Archive for November 2018

    • School boards: Native American kids need more support

      (Calif.) While schools have had some success in reducing chronic absenteeism, expulsion and dropout rates throughout the state, more targeted efforts will be needed to improve outcomes of Native American youth, according to a report released this month from the California School Boards Association.

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    • Florida’s SBA wants more safety improvements

      (Fla.) With the tumultuous mid-term elections in the rearview mirror, school officials have gathered in Tampa this week to finalize a slat of legislative goals for the coming session.

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    • Hawaii ed. officials facing low teacher retention rates

      (Hawaii) Close to half of teachers in Hawaii are leaving the profession or the state altogether within five years of entering the classroom, posing a significant problem for the state Education Department, which is already facing issues in attracting teachers.

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    • Applications are in for teacher residency grants

      (Calif.) State officials have begun sorting through applications for a share of the $50 million Teacher Residency Grant program, one of two funded in this year’s budget aimed at improving the state’s teacher shortage.

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    • New call for comprehensive civics projects in schools

      (Mass.) Beginning in middle school, children in Massachusetts will be required to participate in a student-led civics project under a bill signed this month by Gov. Charlie Baker.

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    • Declining enrollment and benefit costs challenge LEAs

      (Calif.) While the fiscal outlook for California public schools remains positive, declining enrollment and pension costs will continue to pose significant challenges for many districts statewide.

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    • New plan to reduce childhood poverty rates in CA

      (Calif.) Child poverty in California would be reduced by 50 percent over 20 years under new policy and spending recommendations supported by Governor-elect Gavin Newsom and many non-profit and community-based organizations.

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    • NAEP tries clarifying test results

      (District of Columbia) The oversight board of K-12 education’s most prominent performance measure adopted new achievement levels for gauging how well schools are doing nationally as well as on the state level.

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    • Thanksgiving break

      In observance of Thanksgiving, K-12 Daily will not be publishing stories Thursday or Friday, but will be picking back up next week.

      Hope everyone has a great holiday weekend!

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    • Teacher pay boost proposed in Mississippi

      (Miss.) In an effort to stay ahead of teacher protests that have sparked voter unrest in other states, Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant released a budget plan earlier this month that includes $50 million for pay raises over two years.

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