The sudden shift to online instruction has many teachers using digital platforms to read aloud to students, but is the practice legal? In most cases, it is allowed under fair-use statutes, but there are a few instances when teachers should consider potential copyright complications, such as establishing a free YouTube channel for reading aloud when that reading is not directly related to instruction.



Is it legal to read a book to students online?

Colleges adjust admissions during pandemic

Colleges and universities are adjusting typical admissions requirements and processes in response to the coronavirus pandemic. Some are adjusting or removing fees, and about 17 have announced plans to drop requirements for exams, such as the SAT and ACT.

What the Coronavirus Aid Measure Does for Schools, in One Chart​

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The Education Department Issues Proposed Rules for Distance Learning

US Education Secretary Betsy DeVos on Friday said she would like Congress to fund microgrants to support teachers and students who are learning remotely amid prolonged school closures. A Department of Education spokesperson said later that eligible students would be from schools that are closed for more than 30 days, qualify for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program or an individualized education program.

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In one three-week period, a pandemic has completely changed the national landscape on assessment.
Every single state has won permission to skip the statewide standardized tests that are required by federal law, something that hasn't happened since 1994, when the federal government first required states to test students' achievement.

DeVos: Microgrants could support remote learning

It's Official: All States Have Been Excused From Statewide Testing This Year

President Donald Trump signed a roughly $2 trillion coronavirus aid package that includes billions to help school budgets, but falls short of what many in the education community say students and educators will need.
As part of a bigger regulatory overhaul that aims to give institutions of higher education more flexibility in how they approach instruction while retaining eligibility for federal student aid, the U.S. Department of Education issued proposed rules for distance learning.
The proposal maintains existing requirements for how student work is reflected in the credit hour, while seeking to reduce some barriers to offering competency-based education and provide latitude for actually measuring the credit hour.