Archive for October 2017

    • Districts lack community outreach authorizing charters

      (Calif.) Loopholes in state law allow school districts to authorize new charter schools outside district boundaries without any show of support from the community where the school will operate, according to a new state audit.

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    • Expanded voucher program poses threat to LEAs

      (Wis.) Some of this state’s smallest and most rural school districts are likely to be burdened with the growing cost of an expanded voucher program approved by Wisconsin lawmakers in 2015, according to new research.

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    • School leaders must start taking steps to personalize instruction under ESSA

      In the rush and bustle of the new school year, which for most of the country means a wide array of new instructional goals and strategies, it is important not to lose sight of perhaps the greatest promise offered by the Every Student Succeeds Act.

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    • Teacher pipeline taskforce calls for stronger diversity efforts

      (Va.) Virginia schools must do more to recruit and train racially diverse teachers if the state is to meet its goal of having minority educators make up 35 percent of the workforce by 2040, according to a new report.

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    • September revenue comes up flat

      (Calif.) Just when it seemed that tax collections in California began to make sense, September closed with a surprisingly flat line with respect to personal income taxes.

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    • Brown signs bill relaxing reserve fund limits

      (Calif.) Among the hundred signed by Gov. Jerry Brown last week, one will ease restrictions capping how much a district can save in their reserve budgets–a win for many schools which deemed the cap too limiting.

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    • High schoolers swell community college ranks

      (N.Y.) High school students now represent 15 percent of incoming students enrolled in community colleges across the nation, as a growing number of families view “dual enrollment” as a jump start on getting a four-year degree.

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    • State Oks $19m for new charter school

      (Calif.) Rocketship Education, one of the nation’s leading charter operating groups, won approval last week to issue $19 million in bonds to help pay for building a new campus in the East Bay.

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    • Plan to boost teacher salaries pays off in S.D. schools

      (S.D.) Teachers in South Dakota, traditionally among the lowest paid educators in the country, have finally received a raise thanks to a half-percent increase in the sales tax approved last year.

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    • Feds open pocketbook for charters

      (District of Columbia) Indiana officials want to expand an already robust ‘school choice’ program. In Texas, the plan is to replicate existing high-performing charter schools, and in New Mexico, charter operators and school districts will complete for grant funding in an effort to build 22 new charter schools over the next five years.

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