Archive for 2017

    • Civil rights notifications as important as ever

      The Trump administration has not been particularly vigorous about ensuring civil rights in education with regard to gender, race, disabilities, or cultural background but the protective measures required by law are as important as ever and they begin with sound policies and annual notifications. The summer season provides a lull in the daily demands on your office so you can spend time making sure that your information and procedures fully conform to the intent of the regulations.

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    • Bills target human trafficking and preschool suspensions

      (Calif.) A legislative panel moved one step closer to requiring teachers and students learn how to spot the signs of child sex trafficking, in action at the Capitol Wednesday

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    • Online learning for SWD: not an easy option for parents

      (Kan.) Parents of children with disabilities often turn to online learning when the rigors of a traditional classroom become too challenging.

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    • New discipline policy means more flexibility for schools

      (Mich.) When students in Michigan return to school in the fall it will be to more forgiving disciplinary polices that lawmakers say they hope will reduce suspension and expulsion rates for minor infractions. 

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    • CA, like others, waiting for more from feds on ESSA plans

      (Calif.) The Brown administration appears to be taking a wait and see attitude with respect to a baffling guidance letter sent by the U.S. Department of Education to Delaware education officials rejecting parts of its proposed plan for implementing the Every Student Succeeds Act.

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    • Schools would get funding to hire mental health specialists

      (Calif.) As part of the Legislature’s ongoing effort to improve mental health services to K-12 students, lawmakers are considering setting aside $15 million a year to fund a pilot program to help schools hire their own specialists.

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    • New York ed. officials cut down statewide testing time

      (N.Y) Students will spend fewer days participating in statewide English language arts and mathematics assessments in grades 3-8 next year following a Board of Regents vote to reduce the number of testing days in response to parent complaints.

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    • Practical tips for charter monitoring

      If your local education agency has approved a charter, you are now in the somewhat nebulous position of overseeing the operations of an organization over which you have limited control. Your best approach is to become directly involved from the very beginning.

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    • DeVos breaks ranks with GOP, wants changes in ESSA plan

      (District of Columbia) In a muddled if not contrarian response to a state plan for implementing the Every Student Succeeds Act, the U.S. Department of Education has suggested, among other things, that student performance can only be measured by math and reading scores.

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    • Teacher shortage restricts training of new instructors

      (Calif.) With districts forced to rely on higher numbers of non-fully credentialed teachers to staff classrooms, educator preparation programs are finding fewer placements for student teachers who require the mentorship of fully credentialed instructors.

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