Archive for March 2014 - Page 3

    • Flexibility comes back to school turnaround policy

      SPECIAL REPORT: (D.C.) After five years and more than $5 billion in spending, the Obama administration has been forced to reconsider its hardline policy on school turnaround – leaving the path forward uncertain.

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    • Universal preschool: Big buck, smaller bang, and the solution

      (Calif.) Neither Washington D.C. nor Sacramento is even remotely prepared to pay the price when it comes to financing all the necessary elements of educating young pre-school age children. Instead of starting a whole scale initiative without adequate funding, policy makers and educators should concentrate on overhauling present conditions.

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    • New standards offer definition of career readiness

      (Calif.) As part of an effort to better define skills students need for success after high school, officials at the California Department of Education released last week a list of 12 abilities young adults should master in preparation for the next steps in life.

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    • State decides no API for schools until 2016

      (Calif.) Faced with a complete sea change of its K-12 education system and having been relieved of its duty to meet some federal accountability requirements, the State Board of Education on Thursday temporarily suspended its school performance measurement tool known as the API.

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    • Coalition urges state to invest in child care

      (Calif.) A litany of top experts are lobbying lawmakers to overhaul and reinvest in the state’s early childhood care and education system by restoring more than $1 billion in recessionary cuts, requiring tougher academic standards for teachers and caregivers, and increasing subsidized reimbursement rates for quality programs that are out of reach for many California families.

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    • Report: Commercialism in schools poses threat to students

      (Colo.) Private companies using school facilities to market products to students poses a significant threat to children, argues a new report released Tuesday from researchers at the University of Colorado Boulder.

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    • Solvency issues diminish as LEA budgets improve

      (Calif.) Reflecting the upswing in the state economy, the number of school districts classified as being financially at-risk dropped sharply for the second year in a row, state schools chief Tom Torlakson reported Tuesday.

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    • Myriad ways to use federal funding for classroom technology

      (D.C.) The U.S. Department of Education issued guidance this month listing a few examples of the many ways states, districts and their partners can use funds from federal grant programs to help schools meet the overwhelming technology needs associated with modern-day learning.

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    • Advocates see parent engagement key to LCFF

       (Calif.) For school administrators working on the compliance details surrounding the Local Control Funding Formula, community organizer Oscar Cruz has a message when it comes to parental engagement – a minimal effort won’t do.

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    • Minimal P.E. time still a goal in many schools

      (Calif.) Schools are still struggling to meet state standards for physical education although anecdotal reports suggest some improvements in response to compliance monitoring.

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