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November 15, 2012
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  State Board News 
  • Ga. education board warns online charter over special education
    The Georgia State Board of Education declined to act on a funding request from the Georgia Cyber Academy -- and suggested the school's charter could be in jeopardy -- over its failure to improve the assessment and teaching of a growing number of students with special needs. The school says it has been working to increase its staffing to support students with special needs, whose enrollment has grown from 600 to 1,100 during the past two years, but board members said the school is still falling short. "They have been given second chance after second chance," board member Brian Burdette said. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution (11/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Kan. board members consider definition of college- and career-ready
    While education leaders are focused on ensuring that students graduate from high school "college- and career-ready," officials in Kansas say the term has yet to be formally defined. Now, the state's Board of Education is considering a standard definition to guide educational decision-making that will be voted on next month. Board members on Tuesday discussed potential definitions that could include ensuring students are ready for college without remediation and are ready for the workforce with industry certifications. Lawrence Journal-World (Kansas) (11/10) , The Topeka Capital-Journal (Kan.) (11/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Wyo. education board requests 2 more years to enact reforms
    Wyoming State Board of Education members on Tuesday recommended to the legislature's Select Committee on Statewide Education Accountability to push back the deadline two years to enact a series of education reforms. Board members told lawmakers that local school districts and the state do not have the funds to ensure the reform measures -- such as new assessments and teacher evaluations -- are in place by the 2013-14 school year as required under the current plan and suggested a 2015-16 deadline instead. Star-Tribune (Casper, Wyo.)/The Associated Press(tiered subscription model) (11/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Trends & Technology 
  • Are there drawbacks to iPad textbooks?
    As the three top textbook publishers -- Pearson, McGraw-Hill and HMH -- move slowly into the iPad textbook market, several questions remain about growth in the sector. Teachers using digital textbooks on iPads say they and their students are enthusiastic. Some, however, question whether the size of the textbooks is too large for iPads and whether they take up too much bandwidth. Some also question whether the digital textbooks' reliance on streaming could be an issue during an outage. T.H.E. Journal (11/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Should teachers and students text?
    The school board in an Oregon district is considering adopting a new policy that would seek to place limitations on the use of technology for teachers and students to communicate. The policy would discourage teachers and students from communicating via text and would require any communication after hours be professional and about school matters. Some, however, say the policy is vague and could be unreasonable given the widespread use of texting to communicate. Albany Democrat-Herald (Ore.) (11/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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  Policy & Legislation 
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  NASBE News 
  • NASBE releases 2 new student health policy guides
    The National Association of State Boards of Education is releasing two new chapters in its Fit, Healthy, and Ready to Learn series of school health policy guides. Developed with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, these updates to "Policies to Promote Physical Activity and Physical Education" and "Polices to Promote Healthy Eating" are especially timely given recent and coming changes to federal policies and initiatives. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Save the date!
    NASBE's annual legislative policy forum, titled "Advancing State Interests Through Federal Policy: Challenges and Opportunities in the New Congress," will be March 14 to 15. Mark your calendars and watch for more details. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Editor's Note 
  • SmartBrief will not publish on Thanksgiving
    In observance of Thanksgiving in the U.S., SmartBrief will not be published Thursday, Nov. 22. Please expect next week's edition of NASBE State Ed SmartBrief on Wednesday, Nov. 21. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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