Archive for January 2016

    • Parents getting onboard with immunization mandate

      (Calif.) Barely a year after passage of the state’s controversial school immunization law – and still months away from when it becomes operative – the number of kindergarteners entering school fully vaccinated has jumped more than 2 percent or by about 28,000 children.

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    • A slice of the budget for helping students in career tech

      (Mass.) In a move to support those students that might not be college-bound, Gov. Charlie Baker last week announced a series of new initiatives aimed at growing vocational-technical education programs in schools.

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    • Feds cite possible sanctions for low testing participation

      In a stern letter to chief state school officers the Department of Education last month reviewed actions that may be taken to enforce the mandate that 95 percent of students participate in achievement assessments.

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    • Advocates pushing for subgroup accountability

      (Calif.) Three years ago as Gov. Jerry Brown was close to securing support from legislative leaders for his sweeping restructuring of the system for funding public schools, advocates for disadvantaged students brought the process to a standstill until protections were built into the program to ensure the money would be spent on target populations.

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    • Getting collaborative on greening the nation’s schools

      (D.C.) A group of 21 school districts, including several of the largest in the country, have joined forces to promote environmental education and influence policies that will lead to more energy efficient, sustainable school facilities.

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    • Ensuring FAPE for those students inside justice system

      (District of Columbia) Correctional facilities and local educational agencies charged with oversight of students with disabilities within the juvenile justice system frequently fail to meet federal requirements under IDEA, according to a new brief issued by the U.S. Department of Education.

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    • Tailoring practices when one size no longer fits all

      The adage that increased freedom brings responsibility is definitely applicable to the Every Student Succeeds Act. We’re getting flexibility but we’ll be expected to employ accommodations in a broader and more coherent manner.

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    • Economic gains brings improvement in poverty rates

      (Calif.) Approximately 44,000 school aged children in California will no longer be living in households considered low-income, according to the latest U.S. Census data, reflecting a positive shift since the recession ended nearly six years ago.

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    • Waiver states could learn from CA’s CORE on ESSA

      (Calif.) As most of the nation’s schools ponder the new goals set by the Every Child Succeeds Act, a group of districts in California might actually be putting the final touches on a major element of the transition.

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    • Congress puts new spotlight on English learner performance

      (District of Columbia) Advocates for one of the fastest growing subgroups say one pivotal change called for in the Every Student Succeeds Act has gone largely unnoticed.

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