Archive for 2014- Page 2

    • Latin education continues surge into classrooms

      (Va.) Latin is used on a daily basis to some degree, but students who study the language more thoroughly can see positive results long after leaving the classroom, according to language education experts.

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    • Farmers turn to high schools for future workers

      (N.Y.) The combination of a booming agricultural economy and the decline in young people entering the profession has dozens of farm bureaus in New York pushing schools to embrace more and better agrarian education, a pathway experts say would fit well with states’ college and career ready standards.

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    • How parents use school choice options

      (District of Columbia) As a growing number of families nationally take advantage of school choice options, new research suggests more needs to be done to help parents make the critical decisions about where to send their children.

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    • Freshman lawmaker brings back pre-school for all

      (Calif.) Sacramento Democrat Kevin McCarty, newly-appointed chair of the Assembly’s budget subcommittee on education finance, wasted no time in the new legislative session taking up a cause that has gained serious momentum in the state but has yet to be fully enacted – preschool for all kids.

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    • Partisan politics jump-starts new education battles

      (Ariz.) Arizona's newly-elected state schools chief -- who hasn't even officially taken office yet -- already faces a recall campaign, while bickering between Indiana's governor and the state's top education official have some in the Legislature seeking to make the job of schools superintendent an appointed position. Just another day in the political world of education.

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    • Low-performing charters called out by association

      (Calif.) The state’s largest charter school association on Tuesday called for authorization of five schools said to be among the lowest performing in the state to not be renewed.

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    • CSBA calls reserve limit unworkable

      (Calif.) Legislation limiting how much money schools can retain in reserves includes too many facets of a district’s ending budget balance and skews the amount actually being reported, according to a study released Monday by the California School Boards Association.

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    • Feds propose new teacher program accountability rules

      In a conference call with reporters late last week, U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan outlined the planned changes that he hopes will ultimately improve teacher training programs and hold them more accountable for improved student academic outcomes.

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    • Reminder: Staff allocation can become a federal case

      (District of Columbia.) In the wake of a high-profile discrimination lawsuit involving schools in Southern California, federal officials are reemphasizing the civil rights pitfalls surrounding allocation of resources.

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    • State opines that charters can use Prop. 39 money

      (Calif.) California charter schools operating out of privately-owned buildings may use the public tax dollars generated by a 2012 ballot measure to make energy-efficient upgrades to those facilities, state officials said late last week.

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