Archive for January 2016 - Page 3

    • Ok, we have a new law – now what?

      There is little question that the Every Student Succeeds Act is much different from No Child Left Behind, but the question is what do administrators need to do right away to get ready for next year.

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    • Feds remain mostly mum about transition to ESSA

      (District of Columbia) Facing an abrupt turn in regulation of the nation’s public schools, officials at the U.S. Department of Education conceded Tuesday it might be some time before details about transitioning to the Every Student Succeeds Act can be developed.

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    • Bid returns to restrict rubber crumbs in sport turf

      (Calif.) A California lawmaker is renewing his effort to have schools and other local governmental agencies think twice before installing artificial playing fields made with recycled tires – suspected by some of causing serious health issues among young athletes.

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    • Fixing Washington’s charter school problems

      (Wash.) Expectations are that lawmakers will finally resolve a nearly decade-long debate over the establishment of charter schools in Washington state.

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    • Scrutiny raises concerns with Brown’s early learning plan

      (Calif.) Early reviews from schools favor much of Gov. Jerry Brown’s 2016-17 budget proposal although there is growing anxiety over how the governor’s new plan for  early education funding will impact existing programs.

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    • Alternate assessments under ESSA

      Although daily practices may not immediately change, the accountability provisions in the new Every Student Succeeds Act will eventually broaden the involvement of students with disabilities and English learners with the core curriculum.

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    • 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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