Archive for May 2015 - Page 3

    • New debate over K-12 mental health funding

      (Calif.) A long-standing conflict between schools and county mental health providers appears to be simmering again after a key group of lawmakers called for a state audit of services provided to emotionally-troubled youths.

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    • Budget gridlock prompts teacher walk outs

      (Wash.) Thousands of teachers across the state are expected Wednesday to continue in a series of one-day walkouts to protest a delayed and inadequate education budget.

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    • Leadership sidelines spending bills pending May Revise

      (Calif.) Several potentially costly education bills – including a $1 billion allocation for implementing Common Core – have been held up by legislative leaders in anticipation of the release later this week of the governor’s updated budget plan.

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    • States still struggle with school turnaround

      (District of Columbia) Despite the investment of billions of dollars in federal grants, the ability of states to provide ongoing support for school turnaround remains uncertain, according to a new report.

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    • Systemic changes can prevent ethnic disparity

      In the long run ethnic disproportionality in special education must be addressed by changing common practices that precipitate all referrals for evaluation – a daunting task that will ripple throughout your education agency.

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    • District and law enforcement working to keep kids in school

      (Mo.) Under a novel agreement between public education and law enforcement, Columbia Public Schools will take on management of more student discipline cases that otherwise  would be referred to juvenile authorities.

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    • Policy quagmire surrounds LCAP accountability

      (Calif.) To an outsider, efforts by the California State Board of Education last week to refine new accountability measures for school districts might have seemed a little chaotic. But the fact is, after a long and arduous session, the board did advance the ball, if incrementally.

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    • Science charter revocation upheld

      (Calif.) In a rare action, the California State Board of Education upheld the revocation of a science-based charter school by the Los Angeles County Office of Education – a first for the board under president Mike Kirst.

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    • Feds kick in to save counselor jobs

      (District of Columbia) School counselors and mental health professionals – two critically important components of student services hard hit by the recession got a near $25 million boost Wednesday from the U.S. Department of Education.

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    • Keeping expenditures of federal funds ‘reasonable’

      When federal regulations stipulate that costs must be “reasonable,” does that mean that the purchase of a product or service must make sense or that the actual dollars spent must not be excessive? It’s both, actually.

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