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Committee Votes Unanimously to Send Bipartisan Compromise on Overhauling NCLB to Full Senate

On April 16, U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) – chairman of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) – praised the work of the committee in acting on the bipartisan agreement to fix No Child Left Behind. After three days of amendment and debate, the committee voted unanimously to send the bill to the full Senate.

Alexander said: “If senators were students in a classroom, none of us would expect to receive a passing grade for unfinished work...

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PPIC Report: A Well-Designed Parcel Tax Is a Useful Tool for Local Governments

The parcel tax has advantages over other types of taxes as a source of discretionary revenue for local governments. It is a useful fiscal tool that can help California's diverse localities tailor services to meet the needs of their communities. These are among the findings of a report released on April 15 by the Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC).

In recent years, an increasing number of local governments have responded to Proposition 13's limits on property tax revenue by turning to the parcel tax...

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CORE Districts Submit Three Year No Child Left Behind Waiver Extension Request

Six districts participating in CORE Districts, a partnership of 10 districts working together to improve student learning and to close achievement gaps, have submitted a joint request to the U.S. Dept of Education to extend their waiver of NCLB rules and approval of the School Quality Improvement System for federal school accountability purposes. The districts requesting a three-year extension of the waiver are: Fresno, Long Beach, Los Angeles, Oakland, San Francisco, and Santa Ana Unified...

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Most Public School Parents Unfamiliar With New Online Tests, According to PPIC Survey

As most California schools administer new online standardized tests this month, most public school parents say they have heard nothing about them, according to a statewide survey by the Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC) released on April 22.

A majority (55%) say they have heard nothing at all about the Smarter Balanced Assessment System, which replaces paper-based tests. The new tests are based on the Common Core math and English standards...

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Free Videos Highlight Skills and Strategies Developed by Five Exemplary School Principals

A free collection of videos aimed at developing school leadership skills, titled School Leadership in Action: Principal Profiles, is available on PBS LearningMedia and The Wallace Foundation websites beginning today. The New York Times featured the videos recently in this op-ed about the importance of school principals.

In the five videos, the camera follows exemplary principals into their schools and offers an up-close look at what they do to improve teaching and lift student achievement...

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British Researcher Concludes “Clever Classrooms” Can Boost Learning by 16%

A recent British report – released in February by the University of Salford – shows clear evidence that well-designed primary school classrooms boost children’s learning progress in reading, writing and math.

Natural light, temperature, air quality, color and individualized classroom design amongst the biggest physical factors impacting on pupils’ learning progress.

This is according to the results of the HEAD Project...

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