Archive for December 2013 - Page 3

    • Advocacy group proposes restrictions on student data

      (D.C.) Amid growing concerns over the security of student data as states and school districts  transition to common national curriculum standards, one of the country’s leading conservative advocacy groups has proposed legislation that would limit access to educational data to parents and authorized district employees.

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    • Federal grants boost computer science instruction

      (Ill.) In an effort to open the field of computer science to a broader range of students, several universities are using National Science Foundation grants to boost the number of educators qualified to teach it.

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    • E-cigarettes may pose new health risk to teens

      (D.C.) Seemingly just a trend only a year or so ago, popularity of electronic cigarettes has surged into the national consciousness, setting off a proliferation of regulations that limit or ban the use of the so-called “smokeless” devices even as the debate continues over how – and even whether – the e-cigarette industry should be managed.

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    • Hike in online courtesy fee for teacher creds

      (Calif.) A seemingly obscure uptick in the cost to process online educator accreditation forms generated an expense of $84,000 last year for the state’s cash-strapped commission that oversees teacher preparation and standards.

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    • Charter group challenges funding disparity

      (Ariz.) In a long-standing legal struggle, attorneys representing charter schools filed a petition with the Arizona Court of Appeals last week to reverse a Maricopa County judge’s ruling upholding a system that allows the Legislature to fund traditional public schools and charters differently.

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    • Parents voice objections by opting kids out of standardized tests

      (N.Y.) Assessment season may be months away, but opponents of high-stakes exams are already making plans for what they hope will be a revolution next spring when parents across the country are encouraged to keep their children home on testing days.

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    • Florida district changing sex-ed policy to combat at-risk behaviors

      (Fla.) Broward County Public Schools would be evaluated on how well they deliver new human health and sexuality curriculum under a proposal now being considered for adoption by the board of trustees.

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