Archive for February 2015 - Page 2

    • Finding a safer path for students walking to school

      (Fla.) Legislation that would help districts and local governments identify and correct unsafe walking conditions for elementary school students won support earlier this month from a key legislative panel.

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    • Tab soars to connect rural schools to the Net

      CLARIFICATION PUBLISHED 3-2-15 (Calif.) A plan to spend up to $2 million per student to connect a tiny rural school to the Internet and the state’s new computer-based testing system drew an incredulous review Wednesday from the nonpartisan Legislative Analyst.

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    • Diagnosis – an essential tool for transition plans

      To prepare a student for the adult community, the curriculum for the final years in school should be based on the confluence of the student’s interests and precise knowledge about his or her skills.

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    • Call for single grant support for school facility needs

      (Calif.) The state should abandon its nearly 20-year-old school construction program in favor of a finance model similar to Gov. Jerry Brown’s Local Control Funding Formula, the non-partisan Legislative Analyst’s Office said Tuesday.

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    • Reminder from the Feds: ELL goal is mastery of English

      (District of Columbia) Programs designed to educate the nation’s five million students with limited English speaking skills will not be deemed successful under federal law if those pupils do not attain English proficiency and master the school’s education standards.

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    • Statewide testing begins without proficiency mark

      (Calif.) Long after students have completed new statewide assessments aligned to the Common Core later this spring, officials in Sacramento charged with restructuring the school accountability system are likely to still be debating the meaning of a proficient test score.

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    • Stay compliant by staying informed

      Instances of local education agencies returning funds because of non-compliance are rare. However, there are plenty of cases when allocations have been suspended, i.e., withheld, while program monitors at the state or federal level reviewed procedures to ensure adherence where there was evidence one requirement or another was overlooked.

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    • Threat of mass testing opt-outs looms over schools

      (La.) Ongoing protest over Common Core testing has 14 Louisiana schools asking for penalty waivers which would keep the state from holding them accountable if parents decide to remove their children from testing next month.

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    • Lawmakers skeptical of Brown’s facility funding plan

      (Calif.) Lawmakers on Wednesday expressed skepticism of Gov. Jerry Brown’s proposal to reduce the state's role in building and maintaining schools by pushing the bulk of the financial burden onto local districts and their communities.

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    • Rural schools losing timber funds

      (Calif.) A federal program that has provided rural counties and school districts millions of dollars lost to cutbacks in timber harvesting is stalled due to political differences on Capitol Hill.

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