Archive for February 2015

    • Doubts raised about test for severely disabled

      (Calif.) Amid much uncertainty, some of the state’s most severely disabled students begin field testing an alternate academic performance assessment aligned to the Common Core this spring.  

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    • Lawmaker wants to bill K-12 for college remediation

      (Tenn.) As the cost and challenge of preparing college-ready students escalates and puts new burdens on higher education – one lawmaker is proposing that districts should pay for remedial courses high school graduates must take in college.

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    • Revamped SIG regs take effect March 11

      Officials have updated the federal School Improvement Grants program regulations, which have been published in the Federal Register and take effect March 11.

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    • New school accountability monitor starts work

      (Calif.) A newly-created state agency whose role in overseeing school accountability and performance may prove critical in years to come is set to hold its first meeting today with the adoption of bylaws and consideration of staff.

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    • YouthTruth student opinion data driving change

      (Calif.) A comprehensive, real-time student survey is providing school administrators with valid data that helps them incorporate broad-based pupil perspective into policies and programs -- something researchers say is connected to improved academic outcomes.

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    • Bill would give live-in workers rights to area schools

      (Calif.) Lawmaker Ricardo Lara has introduced legislation that would grant the children of live-in workers the right to attend school in the neighborhood where his or her parent is employed.

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    • Texas-sized school funding fight nearing end

      (Texas) The end of a decades-long legal battle over the Lone Star state’s school funding program may finally be in view, but while the court battle has forced acknowledgement that the system is broken, few agree on the best way to fix it.

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    • Reviewing nuances of the Extended Year mandate

      Administrators are wise to begin now their discussions and evaluation of what Extended Year services they will need to provide in order to meet requirements under the Individuals with Disabilties Education Act.

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    • Questions raised over use of pepper spray

      (Ala.) Most often identified as a non-lethal option to control crowds or subdue a potentially violent person, pepper spray is also a frequently used tool by police on K-12 campuses – a practice that is increasingly under debate.

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    • Sweeping change set for special education services

      (Calif.) A blue ribbon panel created to help the state transform its special education system shared publicly last week 44 specific recommendations aimed ultimately at improving academic outcomes for students with disabilities.

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