Archive for November 2015

    • Solving the teacher shortage by keeping graduates home

      (Mo.) One rural district has engaged a new strategy to encourage its own graduates to become teachers and return to their hometown to live and work. Not only does the approach provide a college-and-career pathway for students but also takes aim at the problem many remote, smaller school systems face in attracting qualified educators to their communities.

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    • School advocates look to extend tax hike on wealthy

      (Calif.) A voter initiative aimed at extending temporary personal income tax hikes to fund schools was cleared for circulation last week, allowing backers to seek the 585,407 signatures needed to qualify the measure for next November’s ballot.

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    • Parents to pay for students’ bullying behavior

      (Wis.) The Plover Village Board approved an ordinance earlier this month that allows police to issue a warning to the parent of a child found to be bullying others. If a second incident occurs within 90 days of the first warning, an officer may issue the parent a $124 fine.

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    • Combating a new surge of teen overdose and drug abuse

      (District of Columbia) More focus on prevention and early intervention is needed to curb soaring drug-related deaths among teens and young adults, according to a new study.

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    • Prop. 98 guarantee could reach $80B by 2020

      (Calif.) The minimum funding guarantee for K-12 schools and community colleges is expected to surge to $77.5 billion by the 2019-20 school year – marking a five-year cycle of increases that will total more than $14 billion, according to a forecast released Wednesday by the nonpartisan Legislative Analyst.

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    • Charter group calls for closure of two of its own

      (Calif.) The state’s preeminent arbiter of charter school performance is calling this week for the closure of two campuses deemed to be falling short of meeting even minimum academic standards.

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    • Growing dropout of states in Common core testing

      (Colo.) Five years after 43 states and the District of Columbia officially adopted a new set of national education goals, fewer than half will actually administer assessments this year fully aligned to the Common Core State Standards.

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    • Giving outsiders a shot at school superintendent

      (Texas) Action expected this week by the state board of education would allow candidates to be hired as school superintendents without benefit of any classroom experience.

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    • California revenue well above early forecasts

      (Calif.) With unemployment in California trending ever closer to pre-recession levels, the governor’s finance department reported Monday revenues for the month of October exceeded estimates by nearly $400 million, giving a year-to-date total of almost $1.2 billion above the forecast.

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    • PTA survey finds parents still in the dark on new testing

      (Calif.) Despite a multi-year effort by the state to prepare for new testing aligned to the Common Core, a survey of parents reasonably engaged in their children’s schooling found a majority still had little or no understanding of the new assessment system.

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