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More Than Half of Families Considering New Schools, Survey Shows

A new survey this month says so: 68% of parents are happy with the schools their children attend, but 54% considered a new school within the last 12 months.

Closures of Private Colleges Expected To Increase in 2023

Analysis from S&P Global Ratings and Fitch Ratings suggest 2023 may be the year vulnerable institutions succumb to the closures that government funds helped them stave off.

SECURE 2.0 Act Brings Substantial Changes for Retirement Plans

The Act provides sweeping changes – some, mandatory – for retirement benefit plans, expanding on many provisions in the SECURE Act.

Newport News Shooting Raises Security Questions

The shooting of a Virginia teacher by her six-year-old student last week in Newport News, Virginia, has prompted a larger conversation over how to deal with such a young shooter. 

Public Colleges Ban TikTok on School WiFi and Devices

Schools following the lead of the federal government and several states, that are banishing the social media app because authorities believe foreign governments could use the app to spy on Americans.

Kids' COVID More Dangerous When Co-Infected, Research Finds

A new study published in the journal Pediatrics suggests that children who have COVID plus another virus, such as a cold virus, were significantly more likely to require oxygen to help them breathe and to end up requiring intensive care.

The Case for More Data on Faculty Diversity

To make progress with DEI goals, institutions must collect data that documents the social identities and background characteristics of faculty among other things.

Kids Books Teach Economic Lessons

Planet Money podcasters explored how concepts such as exponential growth bias and the labor market matching process can be explored through a range of classic children's books.

To Prevent Chronic Illness, Consider Workplace Wellness

Of the top 5 chronic conditions, hypertension, hyperlipidemia, and diabetes are conditions associated with lifestyle and are frequent targets of condition management and wellness programs.

Treating Cardiac Arrests in Student-Athletes

Two in 50 U.S. high schools can expect a sudden cardiac arrest event each year. Guidelines from the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine advise using an AED within three to five minutes.

Most Ed Tech Passes Student Data to Third Parties

A resounding 96% of apps used regularly in schools have data-sharing practices that “are not adequately safe for children,” according to a new report by the nonprofit Internet Safety Labs.

Bill Proposed To Establish Minimum Public Teacher Salary

Two U.S. Representatives have proposed a bill to establish a minimum salary of $60,000 for public teachers across the nation.

Transgender Status May Be Covered Under ADA, Says Fourth Circuit

A recent decision by the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit has broken new ground in the area of transgender rights under federal law.

Accounting Professionals Predict Top Challenges for 2023

Hiring and retaining talent is the most difficult task facing CPAs over the next 12 months, according to a survey from Accounting Today.

Helping Students Navigate the Holiday Blues

For students and adults struggling with chronic mental illness, the holidays can amplify feelings of loneliness and depression, according to the National Association on Mental Illness. 

New Law Limits Non-disclosure Agreements in Sexual Harassment Cases

Last week, President Joe Biden signed the bipartisan Speak Out Act, which prohibits the use of nondisclosure and nondisparagement agreements in cases of sexual harassment or sexual assault. 

How Does Facilities Quality Impact Enrollment?

The survey of 2,000 undergraduates also found that Black students are the most likely racial group to say that facilities factored “a great deal” into their decision to enroll at their college.

DOL Proposed Rule: Self-Correcting Delinquent 401(k) Contributions

The DOL has proposed updates to its Voluntary Fiduciary Correction (VFC) Program, including adding a new self-correction component for employers that fail to send 401(k) salary withholding contributions or participant loan repayments on time. 

New Rates for PCORI Fees Payable

The IRS is raising the fee that insurance issuers or sponsors of self-insured health plans pay annually to fund the federal Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) trust fund.

Vendor Management: Legal Tips

(from Venable) When contracting with vendors that support independent schools, be it in programs or operations, consider the following provisions of any vendor agreement.

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