(Texas) A sweeping overhaul of the school funding system won approval last week from the Legislature’s lower house with bipartisan support, but still faces an uncertain future in the state Senate.CONTINUE READING
(Calif.) The growing struggle between charter schools and opponents within the traditional system will spill into legislative chambers this week as lawmakers consider several bills that would put new regulations on charters and their operators.CONTINUE READING
(Minn.) Lawmakers in Minnesota are reworking the state’s teacher licensure system from the ground up in a bipartisan effort to address long standing teacher shortages in career technical education.
(Calif.) Perhaps as much as any of his colleagues in district administration, John Glover, founder and CEO of a small network of charter schools in east San Jose, has a tough time filling teacher vacancies.
(Wash.) Already facing one of the highest rates of absenteeism in the country, education leaders in Washington state are again calling on schools and families to ensure children are making it to class every day following an announcement that chronic absenteeism rates have continued to rise.
(Calif.) The recent alarm over the potential spread of fake news has prompted two California lawmakers to call for media literacy education in schools, as evidence shows that many children and some adults are largely unable to distinguish between fact and fiction online.
(Calif.) With the state’s fiscal outlook as good as it has been perhaps in a decade, and now with Democrats holding a supermajority in both houses of the Legislature, some within the education community might have thought a conversation over the adequacy of school funding would finally happen.
(Calif.) The California State Board of Education struggled at their November meeting to find a just route in arbitrating a small school district’s request to waive–for a fourth time–professional certification requirements of an educational interpreter.
(N.M.) As schools across the country report increases in bullying and harassment based on immigration status, Santa Fe Public Schools has announced a Student Support Helpline where families can access resources.
On a national level, what particular population may have the most influence in elections in years to come? Women? Latinos? African-Americans? The LGBTQ community? How about all the retired flower children? Try people with disabilities.
(District of Columbia) A new federal block grant aimed at helping schools provide a “well-rounded education” can be used in a wide variety ways–from nutrition and health care, to music and foreign language instruction, according to new guidance issued by the U.S. Department of Education.