Archive for August 2015 - Page 3

    • LEAs experiment with take-home Internet access

      (Mo.) A St. Louis district is one of many across the nation looking to provide Internet access to students at home in an effort to keep them from falling behind after the school bell rings.

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    • Pa. lawmaker proposes STEMM pathways plan

      (Pa.) A proposal calling for $30 million to create a new program introducing younger students to the fields of science, technology, engineering, math and manufacturing was sent last week to the House education committee for consideration.

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    • New pesticide rules for farms near schools coming

      (Calif.) In an effort to better protect the health of untold numbers of California students, officials from the Department of Pesticide Regulation are crafting new statewide rules for pest management practices on farmland near schools.

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    • Observation may increase teacher retention

      (Wis.) A small charter system is pointing to classroom observation as being the key factor in its ability to maintain a 92 percent teacher retention rate during a time when schools around the country are struggling both to find and keep qualified educators.

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    • Avoiding impropriety when procuring for federal programs

      Even the suspicion of a conflict of interest can be damaging to school districts and administrative careers. Prevent the appearance of improper conduct by strictly following federal guidelines for purchasing and contracting.

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    • 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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    • Ensuring that interpreters are highly skilled

      An item that is sometimes overlooked when it comes to evaluating English Learners for special education is the critical role that interpreters play in attaining valid and legally defensible results.

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