Archive for January 2015 - Page 2

    • Review finds first batch of LCAP’s lacking

      (Calif.) The first comprehensive review of how school districts are meeting new reporting requirements tied to state aid for disadvantaged students found none that had complied with every statutory mandate.

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    • USDA looks to grow Farm to School

      Of the more than $3 billion K-12 districts spent buying food for student meals in 2014, some $386 million of that went to local producers, according to administrators of the USDA’s Farm to School initiative, launched in 2011.

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    • Big incentives for new teachers in high turnover districts

      (S.C.) Rural districts and those with high turnover rates in South Carolina may begin to see more teachers staying put longer following release of a $6.9 billion recruitment and retention plan.

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    • Plan would make ‘massive shifts’ in special ed

      (Calif.) A state advisory group that has spent the last year devising a plan to restructure how special education is delivered, has reportedly come up with a long list of sweeping recommendations geared toward better integrating services for students with disabilities in the general education classroom.

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    • Test critics rally as Obama, GOP approach showdown

      (Fla.) Even as the Obama administration this week reiterated its commitment to standardized testing for student and teacher accountability, a national, grassroots campaign aimed at derailing high stakes assessments continues to swell.

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    • Sticking points complicate new accountability plans

      (Calif.) Only a few months before K-12 schools begin testing in earnest based on new content standards, the state board of education may seek a waiver from having to report the scores -- and still faces the complex task of stitching together a cohesive policy that will govern how California measures and reports classroom performance.

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    • Billions more for schools could come in spring

      (Calif.) Already rejoicing over the governor’s plan to increase K-14 school spending next year by $7.8 billion, educators may look up in May to see that number has grown closer to $10 billion or more, according to a report Tuesday from the non-partisan Legislative Analyst.

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    • Student-owned devices fill schools’ tech gap

      (Idaho) It’s not just textbooks and three-ring binders taking up space in students’ backpacks these days. The growing popularity of “bring your own device” policies have added personal laptops, tablets and cell phones to the list of essential school supplies in many schools across the country.

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    • Migrant students receive access to digital library

      (Ind.) State's new partnership with provider of digital books and multimedia supports aims to close gaps in education of children of migrant workers.

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    • Budget lifts teacher preparation oversight

      (Calif.) After struggling for most of the past five years to balance its books, the state’s Commission on Teacher Credentialing would receive a fiscal boost from the general fund as part of Gov. Jerry Brown’s budget proposal.

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