Trump Directs Education Department to Cancel Student Loan Debt of Disabled Veterans

usnews | August 21, 2019

PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP announced Wednesday that he's directing the Department of Education to wipe out student loan debt for disabled veterans, an effort that's been pushed by attorneys general in nearly all 50 states. At the American Veterans national convention in Louisville, Kentucky, Trump signed a presidential memorandum that will "entirely erase" their student debt, a right for "totally and permanently" disabled veterans under federal law. The Trump administration currently requires disabled veterans to fill out paperwork to be eligible for student debt forgiveness. Trump added that there will be no federal income tax on the forgiven debts. He was joined in Kentucky by Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, whom he said made this issue a top priority. Back in May, attorneys general in 47 states as well as in Washington, D.C., and other U.S. territories wrote a letter to DeVos urging her to automatically cancel their debt and alleviate them from an application process, according to Politico. "I'm taking executive action to ensure that our wounded warriors are not saddled with mountains of student debt," Trump said Wednesday, adding that he's "directing the Department of Education to eliminate every penny of federal student loan debt owed by American veterans who are completely and permanently disabled."

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From a global perspective, however, the trend is clear: we are entering a climate change where e-Learning as part of a Blended Learning Curriculum has an important and necessary place in Curriculum design. The increasing financial demands on training departments has been a significant driver in the implementation of e-Learning in training curricula. Interestingly, incorporating e-Learning alongside classroom learning – known as blended learning – has been shown to be more effective than either modality separately. One of the challenges to implementing such a blended learning environment is the Management of Change from traditional learning. Learners, Management, and Executives alike face particular challenges to the transition and a successful implementation requires contribution and support from all parties.

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From a global perspective, however, the trend is clear: we are entering a climate change where e-Learning as part of a Blended Learning Curriculum has an important and necessary place in Curriculum design. The increasing financial demands on training departments has been a significant driver in the implementation of e-Learning in training curricula. Interestingly, incorporating e-Learning alongside classroom learning – known as blended learning – has been shown to be more effective than either modality separately. One of the challenges to implementing such a blended learning environment is the Management of Change from traditional learning. Learners, Management, and Executives alike face particular challenges to the transition and a successful implementation requires contribution and support from all parties.

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E-Rate Eligible Solutions from Extreme Help Bridge Digital Divide and Create Modern Learning Environments

Extreme | October 19, 2022

Extreme Networks, Inc. a leader in cloud networking, today announced that it has extended its roster of E-Rate eligible solutions to include Wi-Fi 6E access points (APs) and ExtremeCloud™ SD-WAN, among others. E-Rate is a U.S. program that provides discounts on networking solutions to eligible schools and libraries.Today’s K-12 schools and libraries must support more digital resources and onsite IoT devices than ever before, while maintaining IT headcount and budgets for network upgrades. Many schools are transforming into smart campuses and offering students more immersive curriculums, including incorporating AR/VR and video-based lessons broadcast in high-definition. Extreme’s E-Rate eligible solutions enable these schools and libraries to modernize their infrastructure and improve the availability and performance of key applications. As a result, they’re able to better support technology and distributed users, simplify network management and speed IT-related deployments. Key Benefits Simplified Support and Application Optimization for Distributed Learning:As more schools offer permanent hybrid learning options, they must fully support experiences for students, teachers and staff no matter where they are located throughout the district. ExtremeCloud SD-WAN is an E-Rate eligible solution that delivers exceptional application performance and enables secure user access, even for high-bandwidth applications like live classroom broadcasts. When combined with ExtremeCloud IQ CoPilot, which offers AIOps support and the networking industry’s first digital twin capabilities, IT teams can further simplify network management and significantly reduce the time necessary to configure and deploy new hardware. High-Capacity Connectivity for Immersive Experiences:With Wi-Fi 6E, which delivers the fastest Wi-Fi speeds available today, schools and libraries can ensure bandwidth issues are never a problem as more IoT devices are brought on campus. Extreme’s Wi-Fi 6E solutions, including the AP4000, AP5010 and AP5050, are specifically designed for indoor and outdoor high-density environments and enable schools and libraries to deliver high-capacity connectivity for immersive experiences everywhere, including modern education applications, 8K video and AR/VR. On-Demand Expert Support:Extreme offers expert support in navigating the E-Rate process via its E-Rate Resource Center, which is being continuously updated for the 2023 program and includes an eligibility guide, webinars, ebooks and more. For IT teams looking for expert support beyond the E-Rate process, Extreme also offers Professional Services to help ensure successful deployments and better outcomes. “E-Rate helps schools and public libraries subsidize and modernize their infrastructure to effectively provide best-in-class connectivity and deliver technology-based curriculums. We’re partnering with our customers to help guide them through the E-Rate application process, which in turn helps us bridge the digital divide that exists in so many places throughout the country. Extreme helps to create equal access and opportunity by providing the technology backbone that becomes a critical foundation for equitable, next-generation learning.” David Savage, Vice President of State and Local Education and Government Sales, Extreme Networks About Extreme Networks Extreme Networks, Inc. (EXTR) is a leader in cloud networking focused on delivering services that connect devices, applications, and people in new ways. We push the boundaries of technology leveraging the powers of machine learning, artificial intelligence, analytics, and automation. Over 50,000 customers globally trust our end-to-end, cloud-driven networking solutions and rely on our top-rated services and support to accelerate their digital transformation efforts and deliver progress like never before.

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DEI Organization Fearless Futures Launches E-learning Tool Available Worldwide

Fearless Futures | November 18, 2022

Today, Fearless Futures, an international diversity, equity and inclusion training and consultancy firm, announces the launch of its premier E-learning program, E-learning: Foundations to Inclusion and Equity, which educates participants on how to build inclusion and equity into their organization. Known for its transformative virtual and in-person trainings, Fearless Futures expands the accessibility of its educational offerings with this E-learning tool, enabling smaller companies, as well as corporations with teams too large to make instructor-led live training for all feasible, to advance their own anti-oppression learning in a cost-effective manner and at their own pace. Through the program, Fearless Futures pushes e-learning to a higher level of effectiveness by keeping participants deeply invested through engaging facilitators and short chapters, while also preserving the gravity of the subject matters. Unlike typical online DEI trainings, which are mainly intended to avoid workplace litigation and therefore set a very low bar in terms of actual education, this program covers the foundational concepts of systemic oppression, intersectionality and equity. The studio-produced experience, which includes interactions, engaging animations and historical footage, is slightly over two hours and structured in 17 bitesize video chapters, interspersed with activities. Foundations to Inclusion and Equity is available globally in English with captions in different languages upon request and accessible on computers and mobile devices. "Making intersectional equity and inclusion education available to a large audience has always been a driving force of our organization and we are thrilled to now offer a tool that expands accessibility as well as affordability,We believe that everyone has a right to this education, which is key to achieving profound change. Now, from the palm of their hands or within their homes, folks can participate in the in-depth analysis required to understand intersecting oppressive systems that exist in our workplaces with our E-learning tool." Hanna Naima McCloskey, founder and CEO of Fearless Futures. Initially developed to support schools' DEI efforts in 2014, Fearless Futures was founded by Hanna Naima McCloskey, now a seasoned facilitator and educator, to give students the tools to engage with the nuance and complexity of oppression. Following the organization's initial success, Hanna expanded Fearless Futures' teachings to cater to leaders in the corporate world in 2016, a demographic in urgent need of anti-oppression training. Since then, Fearless Futures has served employees of all levels, from c-suite leadership to junior staff working in organizations across a variety of industries including technology, finance, media and more. About Fearless Futures Fearless Futures is a diversity, equity and inclusion training and consultancy firm that facilitates transformative learning experiences by actively challenging the root causes and intersections of inequities as well as their lived realities. The firm serves daring companies across sectors including tech, finance, media and more who are unafraid to engage in courageous analysis and actions and are committed to deep change across their organizational ecosystems. Fearless Futures envisions a world in which each person and organization possesses and actively practices the skills and tools to design equity into their everyday lives in service of affording access to freedom, legitimacy, dignity, safety and belonging for those who live with inequity. Founded in the UK in 2014 by Hanna Naima McCloskey, Fearless Futures specializes in globally relevant, robust analyses of inequities in the workplace and how they produce unequal and harmful outcomes for marginalized groups, applying its intersectional methodology to design equitable policies and processes.

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Varo Bank Launches "SaveUp" Financial Education Course in Collaboration with EVERFI

EVERFI | September 17, 2022

Varo Bank, the first all-digital, nationally chartered U.S. consumer techbank, announced today the launch of SaveUp, a free middle school savings curriculum designed in strategic partnership with social impact education innovator, EVERFI. The SaveUp course is the largest initiative to date of the Varo Money Power program, which includes free online financial education lessons for adults and the Russ x Varo Money Power financial education workshops for high school students designed in partnership with NBA superstar Russell Westbrook.SaveUp empowers students by providing them with the tools they need to build a strong savings foundation and will be available to 4,500 middle schools nationwide by June 2024. The course is aligned with Jump$tart National Standards for Personal Finance Education and focuses on middle school students to provide them time to learn and practice savings habits before they start to deal with more pressing financial challenges in high school and beyond. "Everyone deserves the same access to opportunity, and that starts with financial education,Through this joint initiative, Varo and EVERFI continue to advance our shared mission of expanding financial inclusion and helping young people learn the fundamentals of what it takes to build wealth for themselves and their communities. We plan to leverage this program content in the future to broaden the reach of financial education and literacy to a wider audience going forward." Colin Walsh, Founder and CEO of Varo Bank Throughout the course, students will learn the importance of saving, how to budget, how savings can help reach financial goals, and how to open a savings account. This will be accomplished through an interactive learning experience that includes: Self-guided lessons to help students develop simple, actionable strategies. Real-world scenarios that prime students for long-term behavioral change using problem-solving and self- reflection activities. Detailed score reports and offline extension activities to help teachers maximize their impact across all students. Middle school is a time of financial socialization for students as they start to develop their own values and beliefs around money," said Ray Martinez, Co-Founder and President of EVERFI. "Developing the SaveUp curriculum and bringing it to middle schools around the country, is just part of our commitment to help students, especially those in low-to-moderate income populations, build the knowledge and skills they need to achieve financial wellness and stability while providing equal access to the financial services system. About Varo Bank, N.A. Varo Bank is the first all-digital, nationally chartered U.S. consumer techbank built from the ground up, designed to make financial inclusion and opportunity a reality for all. Varo Bank is reimagining the modern banking experience and providing customers with the tools they need to build financial resilience and realize their financial power – with offerings such as Varo Believe, a secured card to help build credit, Varo Advance to help stretch hard-earned dollars between paychecks, the ability to earn cashback at 1,000 merchant locations nationwide, and a newly launched high yield savings account option, more than 38x the national average. A different kind of financial institution – Varo Bank serves everyone striving to build a better future – from those with abundance to people struggling to make ends meet. Varo has been named one of Forbes' World's Best Banks in 2022, Fast Company's Most Innovative Companies, and is on the Inc 5000 list of fastest growing companies for 2022. For more information on Varo Advance, Varo Believe, and other offerings such as Perks, visit www.varomoney.com, like Varo Bank on Facebook, and follow us on Instagram and Twitter @varobank. @2022 Varo Bank, N.A. Member FDIC. About EVERFI, Inc. EVERFI from Blackbaud is an international technology company driving social impact through education to address the most challenging issues affecting society ranging from financial wellness to mental health to workplace conduct and other critical topics. Founded in 2008, EVERFI's Impact-as-a-Service™ solution and digital educational content have reached more than 45 million learners globally. In 2020, the company was recognized as one of the World's Most Innovative Companies by Fast Company and was featured on Fortune Magazine's Impact 20 List. The company was also named to the 2021 GSV EdTech 150, a list of the most transformative growth companies in digital learning. Blackbaud, the world's leading cloud software company powering social good, acquired EVERFI in December of 2021.

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