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Two Reports Examine Changes in School Accountability Under Provisions of ESSA

The passage of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) provides states with the flexibility and responsibility to design and implement new systems of accountability, support, and intervention. Two new reports, published jointly by the Learning Policy Institute (LPI) and the Stanford Center for Opportunity Policy in Education (SCOPE), provide timely research and evidence-based examples for educators and policy makers looking to leverage ESSA to improve educational opportunities and outcomes for all children. The reports offer valuable guidance for schools, districts and states...

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PPIC Poll: Seeing Need for School Funding, Most Favor Prop. 30 Extension, Construction Bond

Most Californians say state funding for their local public schools is inadequate, and most favor two proposals that are likely to be on the November ballot to increase it: an extension of the Proposition 30 tax increase on higher incomes and a bond measure to pay for school construction projects.

These are among the key findings in the 12th annual statewide survey on Californians and Education released on April 20 by the Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC).

Likely voters say the current level of funding is not enough...

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California Alliance for Arts Education Lays Out Strategies to Improve Literacy, Math Skills at Low-Income Schools

The California Alliance for Arts Education has provided a new online resource to support arts integration programs at low-income schools. The website, launched in February, guides Title 1 school leaders through a rigorous process to plan and evaluate arts strategies that can help achieve the goals of the Title I program.

Arts programs can help schools achieve the aims of Title I by facilitating student engagement and learning, strengthening parent involvement, and improving school climate and school wide behavior...

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Report Shows Systemic Inequity in a State-By-State Analysis of Investment in American School Infrastructure

The State of Our Schools: America’s K-12 Facilities report, released on March 23 by the Center for Green Schools at the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), the 21st Century School Fund and the National Council on School Facilities, shows that the nation faces a projected annual shortfall of $46 billion in school funding, despite significant effort on the part of local communities.

“One out of every six people in the U.S. spends each day in a K-12 public school classroom, yet there is very little oversight over America’s public school buildings,”...

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Federal Appeals Court Rules Virginia School Restroom Policy Discriminatory Against Transgender Students

A federal court of appeals ruled on April 19 in favor of transgender male student Gavin Grimm (who lives in Gloucester County, Virginia) in his challenge to Gloucester High School’s discriminatory restroom policy that segregates transgender students from their peers by requiring them to use “alternative, private” facilities.

The ruling from the U.S. Court of Appeals marks the first time that a federal appeals court has determined that Title IX protects the rights of transgender students to use sex segregated facilities...

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FCC Decision Will Help More Low-Income Children Gain Internet Access at Home

On March 31, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted 3-2 to update a 30-year-old program to help low-income households and their students gain high-speed Internet access. Previously, the Lifeline program only provided subsidies for voice telephone services; it didn’t include broadband. The decision is a step toward reducing the digital divide and improving student success.

NSBA cosigned a letter with the Education & Libraries Network Coalition (EdLiNC) asking the FCC to support modernization of the Lifeline program...

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