Archive for March 2015

    • Compliance in extended school year operation

      The intent of extended school year is to continue work from the regular year on objectives in individualized education plans. A number of considerations need attention to ensure this continuity.

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    • New license plate would provide school safety funds

      (Calif.) Motorists in the state could soon help pay for safety education in K-12 schools under proposed legislation calling for a special license plate program to generate funds for violence prevention programs.

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    • Bill may ease penalties for overcrowded classes

      (Fla.) Legislation that would ease financial penalties for schools that exceed class size limits breezed through Florida’s House last week but is drawing concern from some parents and teachers.

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    • Flexibility, peer review aids school discipline

      (Ill.) Challenged by one of the nation’s most violent and embedded gang cultures, Chicago Public Schools embarked five years ago on an effort to improve school safety and to address student behavioral problems.

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    • Content standards collide with P.E. alternatives

      California high school students who participate in alternative extra-curricular athletic activities may be excused by their local districts from having to take regular physical education courses required for graduation -  but there is growing concern that these pupils, while physically active, are not receiving the educational content required under state-mandated P.E. standards.

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    • Leveraging Title I money for preschool and early learning

      While the research on the benefits of early childhood education is almost irrefutable, the use of federal funds to set up or expand preschools for disadvantaged children is often overlooked.

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    • Competency-based tests gain ground as a readiness measure

      With roughly a third of all high school graduates in the U.S. stymied from enrolling in college, educators nationwide continue to grapple with how to better align secondary academics with university entrance requirements with some states experimenting with alternatives to coursework and seat time.

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    • Senate panel moves school bond bill

      (Calif.) A plan to put a statewide bond measure on the 2016 ballot to help pay for new school construction and modernization projects moved ahead Wednesday in action before a key legislative panel.

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    • Curbing sexual abuse starts with early learning

      (N.H.) As colleges and universities across the country struggle to deal with what appear to be large numbers of sexual assaults and incidents of dating violence, efforts to stem the tide are focusing more on reaching students well before they ever set foot on a post-secondary campus.

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    • Some applause, concern for Brown’s adult ed, CTE plans

      (Calif.) A legislative hearing into Gov. Jerry Brown’s plans in support of adult education and career apprentice programs drew strong support from school representatives but concerns were raised by lawmakers and policy analysts over funding methods and long-term goals.

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