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January 17, 2013
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  • La. education board panel alters rule on high-school counselors
    A Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education committee on Tuesday approved a change that allows school districts to circumvent a requirement to provide one counselor for every 450 high-school students by using private vendors to perform some of the counselors' duties. Opposed by many school counselors, the measure was seen as a compromise to one introduced as part of a broader proposal by state Superintendent John White aimed at reducing state authority in preference to increased flexibility for local school districts. The Advocate (Baton Rouge, La.) (1/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Ohio education board adopts rules on seclusion, restraint
    The Ohio Board of Education has adopted a new policy that permits school staff to use seclusion rooms and restraints only if students pose a physical threat to themselves or others. The policy also requires schools to notify parents in writing when these techniques are used. According to the new rules, such records will be deemed educational and may be protected from public exposure by student-privacy laws. The Columbus Dispatch (Ohio) (1/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Kan. board considers changing school accreditation requirements
    The Kansas State Board of Education on Tuesday heard a proposal to eliminate for the next two years the need for schools to achieve adequate yearly progress under the federal No Child Left Behind Act in order to maintain state accreditation. Under the proposal, beginning in the 2014-15 school year, schools will need to meet multiple standards that include year-to-year growth in student achievement under the state's NCLB waiver. The board is expected to vote next month on the proposal. Lawrence Journal-World (Kansas) (1/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Trends & Technology 
  • Fla. educators develop their own common core lesson plans
    The lack of Common Core State Standards textbooks hasn't stopped educators from getting ready. In Florida, teachers are working to create thousands of lesson plans available online at cpalms.org, the website of CPALMS, Florida's platform for educators to "Collaborate, Plan, Align, Learn, Motivate, Share." The site is funded by a Race to the Top grant from the U.S. Department of Education. The Miami Herald (free registration) (1/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Policy & Legislation 
  • Congress faces backlog of education laws up for renewal this year
    U.S. Congress enters this year with an "unprecedented" backlog of education laws that need updates and reauthorization, legislative observers say. The biggest obstacle is an update to the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, known as the No Child Left Behind Act, on which the parties have failed to agree. Negotiations on other education bills -- such as an update to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act -- are linked to the passage of ESEA, so they remain sidelined in the process. Education Week (premium article access compliments of EdWeek.org) (1/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  NASBE News 
  • State board members from 34 states participating in NASBE's January meetings
    Broad participation from states across the country is expected at three NASBE convenings being held next week. The Governmental Affairs Committee and the Learner and Learning Study Group will meet Jan. 25 and 26, and NASBE's Common Core Policy Forum, focusing on implementation issues, will be held Jan. 24, with all events taking place near NASBE headquarters in Arlington, Va. Podcasts from the Common Core Policy Forum will be available on NASBE's website following the meeting. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Education policy professional opportunities
    NASBE has openings in two new policy project areas -- Deeper learning and Next Generation Science Standards. Go to our website to learn more about the projects and positions. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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