Archive for June 2014

    • Three SBE-charters struggle financially

      (Calif.) Three charter schools authorized by the California State Board of Education have been identified as having some fiscal distress, including Synergy Charter School in Pittsburg where expenses ran ahead of revenues last year by almost $200,000.

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    • Demand for sexual abuse awareness in schools growing

      (Calif.) Erin Merryn's story led to a 2010 Illinois law requiring schools to teach sexual abuse awareness prevention to all K-12 students. Since then, 18 states have followed suit and 19 more are in the process of doing the same, including California.

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    • Lawmakers: Students need 20 minutes to eat

      (Calif.) A bill headed for a final vote in the state Senate addresses a problem many kids and parents would like to see resolved: Students not having enough time to eat lunch at school.

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    • More support of charters in special ed enrollment dispute

      (Wash.) A second study on enrollment trends in a major metropolitan area further absolves charter schools from complaints they systematically exclude too many special education students through admission or other academic policies.

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    • Good and bad comes with new E-rate program

      (Wash., D.C.) Districts nationwide stand to lose financial support for a host of telecommunications services under a new federal plan that shifts resources but provides faster, wireless Internet connectivity to more schools.

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    • Parent engagement may be key to achievement

      (Md.) More and more, schools are turning to research-based programs to engage parents and guardians in the education of their children -- a strategy that evidence is showing may be a key impact upon a student's academic achievement.

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    • Housing costs affect children’s cognitive abilities

      (Md.) According to new research from Johns Hopkins University, the percentage of income a family spends in housing costs affects their children’s reading and math ability.

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    • Lawmakers ponder mandatory kindergarten

      (Calif.) A bill gaining momentum in the state Senate aims to make one year of kindergarten mandatory for admittance into first grade starting in the 2016-17 school year; affecting a relatively small amount of children.

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    • ‘Stand your ground’ meets bullies at school

      (Calif.) A California woman who founded a national association to combat bullying in schools after her son's death supports a Florida trustee's policy proposal to not punish students who fight back against their attackers.

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    • States move away from accreditation

      (Colo.) As lawmakers take a stronger role in defining school success, more and more legislatures and state educational agencies are also trending away from setting certification goals around operations and programs as a means of communicating competence to the public, according to new research.

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