Archive for September 2015

    • Federal grant boosts charters, management organizations too

      (District of Columbia) As part of the federal government’s commitment to charter schools, the U.S. Department of Education announced this week an award of more than $157 million to states for distribution in support of charters.

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    • Comprehensive sex ed bill among those facing Brown

      (Calif.) Bills that would prohibit charter schools from being run by for-profit corporations, mandate sex education in all schools and take steps to shore up drinking water quality on campuses are among nearly 70 proposed education laws pending on Gov. Jerry Brown’s desk.

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    • Disciplinary policies ease as perception of suspension shifts

      (Wash.) Shifting public opinion regarding harsh punishment for minor offences has forced schools in recent years to critically examine their suspension policies, causing many to ease their heavy handed approaches.

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    • New numbers show teacher prep numbers still falling

      (Calif.) Despite school districts statewide complaining about a shortage of credentialed applicants, a new report shows enrollment in teacher preparation programs in California continues to decline.

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    • Transitions – where planning meets reality

      Transitional junctures occur at many intervals in a student’s educational journey and the proper construction of these bridges is the fulcrum for success in school as well as adult life.  

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    • Uncertainty discovered over college readiness

      (Calif.) With the advance of the Common Core State Standards, policy makers throughout the country have struggled in recent years to identify reliable methods to measure how well a non-college bound student is prepared for the work force.

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    • Adequacy issue taken up in Montana

      (Mont.) A panel of experts last week launched an assessment of the state’s public school funding formula, created a decade ago following a court ruling that found the prior system inadequate.

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    • Court sides with CMO in school divorce case

      (Ohio) A for-profit management firm that used millions in public funds to house and equip multiple charter schools is entitled to the physical assets despite parting ways with the schools, the Ohio State Supreme Court found last week.

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    • Bidding: The fair, the unfair, and the low down

      Federal regulations stipulate the procedures to be utilized when procuring with competitive bids. They are straightforward and conceptually simple but they must be carefully followed lest the purchasing agent be subject to legal challenges.

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    • Brown signs $500m teacher training bill

      (Calif.) Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation Tuesday authorizing the distribution of $490 million in teacher training money to school districts based on their number of full-time equivalent certificated staff.

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