Archive for 2013- Page 3

    • Advocacy group proposes restrictions on student data

      (D.C.) Amid growing concerns over the security of student data as states and school districts  transition to common national curriculum standards, one of the country’s leading conservative advocacy groups has proposed legislation that would limit access to educational data to parents and authorized district employees.

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    • Federal grants boost computer science instruction

      (Ill.) In an effort to open the field of computer science to a broader range of students, several universities are using National Science Foundation grants to boost the number of educators qualified to teach it.

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    • E-cigarettes may pose new health risk to teens

      (D.C.) Seemingly just a trend only a year or so ago, popularity of electronic cigarettes has surged into the national consciousness, setting off a proliferation of regulations that limit or ban the use of the so-called “smokeless” devices even as the debate continues over how – and even whether – the e-cigarette industry should be managed.

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    • Hike in online courtesy fee for teacher creds

      (Calif.) A seemingly obscure uptick in the cost to process online educator accreditation forms generated an expense of $84,000 last year for the state’s cash-strapped commission that oversees teacher preparation and standards.

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    • Charter group challenges funding disparity

      (Ariz.) In a long-standing legal struggle, attorneys representing charter schools filed a petition with the Arizona Court of Appeals last week to reverse a Maricopa County judge’s ruling upholding a system that allows the Legislature to fund traditional public schools and charters differently.

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    • Parents voice objections by opting kids out of standardized tests

      (N.Y.) Assessment season may be months away, but opponents of high-stakes exams are already making plans for what they hope will be a revolution next spring when parents across the country are encouraged to keep their children home on testing days.

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    • Florida district changing sex-ed policy to combat at-risk behaviors

      (Fla.) Broward County Public Schools would be evaluated on how well they deliver new human health and sexuality curriculum under a proposal now being considered for adoption by the board of trustees.

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    • Draft spending guidelines on energy funds readied

      Even as school districts this week are receiving the first round of state funding to make facilities more energy-efficient, the agency overseeing the program is preparing proposed guidelines for regulating how the money can be used.

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    • Some school districts move now to support disadvantaged

      (Calif.) As the Brown administration contemplates further regulation of the new funding system supporting educationally disadvantaged students, some school superintendents say they are already engaged with parents and community leaders over plans to better serve the targeted populations.

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    • CA offers Duncan potential solution to testing issue

      Field testing this spring of assessments based on the Common Core in math and English language arts have been expanded to include 95 percent of students in grades three through eight, the California Department of Education announced Thursday.

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