Archive for 2018

    • Teacher pay boost proposed in Mississippi

      (Miss.) In an effort to stay ahead of teacher protests that have sparked voter unrest in other states, Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant released a budget plan earlier this month that includes $50 million for pay raises over two years.

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    • Bus strike causes student absenteeism

      (R.I.) More than 160 elementary and middle school students in Rhode Island who normally ride the bus to school were absent for all 11 days of a recent bus driver strike in Providence, according to district officials.

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    • LAO sees a near $3b bump in Prop 98 funding next year

      (Calif.) Under favorable economic conditions, schools could expect to see the minimum funding guarantee grow to nearly $90 billion by the 2022-23 fiscal year–a jump of $10 billion above this year’s appropriation, according to a forecast from the non-partisan Legislative Analyst.

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    • Many low-income kids missing out on formal pre-K, study finds

      (Mass.) The majority of early learners in Massachusetts are enrolled in government-supported education programs, but low-income families are far more likely to rely solely on family or other forms of informal education and childcare options, according to Harvard researchers.

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    • Return to accredited status elusive for Kansas City schools

      (Mo.) Kansas City Public Schools, which has struggled with poor test scores and been under state oversight since 2011, could regain full accreditation in the spring assuming student performance continues to trend upward.

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    • October revenues stall following months of gains

      (Calif.) After months of surprisingly high collections, October revenues came in just under $6.6 billion–nearly 6 percent, or $412 million, short of projections, according to the state controller’s office.

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    • Charters in California set the pace for growth nationally

      (Calif.) With their candidate poised to win election as state schools chief, charter advocates in California can also claim enrollment that has surpassed 660,000 statewide—almost double of that in any other state.

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    • Transportation overhaul continues in Houston schools

      (Texas) Bit by bit, Texas’ largest school district has taken action this year to improve transportation by streamlining bus routes and piloting a student ID badge scanning system. The next step will be to reopen a handful of major bus stops, according to officials.

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    • New absenteeism standards will challenge most districts

      (Calif.) Potentially half of the local educational agencies in California will be identified as failing to meet chronic absenteeism standards under a performance matrix set for adoption this week by the state board of education.

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    • Michigan blue wave suggests changes to ed. policy on horizon

      (Mich.) Control of the Michigan Board of Education and the governor’s office shifted to the Democrats Tuesday night–a win for opponents of closing down low-performing schools and the state policy for holding back third-graders who aren’t proficient in reading.

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