Archive for September 2017

    • Governor signs legislation backing student board rights

      (Calif.) The formal status of students serving in advisory roles on local district boards will be enhanced under legislation signed by Gov. Jerry Brown this week.

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    • Increased funding needed to improve pre-K programs

      (Maine) Advocates for high quality early childhood education are calling on lawmakers to craft polices that ensure Maine’s preschools receive more funding, that teachers are better trained, and that parents have increased access to programs for their children.

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    • Lawmakers aim to reduce college remediation

      (Calif.) Students will no longer be misplaced in remedial college courses or left to languish for years without support in non-credit bearing classes under a bill now awaiting Gov. Jerry Brown’s signature.

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    • AZ schools brace for new performance grades

      (Ariz.) This week K-12 schools in Arizona will begin receiving their performance grades under a new accountability system developed over the past three years that is likely to show fewer districts with top scores.

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    • Concerns over standardized tests halt progress of civics ed.

      (Colo.) Despite a national push to resuscitate civics education in the classroom, bills that would have required students to pass a civics test to graduate failed in 18 states between 2015 and 2017, according to a new report.

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    • State readies bond money for school construction

      (Calif.) The state Office of Administrative Law has approved regulations governing new accountability measures included in the 2017-18 budget on the use of bond money for school construction.

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    • Pending bill would restrict suspensions of early learners

      (Calif.) Last week, charter school officials in Modesto faced the difficult question of how to discipline a 5-year-old for pretending to have a bomb in his backpack. Legislation pending before the governor would prohibit schools in the state preschool program from expelling an early learner for behavior issues except under specific circumstances.

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    • Poor attendance can be an issue for teachers too

      (District of Columbia) To combat the growing problem of chronic absenteeism among teachers, policy makers need to take a hard look at working conditions, a national think tank advised last week.

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    • Feds announce English learner professional development grant

      (District of Columbia) More than 11,000 current and incoming teachers will have access to professional development funding to help them better support English learners under a federal grant announced last week.

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    • New duties for schools if immigration bills pass

      UPDATED 9-21 2:30 pm. to include public comment.(Calif.) There is little doubt that Gov. Jerry Brown will sign SB 54, the so-called state sanctuary bill that limits how law enforcement in California can cooperate with federal immigration officials. But there is another bill that district administrators need to be aware of that is also pending before the governor—AB 699 from Assemblyman Patrick O’Donnell, D-Long Beach.

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