Archive for March 2017

    • Senate bills tackle oral care, school choice and court schools

      (Calif.) Children with little access to dental care could receive free oral exams at school without active parental consent under a bill approved by the Senate Education Committee Wednesday.

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    • Supreme Court expands definition of FAPE

      (District of Columbia) In a carefully-worded but unanimous opinion, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that the right of students with disabilities to a “free appropriate public education” requires more than a simple compliance “check list” from schools.

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    • Preparing for a future with uncertain funding

      For program administrators only one scenario is more disconcerting than funding clouds on the horizon, and that is when the view is obscured by fog. Unfortunately, that situation is where future federal appropriations emerge this spring. Accordingly, preparation for the coming year requires a very conservative approach.

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    • Stronger incentives may be needed to fill teacher shortage

      (Calif.) With schools still facing a statewide teacher shortage and expecting a demand soon for bilingual teachers, experts are calling on lawmakers to create bigger recruitment incentives and equivalent penalties on those who fail to follow through.

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    • Call for urgency in fixing schools in Michigan

      (Mich.) As one of the few states in the nation with declining reading scores for more than a decade, Michigan officials are considering a plan to do away with traditional grade levels and instead to promote students only after they’ve shown mastery of content.

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    • New bills expand rights of juveniles in court system

      (Calif.) Lawmakers announced a series of bills Monday that seek to further prevent children from entering or remaining in the juvenile justice system and expands their legal right to representation.

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    • Inclusive preschools–shaping the ideal into reality

      Complying with the intent of the least restrictive environment mandate at the preschool level requires concerted effort on the part of administrators, staff and parents addressing a host of issues–some philosophical, some practical, all of them essential.

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    • CA new accountability display met mostly with favor

      (Calif.) Education officials in California are breathing a sigh of relief after the unveiling of the state’s new school accountability dashboard was met with little public resistance last week.

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    • Why lifting accountability regs will hurt underserved pupils

      It may seem like only a wonk would fret about any congressional resolution to void regulations for the Every Student Succeeds Act but, in fact, it may be an enormous educational detriment for close to 37,000,000 students. And, just in case you were wondering, that’s about three quarters of the total public school population.

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    • Teacher groups oppose Mich. Common Core repeal

      (Mich.) The Michigan Science Teachers Association is the latest group to pile on opposition to a bill introduced in the House that would walk back the state’s adoption of the Common Core State Standards.

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