Archive for 2018

    • End-of-year-inventory handling: simple reminders

      While most districts are already in the throes of summer vacation, those unlucky enough to be braving the heat should make an effort before the end of the year to get an accounting of equipment and supplies, as federal rules require attention to particular procedures for a proper inventory.

      CONTINUE READING
    • Az superintendent casts doubt on Darwin in science standards

      (Ariz.) State schools chief Diane Douglas has sparked a new controversy over the newly revised science curriculum standards by taking a red pen to the word ‘evolution’ in a proposed edit of the documents.

      CONTINUE READING
    • New workgroup to examine CTE credentialing difficulties

      (Calif.) The California Commission on Teacher Credentialing approved the launch of a workgroup that will include WestEd, the California Department of Education and other stakeholders with an interest in increasing the number of teachers with career technical education credentials.

      CONTINUE READING
    • Training now required to help coaches spot/treat heat illness

      (Calif.) Coaches of high school athletics are now required to undergo training that will help them spot the signs and symptoms of heat illness and respond to students suffering under a bill signed this month by Gov. Jerry Brown.

      CONTINUE READING
    • Happy with new spending but not accountability plan

      (Mich.) Educators are applauding a $56.8 billion state budget approved by lawmakers last week, although Michigan’s teacher union has raised warning flags about new policies included in the plan aimed at struggling schools.

      CONTINUE READING
    • Challenge of tax increase muddles teacher salary boost

      (Okla.) A petition campaign aimed at overturning a tax increase for funding teacher salary increases has forced some districts to either delay boosting pay or look for other ways to retain and attract educators.

      CONTINUE READING
    • Bill would authorize diplomas for deported seniors

      (Calif.) Legislation moved ahead Wednesday that would authorize schools to award deported students earned high school diplomas, create a new support for childcare of infants and toddlers and restrict collection of student debts.

      CONTINUE READING
    • Preparing for transition is an important part of IDEA

      Individualized transition plans should be worked out far in advance but this time of year there are also a number of details that need attention to make sure the implementation of the ITPs go as smoothly as possible. Attention to those issues can mean the difference between success or disaster for a student in the next phase of his or her life.

      CONTINUE READING
    • House GOP wants to add whole milk to school lunch

      (District of Columbia) Last year the Trump administration rolled back many of the nutritional goals imposed by former President Barak Obama on the national school lunch program. Now a growing band of House Republicans are looking to return whole milk to student menus.

      CONTINUE READING
    • School entry immunization totals remain high

      (Calif.) The percentage of kindergartners entering school last fall that received all the required vaccinations dropped slightly to 95.1 percent—but still stayed above the 94 percent threshold to protect against community outbreaks.

      CONTINUE READING