(Pa.) Thirty years after Pennsylvania law banned hazing on college campuses, the state this week moved to extend that prohibition to high schools – a decision some health professionals say is long overdue.CONTINUE READING
(Calif.) An effort to bring funding for after-school programs more in line with their actual cost faces a deadline this week for legislation to move forward from committee review to floor debate.CONTINUE READING
(Fla.) Every employee in one of Florida’s largest school districts would be required to participate in annual training to report child abuse and neglect as part of a plan pending before district trustees to assure the wellbeing of students.
(Calif.) As a population targeted for new state support, foster youth continue to struggle – a fact that prompted the California School Boards Association to launch an initiative to raise awareness and offer strategies for improving safety, stability and uninterrupted access to education for this at-risk group of students.
(N.Y.) Only six states have developed a mechanism that measures non-English speaking students’ progression of learning the language that meet new federal education law, according to a new survey.
(Calif.) Trying to satisfy a variety of competing interests, the California State Board of Education moved carefully Wednesday to refine proposed accountability measures to ensure schools clearly report on the performance of disadvantaged students without creating too many new centralized compliance demands.
(Calif.) There’s a problem in California when it comes to civic participation and many experts agree that one of the best places to start turning that around is in public school classrooms.
(District of Columbia) Increasing the emphasis on getting more of the nation’s K-12 students to show up for class, the newly-approved federal education law will require Title I schools to report chronic absenteeism broken down by subgroup.
(Ore.) The state board of education last week approved a set of temporary rules governing a new program that will provide matching funds to local districts for building and upgrading school facilities.
(Calif.) Twenty-three states earned above the median score on a controversial matrix used annually by the National Council on Teacher Quality to evaluate teacher effectiveness and preparation programs.
(Calif.) A group of animals who can no longer care for themselves in the wild have found new purpose as "teachers" in a unique educational program that brings science-based curriculum to life in elementary school classrooms.
(Calif.) The Proposition 98 minimum school funding guarantee has jumped almost 32 percent from the depth of the recession to surpass $68.4 billion for the 2015-16 fiscal year, according to a new report from the nonpartisan Legislative Analyst.
(Calif.) Typically relegated to a behind-the-scenes role, a district communication officer serves an important position in bridging public schools with the community they serve. Few other public institutions enjoy as much public trust and responsibility as the school district, and thus, the job of communicating what happens on the campus – both routine and extraordinary – is complex and demanding.
(Ore.) New regulation being considered by the state’s board of education would require schools, if asked by a recognized Indian tribe, to display on campus the flag representing that sovereign nation.
(District of Columbia) Expectations are that U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan will release a controversial rewrite of regulations governing teacher preparation programs before leaving office in December.
(Mont.) Montana’s Democratic U.S. Senator unveiled plans last week to introduce a bill that would provide incentives for new teachers who enter the field in rural schools where, as in his home state of Montana, the need for qualified teachers is extremely high.