Archive for April 2018

    • LEA Waiver requests jumped in 2017

      (Calif.) Confronted with a host of new policies and conditions created by a wholesale restructuring of the school testing and accountability system, local educational agencies submitted 416 waiver applications last year—a 30 percent increase over 2016.

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    • Helping parents track student absences can boost attendance

      (Mass.) Informing parents about not just when their children miss school, but also how often, can reduce absenteeism by 10 percent or more in every grade, according to new research.

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    • Faceoff over testing flexibility looms

      (Calif.) The state board of education, the state schools chief and the California Teachers Association have come out against legislation with wide support among local educational agencies that would give districts more flexibility over statewide testing.

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    • Focus in CTE can boost grad rates for low-income students

      (Mass.) Low-income students are likely to score higher on standardized tests and graduate at much higher rates when they attend schools that emphasize career education, according to new research.

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    • Best charter schools impose ‘no excuse’ doctrine

      (N.Y.) Most research on the performance of charter schools has found their students achieve about the same as those in traditional public schools. But new research from Columbia University suggests that when the comparison is filtered by school policies, one particular kind of charter school stands out—those that abide by the no excuse doctrine.

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    • Black SWDs miss hundreds of school days due to suspensions

      (Calif.) Past studies have established that, separately, Black children and students with disabilities face disproportionately high suspension rates. According to new research, Black students with disabilities are, perhaps unsurprisingly then, at even more of a disadvantage.

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    • Flurry of bills take on teacher housing and STEM access

      (Calif.) The fate of bills to fund teacher housing initiatives, universal preschool and educator preparation in science, technology, engineering and math will be up for discussion in the state’s lower house Wednesday.

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    • LEAs get creative in the fight against opioid abuse

      (Wash.) For generations, schools have served as a focal point for anti-drug campaigns and prevention education, but today with the opioid epidemic raging out of control, public health officials are looking in a new direction for help: the school bus driver.

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    • Income tax collection surging to record levels

      (Calif.) Income tax collections in California surpassed $72 billion last week—more than collected all of last year and with still seven days left this month for returns to be processed.

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    • Fining parents of bullies may not curb rates of bullying

      (Penn.) Lawmakers in Pennsylvania are the latest to suggest fining parents of children who bully others, but experts say such punitive measures don’t actually address the problem or provide a solution.

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