Archive for August 2017 - Page 2

    • Some states succeed in improving rural CTE

      (Md.) Despite the numerous challenges in offering high-quality career and technical education in rural communities, three states have made significant strides through strengthening local partnerships, according to a new report from an advocacy group supporting non-college bound students.

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    • OMG! The new OMB compliance supplement is out!

      Coinciding with the opening of the new school year, the Office of Management and Budget has issued its annual Single Audit Compliance Supplement that provides advice for adhering to spending restrictions, accounting, record keeping, and inventories for programs supported by federal funds.

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    • Experts call for civics ed to start sooner than later

      (Calif.) Nearly everyone can agree that students should have access to civics education that will prepare them to participate meaningfully in our democratic republic, and according to experts, starting early is vital.

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    • States lack careful mental health policies for students

      (District of Columbia) While there is evidence that schools are doing more to address student mental health issues, new research suggests that state oversight often fails to keep up with its role in coordinating and facilitating care.

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    • Teacher tenure bill brings out old rivals

      (Calif.) In what might be the first salvo in the race for state school superintendent, legislation that would extend the period new teachers have to achieve tenure has been challenged by an activist education group as “protections for the lowest performing teachers.”

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    • Districts expand suicide prevention efforts

      (Ariz.) Students began the new school year with mental health resources more readily available to them under a multi-district effort to reduce the high rates of teen suicide in Arizona.

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    • While you were away … regulatory changes

      Just about the time you were starting your summer vacation, (i.e., June 30) certain regulations relevant to special education went into effect because of the adoption of the Every Student Succeeds Act.

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    • Opioid abuse poised to trickle- down into OC schools

      (Calif.) With the opioid epidemic spiking in Orange County’s tony beach communities, health officials say that school districts should be prepared for when the drug abuse problems begin to trickle down into the high schools.

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    • Special session: sound and fury but perhaps not much else

      (Texas) Gov. Greg Abbot flexed his political muscles in June when he called lawmakers back into a rare summer session after the Legislature failed to overcome inner-party gridlock during the regular term.

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    • The achievement gap: n-size and next steps

      Regardless of the educational goals emphasized in your state plan under the Every Student Achieves Act, narrowing the gaps in student performance between certain sub-groups and the general population will remain a crucial component of accountability.

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