Archive for March 2015 - Page 2

    • 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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    • Extended year: Get the word out and make it matter

      A simple written notice about the availability of extended school year is inadequate. Comprehensive information must be provided in a timely manner so that planning teams can make decisions that are truly judicious.

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    • U.S. Senate considers school discipline bill

      (District of Columbia) With lawmakers in a number of states showing interest in adoption of restorative justice policies, a U.S. Senator has introduced a bill that calls for more professional development of teachers and administrators aimed at improving school climate and clarifies Title I money can be used for such training.

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    • Brown’s adult ed plan gives new authority to outsiders

      (Calif.) School officials are worried that core adult education services may not receive priority under the governor’s proposed finance structure that gives outside agencies greater control over spending decisions.

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    • Georgia takes stock of school climate opinions

      (Ga.) State education officials are weighing their options for dealing with a large number of schools where the learning environment is considered below satisfactory under a new evaluation system.

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    • School Medicaid claims rejected again

      (Calif.) After several years of negotiations, federal administrators of a school-based Medicaid program appeared this week to issue a final rejection of some $460 million in claims for services provided by California schools dating back to 2009.

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    • Identifying and enrolling homeless children: It’s the law

      Federal regulations require districts and schools to immediately enroll homeless students even if they lack required documentation. Processes and procedures should be in place to avoid turning away these vulnerable and at-risk students.

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    • Judges call adequacy suit a long shot

      (Pa.) In the latest challenge to state support for what constitutes an “adequate” education, a seven-judge panel in Harrisburg appeared skeptical that they had jurisdiction to define a “thorough and efficient” education.

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    • School transit funding back on the front burner

      (Calif.) The cost of bussing students to school – and the amount the state contributes to that effort – is expected back in the legislative spotlight today during a hearing on a bill that would increase reimbursement rates to districts.

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