Archive for October 2015

    • Not all diploma options assure student readiness

      (District of Columbia) States offering various routes to a high school diploma may have to re-examine whether those options are truly preparing students for success in the future, according to a new study.

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    • Board moves to sever ties with Common Core, or not?

      (Ariz.) The ongoing dispute between top officials within the Arizona public education system appears to have taken another turn, this time putting the state board in a position to make changes to the Common Core State Standards.

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    • New federal regulations more lenient about equipment use

      Changes in the Education Department General Administrative Guidelines effective last July allow local education agencies to use federally-funded equipment for programs other than the one for which it was purchased under certain conditions.

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    • Study finds intentional misdiagnosis of autism

      (Md.) A significant number of children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders are knowingly misclassified in an effort to obtain greater educational resources, according to new research.

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    • Dental ‘self-referral’ ban creates barrier to care

      (Calif.) San Francisco Unified School District is seeking an exemption from state prohibitions on dentists “self-referring” in an effort to expand student access to free screenings and low-cost treatments.

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    • Joint development plan would bring housing for school staff

      (Calif.) A long-term land-use contract designed to bring affordable housing for San Diego Unified School District staff and its families is set to come before the state education board for approval next month.

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    • Drug screening policy extends to student drivers

      (N.C.) Students who drive to campus at one North Carolina school district are now subject to random drug screenings similar to athletes, a decision administrators say will keep kids safe and allow families to mitigate issues before they become serious.

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    • Keeping our promise to young children and families

      The quality of transitions for young children with disabilities influences school success in later years. Educators need to align themselves with care providers and agency personnel to make planning child-centered and effective.

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    • Inviting tribal heritage to fly over campus

      (Ore.) New regulation being considered by the state’s board of education would require schools, if asked by a recognized Indian tribe, to display on campus the flag representing that sovereign nation.

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    • District PIOs: Critical link between schools, community

      (Calif.) Typically relegated to a behind-the-scenes role, a district communication officer serves an important position in bridging public schools with the community they serve. Few other public institutions enjoy as much public trust and responsibility as the school district, and thus, the job of communicating what happens on the campus – both routine and extraordinary – is complex and demanding.

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