Archive for March 2014 - Page 2

    • Common Core presents litmus test for GOP candidates

      (La.) With the approaching spring primaries, the political landscape surrounding national curriculum standards has moved from one of concern mostly to candidates on the state and local level to one of crucial importance in congressional and U.S. Senate races – even for some presidential contenders.

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    • Schools serving as enrollment hubs for Obamacare

      (Calif.) Golden State schools have led the way in providing information about and enrolling students and their families in health coverage under the Affordable Care Act -- thanks to a campaign by The Children's Project, a national nonprofit advocacy organization working for the past 20 years toward a goal of health care coverage for every child.

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    • Budget panel sensitive to more money for common core

      (Calif.) A key legislative budget panel appeared sympatric Thursday to providing schools more funding next year to implement the Common Core State Standards.

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    • New i3 grant competition gets underway

      (District of Columbia) The application window is open for local educational agencies to compete for federal grants of up to $3 million to advance educator effectiveness, rural schools and use of technology as well as outcomes for English learners or students with disabilities.

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    • Fraud still dogs SES programs despite waivers

      (District of Columbia) A report from the U.S. Department of Education’s Inspector General’s Office noted a general upswing in the number of criminal cases involving Title I funds set aside to provide Supplemental Educational Services over the past five years – cases that resulted in the prosecution of 13 and a claw back of more than $19 million in restitution, civil judgments and fines.

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    • No shortage of interest in career readiness grants

      (Calif.) Competition for $250 million in career-readiness funding looks to be fierce as some 276 educational entities have signaled their intention to apply for one of 40 grants from the newly-created California Career Pathways Trust.

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    • Federal grant supports special ed teacher prep

      (Calif.) A $200,000 federal grant has been awarded to California and four other states to support a deep analysis of how special education teachers are trained at six selected universities.

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    • Reports detail states’ reactions to Sandy Hook

      (Colo.) In the wake of the 2012 Sandy Hook school shootings, a spate of legislation emerged from the nation’s statehouses. Twenty-nine states passed bills to address school safety policies, and 13 approved measures pertaining to student mental health, according to a pair of reports released last week by the Education Commission of the States.

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    • More money for Common Core topic of Assembly hearing

      (Calif.) California schools are still about $1.75 billion short of the funding needed to pay for full implementation of new Common Core standards, and an Assembly budget panel will consider today whether the state should contribute more cash to the effort.

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    • Report: Discipline guidelines overlook LGBT youth

      (D.C.) A well-publicized document released by the federal government last month failed to address the fact that severe school discipline policies disparately impact not only students of color, but also the nation’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered pupils, according to authors of a recent report by the Center for American Progress, a Washington D.C.-based liberal think tank.

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