Monthly Archives: August 2019

The CASH Facility Planners Meeting Update for August is available here. The CASH Facility Planners Meeting Update for August 2019 is now available and includes information regarding: 2020 State School Bond Legislative Update OPSC Holds Stakeholder Meeting to Review Career Technical Education Facility Program Networking Mixers Don’t forget to register early for the CASH Fall…

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Clamping down on exemptions from vaccinations. Starting high schools later in the day. Giving school boards more latitude to reject charter schools. Paying quality child care providers based on regional costs. These are among some of the key issues that California lawmakers will take up next week when they end their summer vacation. In a…

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School districts are equipping teachers with “panic button” apps, which officials say are making schools safer. Experts say, though, that while the apps might look like the future of emergency response, schools and government must tread carefully when adopting them. Panic button apps abound in the public safety market, promising to put rapid, comprehensive emergency…

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In his first public comments since New York City’s education department revealed more than 900 classrooms tested positive for peeling lead paint, Chancellor Richard Carranza downplayed the risks by saying “…the earth isn’t falling, the sky isn’t falling, our children are not in grave danger.” Carranza suggested that the department’s findings might overstate the possible…

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A task that once took a week now only takes a few hours, thanks to a switch to paper-free attendance recording in Texas’ Lamar Consolidated Independent School District, Director of Digital Learning Chad Jones. Jones said the 33,000-student district struggled to record attendance in a timely fashion prior to the “Paperless First Day” initiative, which…

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The state’s biggest teacher union spent more than $1 million a month since April to influence lawmakers as it pushed bills aimed at cracking down on charter schools, financial disclosure forms filed ahead of a Wednesday deadline show. The California Teachers Association has spent a total $4.3 million on lobbying this year, the most of…

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One of the top curriculum trends in recent years doesn’t involve resources and material themselves, but rather the space in which learning occurs — shifting from post-industrial rows of desks with a teacher in front talking at students to a more free-form model that inspires creativity rather than compliance. For Robert “Bob” Dillon, the director…

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A Nevada school district is rethinking bathroom designs to help eliminate questions regarding which restroom children should use based on gender identity. The Washoe County Public School District says student safety is an added benefit of the new design. In the re-design, each stall is its own room for all to share, with a wall…

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While school safety planning is often focused on preparing for active shooter scenarios, natural disasters occur more frequently and can have a devastating impact on a district’s ability to meet students’ educational needs. Recent natural disasters have had a major financial impact on state budgets and insurance costs have skyrocketed in response to disasters, so…

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In the wake of the NCLB’s increased emphasis on standardized testing accountability two decades ago, schools cut back in a number of areas to make room for most test prep — and one of the easiest areas to cut back on was recess. With the passage of the Every Student Succeeds Act, a mandate for…

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