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Why Does Tracking Data Matter for Nutrition Service Programs?

By Phillip Smith | May 18, 2018

As part of our commitment to provide school district administrators with resources and guidance on operations performance management in non-academic contexts we regularly publish blogs featuring guest writers. This month, we are honored to feature Jean Ronnei, SNS, a Senior Consultant at ProTeam Foodservice Advisors and Former Chief Operations Officer at St. Paul Public Schools with guidance on why Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) matter for school food services departments.

As a former Chief Operations Officer (COO), I can attest to how easy it is to take the “no news is good news” stance with nutrition services (NS) as late buses, snow emergencies, power outages, board meeting preparation and other issues command constant attention. However, I am fortunate that I learned the importance of data-driven decision making early in my career as a NS director and understand the power of good-news stories mined from NS data.

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Charter Schools: An Accountability Study

By Alyssa Thornley | May 17, 2018

As of the most recent count, there were over 6,900 charter schools in 43 states across the U.S. Even though some states have not joined in on the charter school movement, the majority have, and each state has its own system of holding charter schools accountable in ways that differ from the criteria set forth by each district’s board of education.

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Third Federal Judge Weighs in on DACA - Allows for New Applications

By Dr. David Holbrook | April 26, 2018

If you have been following the situation with regard to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA program, you'll know:

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National Council of State Title III Directors Quarterly Webinar

By Dr. David Holbrook | April 26, 2018

The National Council of State Title III Directors (NCSTIIID) will host its Spring Webinar on May 10, 2018 from 11:30 am - 1:00pm Eastern Time. Those interested are invited to join to learn how State Title I and Title III Directors are collaborating at the national level to meet the needs of English Learners (ELs). The meeting will include information about the EL Newcomer Toolkit from USED, updates on NCSTIIID activities, and what is happening at the federal level.

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FY2018 Federal Spending Bill Includes $1.2 Billion for After-School Programs

By Dr. David Holbrook | March 22, 2018

On Wednesday March 21, 2018 the U.S. Congress released the text of its $1.3 trillion FY2018 Omnibus Spending Bill. If passed by both the House and the Senate and signed by the President, this bill will fund the government for the remainder of the current fiscal year (until October 1, 2018). The Government is currently operating on its fifth CR (Continuing Resolution, a temporary government funding bill). If Congress fails to pass this bill by midnight on... read more at

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Cayen Systems, Leader in After School Data Management Acquired by TransACT Communications to Enhance Service Offerings for Educational Institutions

By Alyssa Thornley | March 21, 2018

Seattle, WA – TransACT Communications, LLC (“TransACT”), a leading K-12 compliance and school operations software provider, has acquired Cayen Systems, Inc. (“Cayen Systems”) to expand its K-12 compliance solutions offering and address the needs of after school programs, nonprofit organizations, and charter schools.

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Supreme Court Rejects Trump DACA Appeal Request

By Dr. David Holbrook | February 28, 2018

In January 2018 I wrote a blog about a federal judge in California blocking the Trump administration's efforts to end DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program). On February 13, 2018 a second federal judge issued a temporary block to the end of DACA. According to the current timeline, the DACA program is set to end on March 5, 2018. The ruling by these two judges has temporarily block the end of DACA and opened the door for current DACA recipients to apply to renew their DACA status until the legal challenges to rescinding DACA are settled. Renewals were suspended on October 5, 2017 following the September 5, 2017 rescission of DACA. This will very likely allow DACA recipients to continue to apply for renewal past the March 5, 2018 looming deadline.

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Reorganization at U.S. Department of Education May Eliminate Office of English Language Acquisition (OELA)

By Dr. David Holbrook | February 16, 2018

The Trump administration’s proposal for a major overhaul of the organizational structure at the U.S. Department of Education (USED) includes the eventual elimination of the Office of English Language Acquisition (OELA), rolling it into the Office of Elementary and Secondary Education (OESE). Doing this could compromise any singular focus at USED on students learning English as a second language (or third, etc.). This is because it combines all English learner (EL) programs administered by USED into the USED office where the largest funding stream that focuses on academics is located. OESE houses the Office of State Support (OSS), which is where Title I and other academic focused federal education programs reside. In the federal education funding world, Title I is the tail that wags the dog.

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Dead on Arrival - Trump's Budget Proposal to Cut 21st Century Community Learning Center Funds

By Alyssa Thornley | February 15, 2018

On February 12, 2018 the White House budget proposal was released, outlining Trump's priorities for funding the 2019-2020 school year (Fiscal Year 2019 or FY2019). 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 Read more here.

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Federal Judge Blocks End to DACA

By Dr. David Holbrook | January 16, 2018

A federal judge in California has blocked the Trump administrations efforts to end DACA (the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program). Last year, California and other states filed a request to stop DACA from being rescinded. While that case has not yet been resolved, a San Francisco U.S. District Judge, William Alsup, has issued a ruling that halts the DACA program from ending while the legal challenge moves forward.

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