Archive for January 2016 - Page 3

    • Budget boosts career tech for now

      (Calif.) Gov. Jerry Brown’s 2016-17 budget proposal honors the Legislature’s commitment to career technical education by authorizing $500 million in grant funding over the next two years.

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    • Delaware using SAT in place of PARCC

      (Del.) Delaware students will take the SAT instead of the Smarter Balanced exam this spring at the behest of 10 legislators who requested the change to reduce the amount of testing 11th graders endure.

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    • Brown’s budget happily stays the course for schools

      (Calif.) With release of his 2016-17 budget proposal Thursday, Gov. Jerry Brown gave schools a break on any new, major policy changes. Instead the governor offered up a steady, but welcomed, increase in spending that takes per pupil support to more than 30 percent above what it was at the nadir of the recession.

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    • CA’s well-being report finds room for improvement

      (Calif.) State officials won high marks for efforts to make sure all low-income children are covered by health insurance but challenges still stand when it comes to ensuring access to care and to specialized services, according to a new survey.

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    • Dinner prep offers path to parental engagement

      (N.M.) Roughly two evenings a month, several Albuquerque Public Schools sites open their doors and their kitchens, offering instructional assistance to students and a free meal to them and their families as a way to increase parent involvement in their child’s education.

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    • Solving health issues to get more kids to class

      (Ore.) State officials in Oregon taking a new look at an old problem have found that tackling health problems is one way to improve chronic absenteeism.

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    • Federal sanctions on failing schools don’t die easy

      (Calif.) A key component of the nation’s new education law adopted last month did away with federal sanctions imposed on schools designated as “failing” as defined by the prior regime.

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    • Few surprises expected for schools in Brown’s new budget

      (Calif.) After using the budget process to initiate or support massive policy changes for K-12 education in recent years, Gov. Jerry Brown is likely to give schools a respite when he unveils his 2016-17 spending plan on Thursday.

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    • Common Core eases literary classics to the sidelines

      (Wash.) In some schools where Common Core rules the curriculum, only parts of Joseph Heller’s classic tale of a struggle and disillusionment is likely read, with the themes of “Catch-22” taught in tandem with other, more modern stories and visual aids.

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    • Local waterways serve as science ‘classrooms’

      (Calif.) Solano County’s creeks and waterways – the 116,000-acre Suisun Marsh included – have become outdoor classrooms for teaching local students the importance of a healthy watershed and the impacts their own actions can have on these life-sustaining resources.

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