Monthly Archives: August 2021

This paper argues for a radical restructuring pf education for grades 11-14—by erasing the arbitrary dividing line between high school and college—to open opportunities for the learners our current system leaves behind. We make the case for an entirely new type of institution—neither high school or college—designed specifically to better meet the needs of young…

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School districts in growing numbers are putting some financial muscle behind the nationwide push to protect the public against COVID-19, offering cash payments as high as $1,000 to employees who get vaccinated. The trend began several months ago, as the pace of vaccinations nationwide slowed to a crawl and state governments began looking for ways…

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The Moses Lake School District decided to create a second high school for the community. They elected to build a school where industry, business, and education meet to promote practical knowledge, enhanced technology, and student empowerment. Anticipated to become a new model of next-generation learning in Washington, the new high school will produce lifelong learners…

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A pandemic that reshaped American society and disrupted more than a year of schooling also slowed progress in math and reading for millions of U.S. students, according to new national data, which confirms Black, Latino, and low-income students were hit hardest. Younger students saw some of the biggest declines, as did students attending high-poverty schools….

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The pandemic-driven shift to remote learning contributed significantly to a dramatic drop in public school enrollment last year, especially among the nation’s youngest learners. As the nation reopens schools amid upticks in Covid infections, newly collected data from 70,000 schools across 33 states, details how parents, faced with remote schooling for their kindergarten children, opted…

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Shouting. Interruptions. Delays. Even police arrests. In just a few months, the most local of all local forms of American governance—the school board—has been beset with drama. Board meetings, far from being quiet, by-the-books affairs, have turned into to ground zero of the nation’s political and cultural debates. All the while, school boards’ work has…

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Annually, school districts and county offices of education (COEs) are required to provide an update on the status of a district’s unused sites and are subject to nonuse payments for these sites. The Certification of Unused Sites (Form SAB 423) and the Modification of Unused Site Status (Form SAB 424) are due to the Office…

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Recently the Office of Public School Construction (OPSC) reiterated that the Public Contract Code (PCC) does not allow a school district “to acquire factory-built modular building components via piggyback contracting.” “Piggyback contracting” is a procurement method for “personal property” that allows a school district to avoid competitive bidding when another public agency has an existing…

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All LEAs will receive funding from the $150 million included for kitchen infrastructure in the 2021–22 State Budget package. Assembly Bill (AB) 130 (Chapter 44/2021), the education omnibus budget trailer bill, does not limit the $150 million to LEAs that participate in the NSLP. More specifically, AB 130 stipulates that of the $150 million, $120…

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The universal transitional kindergarten program will be gradually phased in over the next five years, until it includes all the state’s 4-year-olds by the 2025-26 school year. Currently, transitional kindergarten, or TK, serves about 100,000 children, primarily those who turn 5 between Sept. 2 and Dec. 2. How the expanded TK program will be rolled…

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