Archive for May 2014

    • Bill carrying Adult Ed changes makes headway

      School districts providing Adult Education courses could soon be held to greater expectations pending the outcome next spring of a report that will guide Gov. Jerry Brown’s restructuring of the program.

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    • The American college dream – time to wake up

      Notwithstanding the claims of the president, it may be time to relegate the rationale for heading straight for college after high school into the same mental dust bin as the other great lies your parents told you – right along with Peter Cottontail.

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    • CA laying groundwork for full-day kindergarten

      (Calif.) The state Assembly passed legislation Wednesday calling for a feasibility study and implementation plan for providing full-day kindergarten in all public schools.

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    • Key ed bills facing deadline this week

      Legislation that would fund school nurses and career technical programs as well as prevent school districts from sharing personal student data are among dozens of education-related bills facing a critical deadline later this week.

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    • Electioneering seems to benefit pre-K programs

      (Md.) Earlier this spring, Maryland became the latest of 30 states to adopt legislation increasing spending on preschool programs with a $4.3 million expansion that will cover about 1,600 more children.

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    • Bullying, lack of counselors are barriers to child wellness

      (Va.) One in five high school students in the U.S. was bullied last year, according to results from a new survey on student health and safety.

      But girls, the report found, experienced cyberbullying at twice the rate of boys.

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    • Now you have the NCLB waiver, now you don’t

      (Wash.) K-12 schools here are adjusting their budgets to deal with the $40 million impact of having their federal No Child Left Behind waiver revoked.

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    • Mississippi renews commitment to Common Core

      (Miss.) The Magnolia State took another big step toward full implementation of Common Core this month when its state Board of Education approved spending $8.4 million on standardized tests aligned to the new curriculum standards.

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    • Panels OK $1.2b for Common Core, pre-K expansion

      (Calif.) Key legislative panels approved Thursday $1.25 billion for helping schools transition to the Common Core State Standards and another $650 million to support expanding pre-kindergarten to all low-income four-year olds. The actions, taken separately by budget subcommittees in both houses of the Legislature, are not binding but suggest that Democratic leaders are interested in spending a big share of the state’s unanticipated revenue on public school programs.

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    • Panel offers $1.2b for Common Core, mandate money too

      (Calif.) Looking to capture for schools a big chunk of unanticipated state revenue this year and next, a key legislative panel approved Thursday $1.25 billion in one-time grants to help with the transition to Common Core State Standards.

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