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January 31, 2013
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  • Mo. state board president outlines education priorities
    The Missouri State Board of Education is supporting two legislative bills on funding for early childhood education and aid for struggling districts, board President Peter Herschend told business and local education leaders Tuesday. Under one proposal, the board would gain authority to intervene immediately -- bypassing a two-year waiting period -- in districts that have lost accreditation. The other bill would allow the state to provide funding to districts for voluntary pre-K programs once the state's foundation formula is fully funded. The Joplin Globe (Mo.) (1/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Ill. State Board of Education seeks additional funding for education
    The Illinois State Board of Education is recommending that the state legislature allocate an additional $874 million in state funding for education. The board's recommendation is advisory only and comes on the heels of a warning by Gov. Pat Quinn that schools could face $400 million in cuts instead. "Either we step up and try to do something about it, or we go on the record and say 'We can't — you're on your own,'" board chairman Gery Chico said. Journal Star (Peoria, Ill.) (1/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Trends & Technology 
 
  • Tenn. could limit enrollment in virtual schools
    Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam is seeking to cap enrollment at online schools, after students who enrolled in a popular virtual school posted disappointing test results. Among other things, the proposed bill limits new virtual schools to enrolling 1,500 students. Once students have demonstrated a certain level of achievement on state exams, the virtual schools could increase enrollment to 5,000 students. Chattanooga Times Free Press (Tenn.) (1/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Policy & Legislation 
  • Schools must include students with disabilities in sports
    Schools must make "reasonable modifications" for students with disabilities seeking to compete in after-school sports, the U.S. Department of Education announced last week in a letter intended to clarify federal laws on inclusion. For example, schools can use a flashing light as a race starter for a runner who is deaf or hard of hearing, department officials wrote. "It's really affording them access to terrific social situations that will hopefully break down some of the barriers and discrimination we've seen in the past," said Lindsay Jones of the Council for Exceptional Children. USA Today (1/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Calif. may restrict school districts' borrowing
    Lawmakers in California are considering legislation that would restrict the use of long-term bonds by school districts to pay for construction projects. Supporters say the bonds, which currently are capped at 40 years, can result in debt payments of as much as $20 for every $1 borrowed. Under the bill, capital appreciation bonds would be capped at 25 years and a repayment ratio of $4 for every $1 borrowed by a district. Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model) (1/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Teachers, others in S.D. schools could be armed
    Lawmakers in South Dakota's House of Representatives voted 42-17 to approve legislation that would allow teachers and administrators to be trained and armed in schools. Supporters say the legislation is intended to make schools safer by potentially preventing attacks, such as the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Connecticut, while opponents say the bill lacks the support of teachers' groups. Under the bill, which now moves to the state Senate, local school boards would have discretion whether to train teachers and others and allow them to carry guns at school. Aberdeen American News (S.D.)/The Associated Press (1/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  NASBE News 
  • Are the common core standards your #1 issue in 2013?
    Then you'll want a copy of the "Implementing the Common Core" issue of NASBE's journal, The State Education Standard. Here, recognized experts answer questions and explain what the standards are and what they will mean for students, educators, and policymakers. Articles examine the history of the standards from their creation and adoption to implementation and the work being done to develop standards-aligned assessments. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Making sure students are Fit, Healthy, and Ready to Learn
    Education decision-makers have an important leadership role to play in promoting a broad view of academic success: one that prepares students for healthy, satisfying and productive adult lives in which regular physical activity is a valued part. Learn more by visiting Fit, Healthy and Ready to Learn at the National Association of State Boards of Education online for ideas, current research and evidence-based policy models. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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