Archive for April 2017 - Page 2

    • Wave of new bills aim to address CTE shortage

      (Minn.) Lawmakers in Minnesota are reworking the state’s teacher licensure system from the ground up in a bipartisan effort to address long standing teacher shortages in career technical education.

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    • Program gives new teachers time to earn while they learn

      (Calif.) Perhaps as much as any of his colleagues in district administration, John Glover, founder and CEO of a small network of charter schools in east San Jose, has a tough time filling teacher vacancies.

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    • Absenteeism rates continue to climb in the Evergreen State

      (Wash.) Already facing one of the highest rates of absenteeism in the country, education leaders in Washington state are again calling on schools and families to ensure children are making it to class every day following an announcement that chronic absenteeism rates have continued to rise.

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    • Experts question new Chicago graduation requirements

      (Ill.) A new plan to better prepare students in Chicago Public Schools for life after graduation has education experts concerned that the initiative, while well-meaning, may prove half-baked unless the district can provide support resources.

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    • Grants bring high-tech strategy to teacher recruitment

      (Calif.) To help relieve the state’s stubborn teacher shortage, the Tulare County Office of Education is building a digital outreach campaign that, among other things, will utilize mobile avatars to carry recruitment messages.

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    • Growing number of schools move toward solar power

      (District of Columbia) Districts are switching to solar power at a drastically increasing rate and enjoying long-term cost-savings, but solar energy nationally remains an underutilized resource in schools, according to a new study.

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    • CA’s volatile revenues have added confusion to the mix

      (Calif.) Capitol insiders and fiscal managers across the state are beginning to watch with some trepidation the daily tax income reports from the state controller’s office—running about $600 million behind projections made last July.

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    • Kids of hi-tech immigrants dominate science contest

      (Va.) Three quarters of the 2016 finalists in the nation’s most prestigious science competitions for high school students were children of workers in the U.S. on temporary high-skilled employment visas.

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    • News analysis: LCFF can’t fix schools by itself

      (Calif.) A report out last week from the Education Trust-West once again raised the thorny issue of whether state funding aimed at disadvantaged students can or should be used to pay teacher salaries and benefits.

      (Editor's note) This story has been updated to include public comment.

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    • Puppy love on campus helping kids cope with daily stress

      (Calif.) Students stressed out over impending college acceptance and rejection letters drop by a teacher’s class to spend time brushing the therapy dog in her class just to calm their nerves.

      At another campus, a first grader practices reading aloud while absentmindedly playing with the ears of a therapy dog that visits his class once a week.

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