Archive for April 2016 - Page 3

    • Using high school diplomas to define readiness choices

      (Va.) Beginning in 2018, Virginia students will graduate high school with a diploma that reflects their decision to pursue a four-year college degree or to join the workforce with an industry certificate.

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    • Bill adds school threats to penal code

      (Calif.) A proposal aimed at deterring criminal threats that cause mass disruption at school or event sites moved forward last week with unanimous support from a key legislative panel.

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    • CA moves to formally merge general and special ed

      (Calif.) In what may prove a ground-breaking initiative to unite special education services with general class instruction, state officials are expanding the scope of a new accountability system to involve all students in California.

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    • ED clarifies deadline for new homeless student rules

      (District of Columbia) States and school districts have until Oct. 1 to begin meeting new federal requirements aimed at removing barriers to educational opportunities for the nation’s estimated two million homeless children.

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    • Bridging gaps in mental health services to students

      (Calif.) State legislators are moving forward with a plan to incentivize cooperation between schools and government agencies to provide mental health services for students.

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    • Schools slowly integrating online learning

      (Calif.) The number of U.S. school districts turning to online learning and teaching resources jumped 13 percent this year, according to an annual survey that also recognizes innovative uses of technology to improve educational outcomes for students. resources

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    • JPMorgan Chase bankrolls career tech program

      (N.Y.) In one of the most substantial investments in career technical training by the private sector in many years, New York-based JPMorgan Chase & Co. is sponsoring a $75 million program to promote career pathways for high school students in 24 states and the District of Columbia.

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    • Researchers: Achievement gap grows under Common Core

      (Calif.) A closer look at results of first-year Common Core testing has revealed that disadvantaged students, who historically have trailed their peers when it comes to academic achievement, have fallen even further behind.

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    • Teacher shortage prompts new look at out-of-state applicants

      UPDATED to correct potential change to state policy on teacher experience.  (Calif.) With many school districts still struggling to fill classroom positions – especially teachers in special education and STEM courses – state officials charged with overseeing educator  training are set to consider easing some rules surrounding out-of-state applicants.

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    • Study: Courses to reduce remediation not helping

      (W.Va.) Courses designed to keep students out of remedial college classes may actually be setting pupils in West Virginia back further, according to a recent study from the Community College Resource Center.

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