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Is now the time to expand E-Rate?

As millions of K-12 students across the country continue to take online classes from home, technology and home internet connections in particular remain an obstacle to universal access. FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel has for years proposed expanding the agency's E-Rate program so that internet access can be subsidized not only for schools and libraries, but students' home connections, too. Pressure to change the program has increased during the pandemic as educators say the federal COVID-19 relief provided hasn't been enough to cover education's new needs. Ryan Johnston explores the issue over on StateScoop.

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Club Penguin ...but for Stanford

Though Stanford University's physical campus remains closed, a new online game with a social networking component is catching on among students and administrators. The game, called Club Penguin, borrows heavily from the once-popular but now discontinued Club Penguin. Players can design a virtual character, a dorm room and meet up with their friends on a virtual campus that includes 10 locations modeled after places on the real campus. The university is considering making it an official planning tool and other universities have expressed interest making the platform intercollegiate. Betsy Foresman has the details.

A data-driven reopening in Arizona

Reopening campus for the fall semester is a trick decision for university administrators across the country. At the University of Arizona, the progressive reopening will involve a close watch over the data, Richard Carmona, director of UA’s campus reentry task force, told EdScoop. The university plans to bring about 5,000 students back to campus next week and then as many as 30,000 in the coming months, he said, but that could change if the data turns. “At any time we see any of the metrics that are going in the wrong direction, we can stop,” he said. Betsy has more.

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