Archive for December 2013

    • Nation’s largest commitment to career tech set for take off

      (Calif.) While boasting the nation’s largest investment in career readiness programs, backers of the California Career Pathways Trust warned earlier this week that the window of opportunity to make a more permanent imprint may be narrow.

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    • Teach For America opens to undocumented students

      (N.Y.) As the number of national universities accepting undocumented students increases, Teach for America announced this week a recruitment campaign aimed at individuals enrolled in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival program.

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    • CalPERS moves to exclude privately-run charters

      (Calif.) New eligibility requirements for participating in the California Public Employees’ Retirement System exclude private operators of charter schools, officials at the California Charter Schools Association said Wednesday.

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    • High court rules on special ed responsibility for jailed students

      (Calif.) In a case that could prompt legislative action, the state’s highest court ruled last week that responsibility for providing special education services to eligible county jail inmates falls to the school district in which the inmate’s parents reside.

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    • Kansas drops out of Smarter Balanced testing group

      (Kan.) The Kansas State Board of Education last week elected to withdraw from the state consortium known as Smarter Balanced, which is developing a student assessment system aligned to new Common Core math and English standards.

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    • CA’s schools chief favors ‘strong accountability’ on new school funding

      (Calif.) As Gov. Jerry Brown’s administration continues to mull adding restrictions on how schools spend billions in new money, the state’s top educator, Superintendent Tom Torlakson,  said Tuesday the additional funding needs to increase services – not just maintain the status quo.

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    • Big lottery prizes benefit schools

      (Fla.) With the nation anticipating the winner of today’s $500-plus mega million jackpot, lottery officials in Florida have announced the transfer of $26 billion in funding since 1988 to K-12 education – one of the nation’s largest gaming benefactors.

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    • Measure would ban school payment deferrals

      (Calif.) The state would be required to repay, in a single year, billions of dollars it still owes K-12 districts and would no longer have the ability to defer school payments under terms of a measure being proposed for next November’s ballot.

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    • Suit clouds new charter law in Washington State

      (Wash.) Two decades after much of the nation began offering parents the option of sending their children to publicly-financed charter schools,  officials in the state of Washington are engaged in aggressive catch-up, hoping to have their first schools opened in the fall.

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    • New Texas grad requirements one step closer

      (Texas) – Directed by a vote of the State Board of Education late last month, Texas education officials posted Friday proposed rules governing high school graduation beginning next year.

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