Archive for 2017

    • Panel trims the list of ed. bills moving forward

      (Calif.) Bills seeking to make suspension policies more transparent, to streamline credentialing for military spouses and, to expand parental notification requirements for student English language proficiency have all likely failed to advance in action Monday before the Senate Education Committee.

      CONTINUE READING
    • Early learning needs attract bipartisan support

      (District of Columbia) A new poll shows broad bipartisan support for increased funding of early learning programs including child care and preschool.

      CONTINUE READING
    • Beach reading for special educators

      Even the most dedicated administrators manage to take a little time in July, and while indulging in leisure you’ll most likely consume a book or two during the spacious summer afternoons. Today’s column will provide recommendations for vacation reading.

      CONTINUE READING
    • Smarter Balanced comes up short on interim exams

      (Calif.) Even as schools reached a milestone this month in transitioning to new statewide assessments, concerns over the testing program’s inability to provide useable feedback from interim exams has provoked legislative intervention.

      CONTINUE READING
    • Classrooms: the next frontier in tackling opioid addiction

      (Md.) Maryland schools will begin regular lessons about the dangers of opioids as early as the third grade, under a set of bills set to go into effect on July 1.

      CONTINUE READING
    • Civil rights notifications as important as ever

      The Trump administration has not been particularly vigorous about ensuring civil rights in education with regard to gender, race, disabilities, or cultural background but the protective measures required by law are as important as ever and they begin with sound policies and annual notifications. The summer season provides a lull in the daily demands on your office so you can spend time making sure that your information and procedures fully conform to the intent of the regulations.

      CONTINUE READING
    • Bills target human trafficking and preschool suspensions

      (Calif.) A legislative panel moved one step closer to requiring teachers and students learn how to spot the signs of child sex trafficking, in action at the Capitol Wednesday

      CONTINUE READING
    • Online learning for SWD: not an easy option for parents

      (Kan.) Parents of children with disabilities often turn to online learning when the rigors of a traditional classroom become too challenging.

      CONTINUE READING
    • New discipline policy means more flexibility for schools

      (Mich.) When students in Michigan return to school in the fall it will be to more forgiving disciplinary polices that lawmakers say they hope will reduce suspension and expulsion rates for minor infractions. 

      CONTINUE READING
    • CA, like others, waiting for more from feds on ESSA plans

      (Calif.) The Brown administration appears to be taking a wait and see attitude with respect to a baffling guidance letter sent by the U.S. Department of Education to Delaware education officials rejecting parts of its proposed plan for implementing the Every Student Succeeds Act.

      CONTINUE READING