Archive for November 2015 - Page 2

    • California revenue well above early forecasts

      (Calif.) With unemployment in California trending ever closer to pre-recession levels, the governor’s finance department reported Monday revenues for the month of October exceeded estimates by nearly $400 million, giving a year-to-date total of almost $1.2 billion above the forecast.

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    • PTA survey finds parents still in the dark on new testing

      (Calif.) Despite a multi-year effort by the state to prepare for new testing aligned to the Common Core, a survey of parents reasonably engaged in their children’s schooling found a majority still had little or no understanding of the new assessment system.

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    • Stacking cups to better brain power

      (Colo.) In states such as Mississippi, Oregon and New York, students are improving their hand-eye coordination through a new physical education activity known as “speed stacking.”

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    • Pa. introduces career pathways for incarcerated young people

      (Pa.) The Pennsylvania Department of Corrections will partner with local business leaders, community organizations and colleges in an effort to reduce high recidivism rates of young inmates and increase their job prospects upon release.

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    • LCAP moving to electronic format soon

      (Calif.) A comprehensive district document, destined to serve as the foundation of California’s new school accountability system, is going higher-tech soon, in time for local administrators to use the new online tool to develop their Local Control Accountability Plans for the coming academic year, state officials said this month.

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    • Who’s checking anyway? Besides you, a virtual army!

      With myriad federal regulations regarding allowable costs, reimbursement, procurement and equipment use, it may be tempting to wonder: Who’s ever going to know? And how are they going to find out?

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    • District taps senior community for school engagement

      (Fla.) As schools experiment with ways in which to engage their local communities, one Florida district has found success targeting an often ignored group: senior citizens.

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    • State board, advocacy groups spar over rubrics development

      (Calif.) It is common practice for stakeholder groups to routinely file comments with state policy boards on issues of concern in advance of a public meeting. But what is uncommon is for the recipients to respond publicly about the lobbying.

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    • Assisting with transitions throughout all grades

      Students with disabilities will need to adjust to new circumstances and expectations throughout their school careers so case carriers and individualized education planning teams will frequently need to thoroughly plan for these transitions.

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    • Michigan bill rolls back test scores in teacher evaluations

      (Mich.) Pressed by the state’s teacher union, Gov. Rick Snyder signed last week that will roll back the weight of student test scores in teacher evaluations – which were set to jump to 50 percent of the overall score.

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