Archive for April 2015 - Page 2

    • Ohio offers free school safety plan training course

      (Ohio) A U.S. Department of Homeland Security-funded training course is helping Ohio schools update safety plans to meet newer state requirements aimed at protecting property and saving lives in the event of a natural disaster or a man-made one.

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    • Cost-saving options offered for GED exam

      (Calif.) Two years after a sharp increase in fees jeopardized student access to the state’s high school equivalency exam, California officials announced this month an agreement with CTB/McGraw-Hill to offer the firm’s general education test.

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    • Revised cash management regs require more attention to detail

      Cash may be king but starting this July revisions to the Education Department General Administrative Regulations will require that federal program administrators carefully manage it with very particular accounting procedures.

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    • A head start implementing the new science standards

      (Calif.) Galt Union Elementary School District became one of the first in the state to begin teaching new Next Generation Science Standards last fall – well ahead of a scheduled four-year roll out. So far, teachers say they are pleasantly surprised by how well students are adapting.

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    • Real need for ethics in today’s virtual world

      Adults tend to marvel at youth’s seemingly innate proficiency for technology. But that hardly means our students are equally judicious about evaluating, using, or circulating information available on the internet.

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    • Inside the beltway pessimistic about reauthorization

      (District of Columbia) Despite signs of growing bipartisan support for legislation reauthorizing the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, 52 percent of Washington’s education stakeholder community says it won’t happen while President Barack Obama is in office.

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    • Disproportionality – more than a technicality, broader than race

      Federal regulations only require disproportionality calculations for over representation of ethnic categories. In practice, however, underrepresentation is relevant as well as over identification related to gender, English Learners, and socio-economic status.

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    • Grants would support truancy intervention

      (Calif.) A bill gaining support in the Legislature would create a new grant program to help schools battle chronic attendance problems in kindergarten through third grades.

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    • School liability immunity under siege

      (Colo.) School administrators and some civil rights advocates are warning against adoption of a  Colorado bill that would soften the state’s government immunity protection for schools and force disclosure of more details surrounding risk prevention planning. SB 213, co-sponsored by a bi-partisan group of high-ranking legislators, seeks to hold schools responsible for the safety of students and staff by waiving legal protections currently guaranteed under the Colorado Governmental Immunity Act.

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    • Labor targets appointments to charter school boards

      (Calif.) Saying California charter schools – especially online, for-profit operators – need to be more accountable to the public, labor groups are once again pushing legislation that would give authorizing agencies control over appointments to charter school boards.

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