Archive for January 2015

    • Survey shows Title IX compliance still needs work

      (Calif.) An assessment of how well schools are complying with a landmark federal anti-discrimination law indicates that although most districts are implementing the law, because of a lack of understanding or resources there’s an uneven application.

      CONTINUE READING
    • Skipping Title I schools – compliance & common sense

      When districts are developing their annual ranking of Title I, Part A schools, a common question often centers around the ability to skip funding for a school that may have a high poverty attendance area.

      CONTINUE READING
    • LEAs file $1b mandate test claim over assessment costs

      (Calif.) A coalition of school districts led by the California School Boards Association has filed an administrative challenge against the state, arguing schools are owed at least $1 billion more for costs tied to implementing new computer-based testing.

      CONTINUE READING
    • Insider poll finds more gridlock ahead

      (District of Columbia) A survey by education experts suggests President Barack Obama's proposal to restrict commercial use of student data will gain the approval of Congress whereas his plan to make community college free is doomed to failure.

      CONTINUE READING
    • Sis boom bah: Law would label cheer as school sport

      (Calif.) A state law maker says she plans to introduce legislation that would make cheerleading an official sport and open it up to the same benefits other athletic teams receive.

      CONTINUE READING
    • States focus on parent engagement

      (Fla.) As debate in Washington appears to grow serious over reauthorization of No Child Left Behind, some states have already initiated new policies governing what many expect to be a key element of any update of the federal education law – parent engagement.

      CONTINUE READING
    • Bill would return induction costs to districts

      (Calif.) A state lawmaker has proposed a bill that would bar school districts from charging new teachers for a mandated training program and instead require local education agencies to cover the costs of what are known as induction programs, which can cost as much as $5,000.

      CONTINUE READING
    • Don’t overlook college in transition planning

      Teams typically concentrate on jobs and independent living while mapping the post-secondary route for students with disabilities but recent research underscores the benefits of higher education – even for those with moderate to severe disabilities.

      CONTINUE READING
    • Analysis: Gun safety instruction tied to falloff in NRA members

      (S.C.) A plan to promote firearm instruction in South Carolina public schools has drawn national attention – with many pundits calling it a clumsy push back against gun control advocates in the wake of Sandy Hook and other school-based tragedies.

      CONTINUE READING
    • Soaring tax collections could trigger budget caps in 2015-16

      (Calif.) Despite assurances made last fall by the Brown administration that it would likely be years before conditions are met that would limit the amount of money school districts can squirrel away for tough budgetary times, there’s strong evidence that day may come as soon as this fiscal year.

      CONTINUE READING