Archive for September 2017

    • Allowable costs for retirees, leases, and rents

      Particular care must be exercised when using federal program grants to cover retirement benefits, leases, and rents. Such expenses are allowable but there are well defined parameters.

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    • Feds announce English learner professional development grant

      (District of Columbia) More than 11,000 current and incoming teachers will have access to professional development funding to help them better support English learners under a federal grant announced last week.

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    • New duties for schools if immigration bills pass

      UPDATED 9-21 2:30 pm. to include public comment.(Calif.) There is little doubt that Gov. Jerry Brown will sign SB 54, the so-called state sanctuary bill that limits how law enforcement in California can cooperate with federal immigration officials. But there is another bill that district administrators need to be aware of that is also pending before the governor—AB 699 from Assemblyman Patrick O’Donnell, D-Long Beach.

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    • New plan to boost college and career readiness

      (Colo.) Within the next decade, at least two-thirds of Colorado adults could attain post-secondary education or career training under a new initiative announced by higher education officials last week.

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    • CA’s LCFF attracts international praise

      (Calif.) New analysis from an acclaimed education researcher based in Toronto gives California’s newly restructured school funding and accountability system high marks—but notes much work remains on the ambiguous nature of overall goals.

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    • ESSA plans become political footballs in two states

      (District of Columbia) While school officials in most states have been anxious about how the U.S. Department of Education will respond to their plans for complying with the Every Student Succeeds Act, two GOP governors last week surprised constituents by rejecting the federally-mandated document before it even got to Washington.

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    • Bar on surprise bills makes for a routine end of session

      (Calif.) Lawmakers closed the legislative session on Friday, sending hundreds of bills to the governor including one adjusting the spending cap imposed on school districts, and another that would hike in state support for home-to-school transportation.

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    • Why present achievement levels matter

      One of the overlooked lessons from the Endrew ruling of last spring is that a notation of present levels of performance is a corollary to constructing an individualized education plan that ensures a free appropriate public education. Though identifying functional capacity in all domains–academic, social, vocational, and behavioral–is a routine matter for IEP teams, that identification should be thorough and explicit.

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    • Bills supporting diverse student body move to Gov.

      (Calif.) A pair of bills headed to the Governor’s desk will allow students to wear cultural adornments during graduation ceremonies, and will require schools to inform parents of English learners of their child’s language development progress.

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    • Schools look to alter defined benefit pensions

      (District of Columbia) Long considered the polestar of public employment compensation, the defined benefit pension has also emerged in recent years a key driver of budget deficits on both the state and local level.

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