Archive for July 2017

    • Bringing special ed admin. under general ed umbrella

      (Calif.) One of the fundamental goals of the nation’s primary law governing education services to students with disabilities is that they be taught as often as possible among their peers in the general education classroom.

    • Lawmakers continue to expand full-day kindergarten

      (N.H.) More children will have access to full-day kindergarten following action by lawmakers in New Hampshire to nearly double per-pupil spending statewide.

    • Computer science push focuses on unrepresented pupils

      (Calif.) Equitable access to new technology and curriculum has emerged a key issue for the California State Board of Education as they try for the first time to develop statewide K-12 computer science standards.

    • The cornerstones of accountability for SWD

      This column originally ran on March 7, 2017.

      In general, when all the federal requirements for measuring the progress of students with disabilities are solidified, there will be at least six areas for which every school will be held accountable. These are:

    • Data flap could lead CA to drop test consortium

      (Calif.) One of the Legislature’s leaders on education is fed up with the multi-state consortium that provides schools with assessments, and has suggested that California should consider going it alone.

    • More students in poverty, more kids in need of school support

      (Texas) Children living in some of the highest poverty neighborhoods are close to a year behind their peers upon entering kindergarten according to new research which also found that more children are now living in high-poverty neighborhoods.

    • Re-emphasizing the Title IX imperative

      This column originally ran on April 20.

      Allegations against celebrities along with a recent resolution agreement between a California district and the U.S. Department of Education Office of Civil Rights should be stark reminders that schools must be vigilant about policies and practices regarding harassment and hostile environments.

    • Amazon helps Kentucky’s CTE to include cyber security

      (Ky.) State leaders unveiled a career pathway that will allow Kentucky’s high school students to prepare for careers in cyber security, cloud-based technology and other computer science fields in the coming school year.

    • Plan for special STEM state school draws opposition

      (Calif.) The question of whether the Legislature itself should serve as an authorizing agency for what would essentially be a charter school is set for consideration later this session.

    • Community awareness needed for underserved groups

      This column originally ran on February 28, 2017.

      The special education department has an obligation to inform the community about dynamic issues relevant to students with disabilities. Recent briefs from the U.S. Department of Education should serve as an impetus to fulfill this responsibility for three subpopulations that are often unrecognized.