Archive for 2016- Page 2

    • CA charters rebuff Trump on immigrants and vouchers

      (Calif.) In another clear sign that politics in the Golden State play out far differently than the rest of the country, the state’s leading charter school organization issued a statement Monday distancing itself from the Trump administration on two key issues–immigration and vouchers.

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    • School report cards not transparent enough

      (District of Columbia) States are overwhelmingly failing to provide parents with understandable, easy-to-find school accountability report cards, according to a new study.

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    • Program coordination–why is obvious, how is tricky

      Common sense and federal law dictate that programs for students eligible for multiple services are coordinated to provide coherency and avoid duplication–a principle that is conceptually simple but difficult to implement.

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    • Segregation in NYC schools may be a human rights issue

      (N.Y.) Despite attempts to address racial segregation in New York City schools through redrawing district zones and increasing choice for low-income families, the problem remains–prompting one city official to bring in the city’s human rights office.

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    • SAB unlikely to untangle developer fee problem

      (Calif.) The State Allocation Board is set to meet today to take up a number of pressing issues concerning school overcrowding and dilapidated facilities. But don’t be surprised if they punt on the elephant in the room–what to do about a controversial hike in developer fees.

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    • Pre-K grants for low-income kids awarded to 18 states

      (District of Columbia) Awards for the third installment of the federal Preschool Development Grant program will provide expanded access to new or improved high-quality preschool classrooms across 18 states.

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    • Microsoft anti-trust suit still buying hi-tech tools for schools

      (Calif.) A 13-year-old antitrust suit against computer giant Microsoft is still paying off for California schools. State schools chief Tom Torlakson announced this week an additional $11.9 million from the settlement is being offered to local educational agencies for technology upgrades.

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    • Improving attendance habits of students with disabilities

      Because they need consistency in instruction and will readily regress when absent, students with disabilities require regular attendance to make meaningful achievement gains. One national study comparing absence rates of elementary SWD to their non-disabled peers found “consistently higher rates for this population.” This factor no doubt contributes to the low graduation rate for that sub-group–nearly 20 points behind the general count.

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    • Students have a right to walkout and be marked truant

      (Calif.) Students may have the right to walk out of the classroom to join a protest–but the courts have also been clear, schools retain the right to punish the scofflaws for being truant, according to both school legal experts and civil rights advocates.

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    • Feds give state more time on ESSA plans

      (District of Columbia) Although the incoming Trump administration might have other ideas, a new set of regulations released this week by the U.S. Department of Education effectively pushes back key deadlines tied to the Every Student Succeeds Act until the 2018-19 school year.

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