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Public School Choice, Challenges, and Change    NEW!

How will public schools fare during these turbulent times? And what impact will a new President and Administration have on public education? Covid 19 outbreaks during 2020 changed the delivery of and funding for public school instruction. Locally, Albemarle County witnessed a drop of 900 students, while Charlottesville City saw a drop of almost 200 students. Kindergarten and lower grades have been hit the hardest, both locally and nationally according to a recent survey of educational leaders by Education Week Research Center. 

As public school enrollment declined, private and online for-profit enrollment increased. Pearson, one of the world’s largest education testing and publishing companies, reported a 61 percent increase in applications to its K-12 online learning school Connections Academy. Whether families choose virtual online or hybrid learning with their local public school system or opt out for private schools, private tutors, home-schooling, or for-profit virtual programs depends not just on what is best for their child, but, more importantly perhaps, what is best for family finances. A mix of “light” lecture, aided by PowerPoint slides, and engaging discussion will focus on current events and research, a review of the historical roots of educational choice, an examination of “choice options” from charter schools to vouchers and home schooling, and debate about the future of public K-12 education. 


Public School Choice, Challenges, and Change (PBAF036) NEW!

  • Instructor: Elizabeth Donohoe
  • Day of the week: Tu, Times: 10:00 AM - 11:15 AM. 
  • Dates: 4/20/2021 - 5/11/2021  
  • Sessions: 4      
  • Fee: $44.00     
  • Maximum Enrollment (we do monitor enrollment and when possible may add seats): 15
  • This course will be delivered in a "Distance Learning" format through Zoom.
  • Enrolled members will receive an enrollment reminder with the link: one week before the first class and one day before each class in this course.
  • *If you enroll in this course on 4/20/2021 you will need to contact the OLLI office to receive the link to join us online. 
  • Click HERE for Zoom Instructions and Tips.
  • *Our classes are not recorded due to copyright and privacy regulations. 

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