Archive for April 2016

    • Biliteracy success: Preparing teachers, families

      (Calif.) A pilot program being designed to boost the linguistic and literacy skills of preschool children learning two languages at once has caught enough  attention at  the White House that expectations are staff will issue a policy brief on the educational benefits of bilingualism next month.

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    • Caught between Common Core and other state’s old standards

      (Mich.) Lawmakers in Michigan are poised to cut ties with any and all nationally-developed education standards just five months after the state adopted the Common Core-aligned science standards.

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    • New, flexible supplanting rules apply to Title I only

      While monitoring the use of funds throughout your educational agency, keep in mind that the new provisions for supplementing vs. supplanting in the Every Student Succeeds Act are only applicable to Title I. The expanded leniency for determining improper use of monies associated with cannot apply to other titles.

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    • Last round for the innovative i3 grant proposals

      (District of Columbia) The Obama administration opened Tuesday the seventh and final round of competitive funding authorized under one of the boldest education research programs ever undertaken by the federal government.

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    • Translating special ed plans to meet family language needs

      (Calif.) School districts would have to translate special education plans into a family’s native language under a bill by a lawmaker who waited two years to receive her own daughter’s documentation in her native Spanish.

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    • California waiver requests trending downward

      (Calif.) The number of school districts seeking relief from a state law requiring a summer meal program fell to a new low this spring in response to improving economic conditions and legislation that tightened restrictions.

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    • NJ Assembly moves school safety bills

      (N.J.) A proposal that would create a state aid program for security measures at private schools is on a lengthy list of student safety bills approved by the state Assembly earlier this month.

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    • Why worry about disparity in LREs?

      As part of the notice of proposed rulemaking for ethnic disproportionality, the U.S. Department of Education explains why reducing disparity in restrictive placements should be mandated – it’s all about maximizing access to the curriculum. With the numerous Individualized Education Plan meetings that will be taking place in the spring, and the new requirements to report as well as correct disproportionality on the horizon, it is important that your IEP teams be especially cautious about moving services if the instruction is to be delivered in any setting with reduced involvement in general education.

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    • GOP school meal bill would rollback nutrition standards

      (District of Columbia) Federal nutrition restrictions may be scaled back and fewer students could be eligible for free and reduced price meal programs under recently announced legislation.

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    • School construction costs may fall entirely on home builders

      (Calif.) For the first time ever, home builders throughout California could be required to pony up the lion’s share of new school construction if a long-neglected state grant fund is formally declared exhausted.

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