Archive for April 2017

    • Panel greenlights non-credentialed teacher hiring

      (Calif.) Members of an important legislative policy committee gave conditional support to bills that would temporarily reduce teacher training requirements and provide charter schools better access to surplus property, but they rejected a measure that would have repealed district funding reserve caps.

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    • Career readiness definition still eludes most states study finds

      (Penn.) At least 15 states still have ambiguous definitions for how schools should be preparing students for a career upon graduation, or lack standards altogether, according to a recent study from the University of Pennsylvania.

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    • Making Title IX protections proactive

      Recent actions by the U.S. Education Department Office of Civil Rights reaffirm the statutory responsibility of school districts to clearly and systematically communicate policies and complaint procedures to students and parents. Essentially, the OCR has asserted–very forcefully–that civil protections depend on proactivity.

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    • More refugee funding under consideration for May revise

      (Calif.) School districts facing significant increases in the number of new refugee students could receive $5 million in one-time Proposition 98 funding under a proposal considered Tuesday by key legislative panel.

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    • Children big losers in House health care rewrite

      (District of Columbia) Legislation to repeal and replace Obamacare could have resulted in the elimination of benefits to millions of low-income children, shifting some of those services to schools, according to analysis from a national advocacy group.

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    • LEAs needed fewer waiver requests in 2016

      (Calif.) School districts requested less than 300 waivers last year from state education requirements, continuing a four-year trend, according to a new report from the California Department of Education.

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    • States continue move away from Common Core tests

      (R.I.) Rhode Island will become the latest in a growing list of states to drop its national consortium designed assessment in favor of using a college-readiness exam to meet federal accountability requirements, education officials announced last week.

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    • Avoid the hidden hurdles in disability identification

      With kindergarten round-ups, tri-annuals, and the rush of third quarter initial referrals, spring is a kind of peak season for eligibility decisions. Being savvy about potential pitfalls will make for more accurate diagnoses and due diligence in finding students with disabilities.

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    • Funding reform bill leads Texas leg action

      (Texas) A sweeping overhaul of the school funding system won approval last week from the Legislature’s lower house with bipartisan support, but still faces an uncertain future in the state Senate.

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    • Charters vs. CTA heads for Capitol showdown

      (Calif.) The growing struggle between charter schools and opponents within the traditional system will spill into legislative chambers this week as lawmakers consider several bills that would put new regulations on charters and their operators.

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