Archive for January 2015 - Page 3

    • 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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    • The pivotal importance of transition plans

      The recent analysis by the American Institutes for Research showing that workers with disabilities earn 37 percent less than their peers accentuates the pressing need for comprehensive transition planning in special education.

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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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    • Ag education joins STEM wave

      (Mich.) Although schools focused primarily on science, technology, engineering and mathematics have gained popularity nationwide in recent years, one district in the rural community of St. Johns is beginning to infuse an agricultural twist into the subjects.

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    • Budget leaves facilities crisis for another day

      (Calif.) Despite signals that his administration was ready to undertake a sweeping change for how new schools are paid for and older ones updated, Gov. Jerry Brown unveiled Friday a far less substantial facilities program, pushing the larger policy debate off for another time.

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    • Homeless Education: Ready source of confusion

      The Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) requires Local Education Agencies (LEAs) to set aside funds prior to the opening of the school year to address the educational and personal needs of homeless youth and to determine the type of services that will be provided. Now’s a good time to consider next year’s program.

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    • Wellness survey proves a good resource for LCAP needs

      (Calif.) For years, schools throughout the nation collected realms of data on student drug use and other risky behavior only to set the program aside when federal funding for the effort was cut during the recession. Now the healthy student survey is making a comeback as an important LCFF resource. 

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