Archive for August 2011

    • Despite overall student improvement, more schools failing’ under NCLB

      Sixty three percent of schools that are subject to federal accountability sanctions under No Child Left Behind have been labeled as failing, according to data released today by the California Department of Education.

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    • CTC issues guidance on transitional kindergarten staffing

      With many districts starting to gear up for the new transitional kindergarten requirements, the Commission on Teacher Credentialing has issued guidance to clear up uncertainty over the appropriate credentials and permits for the class.

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    • Assembly passes diastat bill, but obstacles ahead

      Amid strong opposition from school employee and nurse unions, the Assembly passed legislation Tuesday that would permit nonmedical school employees to provide emergency injections to students experiencing a seizure.

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    • Got milk? Go ahead and make it chocolate

      After enduring almost a year-long dose of negative media coverage, flavored milk and its supporters are pushing back against critics who want only the traditional white option served in school cafeterias.

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    • Feds will waive SIG teacher evaluation mandates, temporarily

      Schools engaged in federally-sponsored restructuring under the School Improvement Grant program are being offered more time to meet educator evaluation requirements, the U.S. Department of Education announced.

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    • Parent Trigger regulations finalized - finally

      After nearly a year marked by bureaucratic delays, threats of legal challenges and the cries of passionate parents- it appears the California State Board of Education is finished drafting regulations governing the state's landmark Parent Empowerment Act.

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    • Bills passed to streamline foster enrollment

      CORRECTED Aug. 31: CORRECTED: A prior version of this story reported that SB 349, the California State Teachers' Retirement System omnibus bill, contained a provision that would ensure that teachers receive a full year's worth of pension credit if revenues fall short of projections and midyear cuts trigger a shorter school year. That amendment was not inserted in this bill because it was viewed as unfit for technical, non-substantive legislation. The Assembly sent legislation to the governor Monday that would ensure that foster kids that transfer schools are enrolled in their new school without delay, even if the students can't immediately supply medical records.

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    • Stats show that few special ed students fully re-enter general education

      With regard to one of the primary mandates of special education legislation - the obligation to search and serve" - schools have done remarkably well. Since 1976, shortly after the first federal omnibus special education law was passed, the percentage of children served has risen from 8.3 percent to 13.2 percent. But national and state statistics show three other phenomena that are a bit more surprising and considerably more disturbing. "

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    • Charter accountability package intact despite killing of Simitian bill

      The California Charter Schools Association announced in July it had reached a landmark accord with Democrats on a comprehensive reform plan that would impose on charters new academic accountability measures as well as conflict of interest rules.

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    • Torlakson: CA could join NCLB revolt

      Torlakson, who earlier last week sent a sharp rebuke of NCLB to U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan, said in an interview Friday with Cabinet Report that NCLB was a law that had outlived its usefulness and that the nation's schools needed Congress to undertake a complete revision of the law.

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