Archive for January 2015 - Page 2

    • Legislative leaders want to debate school bond

      (Calif.) A Southern California lawmaker introduces school facilities bond bill to force deeper debate on the state's role in helping build, modernize K-12 educational institutions.

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    • Addressing the underlying causes of chronic absenteeism

      In an effort to more deeply address such attendance barriers, Albuquerque Public Schools, where 14.8 percent of students were identified as habitual truants last year, is hosting a three-day summit beginning today to raise awareness about the problem of truancy, share best practices shown to reduce it and, most of all, develop stronger community partnerships with mental health, physical health and primary care providers to whom schools can refer students and families in times of need.

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    • PI schools must provide technical assistance

      Have you developed your district’s technical assistance plan for schools identified as Program Improvement?  The following will provide guidance and a template to assist in properly meeting this requirement.

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    • 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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    • Implementing transition plans – be thorough!

      Certainly individualized transition plans are universally recognized as necessary for full compliance but special educators need to be cognizant that insufficient implementation can result in due process or civil rights complaints.

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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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    • Use program effectiveness evaluation to renew academic focus

      Mid-year program effectiveness evaluations will provide a number of very positive results and refocus resources to improve achievement.

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