Archive for October 2014

    • SIG schools fail to implement turnaround strategies

      (District of Columbia) New research confirms a long-suspected flaw in the nation’s primary program for turning around perpetually bad schools – too many of them have been allowed to shake off aggressive intervention mandates.

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    • Planning services offered to aid Prop. 39 energy projects

      The California Energy Commission on Tuesday approved a $4 million contract with a southern California firm to provide support to K-12 schools and community colleges moving forward with Prop. 39 projects -- from installation of temperature control devices to alternative energy systems, including solar.

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    • Educational barriers persist for African American Girls

      (D.C.) At the intersection of gender and racial disparities, a group of American students still struggles to reach equal access to educational opportunity:  African American girls, large numbers of whom fail to graduate from high school and go on to live in poverty, according to the latest statistics.

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    • Engagement remains big LCFF hurdle for LEAs

      (Calif.) One year into a sweeping shift of education funding and accountability, a new study finds that most districts struggled to comply with requirements to engage parents in spending decisions.

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    • Several states consider behavior support revisions

      (Kan.) To clarify what teachers and administrators are allowed to do to subdue a student who is acting out, the Kansas State Department of Education is considering a change in the wording of its policy governing restraint and seclusion.

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    • Title IX decision, a reminder on equality in athletics

      (Calif.) With an appeals court finding last month that a Southern California district violated federal discrimination protections, legal experts suggest that schools undertake a thorough review of their athletic programs to make sure they are providing equal opportunities based on gender.

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    • Teacher shortage follows Great Plains oil boom

      (N.D.) The oil rush here has brought a lot of things to the state, among them jobs, revenue and people – including an overwhelming number of new K-12 students.

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    • Juneau district, parents tolerate ‘stoner’ teacher

      (Alaska) A fifth grade teacher in Alaska, who publicly admitted last week to smoking pot for medical purposes, has surprisingly seen more support than opposition from parents for his stance as voters here contemplate a ballot measure to legalize recreational use of the drug.

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    • Art ed advocates put candidates on the spot

      (Calif.) An online survey tool offered by the California Alliance for Arts Education offers votes the ability to see where local school board candidates stand on arts education.

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    • Revamping education – it’s the thought that counts

      Disregarding the implications of research in learning styles and preferences, educators continue to obsess on a narrow sub-set of psychological functions – to the detriment of other mental operations that are every bit as vital.

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