(Calif.) A key Wall Street rating agency gave California a positive credit report last week, paving the way for a likely credit upgrade of the state’s debt in the near future.CONTINUE READING
(District of Columbia) Five years ago the Obama administration unilaterally relieved states of key requirements of the No Child Left Behind Act in exchange for agreements to pursue a number of other educational goals. In February, the U.S. Department of Education issued new guidance that would seem to remove any remaining vestiges of federal accountability oversight altogether.CONTINUE READING
(Calif.) Sometime in the coming weeks, millions of California families will begin receiving report cards in the mail aimed at describing how their children did this spring on new statewide testing tied to the Common Core.
(Colo.) High school students in Colorado could see a significant reduction in statewide testing following the passage of a bill that would make a number of other sweeping changes.
(Calif.) A bi-partisan group of Assembly lawmakers is pushing for a budget allocation this year of nearly $150 million to reimburse public education agencies for costs of transporting students to and from school.
(Calif.) Amid much uncertainty, some of the state’s most severely disabled students begin field testing an alternate academic performance assessment aligned to the Common Core this spring.
(Tenn.) As the cost and challenge of preparing college-ready students escalates and puts new burdens on higher education – one lawmaker is proposing that districts should pay for remedial courses high school graduates must take in college.
(Calif.) A newly-created state agency whose role in overseeing school accountability and performance may prove critical in years to come is set to hold its first meeting today with the adoption of bylaws and consideration of staff.
(Calif.) A comprehensive, real-time student survey is providing school administrators with valid data that helps them incorporate broad-based pupil perspective into policies and programs -- something researchers say is connected to improved academic outcomes.
(Texas) The end of a decades-long legal battle over the Lone Star state’s school funding program may finally be in view, but while the court battle has forced acknowledgement that the system is broken, few agree on the best way to fix it.
(Ala.) Most often identified as a non-lethal option to control crowds or subdue a potentially violent person, pepper spray is also a frequently used tool by police on K-12 campuses – a practice that is increasingly under debate.
(Calif.) A blue ribbon panel created to help the state transform its special education system shared publicly last week 44 specific recommendations aimed ultimately at improving academic outcomes for students with disabilities.
(Calif.) Lawmaker Ricardo Lara has introduced legislation that would grant the children of live-in workers the right to attend school in the neighborhood where his or her parent is employed.