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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which if approved, would result in the ESSA regulations for accountability and state plans being rescinded.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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ESSA parent notices are still required starting July 1, 2017, despite the pause in ESSA accountability system development

By Dr. David Holbrook | February 8, 2017

TransACT has received a number of questions recently about whether parent notices under ESSA will still be required for the 2017-2018 school year. This is because of confusion over the pause on the development of accountability systems. Despite the pause on accountability system development, ESSA will fully replace NCLB on July 1, 2017. This means that parent notices required by ESSA go into effect for the 2017-2018 school year.

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U.S. House Votes to Rescind Accountability and Teacher Preparation Regulations

By Dr. David Holbrook | February 6, 2017

The U.S. House of Representatives passed “Resolutions of Disapproval” for two sets of education related regulations. This is the first step in rescinding these regulations using the Congressional Review Act (CRA). The two sets of regulations that were ‘disapproved’ are the Accountability regulations under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) and the Teacher Preparation regulations, which address issues of teacher preparation programs at institutes of higher education. 

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USED Pauses Technical Assistance for ESSA Accountability System Development

By Dr. David Holbrook | February 2, 2017

Shortly after his inauguration, President Trump put a hold on a number of regulations that hadn’t gone into full effect as yet, including the ESSA accountability regulations. The hold will last for 60 days and give the Trump administration until March 21, 2017 to rescind, change or allow the regulations to go into effect.

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Google Docs vs eConvene: the pros & cons of non-specific software in paperless board meeting management

By Alyssa Thornley | February 2, 2017

Paperless document management increasingly plays a critical role in the operations of businesses, nonprofits and school boards alike. When selecting a service, small governing boards have a plethora of easy-to-use and cost-efficient online services that allow users to compile files of all types and seamlessly distribute them to multiple users while simultaneously helping the organizations eliminate paper from their processes. With so many free options available, paying for one seems exorbitant, but there are drawbacks associated with free services that are not designed for your industry. 

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4 Reasons Small Governing Boards are Going Paperless

By Alyssa Thornley | February 2, 2017

Businesses, schools, and homes across the country have been moving away from their reliance on paper for decades. For a long time, the paperless technology that made this possible for every day people seemed like a luxury that smaller government and civic boards couldn’t justify.

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