Archive for March 2017

    • Teachers may have more time to earn tenure under new bill

      (Calif.) School districts will have more time to evaluate teacher performance before offering permanent status or letting them go under an Assembly bill announced Tuesday.

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    • Early promises from governors on school issues

      (Colo.) Hawaii’s Gov. David Ige needs to install air conditioning units in more than 800 classrooms. Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback is working with lawmakers on a new funding formula. And Gov. Gary Herbet of Utah is looking to distribute new grant money aimed at technical career training.

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    • Lawmakers eye financial incentives for schools to merge

      (Ind.) Legislators in Indiana have proposed financial incentives for schools to consolidate as part of a recent push to cut administrative costs for small, rural districts.

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    • Teacher prep enrollment jumps; new credentials doesn’t

      (Calif.) Enrollment in teacher preparation programs in California jumped 10 percent in 2013-14 although the number of new credentials issued last year barely increased, according to a new report to the Legislature.

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    • FAPE comes back, bigger than ever

      The recent unanimous Supreme Court decision for Endrew F. v. Douglas County School District made it utterly clear, for anyone who might have imagined otherwise, that free appropriate public education has implications way beyond following mandated procedures. There’s a little thing called student progress that matters as well.

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    • High turnover shows need for targeted teacher support

      (Utah) Rates of teacher turnover in Utah is about triple that of the national average according to a new study, which found almost 60 percent of educators left the profession within eight years.

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    • Builder fee fix comes with new bond money

      (Calif.) A legislative dilemma over how to deactivate a big jump in fees paid by home builders for school construction will resolve itself once money starts to flow from a $9 billion bond measure passed by voters in November, sources said late last week.

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    • Senate bills tackle oral care, school choice and court schools

      (Calif.) Children with little access to dental care could receive free oral exams at school without active parental consent under a bill approved by the Senate Education Committee Wednesday.

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    • Supreme Court expands definition of FAPE

      (District of Columbia) In a carefully-worded but unanimous opinion, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that the right of students with disabilities to a “free appropriate public education” requires more than a simple compliance “check list” from schools.

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    • Preparing for a future with uncertain funding

      For program administrators only one scenario is more disconcerting than funding clouds on the horizon, and that is when the view is obscured by fog. Unfortunately, that situation is where future federal appropriations emerge this spring. Accordingly, preparation for the coming year requires a very conservative approach.

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