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Wednesday, Sept. 2

Attendance
Absenteeism adds to academic gaps
The nation’s large and persistent education achievement gaps are rooted in a largely hidden crisis of chronic absenteeism from school, especially among low-income and minority children, according to a new report that compiles recent research on school attendance. (Washington Post, August 31)

School Calendars
Looking for improvement with 4-day week
A new study on students’ reading and math scores finds a permanent four-day school week may actually be beneficial to education. (Medical Daily, August 29)

School Transfers
AR schools properly denied white students’ requests 
A federal appeals court upheld a judge’s ruling that the Blytheville School District properly denied requests from several parents to transfer their white children out of the district. (Times Record, Sept. 1)

Teacher Issues
Top NY teachers flock to better schools
A new analysis shows that teachers who scored low in New York City’s evaluation system are concentrated in struggling schools, while teachers with strong ratings are most likely to be found in schools where students test well. (Washington Post, Sept. 1)

Transportation
Some SC students spend 3 hours on bus 
Nearly 10 percent of the 18,062 routes traveled by the South Carolina-owned and maintained bus fleet in the 2013-14 school year exceeded the 90 minutes of one-way travel time allowed by state law. (Herald, August 31)

 

Tuesday, Sept. 1

Civic Education
Project-based students in IA more engaged 
In the first year of broad implementation in Cedar Rapids schools of project-based learning programs, participating students were more engaged and in some cases more academically successful than their peers, district data show. (Gazette, August 28)

Common Core
Goals unfulfilled as results trickle in
Results for some of the states that participated in Common Core-aligned testing for the first time this spring are out, with overall scores higher than expected though still below what many parents may be accustomed to seeing. (Associated Press, August 29)

High School Graduation
RI may take second look at requirements
Rhode Island’s new commissioner of public education said he is open to the possibility of using something other than a state test as a high school graduation requirement. (Providence Journal, August 25)

School Finance
KS headed toward another debate
Five months after a new law for funding public schools took effect in Kansas, legislators and education officials are talking about drafting another one next year. (Associated Press, August 29)

Student Data
46 states consider greater protection
More schools are adopting technology to help personalize learning. The trend means schools also are collecting more student data, which has raised concerns in some areas about its use. (New York Times, August 30)

 

Monday, August 31

Assessments
FL looks to ditch state exams
Some lawmakers hope to ditch Florida’s controversial new state exams by requiring the Department of Education to instead administer existing national exams, like the Iowa Tests of Basic Skills or the SAT college entrance exam. (Politico, August 25)

Education Trends
Top 10 trends shaping the future of education
From alternative credentialing and changing demographics to testing concerns and the rise of STEM, take a look at 10 trends currently shaping the future of education. (Education Dive, August 27)

Higher Ed Spending
Universities coping with cuts
Public universities are increasing educational spending even as their overall revenue declines, a new report found. (Inside Higher Ed, August 27)

School Calendar
Year-round schooling gains popularity
The number of public, year-round schools increased by 26 percent from 2007 to 2012, according to the National Center for Education Statistics. (District Administration, August 31)

Teacher Issues
Teacher visits show positive signs
There was a time when a teacher showing up on a student's doorstep meant something bad. But increasingly, home visits have become a tool to spark parental involvement. (NPR, August 26)

 

Friday, August 28

Assessments
NY works to curb test opt-outs
New York education officials are steering away from financial sanctions for schools whose students skipped this year's Common Core tests in droves and looking at school districts with high test participation for ways to curb opt-outs elsewhere. (Associated Press, August 25) 

Curriculum
SD approves new K-12 history standards
History teachers across South Dakota will be working with a new set of classroom guidelines after a decision to approve social studies standards. (Argus Leader, August 24)

Teacher Issues
CA improves teacher misconduct process
Three years after a critical audit found the average teacher misconduct case could take 22 months to resolve, California officials reported that the timeline has been cut almost in half. (Cabinet Report, August 25)

Technology
IBM program aims to fix education
A program backed by IBM aims to prepare mainly minority kids from low-income backgrounds for careers in technology. The idea is to earn a high school diploma and a free associate degree in six years or less. (Wired, August 24)

Truancy
TX to end fines, court for missing school
For years, Texas prosecuted more kids for missing school than all other states combined. But now the state is changing course. (Huffington Post, August 26)

 

Thursday, August 27

Assessments
ACT scores are flat
ACT scores in 2015 were flat, with a continuation of recent patterns of significant gaps in the average scores by race and ethnicity. (Inside Higher Ed, August 26)

College Transfers
SUNY guarantees 'seamless transfer'
A new policy at the State University of New York SUNY will guarantee that students can transfer from a community college with all of their general education requirements and courses toward their major to and from any system campus. (Inside Higher Ed, August 26)

College Tuition 
Thousands take up TN free tuition program
The Tennessee Promise program, which offers a free two-year college education, has 22,534 college freshmen as of the last August deadline. It's now up to the colleges to retain the students. (Inside Higher Ed, August 26)

Postsecondary
Schools turn to data to predict how applicants will fare
The same big data techniques that are transforming other industries are seeping into the college and university admissions process to help predict whether students will succeed and graduate. (Hechinger Report, August 21)

Transportation
Many skip the bus, take Uber instead
Forget the big yellow bus or even mom's taxi. This fall, more and more kids will be heading back to school via Uber and other ride-hailing options. (Governing, August 20)

 

Wednesday, August 26

Assessments
MI to reduce length of tests 
Michigan is reducing the length of standardized tests for students, noting that testing time for 11th-graders will drop by up to eight hours next spring. (Detroit Free Press, August 20)

Early Learning
Optional kindergarten in CA is questioned
California educators and lawmakers who want to close this achievement gap say it's time to do away with optional kindergarten for California children. (Los Angeles Times, August 21)

Literacy
TN rolls out sweeping initiatives 
Calling Tennessee’s stagnant reading scores a “true ethical and moral dilemma,” Education Commissioner Candice McQueen is rolling out a pair of initiatives to boost students’ literacy skills, starting even before they enter school. (Chalkbeat Tennessee, August 20)

School Safety
CT schools spend millions on security 
Since the Sandy Hook massacre, Eastern Connecticut towns have received more than $6.8 million to beef up security at their schools. (Ledger-Enquirer, August 22)

Teacher Grades
Poll: Don’t rate teachers based on student tests
Many Americans, especially public-school parents, give low marks to rating a teacher based partly on how students perform on standardized tests, according to a survey. (Associated Press, August 24)

 

Tuesday, August 25

Common Core
LA likely to keep, tweak standards
A committee charged with reworking Louisiana’s academic benchmarks indicated that it will likely tweak, not throw out, the Common Core standards. (Times-Picayune, August 19)

Postsecondary
CA students struggle to get into state colleges
Once envied, the California system of higher education is seen as a warning to others. Years of budget cuts at public universities and colleges are taking their toll in disturbing and sometimes surprising ways. (Hechinger Report, August 20)
  
School Ratings
MS ratings called into question
A legislative watchdog committee released a report attacking how Mississippi grades its public school districts and individual schools, saying the bottom-line emphasis should be on students' actual test scores, and that including test-score growth in calculations "obscures" actual student performance. (Associated Press, August 20)

Student Health
More CO kids get free breakfast 
As the second phase of Colorado’s “Breakfast After the Bell” law takes effect this fall, thousands more low-income students will have access to free breakfast served during school hours. (Chalkbeat Colorado, August 19)

Technology
Should students learn coding?
Parents across the U.S. are eager for their children to learn coding and other computer-science skills, but their message hasn't yet hit the in-box of school administrators. (USA Today, August 20)

 

Monday, August 24

Assessments
NH locks in SAT over Smarter Balanced exams
This year, when 11th-grade students in public schools sit down to take New Hampshire’s statewide assessment tests, they won’t be taking Smarter Balanced exams; they’ll be taking the SAT. (Concord Monitor, August 17)

College Prep
OK offers free ACT exam for HS juniors
Every high school junior in Oklahoma will have the opportunity to take the ACT college-preparatory test free of charge under a pilot program being launched by state education officials. (Associated Press, August 19)

Private Schools
Thousands in NV apply for savings program
A new program helping parents pay for their child's private school education is off to a fast start. In less than three weeks, Nevada has received almost half the number of applicants it anticipated for the entire year. (Las Vegas Now, August 19)

Remedial Education
NC panel OKs plan for high school seniors
The North Carolina Community College System would design remedial education courses for high school seniors to ensure they meet necessary academic benchmarks before graduating. (WRAL, August 19)

Student Loans
Borrowing for college set to hit 5-year low
College students this past fall likely borrowed the least amount for higher education in five years, federal data show, amid declining overall enrollment and a drop in lending to students at for-profit schools. (Huffington Post, August 19)

 

Friday, August 21

Assessments
Both sides were right and wrong about opt-outs
Speculating about how many and what kind of students were opting out of standardized tests was a fun education parlor game this spring. Now, data from opt-out ground zero in New York State were released and it turns out the proponents and opponents of opt-outs were both right and wrong about what happened. (U.S. News & World Report, August 18)

College Affordability
Defining what is reasonable to pay for college
With several many public policy proposals circulating, officials at Lumina Foundation are offering up a simple framework for concretely defining what is reasonable for the typical college student and her/his family to pay for college. (Inside Higher Ed, August 19)

Common Core
National support for standards drops
National support for Common Core has dropped by 25 percent in the past two years, according to a survey. The poll showed that 49 percent of those contacted back the academic standards – down from 65 percent in 2013 – compared to 35 percent opposed. (Advocate, August 19)

Graduation Rates
NM Gov. Martinez looks to boost HS rates
New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez announced an online tutoring service to help high school students succeed in the classroom. (Ruidoso News, August 18)

Teacher Shortages
IN schools tap retired educators
While classes are back in session, many school districts are still trying to find teachers amid a statewide shortage. Some Indiana schools are turning to retired educators to fill that gap. (Indy Channel, August 18)

 

 

Thursday, August 20

Campus Safety
Little-known education office has forced far-reaching changes
For the last four years, a little-known civil rights office in the U.S. Department of Education has forced far-reaching changes in how the nation’s colleges and universities police, prosecute and punish sexual assaults on campus. (Los Angeles Times, August 17)

Common Core
NC commission wants changes, stresses need for funds
When changes to Common Core standards are finalized in North Carolina, classrooms will need to receive updated books and schools will need money to hire enough teachers, a subcommittee said. (Associated Press, August 17)

Military Issues
Military kids may be more prone to concerning behaviors
Teens with parents or caregivers in the military may be more likely to drink, smoke, and carry weapons than other kids, a U.S. study suggests. (Reuters, August 17)

School Funding
Big fine unlikely to uncork logjam in WA 
Even racking up $100,000 a day in court-ordered fines may not inspire Washington lawmakers to quickly solve a school-funding problem that has plagued the state for three decades. (The Olympian, August 15) 

Teacher Shortage
NY not experiencing difficulties seen across the country
Schools in New York are receiving a large number of applicants for a handful of available teaching positions. This is not the case in places such as Nashville, Oklahoma City, or a number of other urban school districts struggling to fill positions before this school year begins. (Chalkbeat New York, August 18)

 

Wednesday, August 19

Assessments 
About half pass WA’s new tests
About half of Washington state’s students passed the new, tougher Smarter Balanced tests last spring. But the passage rates are much lower than on the state’s old tests and the high number of students who opted out could affect federal funding in the future. (Seattle Times, August 17)

Financial Aid 
Billions in Pell dollars go to students who never graduate
An analysis of Pell grant graduation rate data from a cross section of colleges and universities suggests that billions of dollars in taxpayer-funded Pell grants nationwide go to students who never earn degrees. (Hechinger Report, August 17)

Postsecondary
More colleges drop standardized tests
More than 850 U.S. colleges and universities no longer require applicants to take the SAT or ACT, tests that have been a feature of American student life for decades. (Reuters, August 16) 

Student Health
Link found between fitness, math skills
Physical activity and exercise, such as aerobic, thin out the gray matter in the children aged between 9 and 10, claims a new study. Check out a recent report by Education Commission of the States regarding the importance of student health and education. (International Business Times, August 14)

Teacher Evaluations
Common Core tests will count in OR
Oregon teachers this year will adjust to a new facet of the state's fledgling evaluation system: How much did their students' scores on rigorous Smarter Balanced exams improve? (Oregonian, August 15)

 

Tuesday, August 18

Campus Safety
College website info is basic
Most college websites include “necessary information” about campus sexual assault policies, a new study found. But at many institutions, the content is difficult to locate and lacking in additional resources that could assist victims after an assault or help in prevention efforts. (Inside Higher Ed, August 14)

Early Learning
Should parents delay kindergarten entrance?
When it comes to delaying kindergarten entrance, there’s lots more at stake than a single child’s competitive edge. (Atlantic, August 13)

International Students
OH embarks on new initiative to attract students
There are nearly 30,000 international students who are studying at Ohio’s colleges and universities, and state leaders have a plan that they say will open the door for even more. (State Impact, August 12)

School Finance
School funding back on table in WA
Prodded by a $100,000-a-day fine, Gov. Jay Inslee and legislative leaders plan to dive back into the school-spending dispute after the latest state Supreme Court repudiation of Washington’s chronic underfunding of public schools. (Seattle Times, August 13)

Technology
AR Gov. Hutchinson wants more computer science
Gov. Asa Hutchinson announced that his initial goal of at least one computer science course in each school is intended to be a starting point, with plans to grow taking shape already, and that the Computer Science Task Force has voted to make the Arkansas Department of Education responsible for development and implementation of a full computer science curriculum to be offered statewide. (Times Record, August 12)

 

Monday, August 17

Assessments
CA accidentally keeps thousands from starting college
A last-minute decision by California education leaders cost scores of students a final chance to graduate from high school and go to a four-year college this fall because the state exit exam is no longer offered. (Governing, August 13)

Graduation Rates
Why such low HS grad rates in Deep South?
Southern states are a long stretch of low-performing districts, with very few bright spots. Alabama is the only state with any districts whose graduation rates are above 95 percent, and it’s only got six of them. (Hechinger Report, August 12)

Teacher Evaluations
NY teacher calls system ‘irrational’
A Long Island elementary school teacher argued before a judge Wednesday that part of the state's teacher evaluation system is based on a "statistical black box" and should be thrown out. (Politico, August 12)

Teacher Shortages
Emergency certifications on the rise in OK
Oklahoma’s Board of Education recently approved 182 emergency certificates from 67 school districts because not enough certified teachers applied. (Daily Ardmoreite, August 12)

Workforce Development
MI businesses tap wages for training
Michigan businesses looking for a well-trained workforce contract with community colleges to provide training for their newly hired employees. The colleges are then paid by diverting state income tax withholdings from the employees into a fund that reimburses the institutions. (Inside Higher Ed, August 13)

 

Friday, August 14

Common Core
AR Gov. Hutchinson suggests revising, renaming standards 
Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson says the state Board of Education should look at renaming Common Core as it begins revising the education standards that have been criticized by some conservatives. (Associated Press, August 12)

Early Learning
MS pre-K collaborative helping youngsters
Most 4-year-olds are learning more basic skills before entering kindergarten due to Early Learning Collaboratives, the Mississippi Department of Education is reporting. (Jackson Free Press, August 12)

Homework
How much is too much?
If kids had less homework, would they spend more time with family or in front of the television? Would they suffer on standardized tests because they lack practice, or would they thrive because they haven’t gotten burned out? In the debate over the merits of sending kids home for a “second shift” of school, these are the questions that plague parents and school officials. (Christian Science Monitor, August 13)

Rural Education
SC task force focuses on rural students
An education panel is debating ways to improve education in South Carolina’s rural schools, from consolidating districts to providing technology that could make virtual learning a possibility. (Post and Courier, August 12)

Teacher Issues
PA high court to decide on teachers’ contract
Pennsylvania's highest court will decide whether the Philadelphia School Reform Commission can cancel its teachers' contract. (Philadelphia Inquirer, August 13)

 

Thursday, August 13

Early Learning
Special ed funding dries up for some
Some of Indiana’s students with special needs are not receiving the help they need, and it’s mostly because of the state’s narrow age range during which kids can be diagnosed as falling behind their peers. (Chalkbeat Indiana, August 11)

Financial Aid 
More money ... if you can play ball
Some campuses that play big-time intercollegiate sports are increasing the federally defined cost of attendance for students at their institutions this year -- letting them provide several thousand more dollars in stipends for scholarship athletes, but resulting in little if any additional funds for other students. (Inside Higher Ed, August 12)

Higher Ed Governance 
Some in WI worry about possible merger
As a Wisconsin legislative committee considers possibly merging the state’s two separate two-year systems, some faculty are concerned a merger would threaten the systems' different missions and damage general education. (Inside Higher Ed, August 12)

Struggling Schools
‘Community schools’ taking root in FL
Since 2007, a school in one of Orlando’s most trouble neighborhoods has gone from a two-time F-rated school to a B-rated school. Now, the so-called “community school” concept is spreading to other Florida cities. (State Impact, August 11)

Teacher Evaluations
NM judge says proceed with lawsuit
A Santa Fe district judge ruled that a lawsuit asking the court to declare the state's teacher evaluation system unlawful can proceed. (Las Cruces Sun-News, August 11)

 

Wednesday, August 12

Charter Schools
MA proposal looks at more charters
Massachusetts charter school supporters have filed a proposed ballot question for 2016 to expand the number of charter schools allowed by the state. (WCVB, August 8)

Common Core
Standards may be OK in LA
Almost 30,000 comments on Common Core have come in via an Louisiana Education Department website, and all but about 2,500 comments OK'd the existing guidelines. (Times-Picayune, August 10)

Mathematics
Mom and Dad can stress a kid out
If the thought of a math test makes you break out in a cold sweat, Mom or Dad may be partly to blame, according to new research from the University of Chicago. (UChicago News, August 10)

School Start Times
NJ will look at later starts
A new state law requires New Jersey's Department of Education to study the feasibility and potential benefits or consequences of starting school later at middle and high schools. (NJ.com, August 10)

Technology
PA districts take varying approaches  
A growing number of Pennsylvania school districts are determined to bridge the digital divide by offering every high school student use of a laptop computer, at home and in school, for coursework. (Sentinel, August 9)

 

Tuesday, August 11

Academic Performance
UT to begin school turnaround program
Utah's lowest-performing schools will begin a new process for improving their students' academic performance thanks to a law that presents new requirements and incentives for low-performing schools. (Deseret News, August 7)

Gifted and Students
SD neglecting its brightest students?
Since South Dakota eliminated a funding match in 1995, more than 100 school districts have eliminated their programs. Just 21 programs remain. (Argus Leader, August 8)

Postsecondary
TX universities working to graduate students on time
As one student success program at the University of Texas at Austin thrives, officials at 11 partner institutions in the University Innovation Alliance examine what might work best on their own campuses to help students graduate on time, particularly low-income students. (Inside Higher Ed, August 10)

School Performance
CA students may have to ‘defend’ HS diploma
California’s new way of ranking school performance could open the door to portfolio assessments (Hechinger Report, August 7)

Teacher Issues
Shortages spur nationwide hiring scramble
In a stark about-face from just a few years ago, school districts have gone from handing out pink slips to scrambling to hire teachers. Across the country, districts are struggling with shortages of teachers, particularly in math, science and special education — a result of the layoffs of the recession years combined with an improving economy in which fewer people are training to be teachers. (New York Times, August 9)

 

Monday, August 10

Assessments
CT high schoolers to take SAT
Connecticut's 11th-graders will be taking the SAT instead of the controversial Smarter Balanced Assessment test starting in the coming school year, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy announced. (CT Post, August 7)

Common Core
TN leaders split on standards
The newest standards review panel at the crux of a compromise over Tennessee's much-discussed academic standards now has its members. But just as interesting as the committee's lineup is the pointed messaging included in respective press releases from Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey and Gov. Bill Haslam in announcing their appointments. (Chalkbeat Tennessee, August 5)

Completion/Attainment
Big completion goals in Texas
Texas has become the latest state to join the college completion and attainment agenda by adopting a new goal for 60 percent of 25- to 34-year-olds in the state to hold a postsecondary degree or certificate by 2030. At least 32 states have developed similar, official goals. (Inside Higher Ed, August 6)

Early Learning
WA reexamines math for preschoolers
Seattle children start school less prepared in math than in reading. Brain research says we underestimate how much math kids that age can do. (Seattle Times, August 4)

School Start Times
Classes start too early, feds say
The majority of U.S. middle and high schools start their school days too early, not letting young people get enough sleep for development and academic success, a new federal report says. (Time, August 6)

 

Friday, August 7

Assessments 
WA sets new minimum scores for HS graduation
The Washington Board of Education set new minimum scores that high-school students must reach on English and math tests to graduate, but that are lower than a national consortium recommended would indicate a student is ready for college or a career. (Seattle Times, August 5)

Common Core
WV legislative leaders revoke agreement
West Virginia’s Senate President and House Speaker have sent a letter to the National Governor’s Association and Council of Chief State School Officers rescinding the state’s 2009 agreement over the Common Core standards. (WVPR, August 5)

Degrees of Value
KY system measures low-paying degrees’ impact
The Kentucky Community and Technical College System created a “social utility index” to calculate the social good of degree programs that lead to low-paying jobs that may nevertheless be important to communities. (Chronicle of Higher Education, August 6)

Teacher Evaluations
NM evaluations see change
New Mexico’s Public Education Department will no longer require school districts to use test scores and other data to evaluate roughly 1,000 teachers who teach subjects that don’t use standardized testing – removing one of the most controversial components of the evaluation system. (Albuquerque Journal, August 3)

Textbooks
Prices have skyrocketed since 1977
Students hitting the college bookstore this fall will get a stark lesson in economics before they've cracked open their first chapter. Textbook prices are soaring. According to NBC's review of Bureau of Labor Statistics data, textbook prices have risen over three times the rate of inflation from January 1977 to June 2015, a 1,041 percent increase. (NBC, August 6)

 

Thursday, August 6

Charter Schools
IN grant program ready to roll out 
The Indiana State Board of Education is expected to consider details of a new state-funded charter school grant program that would give more than $10 million to schools enrolling a total of almost 22,000 students across the state this year. (Chalkbeat Indiana, August 4)

Civics Education
Group calls for civics in earliest grades
A group is calling on early-childhood educators to tap into their students’ knowledge about their neighborhoods, get the children to brainstorm ways to make their communities better and facilitate the sharing of their ideas with the general public and policymakers. (The Atlantic, August 3)

Common Core
In DC, are teacher coaches the solution?
A consultant who works to improve teacher coaching programs said many Washington, D.C., school districts are revamping their programs as they put into place new curriculums aligned to the Common Core and ask teachers to make big changes to how they teach. (Hechinger Report, August 4)

Postsecondary
Shifting the focus of the ‘college match’ conversation
A research conference the American Enterprise Institute hosted tried to shift the “college match” conversation away from the Ivy League and back to its initial focus on more typical students and institutions. (Inside Higher Ed, August 5)

Teacher Development
Report says PD is costly and ineffective
Only 30 percent of teachers improve substantially with the help of district-led professional development, even though districts spend an average of $18,000 on development for each teacher per year, according to a new report. (Hechinger Report, August 4)

 

Wednesday, August 5

Admissions/Placement
LA adjusts admissions standards
Louisiana tried to tighten admissions standards by shifting remediation to community colleges. But when enrollment dropped at four-year universities, without increasing at two-year institutions, the state shifted course. (Inside Higher Ed, August 4)

Assessments
MN settles with testing vendor
The State of Minnesota has reached a settlement with a vendor whose technical problems delayed important statewide testing during the 2014-2015 school year. (KARE, August 3)

Career/Technical Education
AZ leaders troubled by $30M in cuts
Career and technical education course budgets across Arizona were cut $30 million in an overnight budget cut in March for the 2016-17 school year. As that budget reality looms, Arizona CTE officials and teachers worry about the funding of programs and jobs. (Phoenix Business Journal, August 3)

Common Core
Testing opt outs threaten NY schools’ status
A dozen public schools across the state risk losing their chance to win coveted national "Blue Ribbon" awards for academic excellence because of the drop in the number of students who took standardized Common Core tests this spring. (Newsday, August 2)

Education Standards
ID looks to revamp science
The Idaho Department of Education wants to revamp science standards to emphasize problem solving and hands-on work. (Times-News, August 4)

 

Tuesday, August 4

Higher Ed Accountability
AR board OKs 2nd shot at cash
Arkansas' colleges and universities at risk of losing some of their state funding because students aren't progressing toward graduation will get another shot at keeping the money by developing improvement plans. (Arkansas Online, August 1)

Instructional Time
TN businesses, parents unite against shortened summers
A longer school year with a shorter summer and more frequent breaks was designed to boost learning retention, but the evolution to a less than 10-week summer has drawn its critics -- especially parents who see the summer as a time for rejuvenation and August as an ideal time for camps and trips. (Tennessean, July 31)

Online Learning
Mizzou Online extends discount
Mizzou Online announced that Missouri residents who graduate from one of the state's public community colleges are eligible for a 10 percent tuition discount toward an online bachelor's degree. (Missourian, August 1)

Teaching Regulations
AK strengthens student teaching regs
Alaska teachers who want to supervise student teachers this coming school year must have taught for at least one year in their school districts, and three years total, and meet or exceed state content and performance standards. (Alaska Dispatch New, July 31)

Virtual Schools
WI protects districts from low-performing schools

A little-known provision slipped into the budget signed by Gov. Scott Walker would keep low-performing virtual charter schools from dragging down the report cards of districts that host them. (Journal Sentinel, August 2)

 

Monday, August 3

Common Core
AR panel says to keep standards for now

Arkansas should continue using Common Core but conduct a broader look at where to change and replace the education standards that have been criticized by some conservatives, a task force recommended to the governor. (Associated Press, July 30)

Homeschooling
Teaching requirements are lax in most states

Just 13 states and the District require homeschool instructors to have minimum qualifications, in most cases a high school diploma. Though homeschool rules have received criticism for being too lax, many advocates say their movement is built on the notion of trusting parents to understand and provide the best education for their children. Read the recent related report from Education Commission of the States. (Washington Post, July 30)

Special Education
TX to require cameras in classes

Texas special education advocates say a new law requiring video cameras in some classrooms will protect those students most at risk of being abused. (Dallas Morning News, July 30)

Student Discipline
FL districts eliminates out-of-school suspensions

Miami-Dade County Public Schools plan to eliminate out-of-school suspensions this year, preferring to keep kids in class and address behavior problems. (State Impact, July 29)

Work Study
Work study works, but for whom?

Federal work-study generally boosts students' odds of graduating and getting a job, a new study finds. But money too often goes to wealthier students, and findings show an alarming increase in participants' debt loads. (Inside Higher Ed, July 31)

 

Friday, July 31

Assessments
After fall protests, fewer CO students took spring tests
The brushfire of testing refusal sparked by some high school seniors last fall spread during the state’s main testing season this spring. There were relatively high opt-out rates in more districts than was the case last fall. (Chalkbeat Colorado, July 27)

Assessments
PARCC saved MD $2.5M compared to previous tests
Education officials in Maryland say new standardized tests last year saved the state more than $2.5 million, compared to previous state assessments. (Baltimore Sun, July 28)

Campus Safety
Themes from a senate hearing on campus sexual assault
A proposed U.S. Senate bill would direct campuses to designate confidential advisers for victims, sign memoranda of understanding with local law-enforcement agencies and bolster due-process rights for accused students. (Chronicle of Higher Education, July 30)

College Transfer
TX program aims to give credit where it's due
Tens of thousands of Texas students have earned enough college credit for an associate degree without knowing it. A new program, known as Reverse Transfer, will attempt to get those students their degrees and maybe convince them to continue their schooling. Read the recent Education Commission of the States’ report on reverse transfer. (Texas Tribune, July 28)

Student Data
AZ ed. dept. launches new system
The Arizona Department of Education launched a new system to collect data from schools, replacing the Student Accountability Information System, which was dysfunctional for several years and costing the department and schools time and money. (Arizona Daily Star, July 28)

 

Thursday, July 30

Common Core
WY teachers struggle with transition
Three years after Wyoming adopted the Common Core State Standards for English language arts and math, schools here are still struggling to teach to the new standards, according to a survey. (Wyoming Public Radio, July 22)

Private Schools
AZ families cash in on tax-credit program
Arizona created the nation’s first tax credit for private education 18 years ago in a move hailed by school-choice advocates and replicated across the country. Its architects, who promised the program would primarily benefit special-needs and low-income students, have watched it grow far larger than they ever imagined. (Arizona Republic, July 28)

School Safety
OH board opposes barricade devices
Ohio’s building standards board took a strong position against the installation of barricade devices on classroom doors in the event of an active shooter, just weeks after a law went into effect allowing the devices. (Associated Press, July 24)

Teacher Issues
TN survey shows happier teachers
Tennessee educators are warming to teacher evaluations, happier in their jobs than they’ve been in years past, and sick and tired of testing, according to a survey of teachers and principals. (Chalkbeat Tennessee, July 24)

Virtual Learning
KS opportunities may mostly vanish
Virtual school opportunities for Kansas students blending traditional classroom learning with online classes could nearly vanish in a couple of years. (Associated Press, July 26)

 

Wednesday, July 29

English-language Learners
The first things schools get wrong
The seemingly simple step of recording and calling a student by the correct name can have consequences when mistakes happen. (Chalkbeat Indiana, July 27)

Online Education
A look at the myths about cost
While choosing an online degree can indeed be a wise move for a student's budget, buyers should beware that the cost of a virtual program isn't always what it seems. (U.S. News & World Report, July 28)

Postsecondary
Higher ed and the impact on the economy
Policymakers need to take factors like geography, available skills and knowledge, and the networks of local companies into account to boost the impact of higher education on economic development, according to a new paper. (Phys.org, July 28)

School Accountability
CA parents’ campaign can continue
While California’s testing and accountability system is in flux, parents are allowed to attempt to force major changes at schools considered failing based on tests that are at least two years old and that measure material that’s no longer being taught. (EdSource, July 27)

School Data
NV system makes records permanent
Nevada is about to debut a new super-data system that connects information from the moment a student starts preschool to high school graduation, acceptance to a university and eventually the first day of work. (Las Vegas Journal-Review, July 25)

 

Tuesday, July 28

Early Learning
Can social impact bonds fund education?
Social impact bonds have attracted liberals and conservatives, as well as big banks, but can they really fund education? (Daily Beast, July 25)

Education Funding
PA Gov. Wolf calls for more spending
Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf stressed the importance of making changes to the way public education is funded and said that is why he’s holding out for it during the budget impasse. (Mercury, July 27)

Higher Ed Reforms
Arne Duncan calls for renewed policy push
In major policy speech, Arne Duncan says student debt is only part of higher education's problem, and calls for renewed policy push on student success and return-on-investment. (Inside Higher Ed, July 27)

Presidential Politics
Education figures to be big issue in 2016
As usual, the economy and jobs rank at the top of important issues facing the country. But education was next on the list according to a survey. (Forbes, July 27)

Teacher Training
AL academy offers digital tools training
K-12 educators in Alabama have an opportunity to learn digital tools and strategies as part of a free Discovery Education Academy that focuses on literacy and math skills using the national education organization's web-based curriculum. (AL.com, July 27)

 

Monday, July 27

College Attainment
TX sets new state goal
The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board has adopted a new strategic plan with an overarching goal: Get 60 percent of Texans between 25 and 34 a postsecondary degree or certificate by 2030. (Texas Tribune, July 23)

Common Core
CA outlines its education strategy
California Superintendent Tom Torlakson presented an update to his 2011 guidelines for schools that also outlines strategies for implementing Common Core standards, improving school assessments and boosting student performance. (Associated Press, July 24)

Teacher Evaluations
FL sets new rules for many
Through 2014-15, Florida school district had the ability to set teacher evaluation ratings the student performance results they received. That flexibility no longer exists for the teachers of classes that include state tests. The Florida Board of Education adopted a new rule connecting value-added model results to evaluation rankings, from highly effective through unsatisfactory, for those teachers. (Tampa Bay Times, July 23)

Undocumented Students
MO law won’t affect scholarships
Missouri educators say they won’t let language inserted in an appropriations bill prevent them from awarding A+ scholarships to qualified undocumented immigrant students. (Kansas City Star, July 23)

Vouchers
NC school voucher program expanding
The number of North Carolina children using tax dollars to attend private schools will at least double this fall to 2,642 and could climb much higher. (News & Observer, July 24)

 

Friday, July 24

Achievement Gap
Racial gap costs OR $2B per year
If Oregon's public schools managed to elevate Latino, African American and Native American students to the same level of academic achievement as white students, Oregonians of all backgrounds would be more prosperous, a new study says. Economists estimate that Oregon's economy would be nearly $2 billion bigger if all working-age Oregonians who came through the state's public schools had been educated to the same level that white students are. (Oregonian, July 21)

Early Learning
How are the kids in your state doing?
For children in New England and the Midwest, life is pretty good. For those in the South and Southwest though, not so much. And overall, kids are not as well off as they were before the 2008 recession. (Christian Science Monitor, July 21)

Military-connected Students
Congress wants tracking system for states
In the flurry of media coverage of the political fight to replace No Child Left Behind, one issue hasn’t gotten much attention: a proposal to require states and districts to track the academic progress of children from military-connected families. (Hechinger Report, July 21) 

School Funding
Judge says LA owes districts $137M
Louisiana owes local public schools $137 million because state lawmakers didn’t properly pass previous school funding formulas, a state district judge ruled. (Associated Press, July 21)

Teacher Issues
TX explores virtual teaching
Texas is exploring "Virtual K-12 Staffing" as a solution to the nationwide teacher shortage, but questions remain as to whether it will work. (iSchoolGuide, July 21)

 

Thursday, July 23

At-risk Populations
CA homeless students get new attention
School districts must spell out how they will help California’s 310,000 homeless students and make goals for their progress under a new law that may be the first of its kind nationwide. Gov. Jerry Brown approved the change to the state’s accountability system when he signed the catch-all “trailer bill” that enacts the state budget details into law, but also includes issues not addressed in other bills. (EdSource, July 19) 

Early Learning
Test predicts literacy skills
A neurobiologist and her team at Northwestern University have found a way — a half-hour test — to predict kids' literacy skill long before they're old enough to begin reading. (NPR, July 21)

Financial Aid 
Feds experimenting with aid
The U.S. Department of Education continues to work on its plan to grant experimental federal aid eligibility to partnerships between accredited colleges and alternative providers, such as job skills boot camps, coding academies and MOOCs. (Inside Higher Ed, July 21)

Low-income Schools
Differences in AZ tax donations raise worries
Tax donations are a huge driver of extracurricular activities in Arizona's schools, but the vast difference in contributions between affluent and poor schools raises concerns as the state inches closer to letting schools use the money in the classroom. (Arizona Republic, July 20)

Private Schools
NV parents demand $5K payments
A new program paying Nevada families $5,000 per child attending private school or homeschool has come under scrutiny when it became clear that students must be enrolled in public school for 100 consecutive school days at the time of applying for the money. (Reno Gazette-Journal, July 17)

 

Wednesday, July 22

College Access 
Colleges use many paths to diversity
A new report argues that many college efforts to attract minority students employ race-neutral strategies that aren't as controversial as those that receive considerable attention. (Inside Higher Ed, July 21)

College Tuition
CA invests in programs for community college students
California is investing money in expanding aid programs that benefit its community college students, which could be a sign that free two-year college is a possibility. (Inside Higher Ed, July 20)

Early Learning
Not enough recess for young students
Pediatricians, physical education experts and others are urging schools to make recess a priority, and some are advocating best practices that include giving children at least one 20-minute block of recess a day, holding recess directly before lunch and not keeping kids away from recess as a form of discipline or for extra instruction time. (Topeka Capital-Journal, July 18)

School Calendars
ID’s 4-day week called into question 
A new study examined the 42 of Idaho’s 115 school districts that have gone to four-day school weeks as a money-saving move, and found that none have seen significant savings as a result and there’s been no examination of the impact on student achievement. (Spokesman-Review, July 20)

Struggling Schools
High number of NYC schools need to improve 
The state named 62 low-performing New York City schools that the chancellor will be forced to hand over to an outside manager if she cannot swiftly revamp them. (Chalkbeat New York, July 16)

 

Tuesday, July 21

Early Learning
'Playing well with others' is critical
The way a kindergartner gets along with his classmates could indicate how likely that child is to either earn a college degree — or end up on public assistance. Those are the findings of a new study from Penn State and Duke University that tracked kids in Nashville and three other locations for nearly two decades. (CNN, July 16)

Equivalency Assessments
Fewer in TX earning GEDs
For millions of Texans without high school diplomas, the test to earn a high school equivalency certificate has become harder and more expensive. For related information check out a new report from Education Commission of the States: GED, HiSET and TASC: A comparison of high school equivalency assessments.  (Texas Tribune, July 14)

Postsecondary
Free college options for low-income Americans
A new study details how college is surprisingly affordable for the lowest income Americans. Yet fewer than half of them enroll in college, and 12 percent of those who do enroll fail to apply for financial aid. (Hechinger Report, July 20)

Struggling Schools
OH Gov. Kasich signs school takeover bill
Gov. John Kasich signed a controversial bill  that drastically changes how the state can step in to run "failing" school districts by creating a new CEO position, allowing mayors to appoint school board members and giving the CEO power to override parts of union contracts. (Plain Dealer, July 17)

Teacher Issues
TN Gov. Haslam meets with Teachers Cabinet 
Gov. Bill Haslam convened the first meeting of his Teachers Cabinet by quizzing teachers from across the state about everything from professional development to whether Tennessee students are tested excessively. (Chalkbeat Tennessee, July 16)

 

Monday, July 20

Assessments
DE Gov. Markell vetoes opt-out bill
Gov. Jack Markell has vetoed a controversial bill that would allow parents to pull their kids out of Delaware's standardized test. Lawmakers and parent groups who supported the bill are furious and demanding the General Assembly override the action when it returns in January, which would require a three-fifths majority in both chambers. (News Journal, July 16)

School Funding
Judge: MS not obligated to fully fund
Mississippi legislators are not obligated to fully fund an education budget formula every year, a judge ruled in a lawsuit filed by a former governor. (Clarion Ledger, July 15)

Student Debt
CT first to implement Student Loan Bill of Rights
Connecticut has become the first state to create a Student Loan Bill of Rights in an effort to help reduce the burden of debt most students acquire once they graduate. (WTNH, July 14)

Teacher Issues
NY teachers not returning to low-performing schools
A majority of teachers are leaving two of the New York City’s lowest-performing schools, where they were forced this year to reapply for their jobs. (Chalkbeat New York, July 15)

Teacher Licensure
KS to allow hire of unlicensed teachers 
The state’s six innovative school districts will be able to hire unlicensed teachers for hard-to-fill positions under a proposal approved by the Kansas Board of Education. (Wichita Eagle, July 14)

 

Friday, July 17

Financial Aid
Study IDs ways to explore options
A new study identifies new ways to help make middle-schoolers and their families aware of their financial aid options, letting them know that college can be a reality for those who might think they can't afford it. (Inside Higher Ed, July 16)

Immigrant Tuition
MO charges DACA students highest rate available
A new Missouri rule says public colleges and universities must charge so-called DACA students the highest rate of tuition available, either the out-of-state or the international rate. (Governing, July 15)

Postsecondary
Reshaping the for-profit industry
Feeling the push to survive heightened regulations, intense scrutiny and negative perceptions, the for-profit industry looks to transition to a new era. (Inside Higher Ed, July 15)

School Accountability 
Schools will have to show path to jobs
New federal rules kicked in this month that aim to hold colleges more accountable for getting students prepared for gainful employment — work that offers an income on a scale that could reasonably settle college debt. (Kansas City Star, July 14)

Teacher Shortages
IN educators blame low pay, policies
Indiana issued 6,174 licenses to first-time teachers in the 2013-14 school year, down from 16,578 in 2009-10. Some point to low pay and education-related policies. (State Impact, July 13)

 

Thursday, July 16

Assessments
NC to try out new testing strategy
About 9,000 students in North Carolina will take shorter, more frequent standardized tests this upcoming year. (News & Observer, July 9)

Common Core
OH math, English tests to be shortened
Ohio's new Common Core math and English tests will be about three hours per subject each year, well below the combined 11-12 hours currently spent on the two tests. (Plain Dealer, July 13)

Postsecondary
LA policies close off college opportunities for many
Scores of New Orleans high school graduates who just missed Louisiana’s cutoff score on the English ACT entrance examination were left with one lone option for pursuing public higher education in Louisiana: community college. That’s because a state policy approved by the Louisiana Board of Regents in 2010 barred those universities from accepting students who need extra academic help, starting last fall. (Hechinger Report, July 10)

Rural Issues
VT works on admin issues, small student numbers
Vermont is seeking to rein in the high costs of a largely rural system whose administrative structure has not been reduced despite steep declines in the students it serves. (Route Fifty, July 12)

Teacher Shortages
IN has trouble filling positions
School districts across Indiana are having trouble finding people to fill open teaching positions as the number of first-time teacher licenses issued by the state has dropped by 63 percent in recent years. (Associated Press, July 12)

 

Wednesday, July 15

College Admissions
Potential transcript would look outside classroom
Two associations of registrars and student affairs administrators will work with eight colleges on prototypes for a new form of transcript – a comprehensive record that includes learning outside the classroom. (Inside Higher Ed, July 13)

Leader Training
OH program training school leaders
A joint effort is helping future principals to work in Ohio’s most challenging schools. No education experience is required. (Columbus Dispatch, July 13)

Student Supports
TN Promise students head to 'boot camp'
Hundreds of Tennessee Promise students are beginning a three-week "academic boot camp," an effort officials hope will help them clear some of the hurdles typically faced by first generation college students. (Tennessean, July 12)

Teacher Issues
AR fine with hiring teaching students 
The state Board of Education approved a proposal to allow public schools in the Mississippi Delta region of Arkansas to hire teaching students from the University of Arkansas at Monticello School of Education before the students have graduated. (Times Record, July 10)

Teacher Shortages
More KS teachers leaving, retiring
Classroom spending cuts, uncertain school financing, low pay and eroding tenure protections all play into a hostile climate in Kansas that teachers and school administrators say is spurring a surge of teacher departures and retirements. At least 3,720 Kansas teachers have left the state, retired or taken jobs outside of education after this past school year, a jump from the 2,150 who did so just a couple of years ago. (Associated Press, July 12)

 

Tuesday, July 14

Assessments
AR board passes switch to ACT
The state Board of Education voted to switch Arkansas' public school testing program to the ACT and ACT Aspire exams, reversing course less than a month after rebuffing Gov. Asa Hutchinson's recommendation that they do so. (Arkansas Online, July 9)

College Transfers
UC system opens path for community college transfers

Community college students now have a clearer academic road map for transferring to the University of California system, though still no guarantee of admission if they follow it. (Orange County Register, July 8)

Common Core
Half of WA juniors skip test

Up to 53 percent of Washington juniors skipped Smarter Balanced exams this year, according to preliminary figures. (Oregonian, July 10)

Campus Safety
NY Gov. Cuomo signs new sex-assault policies

All public and private colleges in New York will have to implement new policies to address sexual assaults on campuses after Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed a bill into law. (Democrat & Chronicle, July 7)

Higher Ed Reforms
State lawmakers delve into university policies

Chancellors, professors and students across the country noticed: During this year's legislative sessions, state lawmakers frequently delved into policy matters traditionally left to universities themselves. Twenty-six states considered legislation to change universities' sexual assault policies and campus adjudication processes and 17 debated bills that would allow people to carry a concealed weapon on college campuses. (Stateline, July 10)

 

Monday, July 13

Assessments
NC takes steps to reduce testing
About 9,000 students in North Carolina will take shorter, more frequent standardized tests this upcoming year. (News & Observer, July 9)

College Tuition
OR to follow TN’s lead on free college
Oregon is poised to follow Tennessee as the second state with a plan to provide free two-year college. (Inside Higher Ed, July 9)

Common Core
Reading and math skills are all over the map
A federal report reinforces the notion that when it comes to state standards, proficiency is still in the eye of the beholder. A top-scoring student on Arizona's reading test may fall far below average in states with more rigorous exams, like Massachusetts or Wisconsin. (NPR, July 9)

Curriculum
ID business community pushes for change
Idaho’s business community is instigating an effort to change curriculum in order to produce graduates with improved critical thinking and problem-solving skills. (Idaho Education News, July 9)

Early Learning
Thousands complete UT preschool program
Thousands of young students in Utah graduated from the free, computer-based preschool program UPSTART. (Daily Herald, July 9)

 

Friday, July 10

Education Issues
WA Gov. Inslee signs early learning, college tuition bills
Washington Gov. Jay Inslee signed bills to help kids on both ends of the education spectrum: a comprehensive new early learning bill and a measure that will cut college and university tuition. (Associated Press, July 6)

High School Mathematics
Growing racial differences for those who take calculus
There are “stark and growing racial differences” in which students elect to take calculus in high school, according to high school transcript data. (Hechinger Report, July 6)

Student Loans
NJ lawmaker proposes lottery to pay off loans
A New Jersey lawmaker says the state should try something novel to help people climb out of all that debt from their college days: set up a lottery in which the winning tickets pay off student loans. (NJ.com, July 8)

Teacher Issues
No easy answers to low pay in SD
There is no quick-fix answer for South Dakota’s low teacher salaries, according to a national school funding expert. (Argus Leader, July 7)

Teacher Issues
OK condensing schedules to attract teachers
For a lot of schools in Oklahoma, juggling flat budgets with increasing costs means a bumpy road ahead for district superintendents. And getting teachers to work for the meager starting salary is also a struggle. So how do they make it work? Some districts in Oklahoma pay teachers in time – four days a week, instead of five. (KGOU, July 7)

 

Thursday, July 9

College Transfers
Students keep switching colleges despite hurdles
Some 3.6 million students entered college for the first time in the fall of 2008. Over the next six years, they transferred 2.4 million times, ricocheting between two- and four-year public and private colleges, often across state lines, according to a new report. Because students often lose credits and take longer to graduate after transferring, advisers may try to discourage them from moving. (Chronicle of Higher Education, July 7)

Early Learning
NV study highlights benefits of full-day kindergarten
Full-day kindergarten may be a gateway to higher academic achievement and improved health for Nevada’s youth, according to a recent study from UNLV’s School of Community Health Sciences. (Las Vegas Review-Journal, July 6)

Postsecondary Governance
New push for trustee training in AL, TX
Unhappy with the actions of state institutions' regents and trustees, Alabama and Texas lawmakers have considered bills mandating that they undergo training in ethics, budgeting and governance. (Inside Higher Ed, July 7)

Teacher Issues
FL takes unique approach to bonuses
Florida has set aside more than $44 million to give teachers a pay bump based in part on their own college entrance exams — never mind that most teachers took the test years ago. (Miami Herald, July 3)

Teacher Licensure
Controversial WI changes scaled back
Controversial proposals that would have allowed Wisconsin to give teacher licenses to people without high school or bachelor’s degrees are being jettisoned as the state budget heads to the Legislature. (Wisconsin State Journal, July 7)

 

Wednesday, July 8

Bullying
NY bullying data called into question
A Long Island prosecutor says compliance with a state law requiring schools to report incidents of bullying, harassment or intimidation is a "disaster," finding that 58 percent of all schools statewide failed to report even one incident, and 82 percent found no incidents of cyberbullying. (Associated Press, July 3)

College Readiness 
Groups reiterate support for standards in K-12
Three higher education groups that have been strong supporters of the Common Core released a joint statement that calls for states to stick to efforts to promote rigorous standards. (Inside Higher Ed, July 7)

School Data
MN data help colleges prepare teachers
The Minneapolis School District is starting to use testing data, student surveys and teacher evaluations to help determine which universities are turning out the best teachers. (Star Tribune, July 1)  

Teacher Issues
Schools struggle to find home economics teachers
Schools around the country are struggling to find home economics teachers to replace retiring baby boomers. (Associated Press, July 4)

Textbooks
TX schools to tread lightly on race issues
Five million public school students in Texas will begin using new social studies textbooks this fall based on state academic standards that barely address racial segregation. The state’s guidelines for teaching American history also do not mention the Ku Klux Klan or Jim Crow laws. And when it comes to the Civil War, children are supposed to learn that the conflict was caused by "sectionalism, states’ rights and slavery" — written deliberately in that order to telegraph slavery’s secondary role in driving the conflict. (Washington Post, July 6)

 

Tuesday, July 7

Common Core
OR exceeds reading, writing expectations
Oregon students performed far better than expected on the rigorous Common Core tests they took for the first time this spring, especially in reading and writing. But high school juniors bombed in math. (Oregonian, July 2)

Early Learning
Supporters plan another run at support in ID
A coalition of working and former Idaho CEOs and other advocates of early childhood education hopes to present a proposal that would seek state dollars to help pay for community-based preschool. (Idaho Statesman, July 5)

Financial Aid
NV grant focuses on full-time college attendance
Under a Nevada bill, the state established the Silver State Opportunity Grant that will offer $5 million in financial assistance to students who take at least 15 credits per semester beginning this fall. (Las Vegas Review-Journal, July 3)

Postsecondary
PA expands education benefits for military veterans
Pennsylvania was required by a new federal law — called the Veterans Access, Choice and Accountability Act of 2014 — to provide better access to in-state tuition to certain veterans, but the state version goes further than required. Read the recent related report from Education Commission of the States. (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, July 6)

Workforce Development
CO community college system advances
Colorado's plan to enhance workforce development to meet the demand of growing industries in the state took another step forward with the announcement of a new "badge" system for community college students. (Denver Business Journal, June 30)

 

Monday, July 6

Assessments
CA HS exit exam may be cut
High school students may no longer have to take a test that is now required for graduation. Proposed state legislation calls for suspending the California High School Exit Exam for three years and setting up a panel to recommend whether to replace or eliminate the test. (Press Enterprise, July 2)

Career and Technical Education
CTE courses paying off in IN
More Hoosier students than ever are taking career and technical education courses. And that effort is getting results: a higher high school graduation rate and less remediation needed in the first year of college. (Journal Gazette, July 5)

Dual-Language Immersion
Elementary students perform as well as AP high schoolers
A new Stanford University study reports some surprising results: fourth and fifth graders  at a Palo Alto school performed on par with Advanced Placement high school students in Mandarin. (KPCC, June 30)

Early Learning
NJ closer to ban on K-2 standardized testing
A bill that would ban standardized testing for New Jersey students in kindergarten through second grade is heading to Gov. Chris Christie's desk for approval. It applies to commercially developed standardized tests. (NJ.com, June 26)

School Aid
KS Supreme Court places hold on order 
Kansas' highest court put on hold a lower court's order for the state to immediately increase aid to public schools by roughly $50 million but promised to move quickly to decide whether the state is distributing its money fairly. (Associated Press, July 1)


Monday, June 29

At-Risk Students
NY to target students on verge of homelessness
The New York City Education Department is teaming up for the first time with the Department of Homeless Services to target students who are at risk for becoming homeless. Workers from both agencies are visiting 25 of the city’s most at-risk schools this week to raise awareness of available services. (New York Daily News, June 24)

Education Funding
Federal education funding is plummeting
Over the last five years, Congress has cut federal funding for K-12 education by nearly 20 percent, about five times more than overall spending cuts, according to a new report. (U.S. News & World Report, June 24)

Education Funding
Judge: PA Ed. Dept. on hook for curriculum deficiencies
Following budget cuts started in the 2011-2012 school year, parents in Philadelphia filed 825 complaints to the Pennsylvania Department of Education. A Commonwealth Court judge shared an opinion on an ensuing lawsuit supporting some of the parents' complaints and moving the case forward. (NewsWorks, June 23)

Financial Aid
No cushion for more low-income students
Nearly three-quarters of the 8.6 million students who received the federal Pell Grant to attend college last year reported having no savings or other cash on hand. That compares to 60 percent of federal grant recipients five years earlier. (Washington Post, June 24)

Student Health
CA votes to remove vaccine exemptions
The California Assembly has joined the state Senate in voting to approve a controversial bill requiring all children attending school to be vaccinated against measles and other common, preventable illnesses -- effectively eliminating so-called "personal belief exemptions" that allowed parents to opt out. (NPR, June 25)

 

Friday, June 26

Assessments
DE advances opt-out bill
In a see-saw drama, the Delaware House of Representatives first rejected but then revived the controversial bill to allow parents to opt out of the state standardized test. That means one of the most fiercely debated bills of this legislative session ping-pongs back to the Senate. (News Journal, June 24)

College Remediation
FL seeks better picture of law’s affect
Colleges across Florida are getting a more accurate look at how changes in the state’s remedial law have affected students. Traditional students who decided not to take remedial courses, after being advised to do so, were more likely to fail college-level or gateway courses. (Inside Higher Ed, June 25)

Computer Science
Should IA require the course?
Iowa high school students should have to complete computer science coursework to graduate, a state committee recommended. (Des Moines Register, June 23)

Higher Ed Accountability
Ratings without ... rating
A U.S. Department of Education accountability system planned for release this summer will not compare colleges or assign scores, but will instead be a data-rich, consumer-facing tool on access, affordability and performance. (Inside Higher Ed, June 25)

No Child Left Behind
Feds extend more waivers
The Obama administration is giving seven more states – Georgia, Hawaii, Kansas, Missouri, Nevada, New York, and West Virginia – and the District of Columbia continued flexibility from the requirements of the Bush-era No Child Left Behind education law. (Associated Press, June 23)

 

Thursday, June 25

Arts
In CO, STEAM helps with STEM
Much of Colorado’s economic future depends on a coordinated effort by schools, universities, governments and businesses to produce a workforce trained with an emphasis on STEM subjects. But others say that focus shouldn’t obscure the value of education in the arts and humanities to a quality workforce. (Denver Business Journal, June 23)

Assessments
OR Gov. Brown makes opt outs easier
Gov. Kate Brown announced that she signed a bill making it easier for parents to opt their children out of taking state standardized tests. But she said educators and state officials should convince parents not to do so. (Oregonian, June 23)

Common Core
Years in, teachers lament lack of materials
Five years into the implementation of Common Core, 45 percent of school districts reported "major problems" finding good aligned textbooks, and another 45 percent reported "minor problems," according to a survey. (Associated Press, June 23)

Financial Education
Knowledge of potential earnings empowers students
Researchers have discovered that providing students with information about earnings from a particular degree program led low-income students to choose programs that will likely enable them to earn more by age 30 than they might have otherwise. (Diverse Issues in Higher Education, June 22)

Student Health
NJ looks at marijuana use for sick students
As the family of a severely ill teenage girl in south Jersey sues for her right to consume medical marijuana oil at school, two state lawmakers introduced a bill that would require school boards to set policies that would allow it to be used in schools across the state. (NJ.com, June 23)

 

Wednesday, June 24

Charter Schools
IN sees burst of new charters since ’11
The number of charter schools in Indiana has grown rapidly since a 2011 state law passed expanding authority to approve and oversee them to new sponsors, and the acceleration looks likely to continue over the next two years. (Chalkbeat Indiana, June 22)

Financial Aid
OR looks at scholarships for undocumented immigrants
Democratic leaders have given the green light to a bill that would make certain illegal immigrants in Oregon eligible for state-funded, need-based college scholarships. The bill also would award state opportunity grants to the neediest students first instead of on a “first come, first serve” basis. (Register-Guard,  June 17)

Postsecondary
Poor hurt most as states cut financial aid
Twelve states plus Washington D.C. now spend more on merit-based aid than need-based aid, and many others have increased funding for scholarships based on academic achievement instead of need. Some states have cut financial aid for everybody, leaving hundreds of thousands of eligible low-income students without help simply because the states’ money ran out. (Hechinger Report, June 22)

School Accountability
UT Board discusses further changes
Members of the Utah State Board of Education gave preliminary approval to adopt more changes to the state’s school grading system, a controversial accountability program that gives schools a letter grade based on year-end assessments and other metrics. (KSL, June 20)

Special Education
Some funding in LA could change
A controversial special education bill will become effective when Gov. Bobby Jindal signs it into law, the state Education Department's attorney confirmed. The recent legal opinion is an answer to some educators' questions. (Times-Picayune, June 22)

 

Tuesday, June 23

Assessments
NY schools swap tests for projects 
Nearly 50 Manhattan schools have a waiver from the state to offer alternatives to most of the five Regents tests required to graduate. Students still must take the English exam but for the others they can provide portfolios or special projects. (WNYC, June 22)

Course Placement
Test sending too many into remediation
ACT is phasing out Compass, a popular course placement test that colleges use to determine whether students need to take remedial courses. Recent research has shown that Compass – and similar exams – funnels too many community college students into remediation. (Inside Higher Ed, June 18)

Low-Income Students
MA revises count of impoverished students 
Massachusetts has scrapped a decades-old method for defining low-income students in public schools, resulting in a dramatic decline in the number considered to be living in poverty, according to a review of state data. (Boston Globe, June 22)

Teacher Effectiveness
CA to spend $500M to boost effectiveness 
Gov. Jerry Brown and the state Legislature have agreed to allocate a half billion dollars for a range of programs to enhance “teacher effectiveness” in California, the largest amount to be dedicated for that purpose in years. (EdSource, June 19)

Teacher Issues
CT officials try to lure bilingual teachers
Education officials in Danbury, Conn., hope an infusion of state funds and new legislation will help attract more bilingual teachers, who they say are desperately needed for students learning English. (News Times, June 17)

 

Monday, June 22

Common Core
Standards back on LA’s BESE agenda
The volatile debate on how to revise Common Core is out of the Legislature but far from settled. A committee of the state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education is set to approve 101 nominees to four panels that will spend weeks reviewing the new academic benchmarks. (Acadiana Advocate, June 18)

Degree Pathways
2 in 5 associate degrees lead to bachelor's
A new study shows that more than 60 percent of students who earned an associate degree when they were 20 years old or younger went on to earn a bachelor's within six years. For all students who earned an associate degree, 41 percent finished a bachelor's degree within six years. (Inside Higher Ed, June 17)

Education Funding
PA commission calls for sweeping overhaul
A state commission called for a sweeping overhaul of Pennsylvania's education-funding formula, aimed at closing the nation's biggest spending gap between richer and poorer districts. (Philadelphia Inquirer, June 18)

Online Learning
NV Gov. Sandoval endorses online university startup
Gov. Brian Sandoval signed a proclamation endorsing Western Governors University Nevada, a nonprofit online institution that offers competency-based undergraduate and advance college degrees in business, teaching, information technology and health professions. (Las Vegas Review-Journal, June 16)

Postsecondary Admissions
ID Board considers pre-accepting students
In an attempt to boost Idaho’s go-on rate, the State Board of Education is considering a “direct admissions” policy that would turn the college application process on its head. Instead of waiting for high school seniors to apply, the board could start pre-accepting qualified students to Idaho colleges and universities and send them letters to let them know they’re in. (Idaho EdNews, June 15)

 

Friday, June 19

Assessments
Many in MA want to suspend standardized testing
A decision is needed on whether to scrap the long-running MCAS exam in favor of a new test tied to the national Common Core curriculum standards. Some school districts have been piloting the new exam, which education officials say will offer a better gauge of preparedness for college. (Mass Live, June 15)

Early Learning
AR kindergartners to learn engineering skills 
New science standards for Arkansas students for the first time include engineering courses beginning in kindergarten. High school students will also start learning earth science statewide. (NPR, June 15)

High School Graduation
Summer school enrollment jumps in CA district
The Los Angeles Unified School District is expanding its summer school program to 65,000 students as the district attempts to help them meet higher graduation standards. (KPCC, June 17)

Teacher Evaluations
NY evaluation wins final approval
The approved regulations allow school districts to create plans that give state tests and locally selected tests equal weight in a teacher’s final rating. The state had proposed offering the “50-50” option only for districts considered to have high-quality local assessments available. (Chalkbeat New York, June 16)

Teacher Prep
After lambasting teacher-ed programs, Art Levine creates one
The Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation, headed by  Arthur Levine, is creating its own graduate school for teacher education in collaboration with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, offering master’s degrees through a competency-based program. (Chronicle of Higher Education, June 16)

 

Thursday, June 18

Assessments
PA Senate approves exams delay
The state Senate unanimously passed a bill that would delay by two years a requirement that high school students pass Pennsylvania's Keystone exams – proficiency tests in algebra 1, biology and literature – to graduate. (Philadelphia Inquirer, June 16)

Campus Safety 
NY to define consent to combat sexual assaults
Under a deal between Gov. Andrew Cuomo and legislative leaders, New York will have a statewide definition of affirmative consent as part of a law to combat campus sexual assaults. (Journal News, June 16)

English Language Learners
Court rules in favor of AZ English-language case
A ruling by a federal appeals court has all but ended a two-decade legal fight over Arizona's program for teaching English to children in schools. Arizona believes its program to educate students who don't speak English fluently meets all the necessary requirements, but opponents say it's a deeply flawed policy. (Associated Press, June 15)

High School Graduation
IN diplomas to get an overhaul
Students starting high school in 2018 would have three diploma options instead of four under a new – a college and career ready, honors and workforce ready. Currently there are four options: general, Core 40, Core 40 honors and career and technical honors diplomas. (Chalkbeat Indiana, June 16)

K-12 Curriculum
CO principals take advantage of flexibility plan
Nearly one-fifth of Denver principals are taking the district up on an offer to opt their schools out of centrally provided curriculum or professional development programs next school year and instead choose their own. (Chalkbeat Colorado, June 16)

 

Wednesday, June 17

College Completion
MA board ties additional funding to grad rates
The Massachusetts Board of Higher Education is hoping to focus attention on and increase the incentive for the state's public colleges and universities to see that more students graduate and in a timely manner. (Republican, June 16)

Distance Learning
Opinion: The good and bad of online ed
Take a look at one opinion about some of the positives and negatives of online versus traditional education gleaned from experience teaching both types of courses. (Fiscal Times, June 16)

Dual Enrollment
KY looks to expand programs
While a few hundred Kentucky students are benefitting from the tuition-free residential programs for high school juniors and seniors, Kentucky Education Commissioner Terry Holliday said he is concerned about the state's remaining 43,000 high school students who could benefit from dual-credit programs in their home districts. (Lexington Herald-Leader, June 14)

Education Funding
A winner in LA’s state budget: K-12 education
In a session focused on a higher education funding crisis, the Louisiana Legislature gave primary and secondary schools a boost. The budget includes $3.7 billion for public schools. (Times-Picayune, June 15)

Teacher Training
Changing how teachers are taught
The training that teachers receive for their jobs is no obscure matter. Evidence increasingly points to teacher quality as the most important factor in determining how much students learn. (Christian Science Monitor, June 16)

 

Tuesday, June 16

Assessments
NH Gov. Hassan vetoes opt-out bill
New Hampshire Gov. Maggie Hassan vetoed legislation that would have allowed parents to opt their students out of Common Core-aligned tests without consequences for the students or districts. Hassan said the bill could jeopardize federal funding and would send a message that the state doesn’t value high standards. (Associated Press, June 13)

College Credentials
An attempt to bring clarity to credentialing
Lumina Foundation announced that it has created a group to develop a framework and common language for the growing number of credentials, which range from degrees to alternative forms like badges and industry certifications. (Inside Higher Ed, June 12)

Common Core
Arkansas board rejects changing standardized test provider
The Arkansas state Board of Education voted to reject a request from the governor and a panel of education advisers to change the state's standardized test provider. Gov. Asa Hutchinson had recommended that Arkansas move from the PARCC exams to ACT tests. The state's current contract with PARCC expires June 30. (Associated Press, June 11)

Common Core
IA Board of Education: State exam is our decision
An analysis by the Iowa Department of Education says the Iowa Board of Education has the authority to determine the next state standardized exam, a conclusion that brings the board one step closer to adopting the controversial Smarter Balanced tests. (Des Moines Register, June 11)

Teacher Issues
Student teaching key to teacher retention
A new report has found that 82 percent of teachers who were trained by Urban Teacher Residency United, which partners with both San Francisco Unified and Aspire, the charter school organization that has 36 schools in California, were still teaching after five years on the job. (EdSource, June 11)

 

Friday, June 12

College Affordability
A path to debt-free college
Seeking to put some policy heft behind the vision of debt-free college, U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren outlined a sweeping college affordability agenda to "dramatically reform" higher education. (Inside Higher Ed, June 11)

Higher Ed Funding
Federal dollars finance ever-greater share
When it comes to government funding for higher education, the decline in state support is well documented. But a report shows that from 2000-2012, spending from federal sources per full-time-equivalent student increased by 32 percent, while state spending dropped by 37 percent. (Chronicle of Higher Education, June 11)

School Funding
CA to get huge funding increase
A projected infusion of California revenue next year will inject much more money into the new K-12 education finance system than school districts and state officials expected at this point — a additional $6.1 billion. (EdSource, June 9)

School Funding
WA Senate offers another way to fix budget
A new bipartisan bill from the Washington Senate makes another attempt at eliminating the state's dependence on local tax levies to pay for public schools, but it doesn't offer a concrete way to pay for it. (Associated Press, June 10)

Workforce Development
Remediation for job seekers
A growing number of two-year colleges are partnering directly with employers to create course content aimed at the skills those companies say they need. For example, a new consortium of four community colleges will work on course content with big companies in advanced manufacturing and financial services. (Inside Higher Ed, June 11)

 

Thursday, June 11

Common Core
OR may lose $140 million for enabling kids to skip tests
Oregon schools stand to lose $140 million a year or more in federal funding if state lawmakers vote to enable parents to opt out of standardized testing more easily, a top U.S. education official is warning. Under H.B. 2655, the state would generate two performance ratings for schools with high opt-outs.(Oregonian, June 9)
 
Education Funding
Few states have boosted funding since recession
A new report based on public school funding and Department of Education data has revealed that only four states have increased education funding since 2008 and defined states by "fairness" in education funding using different measures. (McClatchy, June 8)

High School Graduation
IA leads nation in grad rate
The national high school graduation rate is an impressive 81 percent. So impressive, President Obama highlighted it in his State of the Union address this year: "Our high school graduation rate has hit an all-time high." And Iowa leads all states with 90 percent. (NPR, June 9)

Minority Issues
7 Native American education bills to watch
Congress has before it several pieces of legislation that could have major impacts on the education of American Indian, Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian children. (Indian Country, June 10)

Technology
Changing the education equation
Education is a long-accepted tradition, but when compared with nearly every sector of the economy, is also one that’s lagged in adapting to the times. That’s the culprit of a big learning disconnect with the most diverse and connected generation in history. (Forbes, June 10)

 

Wednesday, June 10

College transfer 
ME announce sweeping credit transfer deal
Maine’s university and community college systems signed an agreement that will allow students to complete more than a year of general education classes and transfer them between any of the state’s 14 public institutions. (Portland Press Herald, June 8)

Common Core
AR to pull out of PARCC testing
Arkansas will change its provider of standardized tests, Gov. Asa Hutchinson announced, the first shake up from an ongoing review of whether to retain Common Core standards. The state will terminate its agreement with PARCC and instead contract with ACT and ACT Aspire for the 2015-16 school year. (Arkansas Business, June 8)

Common Core
TN begins rigorous review of standards
After more than a year of debate and a six-month public review of the Common Core State Standards, a 42-member committee of educators from across the state set to work, tasked with weeding through 4,000 pages of feedback and drafting a new set of academic standards that are more Tennessee-specific. (Chalkbeat Tennessee, June 3)

Early Learning
MD embraces play for kindergartners
Concerned that kindergarten has become overly academic in recent years, this suburban school district south of Baltimore is introducing a new curriculum in the fall for 5-year-olds. Chief among its features is a most old-fashioned concept: play. (New York Times, June 9)

Student Debt 
Corinthian Colleges debt relief unveiled
The federal government will forgive the debt of thousands of former students of the now-defunct for-profit Corinthian Colleges. The Obama administration announced a new debt relief plan that will extend to all federal borrowers who can prove they were defrauded by their college. (Inside Higher Ed, June 9)

 

Tuesday, June 9

Bullying
Face-to-face, cyberbullying form toxic combo
Not all bullying is equal, according to a new study, with the old-fashioned, real-life variety more damaging than the cyber kind. A combination of both, however, could be the real danger to kids. (Today News, June 3)

College Transfers
Many credits lost in the transfer shuffle
Even with articulation agreements between two-year and four-year institutions, a significant number of credits may end up lost in the shuffle. With more political and education leaders convinced that smooth transfer is essential to more people earning more degrees, the issue is attracting more attention. (Inside Higher Ed, June 8)

Common Core
Compromise will get overwhelming approval in LA
Louisiana lawmakers have overwhelmingly passed legislation for a compromise over the Common Core academic standards. The Board of Elementary and Secondary Education would drive the review of Common Core and possible development of new standards. (Times-Picayune, June 5)

Early Learning 
New CO early childhood non-profit launches
A new non-profit, Early Milestones Colorado, is meant to accelerate innovation by serving as an intermediary to the various state agencies, community organizations and private sector groups that do early childhood work in the state. (Chalkbeat Colorado, June 5)

Postsecondary Tenure
WI debate roils UW Board of Regents
With angry faculty members from several campuses looking on, a committee of University of Wisconsin System regents voted to go along with the intent of Republican legislative leaders in broadening the reasons in which tenured faculty can be dismissed. (Journal-Sentinel, June 4)

 

Monday, June 8

Academic Standards
NJ unveils plans for standards review
New Jersey’s top education official said that he will unveil plans for a sweeping review of academic standards to answer Gov. Chris Christie’s call for an overhaul. The governor said that the Common Core set of standards “simply isn’t working” and was a case of federal overreach. (The Record, June 3)

Assessments
MI policy would ban opt outs in Ann Arbor 
An Ann Arbor Public Schools policy could require all students to take state exams, and consequences of not taking the exam could be severe for some students. If students don't take all state assessments, the district could remove the students from application-based schools and programs. (MLive.com, June 3)

Charter Schools
CT overhaul bill heads to Gov. Malloy
A bill changing how Connecticut approves charter school applications, and also requiring a new level of transparency on the schools and their management organizations, is on its way to Dannel P. Malloy’s desk. (CT News Junkie, June 3)

School Safety
New CO bill raises questions
A bill signed into law by Gov. John Hickenlooper has school districts across the state wondering how it will impact them. The measure makes school districts and individual teachers subject to lawsuits if they don’t “exercise reasonable care” in guarding against major school violence incidents, such as shootings or sexual assaults. However, the question school districts are asking is, what is reasonable? (Daily Sentinel, June 3)

Workforce Development
More corporations paying employees’ tuition
Several companies have announced recently that they will pay to send their employees to college – or back to college. At the same time, many institutions have entered or are in the process of entering the adult learner market.(Inside Higher Ed, June 3)

 

Friday, June 5

Civic Education
IL class required for graduation
For the first time in a decade, Illinois is preparing to add another requirement to the list of classes high school students must take to get their diplomas — a civics course — and it's generating controversy, confusion and opposition. (Chicago Tribune, June 3)

Common Core
MO throws test out the window
Missouri public school children spent untold hours this spring prepping for a new computer-based standardized test. That test has now been banned by the Legislature. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, June 3)

Student Health
Some MD schools to provide free meals for all
Maryland's Hunger-Free Schools Act makes it possible for low-income schools to provide free meals to all students, cutting down on hunger and embarrassment. (Christian Science Monitor, June 2) 

Teacher Evaluations
NY teacher can challenge rating
A veteran elementary teacher won the first round of her legal challenge to New York’s evaluation system, which she contends is unfair to her and colleagues because of statistical flaws. (Newsday, June 3)
 
Teacher Tenure
NC attempt to end tenure ruled unconstitutional
In a state where public schoolteachers have marched on the state Capitol and staged walk-ins to protest pay and policy reforms, the N.C. Court of Appeals issued a ruling that buoyed the spirits of the rallying educators and struck a blow to the Republican education agenda in North Carolina.. (The News & Observer, June 2)

 

Thursday, June 4

College Tuition
OR bill to waive tuition concerns leaders
A bill that would waive tuition for Oregon community college courses has triggered concerns among community college associations and presidents that adequate funding and infrastructure are not in place to properly implement the proposal. (Statesman Journal, June 2)

Early College
MS to open first early college program
Mississippi will offer a program that allows students who successfully finish it to graduate with two degrees: a high school diploma and an associate’s degree. The program is similar to one in rural North Carolina. (Hechinger Report, May 31)

Performance-based Funding
MN colleges must meet higher standards
Minnesota public colleges and universities will have to make more progress in increasing graduation rates, cutting costs and awarding degrees to receive full funding. In the higher education funding bill, state lawmakers withheld 5 percent of funding for fiscal year 2017 until institutions meet a handful of targets. (Duluth News Tribune, June 1)

School Performance
NV bill focuses on underperforming schools
Nevada’s Assembly approved legislation that allows the state to designate underperforming public schools as turnaround schools and requires school districts to lay off the least effective teachers and administrators when staff reductions are necessary. (Las Vegas Review-Journal, June 1)

Technology
New app can essentially predict GPA
In a small experiment, researchers at Dartmouth College have shown that data automatically collected by an Android app can guess how students are spending their time, predicting their end-of-term grades with scary accuracy. (NPR, June 2)

 

Wednesday, June 3

Assessments
College Board, Khan Academy team up on SAT prep
The revised version of the SAT college entrance exam won't be offered until March but students can start preparing for it with a new, free online study program affiliated with the test. The College Board has joined forces with Khan Academy. (Los Angeles Times, June 2)

Minority Issues
Feds approve first waiver for tribal school
The Obama administration for the first time granted an Indian tribe's school flexibility from some of the requirements of the No Child Left Behind education law. The waiver will allow the school to have its own standard for measuring yearly progress, one that is different from the state's. (Associated Press, June 1)

Private Schools
LA, Feds debate monitoring of vouchers
The U.S. Justice Department defended its attempt to monitor Louisiana’s private school voucher program during a hearing in New Orleans. But one of the three judges was clearly skeptical of the government's argument. (Times-Picayune, June 2)

Textbooks
GA wants to fully digital by 2020
Georgia’s goal is to have all instructional content purchased by local school boards to be in an electronic format and all local school systems to provide a wireless computer device to each of their students as the principal source of reading or accessing instructional content by July 1, 2020. (Ledger-Enquirer, May 30)

Undocumented Students
CT expands eligibility for in-state tuition
State lawmakers approved a bill that requires the state’s public colleges to offer in-state tuition to children who attended a Connecticut high school for two years. It also would allow immigrant children who are victims of labor abuses or sex trafficking to pay in-state tuition. (CT Mirror, May 29)

 

 

 

 
 
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