Archive for January 2017

    • Lawmakers aim to identify students with disabilities early

      (Del.) In an effort to improve early intervention of students with disabilities, Delaware lawmakers are seeking to close a gap in school funding that leaves almost 2,500 of the state’s youngest learners without special education resources.

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    • A status quo budget for CTC is a sign of better times

      (Calif.) For the first time in several years, the Commission on Teacher Credentialing will have a status quo budget with no special grants, no new authority to hike fees and no extraordinary cost-saving measures.

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    • A systems approach to school completion for SWD

      Increasing the number of students with disabilities who complete their secondary education sequence is an enterprise that requires a whole scale systematic approach by the entire educational organization with daily interdepartmental efforts. To paraphrase what Bette Davis said about getting older–it’s not for sissies.

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    • ESSA deadline looming, state struggle to complete plans

      (District of Columbia) Even with the time extensions that the U.S. Department of Education has granted states to develop and submit plans detailing how each will abide by the Every Student Succeeds Act, there appears to be a lot of work to do.

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    • Fake news spurs call for media literacy lessons in schools

      (Calif.) The recent alarm over the potential spread of fake news has prompted two California lawmakers to call for media literacy education in schools, as evidence shows that many children and some adults are largely unable to distinguish between fact and fiction online.

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    • Bills aim to lessen student contact with law enforcement

      (Calif.) A pair of bills introduced this month seeks to limit student interaction with police on campus following numerous high profile incidents of minor violations escalating to violence against students.

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    • States backslide on teacher evaluations

      (District of Columbia) Many observers of the nation’s public schools figured the passage of the Every Student Succeeds Act would also put an end to the debate over teacher evaluations because the law repealed federal incentives to improve educator review.

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    • Uncertainties for ESSA with a new administration

      “It’s just turbulence,” the pilot announces, and you muse, “I hope so.” As President Trump and his appointees take charge, we are hoping the transition to the Every Student Succeeds Act will be smooth, but already there are indications of a shaky ride.

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    • Tech giant alleged to have shared private student data

      (Miss.) Google Inc. allegedly collected students’ personal information and search history to help advertisers target children, according to a lawsuit filed by the state of Mississippi.

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    • Addendum to LCAP to fill in for federal accountability

      (Calif.) As the legislative and regulatory tangles surrounding the Every Student Succeeds Act begin to unwind, local educational agencies in California will be required later this year to file yet another disclosure report.

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