Archive for November 2016

    • Students have a right to walkout and be marked truant

      (Calif.) Students may have the right to walk out of the classroom to join a protest–but the courts have also been clear, schools retain the right to punish the scofflaws for being truant, according to both school legal experts and civil rights advocates.

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    • Feds give state more time on ESSA plans

      (District of Columbia) Although the incoming Trump administration might have other ideas, a new set of regulations released this week by the U.S. Department of Education effectively pushes back key deadlines tied to the Every Student Succeeds Act until the 2018-19 school year.

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    • ED Code out of step with criminal sex offenses

      (Calif.) Over the past five years, the Commission on Teacher Credentialing has moved aggressively to streamline and update its system for adjudicating teacher misconduct cases–next month the board will look closer at the state’s definition of sexual offense.

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    • Common Core non-fiction reading goals prove elusive

      (Wis.) Despite a push for more non-fiction reading in many states’ academic standards prompted by Common Core, new research shows students read only slightly more rigorous material than in past years.

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    • ESEA, Civil Rights, and English Learners

      Entitlements delivered via the Elementary and Secondary Education Act and civil protections ensured under federal law merge in effective program delivery for English Learners. To guard against possible financial penalties and discriminatory practices, program managers are urged to maintain ongoing monitoring of many overlapping activities.

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    • State law silent on how to reel back big hike in builder fees

      (Calif.) Now that California voters have restored the state’s fiscal ability to help pay for school construction, a controversial hike in fees on builders is no longer needed, and seemingly set for repeal.

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    • The nation’s best teachers do more than lift test scores

      (Mass.) New research suggests that teachers apt at boosting student test scores may not be as capable in promoting other strong predictors of lifetime success such as student attitudes toward learning.

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    • Happy Holiday from Cabinet Report

      Cabinet Report will be closed for the Thanksgiving holiday. We will resume regular service on Monday, Nov. 28.

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    • Arizona struggles to fill the need for teachers

      (Ariz.) The number of bachelor’s and master’s degrees awarded by Arizona Universities has increased nearly 50 percent–the bad news, both graduate and undergraduate degrees in education remain on a steep decline.

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    • LEAs need more help to meet school library standards

      (Calif.) Lawmakers should define minimal levels of library services school districts ought to provide to their students and teachers, according to recommendations from the state auditor.

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