Archive for April 2016 - Page 2

    • Teacher shortage bills will cost money

      (Calif.) With state revenues still surging and school districts statewide grappling with too many unfilled classroom positions, lawmakers are considering a variety of bills aimed at improving the employment landscape for teachers.

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    • Rollback in early learner testing

      (Md.) – Just two years after Maryland overhauled its kindergarten-readiness assessment as part of the federal Race to the Top program, the state is now poised to back off testing the entire population of its youngest K-12 students.

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    • Ambiance gets a try in the school cafeteria

      (Md.) Students are returning to school lunch programs and choosing healthier menu items, possibly some say, because cafeterias are beginning to look a little less drab.

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    • Practical boost in college readiness

      (Calif.)  Legislation scheduled for a Senate hearing this week would provide schools additional funding for academic materials and counseling aimed at boosting the postsecondary success of low-income and minority students.

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    • A pathway to fixing special education

      An exclusive offer from Cabinet Report

      (Calif.) School Innovations & Achievement, publisher of Cabinet Report, is proud to announce release of the first comprehensive resource book on the how and why of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act – explained in readable and accessible language void of technical jargon.

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    • Solving the teacher shortage in special ed via the web

      (Texas) It is virtually possible, believes a small Austin firm, to put a highly-qualified educator in front of every student who currently doesn’t have one, including those in special education – a population that could be in the hundreds of thousands nationwide.

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    • Aggressive turnaround plans no match for economic hurdles

      STORY UPDATED to clarify that the Center for Reinventing Public Education was not involved with the development of the turnaround strategies included as part of the School Improvement Grants revised by the Obama administration beginning in 2009.

      (Colo.) A hallmark of the Obama administration’s strategy for dealing with what it called the nation’s “dropout factories” was a set of fairly dramatic and aggressive turnaround policies that included school closure.

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    • Bill clarifies Open Enrollment under ESSA, LCFF

      (Calif.) Students would still be able to transfer out of poorly-performing schools under legislation that would align the state’s Open Enrollment Act with new federal and state accountability rules.

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    • Firm’s LCAP review finds holes in what schools disclose

      (Calif.) With local school boards preparing a third budget under the state’s new Local Control Funding Formula, a public-interest law firm has issued a report raising concerns about where additional state support is being spent and whether schools are properly disclosing it.

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    • Heroin antidote provided to Pennsylvania high schools

      (Penn.) A partnership that will provide two applications of a heroin-overdose antidote free to every one of Pennsylvania’s 642 public high schools is being hailed by state officials as a model for others to follow.

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