Archive for May 2015

    • Key education bills face legislative deadline

      (Calif.) Bills that would increase funding for school transportation, career-technical education and implementation of new academic standards are among the many proposals facing scrutiny this week in advance of a key legislative deadline.

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    • Compliance – a tiger that needs a paper trail

      Conforming to standards for spending federal dollars will not necessarily demonstrate compliance.  Local education agencies must guarantee that expenditures are proper through documentation, prior written approval, and certification.

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    • District rethinks hiring temp agency to cover substitutes

      (Iowa) An Iowa school district is reconsidering a move to give a private employment agency control over substitute teacher hiring after the proposal hit a wall of protest earlier this month.

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    • More paid time for teachers on parental leave

      (Calif.) New mothers and fathers that are teachers would receive a boost in paid leave under a bill pending in the California Legislature.

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    • Remedying significant disproportionality

      Once a state determines that a local education agency has significant ethnic disproportionality in special education, statutory obligations kick into gear requiring that resources – both fiscal and human – be redirected to correct the problem.

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    • Wall Street cheers Brown’s revised May budget

      (Calif.) A key Wall Street rating agency gave California a positive credit report last week, paving the way for a likely credit upgrade of the state’s debt in the near future.

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    • Latest waiver pathway leaves NCLB altogether toothless

      (District of Columbia) Five years ago the Obama administration unilaterally relieved states of key requirements of the No Child Left Behind Act in exchange for agreements to pursue a number of other educational goals. In February, the U.S. Department of Education issued new guidance that would seem to remove any remaining vestiges of federal accountability oversight altogether.

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    • Panel backs fee hike for teacher misconduct backlog

      (Calif.) With the state Attorney General still struggling to dig out from under a significant backlog of teacher misconduct cases, a key legislative panel agreed earlier this week to higher fees for teaching credentials to support discipline activities.

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    • The straight scoop on indirect charges

      Business and program administrators sometimes struggle with the definition of indirect charges but the guidelines are absolutely necessary due to restrictions inherent in tracking expenses for multiple departments.

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    • Wisconsin switches gear on testing again

      (Wis.) Elementary and middle school students will take a different state exam for the third time in three years under Gov. Scott Walker’s proposed 2015-17 budget.

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