Archive for 2013- Page 41

    • CA ranks at the bottom nationally on special ed spending and outcomes

      Not unlike California's students in the mainstream population, the state's nearly 700,000 children enrolled in special education programs rank near the bottom nationally in reading and math proficiency, according to new findings promulgated this week by the California Department Education.

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    • Focus on Brown’s ed budget will fix on new weighted-formula

      While the curtain came down on most of the drama tied to the school budget with the passage of tax increases in the November election, Gov. Jerry Brown is expected to renew his proposal today for completely restructuring how the state funds education - a plan that is likely to dominate the budget negotiations for the coming months.

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    • Secretary Duncan Rejects CA Waiver Request

      Rejection of California's waiver request from US. Department of Education should come as no surprise. Rejection continues to affect districts and schools .....

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    • Torlakson testing plan puts schools, students under the gun

      State schools chief Tom Torlakson recommended Tuesday that California move quickly to begin testing students on new common core curriculum standards by the spring of 2015 - a timeline that many districts will struggle to meet and a cause for concern among key lawmakers.

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    • CDE names linked learning program winners

      A group of 20 districts, consortiums and offices of education - from Lancaster's Antelope Valley USD to West Contra Costa USD - were named late last week by the California Department of Education to pilot linked learning programs that combine academic coursework, technical training and real-world applications.

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    • One year cap on teacher prep programs up for debate

      Growing demands on teacher preparation programs to cover all the necessary topics and issues needed to produce world-class educators have drawn new attention to the state law that restricts the training time to just one year.

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    • Duncan makes NCLB waiver rejection official

      The much anticipated official announcement from U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan rejecting California's request for a waiver from No Child Left Behind mandates was released Monday.

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    • Ed policy in CA gets an F from Rhee’s StudentsFirst

      In a stinging evaluation of California's management of K-12 education, the advocacy group, StudentsFirst, calls for more aggressive state intervention of failing schools and the elimination of constitutional barriers to city mayors taking control of low-performing districts.

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    • Struggles to save GATE programs shows downside to flex spending

      Neil Baird, a psychologist who oversees testing for gifted students in the Fresno Unified School District, said he receives repeated pleas from parents in neighboring communities for permission to enroll their children in the district's GATE-only elementary school.

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