Archive for June 2015 - Page 2

    • Looking to schools to do their part on the drought

      (Calif.) As Californians face down a fourth year of drought, schools are increasingly becoming a focal point of not only disseminating best practices to the rest of the community but also finding creative and effective ways to save water themselves.

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    • CA’s budget avoids funding equity issue in special ed

      (Calif.) Despite the recent release of a sweeping road map for improving special education, legislative leaders and Gov. Jerry Brown have settled on far less ambitious changes for how those services are delivered and paid for.

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    • Mixed results for states pushing civics

      (Colo.) In order to graduate from high school, students in five states must now pass a civics test based on the same one that immigrants take to become U.S. citizens.

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    • White collar criminals snared by federal probes

      (District of Columbia) A former finance director from a Texas school district was sentenced to prison for stealing more than $4 million in public money. A director of federal programs in Alabama is going to jail after steering $24 million in school contracts to her husband’s company.

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    • Good news budget deal has everyone happy

      (Calif.) Gov. Jerry Brown agreed to a budget deal Tuesday with legislative leaders that holds spending much closer to his May proposal but increases spending slightly for a few priority programs, including preschool and child care.

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    • Decriminalizing truancy while focusing on family engagement

      (Texas) A landmark revision of truancy laws in Texas would give schools and the courts more options for dealing with scofflaw students other than sending them into the criminal justice system.

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    • Lawmakers pass budget that’s DOA with Brown

      (Calif.) The Legislature yesterday met its Constitutional deadline for adopting a new budget but the $117.5 billion spending plan still lacks support from the state’s tight-fisted Gov. Jerry Brown.

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    • A compromise in the war over school residency

      (Calif.) Families have been spied upon, parents arrested and jailed, and court battles waged over schools attempting to enforce laws that say students must live within the boundaries of the district where they attend class.

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    • Evolution of science standards stalled in Kansas court

      (Kan.) Nearly a century has passed since John Scopes, a high school science teacher in Tennessee, was found guilty of violating state law for teaching the theory of evolution to his students and undermining traditional religious values.

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    • Discounting play time in kindergarten

      (Nev.) Even as concerns grow that kindergarten has become overly academic, Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval has signed legislation that will take his state even further in that direction by setting a goal for young learners to be reading by the third grade.

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