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KPIs Reveal How Healthcare Spending Impacts California Public School Budgets

By Phillip Smith | March 23, 2017

In early January, Governor Jerry Brown of California unveiled the state’s $122.5 billion budget for 2017-2018. The budget projects a $1.6 billion deficit, which will be addressed in part by rollbacks of previously planned K-12 education funding increases. California will reduce increases to the minimum level allowed by California’s Proposition 98, which guarantees a certain level of funding based on population and personal income growth in the state.

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Recent Actions Indicate the Potential for Reduction of Staff/Programs at USED

By Dr. David Holbrook | March 17, 2017

Recent activities at the national level indicate a potential Trump administration initiative to reduce the U.S. Department of Education’s (USED) staff and programs. In particular, three recent actions point in that direction.

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U.S. Senate Approves Resolution to Rescind Regulations for Accountability and State Plans Regulations – Teacher Preparation

By Dr. David Holbrook | March 15, 2017

The U.S. Senate recently voted to approve two resolutions to rescind education regulations. The resolution to rescind the Teacher Preparation regulations was the first to be approved. Those regulations relate to requirements for college and university teacher preparation programs. Later in the week the Senate voted to approve the resolution to rescind the regulations for Accountability and State Plans. The U.S. House passed similar resolutions earlier in the year.

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USED Issues Revised Template for ESSA State Plans

By Dr. David Holbrook | March 15, 2017

As promised, the U.S. Department of Education (USED) issued an updated template for ESSA State Plans. The document “Revised State Template for the Consolidated State Plan” was posted on March 13, 2017. The updated template follows closely on the heels of the U.S. Senate vote to rescind the regulations for Accountability and State Plans.

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National Council of State Title III Directors: Registration for Annual National Meeting Now Available

By Dr. David Holbrook | March 13, 2017

The National Council of State Title III Directors announced the opening of registration for its annual national meetings. The meetings this year will be held in the Los Angeles area at the Garland Hotel in North Hollywood. The day and a half of meetings will begin with State and school district administrators meeting for a full day and will be followed by a half day of meetings jointly with the Council of Great City Schools Bilingual Directors.

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Trump’s First Speech to Congress: “Pass an Education Bill that Funds School Choice”

By Dr. David Holbrook | March 3, 2017

On Tuesday, February 28th, President Donald Trump gave his first speech to Congress. The lengthy speech included a brief mention of education. He called education “the Civil Rights issue of our time” and asked Congress to pass a bill to fund school choice.

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U.S. Senate Introduces Resolution to Rescind Accountability and State Plan Regulations (No Impact on Parent Notice Requirements)

By Dr. David Holbrook | March 2, 2017

On Tuesday, February 28th, the U.S. Senate introduced Joint Resolution 25,
which if approved, would result in the ESSA regulations for accountability and state plans being rescinded. Earlier, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a “Resolution of Disapproval” for these regulations.

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School district analytics to support accountability and transparency: ActPoint KPI launches new data modeling and charting features to enable improved sharing and decision making

By Phillip Smith | February 24, 2017

ActPoint KPI, a leading school business and district operations performance management service created in collaboration with the Council of the Great City Schools (CGCS), announced a comprehensive overhaul to their user-interface. Finance, Operations, HR and IT leaders now have an even more powerful tool to ensure their district’s funds are spent in direct alignment with their district’s strategy to support student learning. Updates include:

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