Archive for September 2017 - Page 2

    • New plan to boost college and career readiness

      (Colo.) Within the next decade, at least two-thirds of Colorado adults could attain post-secondary education or career training under a new initiative announced by higher education officials last week.

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    • CA’s LCFF attracts international praise

      (Calif.) New analysis from an acclaimed education researcher based in Toronto gives California’s newly restructured school funding and accountability system high marks—but notes much work remains on the ambiguous nature of overall goals.

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    • ESSA plans become political footballs in two states

      (District of Columbia) While school officials in most states have been anxious about how the U.S. Department of Education will respond to their plans for complying with the Every Student Succeeds Act, two GOP governors last week surprised constituents by rejecting the federally-mandated document before it even got to Washington.

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    • Bar on surprise bills makes for a routine end of session

      (Calif.) Lawmakers closed the legislative session on Friday, sending hundreds of bills to the governor including one adjusting the spending cap imposed on school districts, and another that would hike in state support for home-to-school transportation.

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    • Bills supporting diverse student body move to Gov.

      (Calif.) A pair of bills headed to the Governor’s desk will allow students to wear cultural adornments during graduation ceremonies, and will require schools to inform parents of English learners of their child’s language development progress.

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    • Schools look to alter defined benefit pensions

      (District of Columbia) Long considered the polestar of public employment compensation, the defined benefit pension has also emerged in recent years a key driver of budget deficits on both the state and local level.

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    • Testing group pledges interim testing fixes

      (Calif.) In clear response to pending legislation, the head of one of the nation’s two dominate testing consortiums gave assurances Wednesday that teachers in California are being given access to data on interim student testing.

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    • Adaptive learning tech may prompt new data security risks

      (Colo.) With districts throughout the country clamoring to implement adapted learning programs to promote personalized education, experts are calling on schools to ensure the technology used in such programs isn’t putting student data at risk.

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    • GOP plan enhances private role in ed savings accounts

      (Mich.) As decisions to expand controversial education savings plans that allow public school funding to be spent on private schools roil many parts of the country, Republican lawmakers in Michigan are looking to give parents more flexibility in using the funds, and employers more options for helping.

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    • State revenues up again in August

      (Calif.) August revenue collections continued a solid, steady upward trend and raised expectations that the promise of a surging stock market would finally deliver its reward to state coffers.

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