Archive for 2014- Page 5

    • Analysis: national press misreads schools chief battle

      (Calif.) California readers of the New York Times may have been surprised to learn over the weekend that the contest for superintendent of schools was drawing more attention outside the state than from within.

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    • Fight over history frameworks moves to Tennessee

      (Tenn.) The state board of education last week refused to adopt a resolution denouncing a new national U.S. history course, making Tennessee the latest state to become embroiled in controversy over what students should be taught about America’s past.

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    • LEA settles equal access issue to advanced learning

      (N.J.) Despite its location within one of the most racially diverse regions of the country, the School District of South Orange and Maplewood moved this week to settle claims that black students were not receiving equal access to advanced learning opportunities.

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    • ‘Redskin’ hullabaloo won’t change student press limits

      (Calif.) A heated dispute between student journalists and their high school administration over use of the word “Redskins” has drawn national headlines, but legal experts say the case isn’t likely to spark much change in First Amendment rights within public schools.

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    • SIG schools fail to implement turnaround strategies

      (District of Columbia) New research confirms a long-suspected flaw in the nation’s primary program for turning around perpetually bad schools – too many of them have been allowed to shake off aggressive intervention mandates.

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    • Planning services offered to aid Prop. 39 energy projects

      The California Energy Commission on Tuesday approved a $4 million contract with a southern California firm to provide support to K-12 schools and community colleges moving forward with Prop. 39 projects -- from installation of temperature control devices to alternative energy systems, including solar.

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    • Educational barriers persist for African American Girls

      (D.C.) At the intersection of gender and racial disparities, a group of American students still struggles to reach equal access to educational opportunity:  African American girls, large numbers of whom fail to graduate from high school and go on to live in poverty, according to the latest statistics.

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    • Engagement remains big LCFF hurdle for LEAs

      (Calif.) One year into a sweeping shift of education funding and accountability, a new study finds that most districts struggled to comply with requirements to engage parents in spending decisions.

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    • Several states consider behavior support revisions

      (Kan.) To clarify what teachers and administrators are allowed to do to subdue a student who is acting out, the Kansas State Department of Education is considering a change in the wording of its policy governing restraint and seclusion.

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    • Title IX decision, a reminder on equality in athletics

      (Calif.) With an appeals court finding last month that a Southern California district violated federal discrimination protections, legal experts suggest that schools undertake a thorough review of their athletic programs to make sure they are providing equal opportunities based on gender.

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