Archive for March 2016 - Page 3

    • Finding dollars in the state budget to help new teachers

      (Calif.) From reimbursing student loans to establishing a statewide recruiting center, lawmakers this session are pushing several legislative proposals aimed at beefing up California’s qualified teacher pool.

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    • Florida passes budget, charter accountability bills

      (Fla.) Lawmakers in Tallahassee concluded their legislative session late last week by passing a state budget that will enhance services to early learners and increase facility funding while maintaining support for smaller class sizes.

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    • Measurement methods for assessing proportionality

      According to the recent Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, states will be considering three possible standards for calculating thresholds for significant ethnic disproportionality – risk ratios, alternative risk ratios, and the number involved in the computation.

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    • Audit knocks Maryland protection of student records

      (Md.) State information managers failed to protect individual student records, leaving them vulnerable to identity theft, according to a recent audit of the Maryland Longitudinal Data System Center.

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    • Adapting the counselor’s role for elementary sites

      (Calif.) School counselors historically have been used to shepherd high school students through a maze of academic requirements for graduation and college. But the Mountain View School District is breaking new ground by having counselors provide behavioral education and learning support for a much younger population.

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    • ESSA dilemma: LEAs could be accountable for testing opt-outs

      (District of Columbia) One of the most potent political movements in education was formed when parents joined teachers in opposition of standardized testing. Now with the passage of the Every Child Succeeds Act, states and local educational agencies may face losing federal Title I money if too many families opt out of assessments this spring and, potentially, well into the future.

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    • State sets testing window for new science standards

      (Calif.) Despite requiring just two years of science for high school graduation, the State Board of Education agreed Wednesday to give districts the option of offering Next Generation Science Standards assessments to not just sophomores but upper classmen as well.

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    • Supplement, not supplant – new melody, same refrain

      While the Every Student Succeeds Act has changed some of the parameters around supplementing versus supplanting, the new law has not changed the intent of this worrisome provision, only the accounting mechanisms.

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    • Teachers win one on bargaining bill

      (Ind.) Lawmakers scuttled – at least for now – a bill that would have restricted the ability of Indiana teachers to bargain collectively after labor leaders exercised a rare showing of political power in a state dominated by the GOP.

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    • CA bill to create college savings tax credit

      (Calif.) A bill designed to incentivize participation by middle-income parents in college tuition savings programs is being touted by the state treasurer as “must pass” legislation.

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