Archive for January 2014 - Page 2

    • Study: Needy students get less effective teachers

      (District of Columbia) A new report from federal researchers concludes that students from low-income families, on average, receive less effective teaching than their counterparts from more affluent parents.

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    • Caution urged as politics plays out on transgender law

      (Calif.) While fate of a new state law extending protections for transgendered students remains uncertain, schools response has been varied – but legal experts say schools should set their own anti-discriminatory protocols for handling gender identity questions – balancing both the civil rights and needs of transgender students with the privacy of all students.

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    • Career readiness grants require local partners

      (Calif.) While a new $250 million state grant is expected to induce a new era in California’s K-12 career-readiness education, to keep the program alive participating school groups must also show their own monetary commitment, officials said Tuesday.

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    • Study followed super-bright to jobs of responsibility

      (Tenn.) If there was ever any real question about what happens to the brainiest kids in town, a new study from Vanderbilt University provides pretty clear answers: They do well, both for themselves and often for their community and constituents.

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    • Celebrating a year of success and recognition at Houston ISD

      (Texas) In the past year, Houston Independent School District won the prestigious Broad Prize, a $30 million Race to the Top grant, an assortment of blue ribbons and recognition on national best schools list - not bad for a district with 30 percent English learners and 80 percent on subsidized meals.

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    • State looks to trim list of school plans required

      (Calif.) After a marathon hearing and a surprise visit by the governor last week, members of the California State Board of Education are not expected to make any major changes to a set of temporary regulations governing use of billions in new state money for schools during the coming year-long process to set permanent rules.

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    • State Board doesn’t tinker with LCFF regs

      (Calif.) The California State Board of Education, following more than seven straight hours of public testimony Thursday, adopted an emergency set of rules regulating district spending and accountability under the newly-restructured school funding system.

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    • Researchers question Teach For America’s standing

      (Colo.) Despite its reputation for producing high-quality teachers that serve in hard-to-fill positions all over the country, Teach For America provides only a “stop-gap” solution for desperate schools and generates mixed results for students, according to a new paper from National Education Policy Center.

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    • Brown surprises state board, calls for adoption of LCFF regs

      (Calif.) Taking clear control of the debate over school funding governance, Gov. Jerry Brown made a rare appearance at the state board of education meeting Thursday saying the draft regulations pending before the panel met a balance between flexibility and accountability.

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    • IDEA among those favored in Congressional budget plan

      (District of Columbia) A bipartisan spending plan apparently headed for adoption by Congress this week offers a big boost to school programs – especially special education, which had been hit hard by the sequestration cuts.

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