Archive for August 2014

    • Last-minute effort to enhance early learning educators

      (Calif.) As part of a larger effort to give more of the state’s youngest residents a strong start in school, lawmakers are still moving two proposals that would require additional child development courses for preschool and early-kindergarten teachers plus provide the funding to pay for it.

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    • LAO: State should revise mission of CDE

      (Calif.) Lawmakers should consider revising the mission of the California Department of Education from one of school district regulator to more of a collaborative, service-based organization, the non-partisan Legislative Analyst suggested Thursday.

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    • Ohio imposes new readiness goals as Common Core debated

      (Ohio) Even as the state has imposed new college- and career-readiness requirements on its students, political force is gaining behind a bill to stop implementation of the Common Core State Standards.

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    • Truancy package, apprenticeship, epinephrine bills OK’d

      (Calif.) As the final week of the current Legislative session nears its end, a slew of education bills is headed to Gov. Jerry Brown’s desk this week that include efforts to improve student attendance, academic achievement and career readiness.

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    • Testing snafu leaves thousands of disabled students in limbo

      (Calif.) With classes underway in most school districts statewide, teachers assigned instruction of some 40,000 cognitively disabled students have been left in academic limbo without an applicable set of content standards or assessment to teach to.

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    • The Bayou state takes on U.S. Dept. of Ed - rightfully

      Louisiana’s new graduation requirements for students with disabilities (SWD) are not sitting well with Washington D.C. and that’s ok. Personalized objectives with carefully tailored instruction are what matter and what recent legislation guarantees.

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    • Testing accommodations: a high wire act

      Two considerations, both of paramount  importance, need to be balanced when incorporating testing accommodations in individualized education or 504 plans – regulatory guidelines as well as sound pedagogical principles.

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    • Confusion surrounds simplified mandate process

      (Calif.) Three years after the state successfully moved schools into a block grant to help reduce its education mandate debt, new attention is being focused on the declining number of districts continuing to file claims for required activities not covered under the new system.

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    • Brown signs bill giving services to bullying victims

      (Calif.) Victims of bullying will begin receiving the same mental health services already provided to their attackers beginning in January of next year.

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    • No Common Core update planned for history

      (Colo.) First came math and English-language arts. Then science. It would seem logical that the next core subject to be aligned with the Common Core State Standards would be history.

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