Archive for May 2015 - Page 3

    • Policy quagmire surrounds LCAP accountability

      (Calif.) To an outsider, efforts by the California State Board of Education last week to refine new accountability measures for school districts might have seemed a little chaotic. But the fact is, after a long and arduous session, the board did advance the ball, if incrementally.

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    • Science charter revocation upheld

      (Calif.) In a rare action, the California State Board of Education upheld the revocation of a science-based charter school by the Los Angeles County Office of Education – a first for the board under president Mike Kirst.

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    • Feds kick in to save counselor jobs

      (District of Columbia) School counselors and mental health professionals – two critically important components of student services hard hit by the recession got a near $25 million boost Wednesday from the U.S. Department of Education.

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    • Early learner expert tied to Hollywood takes on Common Core

      (Mass.) Already under fire for its ties to the Obama administration and for unsettling teacher unions – the Common Core has a new adversary, Matt Damon’s mom.

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    • Some schools still waiting for Internet connection

      (Calif.) A key legislative panel left unresolved Tuesday the question of how to get Internet service to a handful of California schools located in areas so remote that there are no providers and they cannot be connected without incurring potentially staggering costs.

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    • Schools should brace for another rough ride

      On the roller coaster ride that is school financing, any upswing generally foreshadows a scary descent just over the horizon. Though it runs contrary to popular sentiment, today’s educators need to prepare for an inevitable decline.

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    • New bill could further restrict use of restraint and seclusion

      (Conn.) A new bill that would place restrictions on schools’ use of restraint and seclusion is nearly ready for legislative consideration, according to members of the state’s Committee on Children.

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    • Feds engage in testing dispute over science

      (Ill.) The U.S. Department of Education has placed Illinois on “high risk status” for failing to administer a statewide science assessment this year, which could mean the potential loss of federal dollars.

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    • Budget surplus, Prop. 30 sunset lead tax reform talks

      (Calif.) California Forward, the nonpartisan governmental change agent based in Sacramento, is quietly pushing lawmakers as well as regional and local leaders into what might be the first steps toward restructuring the tax system.

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