Archive for 2015

    • Happy Holidays from Cabinet Report

      (Calif.) With many schools closing for the holidays and many of our readers taking time off, we too, will be taking a brief respite to recharge and begin planning for 2016. Thank all of you for supporting our efforts and have a wonderful Christmas and New Year. Cabinet Report will suspend operations beginning Dec. 21 and resume on Jan. 4.

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    • First-time Title IX data for 2015-16 coming due

      (Calif.) The first reporting deadline for a new set of data reflecting public school sports participation by gender is six months away, but state education officials are reminding districts that the information must include all activities that have occurred since the beginning of this school year.

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    • Potential areas for audit findings for federal programs

      For so-called “major programs,” there are certain items that an auditor must report. Careful fiscal controls and consistent monitoring in these areas will almost certainly prevent the likelihood of findings of non-compliance.

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    • District mulling $5 million in safety measures

      (Mass.) While physical security features such as door locks and surveillance cameras can help to keep students safe and deter would-be criminals, Worcester Community Schools should take a broader approach to school safety that includes much more community engagement.

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    • Congress makes school attendance a national priority

      (District of Columbia) Increasing the emphasis on getting more of the nation’s K-12 students to show up for class, the newly-approved federal education law will require Title I schools to report chronic absenteeism broken down by subgroup.

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    • Oregon adopts bond program to fund school construction

      (Ore.) The state board of education last week approved a set of temporary rules governing a new program that will provide matching funds to local districts for building and upgrading school facilities.

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    • NCTQ says oversight of teacher prep inches forward

      (Calif.) Twenty-three states earned above the median score on a controversial matrix used annually by the National Council on Teacher Quality to evaluate teacher effectiveness and preparation programs.

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    • How audit findings are found for major programs

      Almost all of you can count on an audit this spring and for some it will be shortly after the first of the year. Previous Insiders (Nov. 5, 12, 19, & Dec. 3) discussed what to expect in a review and how best to prepare for one. Now we will turn our attention to possible results.

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    • Civics instruction supports public health and safety

      (Calif.) There’s a problem in California when it comes to civic participation and many experts agree that one of the best places to start turning that around is in public school classrooms.

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    • Final reauthorization bill leaves out ‘readiness’ goals

      (District of Columbia) In what may prove the single largest showing of bipartisanship during the entire two terms of the Obama administration, Congress is poised to approve a sweeping rewrite of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act.

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