Archive for February 2016

    • Sex abuse education bill stumps Utah lawmakers

      (Utah) Legislators abruptly adjourned a Utah House Education Committee hearing over a bill that would change the rules for sexual abuse education in schools by requiring parents to “opt-in” or formally request that their child be exposed to the lessons.

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    • Navigating the legal threats posed by LCAPs

      (Calif.) Two prominent attorneys who tend to face-off from opposite sides of most public school issues have found common ground on one thing – that districts face significant legal threat over the development and execution of local performance plans.

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    • Changes coming to LCAP, pressure for more continues

      (Calif.) Based on public feedback – and increasing legislative pressure – the Brown administration says it will take action to simplify and make clearer the disclosure mechanism designed to reveal how school districts are using state funds to improve educational outcomes for California’s six million K-12 students.

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    • Lawmakers want to give high school athletes ‘school choice’

      (Fla.) Few states can rival Florida’s high school athletic program in producing talent good enough to compete at the college level. That’s why a lot of national attention is being focused on the state Legislature as lawmakers churn through a handful of bills that would govern – among other things – the flexibility of top prep talent to attend school.

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    • New advisory panel supports school accountability redesign

      (Calif.) In the midst of creating a brand new school rating system that also aligns with accountability requirements under recently reauthorized federal law, state education officials are convening a new group of experts to advise them along the way.

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    • Feds move to reduce over-representation in special ed

      (District of Columbia) A long-standing policy allowing states to decide how to evaluate the over-representation of racial and ethnic minority groups in special education would be reversed under a new rule proposed Tuesday by federal regulators.

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    • Time for state to dedicate more money for special ed

      (Calif.) Just as the state has increased funding targeted to disadvantaged students in the general education classroom, lawmakers should do the same for students with disabilities, the Legislative Analyst recommended this week.

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    • Washington sets sights on ‘adequacy’ funding

      (Olympia, Wash.) A bill sent to Gov. Jay Inslee late last week would set in motion what many believe to be the state’s final leg on its journey toward meeting a court decree that it fund education “adequately and equitably.”

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    • Lawmakers urged to make changes to early learner grant

      (Calif.) To better serve the state’s early learners, the Legislature should set minimum teacher standards and require providers to collect basic demographic data on participants, the non-partisan Legislative Analyst recommended last week.

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    • Charity thrives when students put in charge

      (Minn.) In the world of education philanthropy, an annual budget of $25,000 to fund 25 or more projects would have to be considered small potatoes. But when the grants are issued by a student board of directors for programs conceived and developed by other youngsters, this money delivers a bang for the buck that’s tough to put a price on.

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