Archive for August 2015 - Page 3

    • Discipline reform requires trained teachers

      Late in July the federal Department of Education began an initiative targeting systems for managing behavior in the schools. Like so many bureaucratic endeavors, it over-emphasizes policy while overlooking practicality.

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    • Brown signs new school residency laws

      (Calif.) Gov. Jerry Brown on Tuesday signed separate but related pieces of legislation that provide an exemption in school residency laws for children of live-in workers, and protections during district investigations for students of families suspected of noncompliance.

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    • Oregon summer school focus on migrant students

      (Ore.) A summer school program in several Oregon districts is being linked, at least in part, to steady academic improvement among migrant students in the state.

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    • Court rejects retaliation claim over civil protections

      (Calif.) In a cautionary tale for special education administrators everywhere, careful documentation of interaction with an aggressive parent by district personnel played a big role in leading a federal judge to dismiss a potentially costly lawsuit over disability services.

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    • Pension rollback carries risk to teachers, schools

      (Calif.) In addition to making a host of sweeping changes, a proposal aimed at curbing the cost of public pensions could create significant labor troubles for schools because teachers would no longer be free to carry their retirement benefits to new jobs in other districts.

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    • High school bank branch part of larger career focus

      (S.C.) A high school in the state’s famed Lowcountry is set to begin the school year as the first in its region to open an on-campus, student-operated bank branch.

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    • CSBA calls on high court to hear lease-back case

      (Calif.) The influential legal arm of the California School Boards Association requested this week that the state Supreme Court review a June decision that struck down a school lease-back construction project, if only to sort out the confusion the ruling has caused.

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    • Guidance on supporting transgender students

      (District of Columbia) Schools increasingly being called upon to better support their transgender students can now turn to new guidance that offers tips and best practices for working through common concerns or dealing with awkward situations should they occur.

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    • LEAs can’t charge for adult civic classes

      (Calif.) Adult education programs across the state can no longer charge fees for English and citizenship classes following the sunset last month of legislative authorization intended originally to help them weather recessionary budget cuts.

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    • Maps highlight suspension and expulsion records

      (District of Columbia) The U.S. Department of Education has released new, interactive maps detailing district-by-district numbers for the percentage of students suspended out of school in the 2011-12 school year.

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