Archive for September 2016

    • Financial literacy becomes part of the curriculum standards

      (Wash.) Under newly adopted standards aimed at creating a more financially literate population, students in Washington will soon learn how to calculate taxes and interest, and control credit and debt, among other positive spending and saving habits.

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    • Bills signed targeting bullying, teen suicide

      (Calif.) With mental health issues a growing concern for education policy makers, Gov. Jerry Brown signed bills this week aimed at reducing bullying based on religion, restricting confinement of juvenile offenders and promoting model suicide prevention programs.

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    • Guaranteeing comparability under ESSA, at least so far

      A key factor in the allocation formula for distributing funds to schools within your district is comparability and there are several variables that need consideration to apply that principle and maintain compliance.

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    • Governor signs bill promoting CPR training

      (Calif.) From life-saving techniques to the contributions of Chinese immigrants in building the railroad, K-12 curriculum in California schools is set for a new wave of updates and additions under legislation signed over the past week by the governor.

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    • Simple test aims to provide early emotional support

      (Mo.) A single readiness test can be used to identify kindergarteners at risk of falling behind early because the need for additional social, emotional or behavioral support, according to research from the University of Missouri.

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    • New law restricts investment of voter-approved bond money

      (Calif.) School districts and community colleges will be prohibited from investing bond proceeds outside of their county’s financial pool under legislation signed in the last week by Gov. Jerry Brown.

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    • Michigan draws a line on 3rd grade reading

      (Mich.) In order to improve literacy rates statewide, students will be held back if they are not at or near reading proficiency by the end of third grade under a bill passed by the Michigan legislature last week.

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    • When is attention deficit-hyperactivity a specific learning disability?

      The breadth of ways attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder may be manifested makes its intersection with any of the disability categories under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act particularly circumspect and still often essential to providing a free appropriate public education.

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    • Districts lag in policies for teen moms to breast feed

      (Calif.) Nearly a year after Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill requiring schools to provide students private, well-equipped areas to nurse an infant or pump and store breast milk, 78 percent of districts in Los Angeles County still fail to do so.

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    • Kansas high court takes up school adequacy

      (Kan.) As the state supreme court continues to hear arguments in a landmark school funding adequacy suit, falling revenues over the first two months of the fiscal year have deepened the state’s budget crisis.

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