Archive for June 2015

    • Policies on ethnic disparity awry compared to research

      A recent article published in Educational Researcher underscores what many of us have long suspected – that our measures for ethnic and linguistic disproportionality have discounted crucial factors leading us to erroneous, even damaging, conclusions.

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    • A comprehensive approach to career readiness

      (Ga.) As many states grapple with establishing sensible career readiness standards, Georgia has already developed an extensive approach to prepare students for the workforce that begins in first grade and intensifies until high school graduation.

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    • Have Millenials turned away from teaching profession?

      (District of Columbia) In what may prove to be another national socioeconomic trend with roots in California, education planners in a number of states are looking with alarm at the sudden drop of college students entering the teaching profession.

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    • Neglected military public schools face funding dilemma

      (Calif.) A handful of California’s military base public schools – among the most run-down in the nation – could lose access to some $240 million in federal construction money if they can’t come up with 20-percent in matching funds this year.

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    • Chicago charter wins Broad Prize

      (La.) Three months after suspending its $1 million prize supporting innovation among the nation’s largest school districts, the Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation announced award of $25,000 to a Chicago-based charter network for its success in sending students to college.

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    • Last minute moves support student discipline, Adult ed

      (Calif.) A multi-million dollar grant to help schools address student behavior; parameters for the revamped Adult Education program, and a deadline extension for adopting new school performance metrics were among the flurry of budget moves approved in Sacramento late last week.

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    • Going online for instructional materials

      Fla.) One Florida district plans to nix textbooks for reading and mathematics at the elementary level in a move school board members say will still meet the state’s academic requirements and save the district $10 million.

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    • More than grief counseling needed at reservation schools

      (S.D.) A string of student suicides on a South Dakota Indian reservation has prompted the federal government to provide funds to help hire support staff at the local school – a move advocates applaud but say addresses only a small part of a much larger problem.

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    • New initiative for teacher development

      Calif.) School boards must prepare and adopt plans for how they will spend their share of a $500 million block grant aimed at boosting teacher competency, delivering an accounting of those expenses to the state in three years’ time.

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    • Experts question if special ed is the answer to complex trauma

      (Calif.) Success of a novel court case out of Compton could extend services for students with disabilities to pupils from high-crime neighborhoods, but some experts question whether special education is the right venue for addressing the debilitating effects of living in poverty and exposure to violence.

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