People in Connecticut who want to start a new career in real estate, a thriving profession with steady market demand, now have an option for flexible learning to grab a full-time job! The CE Shop is the first leading provider of online professional education to offer this form of flexible learning for the Connecticut Salesperson Pre-Licensing course. The Connecticut Salesperson Pre-Licensing course, in total, takes 60 hours and is made up of several learning modules. Students can finish the course at their own pace using the company's self-paced delivery method, attend live online classes, or do a mix of both. The state of Connecticut sets no time limit on the final exam, and you can take the Salesperson Pre-Licensing Exam as often as you want. Most people can finish their real estate education and pass their examinations within a month or two. They can then start a career in real estate and earn the average real estate agent salary in Connecticut, which is $90,726 per year, according to Indeed.com. The real estate market in Connecticut is one of the best in the country, and The CE Shop is an ideal place to learn about your next career. After taking the Connecticut Pre-Licensing course and passing the final exam, a new real estate license is accepted in Alabama, Florida, Colorado, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Nebraska, New York, Oklahoma, Ohio, and Rhode Island. This is because of a reciprocity agreement between the states. All applicants from Florida, Illinois, Indiana, and Ohio, and those from reciprocal states who still need to take a written test, must take the State Portion of the Connecticut Real Estate Examination. About The CE Shop Based out of Greenwood Village, Colorado, The CE Shop is the leading provider of online professional education with mortgage and real estate courses in the United States. It is consistently named one of Colorado's fastest-growing private companies and a top place to work. It believes that good education can make a difference; thus, it keeps providing a good education for professionals all over the country, whether they are already working in their field or want to start a new one.

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Goodwill and Coursera Introduce Goodwill® Career Coach and Navigator Professional Certificate

Coursera | January 18, 2023

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