Archive for 2017- Page 2

    • Budget would soften anti-union case before Supreme Court

      (Calif.) As part of the budget deal set for approval in the Legislature today, lawmakers have included a provision aimed at protecting public employee unions from a likely ruling from the U.S. Supreme Court striking down mandatory dues.

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    • School voucher opponents defeat Nev. budget measure

      (Nev.) Just a month after Arizona lawmakers approved the largest expansion of education savings accounts in the country, the Nevada Legislature may have stalled the school choice momentum that has been building since November.

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    • Teen courts help to keep kids out of juvenile court system

      (Calif.) In mock courtrooms supervised by a local judge, first-time teen offenders face a jury of their peers and receive sentences that often keep them in school and out of the juvenile justice system for minor crimes.

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    • School choice can’t help where it might be most needed

      (District of Columbia) As Congress considers a $1 billion school choice grant program, findings from a new study out of Ohio suggest those students who would most benefit might not always have the option.

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    • Lawmakers streamline suicide prevention training protocols

      (Del.) A 15-year-old boy was shot by members of a local gang as he walked home from school last year. Only a few months before, a 16-year-old girl was assaulted by classmates in a bathroom at her high school and died of her injuries. And in 2012, 11 teenagers completed suicide while 39 more were hospitalized for self-inflicted injuries.

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    • Does “America first” mean civil protections come last?

      About 60 years ago, the 101 Airborne Division of the United States Army entered Little Rock Arkansas about the same time that President Dwight D. Eisenhower federalized the National Guard throughout the state. The reason for this massive display of force was to protect the well-being of nine black students who were intent on attending the all-white Central High School in that city.

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    • Core practices in charter oversight

      By law, education agencies that authorize charter schools retain specific responsibilities when it comes to guaranteeing free appropriate education for students with disabilities. These obligations require systematic procedures to guarantee full access and to instruction due process.

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    • Another Sacramento effort to direct LCFF spending

      (Calif.) Legislation requiring detailed disclosure of education spending down to the school site moved out of the state Assembly last week without dissent, setting up this summer’s showdown between advocates for low-income families and Gov. Jerry Brown over the use of billions in state aid.

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    • U.S. pre-K enrollment falls behind European countries

      (District of Columbia) While increased state and federal funding has helped a growing number of children enroll in pre-kindergarten programs, the U.S. still lags far behind other high-income countries, according to a new study.

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    • Facility bond money could be flowing by year’s end

      (Calif.) Some of the $7 billion in borrowing approved by voters last fall for school construction could be flowing to districts before the end of this year, assuming final budget details get worked out in the coming week.

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