Archive for April 2014 - Page 4

    • LEAs struggle to fulfill new facilities mandates

      (Calif.) With the upkeep of school buildings traditionally a key focus of state financing, districts across California are struggling under the new funding formula not only with finding money for needed repairs but also with meeting a maintenance standard that is not clearly defined.

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    • Charters seek compromise on governance transparency

      (Calif.) There are signs that a confrontation may be brewing as lawmakers attempt legislation that strikes a balance between open government and charter school autonomy.

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    • Florida considers ‘return on investment index’ for schools

      (Fla.) Michelle Rhee's StudentsFirst is driving legislation in Florida that would establish a “return on investment” index comparing education spending with standardized test scores – something supporters say would help school administrators, parents and the public better recognize the most cost effective programs.

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    • Law to mandate life-saving injections by school employees

      (Calif.) Legislation that would require all schools to stock epinephrine auto-injectors and train onsite personnel to administer them to a student suffering anaphylactic shock was one of several bills moved forward Wednesday by a key legislative panel.

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    • Officials’ private e-communiqué not subject to open records act

      (Calif.) Reversing a prior decision, an appeals court ruled this week that private communications sent on personal electronic devices and saved on private data systems are not subject to disclosure under the California Public Records Act.

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    • Bills add more teeth to LCFF requirements

      (Calif.) Lawmakers appear resolute in their efforts to strengthen school district accountability under the state’s new education finance system, proposing two bills that would more closely monitor spending on programs for disadvantaged youth and require proof that those students are, in fact, making academic gains or risk having funds withheld.

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    • Teacher training accreditations need streamlining

      (Calif.) Although planning is already underway to update the state’s educator preparation standards, the non-partisan Legislative Analyst has called for a far faster approach. [UPDATED to clarify Mary Sandy's quote.]

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    • Study: Racial inequities limit access to education

      (Calif.) The state’s African American, Latino and American Indian children lag far behind their white and Asian counterparts when it comes to accessing health and education opportunities, according to a report released today.

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