Archive for June 2014 - Page 2

    • One more push for pesticide control on school grounds

      (Calif.) The third time may be the charm for a California senator attempting to tighten regulations around the use of harmful pesticides at schools.

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    • Schools unhappy with Michigan state budget

      (Mich.) Passage of Michigan’s $15.7 billion education budget was met with more grimaces than smiles as what appeared to be an increase in funding doesn’t fall in line with what schools thought they would receive, according to many educators and unions representatives.

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    • Appeals tie up teacher misconduct court

      (Calif.) Two years after teacher misconduct scandals rocked Los Angeles Unified and sent a surge of complaints to state regulators, a new spike threatens to degrade the educator oversight system as credential-holders accused mostly of criminal offenses fight to retain their licenses.

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    • State school bond faces critical vote today

      (Calif.) With a key committee vote set for today on legislation that would place a $9 billion, statewide school facilities bond on the November ballot, one group backing the proposal is already nearly a third of the way to reaching their campaign finance goal of $1.6 million.

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    • Here’s a cure for the summer time blues

      There may be no tradition in the American educational system that is more worthlessly arcane than summer vacation and the time is ripe for doing something about it.

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    • Career-college readiness programs lean on Job Centers

      (Minn.) Some 800 Minneapolis high school students started work at new summer jobs Monday as part of a city-wide initiative to give more young people access to quality work experience in fields of their career interests.

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    • New child care spending a good first step

      (Calif.) Child care funding included in the final state budget adds thousands of new slots and restores reimbursement rates, but still leaves California nearly 40 percent short of the monies it provided for those programs prior to the recession.

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    • Reserve cap blemishes otherwise good news budget

      (Calif.) Despite strong opposition from school management groups, the final state budget approved Sunday night includes provisions restricting the size of reserves that districts can accumulate under certain economic conditions.

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    • Teacher tenure ruling energizes race for state school chief

      (Calif.) Last week’s decision that invalidated the state’s teacher tenure law set off shockwaves throughout the nation, but pundits say the ruling has also energized the already bitter race for state superintendent of schools – a contest where simmering hostilities over education reforms, mostly among Democrats, have broken into the mainstream.

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    • Federal school food fight delayed in wake of veto threat

      (District of Columbia) A battle over school food requirements has been delayed until later this year, most likely because of an announcement Tuesday by President Barack Obama that he would veto a bill aimed at allowing districts to opt-out of healthier meal regulations.

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