ESSA went into full implementation last school-year. This year, districts are preparing for state monitoring visits regarding ESSA Compliance.

Crowd-Sourcing Solutions To Common Transportation Challenges

By Phillip Smith | May 24, 2019

When it comes to non-academic performance management, there are many ways that data can help districts gain efficiency and improve processes. While you may not have thought about measuring operational performance data as part of the equation for district success, data from departments like transportation, maintenance and operations, food service, and technology can produce valuable information about how schools and districts operate. This data drives the ability to discover and communicate efficient best-practices.

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Collaboration between programs serving ELs experiencing homelessness

By Dr. David Holbrook | May 21, 2019

 

On May 29th at 9 am PT / 12 pm ET, Dr. David Holbrook, Executive Director, Federal Compliance of TransACT Communications, will be hosting a webinar examining the benefits of coordinating between ESSA Title I / Title III and McKinney-Vento programs when serving ELs who may be experiencing homelessness.

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Trump Issues Memo Calling for Tougher Path for Asylum Seekers

By Dr. David Holbrook | May 7, 2019

On April 29, 2019, the White House issued a memo for the Attorney General and the Secretary of Homeland Security with the subject of "Additional Measures to Enhance Border Security and Restore Integrity of Our Immigration System." These regulations could make it more difficult for immigrants seeking asylum as they limit their ability to be self sustaining during the asylum application process.

Not only would these regulations impose fees for the asylum application and employment authorization application, but for those that entered illegally, it would also bar them from receiving employment authorization during the asylum process. Asylum seekers with school age children could potentially be negatively impacted by the changes outlined in these proposed regulations.

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TransACT Launches New Web Presence With RightLabs

By Alyssa Thornley | May 1, 2019

TransACT is proud to launch a new web presence, www.rightlabs.com.

ActivityRightInviteRight, and CampusRight recently joined our family so that we could expand our services to educators. 

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What is "Public Charge?"

By Dr. David Holbrook | April 4, 2019

The current administration and the Department of Homeland security have proposed changes to the rule called "Inadmissibility on Public Charge Grounds." For educators, the group that the Public Charge policy and the proposed changes to that policy most closely impacts is students in immigrant families. 

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Share Translated Parent Notices Easily with Your Colleagues (New Feature Alert)

By Dr. David Holbrook | March 31, 2019

If you have ever been asked by a colleague to help him or her sign up for a TransACT Parent Notices account, you will appreciate this new feature. 

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First Two Chapters of EL Family Tool Kit Released

By Dr. David Holbrook | March 26, 2019

The Office of English Language Acquisition (OELA) at the U.S. Department of Education (USED) has announced the release of the first two chapters of a new resource, the "English Learner Family Tool Kit". The English Learner (EL) Family Tool Kit will eventually contain six chapters or topics when complete. Release dates for additional chapters are not provided but will likely be announced by USED.

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White House's Proposed 2020 Budget Includes Education Cuts - Again

By Alyssa Thornley | March 21, 2019

The White House proposes a budget every year to help inform the U.S. Congress of its priorities. This proposal included cutting the same two major programs that Trump proposed to cut for FY2018, Title II and 21st Century Community Learning Centers (Title IV, Part B). Dr. David Holbrook, Executive Director of Federal Programs and State Relationships, provides commentary on the budget at www.21cclc.com.

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New FERPA Frequently Asked Questions Document Released

By Dr. David Holbrook | March 7, 2019

The U.S. Department of Education (USED) has released a new Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document that pulls together information regarding the Federal Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) and how that law relates to school safety. The FERPA FAQ guidance came not long after they released their 2018 Student Privacy Guidance.

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EL Advocacy Resources from the National Council of State Title III Directors

By Alyssa Thornley | March 6, 2019

The National Council of State Title III Directors (soon re-branding to the National Association of English Learner Program Administrators) held a council meeting and professional development conference in Coronado Springs, Florida on March 6, 2019. NCSTIIID's professional development purposes include ensuring that members are knowledgeable of effective administration of national and state programs for the education of EL students and ensuring that members are knowledgeable of the laws governing the administration of language development programs.

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