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.

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    • 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.

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    • 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.

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    • 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.

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    • 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.

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    • 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.

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    • 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.

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    • 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.

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    • Legislative leaders want to debate school bond

      (Calif.) A Southern California lawmaker introduces school facilities bond bill to force deeper debate on the state's role in helping build, modernize K-12 educational institutions.

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    • Addressing the underlying causes of chronic absenteeism

      In an effort to more deeply address such attendance barriers, Albuquerque Public Schools, where 14.8 percent of students were identified as habitual truants last year, is hosting a three-day summit beginning today to raise awareness about the problem of truancy, share best practices shown to reduce it and, most of all, develop stronger community partnerships with mental health, physical health and primary care providers to whom schools can refer students and families in times of need.

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