Archive for October 2016 - Page 3

    • Feds issue guidance on schoolwide waiver option

      (District of Columbia) A key element of flexibility introduced by the Every Student Succeeds Act gives state the authority to waive restrictions on the use of federal funds to support schoolwide programs.

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    • ESSA offers opportunity to enhance art education

      (Colo.) State education officials from across the country are engaged in pulling together new school accountability systems as required under the new Every Student Succeeds Act. Although focus remains on student achievement under ESSA, a new report out suggests art education should be overlooked.

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    • State lottery money may be leveling out for schools

      (Calif.) Schools received slightly more in fourth quarter lottery money than was projected in the summer, but shouldn’t expect a similar jump next fiscal year.

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    • Teaching teens about police contact before confrontation

      (Texas) The growing unrest over citizens being killed by police officers has frustrated policy makers looking for solutions. But one Texas lawmaker has proposed a practical first step–teaching ninth graders how to interact with law enforcement.

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    • Hard line on spending reduces borrowing costs

      (Calif.)  The state’s infamous wall of debt has become far less intimidating than it was only four years ago, according to a report from the state treasurer’s office.

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    • Critics of Texas special ed policy way off base

      Talk about punishment for a good deed! The Texas Education Agency is under fire from the press, advocacy groups, and now the U.S. Department of Education for working proactively with districts to reduce referrals to special education.

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    • Lawmakers expand reach of K-12 computer science

      (Calif.) Under a bill signed by Gov. Jerry Brown, access to computer science in schools is set to expand throughout California as the number of available jobs in the technology sector continues to grow.

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    • Finding common threads in school bullying proves elusive

      (Calif.)  Demographic and academic trends that are often linked to school performance don’t appear to play the same role when it comes to bullying, according to new research.

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    • Gov. signs bills on teacher housing

      (Calif.) Among the crush of legislation either approved or rejected by Gov. Jerry Brown last month is a measure requiring schools provide more communications to parents of English learners, an authorization to expand teacher housing statewide and a mandate to align performance measures for career technical training.

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    • Bill signing creates big anti-truancy program

      (Calif.) In one of the largest commitments nationally to reducing chronic absenteeism, California lawmakers will provide $27 million this fiscal year to local educational agencies in a competitive grant program expected to be operational by spring.

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