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February 14, 2013
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  • Kan. education board adopts policies on seclusion, restraint
    New regulations regarding the use in Kansas schools of "restraint and seclusion" of students with severe behavioral disorders were adopted by the state board of education on Wednesday. Board members voted 9-1 to approve the regulations, despite objections from some disability advocates over the lack of a process in place for appealing the new regulations to the state Education Department. The board then directed staff to draft regulations that include an appeals process for parents who disagree with the way local school boards are implementing the rules. Lawrence Journal-World (Kansas) (2/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • N.C. education board asks districts to end corporal punishment
    The North Carolina Board of Education last week passed a resolution urging school districts to end the use of corporal punishment as a disciplinary measure for students. The resolution is not binding as state law leaves the decision up to school districts on whether to spank students. The practice is currently used in nine out of the state's 115 school districts, according to the child advocacy group Action for Children North Carolina. The Charlotte Observer (N.C.) (2/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Trends & Technology 
  • Education students are using more technology in teacher training
    Aspiring teachers are taking a more self-directed approach to their training, in part, because they are more comfortable with technology and more likely to use digital devices in their professional pursuits and personal lives, according to the annual Speak Up report. The findings of the survey by Blackboard and the nonprofit Project Tomorrow include that of 1,350 education students polled, 74% of aspiring teachers use discussion boards, chat sites and social networking -- compared with 50% of in-service teachers, Mike Bock writes in this blog post. Education Week/Digital Education blog (2/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
 
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  Policy & Legislation 
  • Education takeaways from Obama's State of the Union address
    President Barack Obama on Tuesday called for a greater investment in preschool for children, saying all students should have access to high-quality programs. In his State of the Union address, Obama also called for greater investment in modern school buildings, as well as rewards for high schools that offer high-tech curricula. In the Republican response to the address, Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida called for an increased focus on Advanced Placement courses, vocational training and expanded school choice. Education Week/Politics K-12 blog (2/12) , CNN/Schools of Thought blog (2/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
 
  • Test scores to weigh more in Md. teachers' evaluations
    The Maryland State Department of Education has instructed nine counties to revamp how they evaluate teachers and principals, saying that original plans do not place enough emphasis on students' scores on standardized tests. State officials said student test scores on the Maryland School Assessment should account for 20% of assessments. Counties have been given until May 15 to submit new teacher-evaluation plans to the state. The Washington Post (2/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Are NCLB waivers leading to less accountability?
    Few states are complying with federal accountability requirements under No Child Left Behind waivers when it comes to calculating the number of students graduating on time, according to a recent study by the Alliance for Excellent Education. The Washington, D.C.-based policy organization, launched by former West Virginia Gov. Bob Wise, found that while Delaware and New York have boosted graduation accountability for graduation rates, some states have relaxed -- or altogether ignored -- 2008 federal accountability requirements. ABC News/The Associated Press (2/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  NASBE News 
  • Register today for NASBE's annual Legislative policy forum
    Based on the theme "Advancing State Interests Through Federal Policy: Challenges and Opportunities in the New Congress," NASBE's annual legislative conference will take place March 14-15 at the Crystal Gateway Marriott in Arlington, Va. Sessions include a policy discussion session with the U.S. Department of Education and sessions on Capitol Hill with Congressional educational leadership that deal with education policy and appropriations. Go to the conference Web page for more information. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Education policy professional opportunities
    NASBE has openings for both a project director and a project associate to administer all aspects of a continuation grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to support state boards in implementation of the Common Core State Standards. Go to our website to learn more about the project and positions. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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