Archive for 2015- Page 2

    • Call for LEAs to report foster student transfers

      (Calif.) Early indications suggest the state’s landmark restructuring of school funding and accountability has provoked a sea change in perception over the education needs of foster youth – but enormous challenges remain.

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    • More districts embracing all digital textbooks

      (Ala.) In response to growing demands for a more tech-ready workforce, Decatur City Schools is contemplating transitioning from printed to digital textbooks as soon as next fall.

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    • Leaves of absence tighten school labor pool

      (Calif.) At the same time that the education profession is having trouble attracting new people and baby boomers are retiring in droves, school personnel managers are increasingly wrestling with another labor complication – teachers taking long-term leave.

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    • Internet links rural students with advanced learning options

      (Ore.) More than 250 students in the most rural school districts are now enrolled in advanced college- and career-preparation courses previously not available to them thanks to a major revamping of the state’s online learning system.

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    • Family engagement to become a big part of federal ed policy

      (District of Columbia) Parent and family engagement plays a key role in the compromise legislation released earlier this week by Congress that would reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act.

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    • Study shows transitional kindergarten gains

      (Calif.) The state’s investment in pioneering transitional kindergarten appears to be reaping the rewards advocates hoped it would, with a new analysis showing marked advantages for students enrolled in the program over their non-participating peers.

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    • States use individualized learning as path to readiness

      (Ariz.) High schools in Arizona and Michigan became the latest to adopt a new diploma program that individualizes student studies in an effort to better prepare them for college-level coursework upon graduation.

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    • Schools rush to get new career training funding

      (Calif.) Hundreds of local educational agencies – districts, county offices, charter schools and regional occupational centers – are seeking a share of $400 million in state funds aimed at beefing up the job-readiness skills of K-12 students.

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    • Solving the teacher shortage by keeping graduates home

      (Mo.) One rural district has engaged a new strategy to encourage its own graduates to become teachers and return to their hometown to live and work. Not only does the approach provide a college-and-career pathway for students but also takes aim at the problem many remote, smaller school systems face in attracting qualified educators to their communities.

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    • School advocates look to extend tax hike on wealthy

      (Calif.) A voter initiative aimed at extending temporary personal income tax hikes to fund schools was cleared for circulation last week, allowing backers to seek the 585,407 signatures needed to qualify the measure for next November’s ballot.

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