Archive for March 2015

    • New license plate would provide school safety funds

      (Calif.) Motorists in the state could soon help pay for safety education in K-12 schools under proposed legislation calling for a special license plate program to generate funds for violence prevention programs.

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    • Bill may ease penalties for overcrowded classes

      (Fla.) Legislation that would ease financial penalties for schools that exceed class size limits breezed through Florida’s House last week but is drawing concern from some parents and teachers.

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    • Flexibility, peer review aids school discipline

      (Ill.) Challenged by one of the nation’s most violent and embedded gang cultures, Chicago Public Schools embarked five years ago on an effort to improve school safety and to address student behavioral problems.

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    • Content standards collide with P.E. alternatives

      California high school students who participate in alternative extra-curricular athletic activities may be excused by their local districts from having to take regular physical education courses required for graduation -  but there is growing concern that these pupils, while physically active, are not receiving the educational content required under state-mandated P.E. standards.

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    • Competency-based tests gain ground as a readiness measure

      With roughly a third of all high school graduates in the U.S. stymied from enrolling in college, educators nationwide continue to grapple with how to better align secondary academics with university entrance requirements with some states experimenting with alternatives to coursework and seat time.

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    • Senate panel moves school bond bill

      (Calif.) A plan to put a statewide bond measure on the 2016 ballot to help pay for new school construction and modernization projects moved ahead Wednesday in action before a key legislative panel.

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    • Curbing sexual abuse starts with early learning

      (N.H.) As colleges and universities across the country struggle to deal with what appear to be large numbers of sexual assaults and incidents of dating violence, efforts to stem the tide are focusing more on reaching students well before they ever set foot on a post-secondary campus.

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    • Some applause, concern for Brown’s adult ed, CTE plans

      (Calif.) A legislative hearing into Gov. Jerry Brown’s plans in support of adult education and career apprentice programs drew strong support from school representatives but concerns were raised by lawmakers and policy analysts over funding methods and long-term goals.

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    • LEAs set ambiguous goals around school climate

      (Calif.) Although new school reporting requirements have been cited as helping to reduce student suspensions statewide, fewer than one out of five districts are setting annual goals based on the subgroups that receive the disproportionate share of the discipline.

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    • Bridging the gap to adulthood for foster youth

      (Neb.) Young adults on the verge of aging out of the foster care system face an even more uncertain future than many of their peers but in Nebraska, those 19- to 21-year olds can receive extra guidance into adulthood.

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