Archive for September 2014 - Page 2

    • Summer learning boosted by Prop. 49 update

      UPDATED (Calif.) A signature initiative of former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger – the After School Education and Safety program – will be streamlined and expanded under legislation signed by the governor this month.

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    • Schools skip recess despite classroom benefits

      (Fla.) Research shows that recess provides an important and beneficial part of a student’s school day while also contributing to their overall development. But for students attending some districts in Florida, there isn’t time for recess.

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    • Indiana’s fast-track teacher permit not that unusual

      (Ind.) A drastically streamlined path to a teaching license approved this month by the Indiana State Board of Education is surprisingly not unique nationally among state regulators, teacher quality experts said last week.

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    • Teacher dismissal bill may complicate not simplify

      (Calif.) Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation in late June with the goal of expediting the process of dismissing teachers for egregious misconduct, but some experts say AB 215 will only further muddy up an already difficult and costly process.

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    • Brown shoots down history curriculum update

      (Calif.) Gov. Jerry Brown rejected legislation Thursday that would have required the state to complete a full revision of its history and social studies curriculum standards by July, 2018.

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    • Federal audit dings Ohio over RTTT spending

      (Ohio) In what may prove a cautionary tale in an era of federal flexibility, auditors from the U.S. Department of Education have called into question millions of dollars in spending by Ohio schools from a $400 million Race to the Top grant.

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    • CTA backs Torlakson with big contribution as race tightens

      (Calif.) Flush with $150,000 in new support from teacher organizations, state schools chief Tom Torlakson was still forced on the defensive by challenger Marshall Tuck at a candidate forum Wednesday night.

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    • Dads’ roles key to early childhood development

      (Calif.) Head Start State Preschool in Los Angeles County, like many other early learning programs across the country, recognizes the impact a father's involvement has on his child's coginitive development and education -- and is taking steps to bring more dads into their child's classroom.

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    • Study finds brain development link with ADHD

      (Mich.) New research suggests support for something parents and teachers have long suspected – children and young adults with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder appear to have delayed development of key connections in the brain.

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    • EpiPen, TB testing bills signed into law

      (Calif.) Bills scaling back tuberculosis testing for school employees and requiring schools to stock epinephrine auto-injectors were signed into law this week by Gov. Jerry Brown.

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