Archive for 2017

    • Happy Holidays! See you next year

      (Calif.) With many schools closing for the holidays and many of our readers taking time off, we will also be taking a brief respite to recharge and begin planning for 2018. Thank you all for supporting our efforts, and we hope you have a wonderful holiday season. Cabinet Report will suspend operations beginning Dec. 19 and resume on Jan. 3. See you in the New Year!

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    • Breaking down barriers for college-going foster kids

      (Calif.) In an effort to increase the number of foster youth who are not just college ready, but are actually prepared to enroll, a statewide campaign has been launched to ensure that children in foster care are accessing financial aid.

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    • Upgrade in the works for special ed credentials

      (Calif.) An effort to improve the competencies of new special education teachers in California took a big step forward last week when the state credentialing oversight board agreed in concept to adopt new performance expectations.

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    • State report cards vastly improve, still can use work

      (District of Columbia) State report cards have improved since last year as policymakers have begun including more timely and relevant information, but more can be done to make school report cards easier to understand, a new study shows.

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    • Analysis: The hole in CA’s attendance data

      Woody Allen once famously observed that 80 percent of success in life is showing up. For students in California public schools, the bar is much lower—they only need to get to class a fraction of the time to still qualify as having perfect attendance.

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    • Nation’s largest K-12 endowment growing still

      (Texas) A century-old public endowment for schools grew by more than $4 billion last year, reaching a record value of $41.5 billion.

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    • Rural teacher shortage solve could be in the making

      (Calif.) Developing partnerships between California State University campuses and rural community colleges to offer CSU-level teacher preparation programs at two-year institutions could be a potential solution to the state’s teacher shortage, officials said this week.

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    • Later start times met with mixed reviews and results

      (Tenn.) Starting school just 20 minutes later has led to some positive outcomes, some negative ones, and mixed responses from families in Williamson County, Tennessee.

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    • Educator misconduct caseload steadies

      (Calif.) After struggling many years with a big backlog of educator misconduct cases, the Commission on Teacher Credentialing reported this month that they are within the normal range of operations in terms of new cases and those being closed.

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    • Ed. funding remains low, drops further in several states

      (District of Columbia) As many states work to return school funding to pre-recession levels, others have further cut education funding, with some even cutting income tax rates used to support schools, according to a new report.

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