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On February 7, Betsy DeVos was confirmed as President Donald Trumps Secretary of Education, after Vice President Mike Pence cast an historic tie-breaking vote . Never before has a Vice President broken a tie for a Cabinet nomination, nor has there ever been such a polarizing Education Secretary nominee. If this were a typical presidential transition, the Senate would be deferent to a new presidents Cabinet nominees and the Education Secretary post would traditionally enjoy bipartisan support . But if weve learned anything at all this past year, its that this election cycle, this transition period, and this administration are anything but typical. Now that ...
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Although our newly sworn-in President, Donald J. Trump, has yet to provide an official budget with his funding priorities for this fiscal year (FY), media reports say that his team has started outlining plans for shrinking the federal bureaucracy. Dramatic spending cuts are expected, and education programs will certainly not be immune. The Hill says that Trumps team likely will implement a budget that aligns closely with a blueprint published last year by the conservative Heritage Foundation. The blueprints proposals would reduce federal spending by $10.5 trillion within the next decade if enacted, and proposes deeper cuts than any other FY2017 ...
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Now that we are less than 10 days out from Inauguration Day to swear in the next president, and President Barack Obama gave his farewell speech last night, its worth looking back at what Obama achieved during his presidency. What Obama Administration policies will remain under President-elect Donald Trump's leadership? What laws or regulations will be overturned? Lets look at education and healthcare in particular, as these will have the greatest implications for K12 school districts. Obamas Education Legacy Last week, Education Secretary John King sent his Cabinet exit memo to President Obama, emphasizing everything that he and the Department of Education ...
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Last month, President-elect Donald Trump pledged in his acceptance speech to reinvest in U.S. infrastructure. He said on November 9, We are going to fix our inner cities and rebuild our highways, bridges, tunnels, airports, schools, [and] hospitals. Were going to rebuild our infrastructure, which will become, by the way, second to none. And we will put millions of our people to work as we rebuild it. So, what does Trumps infrastructure plan look like? To what extent does it address school infrastructure needs? Trumps official campaign website calls for an Americas Infrastructure First policy that supports investments in transportation, clean water, a ...
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The 2016 election results are in , and the Republican Party has taken over the Oval Office while retaining control over the House and Senate. As of 1:00 p.m. this afternoon, President-elect Donald Trump won 279 Electoral College votes and 59,370,253 popular votes to Democratic nominee Hillary Clintons 228 electoral votes and 59,595,237 popular votes. Although Clinton received more popular votes, the electoral votes determine the election outcome . While the last few percentages of results are still coming in from several states, the call has been made that Donald Trump will be the next President of the United States. As for the House and Senate, while the ...
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Is your school district having trouble managing unpaid meal charges on student meal accounts for school breakfast and lunch programs? The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) agency released guidance last month to help state and local nutrition program leaders resolve unpaid meal charges while still ensuring children have access to nutritious meals. The guidance comes in the form of a report summary of best practices to resolve the issue, Overcoming the Unpaid Meal Challenge: Proven Strategies from Our Nations Schools . Not only is the report useful for nutrition managers, but also for school food authorities (SFAs), since ...
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(Note: The information below is from, Supplement not Supplant: Latest ESSA Regulations and What It Means for Districts, a webinar hosted by AASAThe School Superintendents Association for AASA and ASBO members. Access a recording of the webinar here and the PowerPoint slide presentation here .) Late last month, the Department of Education (ED) proposed a rule for Title I supplement not supplant (SNS), a funding provision in the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) that requires state and local education agencies (SEAs/LEAs) to ensure federal Title I dollars add to (supplement) and do not replace (supplant) state and local funding. While the overall ...
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During the 2013–2014 school year (SY), there were more than 1.3 million homeless students in the U.S., according to a new GradNation.org report , “Hidden In Plain Sight: Homeless Students in America’s Public Schools.” GradNation is a campaign created by America’s Promise Alliance that encompasses “a large and growing movement of dedicated individuals, organizations, and communities working together to end America’s dropout crisis.” The organization’s website, GradNation.org, provides resources for education stakeholders to increase student engagement and high school graduation rates, get locally involved with these efforts, and connect with other advocates ...
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More than 200 school business officials (SBOs) and superintendents came to Washington, D.C., July 12–14 for the 2016 Legislative Advocacy Conference, co-hosted by ASBO International (ASBO) and AASA–The School Superintendents Association. School leaders from all over the United States convened to learn about federal education policy and how to effectively advocate for their students. The conference kicked off Tuesday afternoon with opening remarks from AASA’s executive director, Dan Domenech, and their new president , Alton Frailey, who was officially sworn in at the conference’s presidential installation on Wednesday. The opening session was followed ...
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Late May, the Department of Education (ED) released a new draft accountability rule for the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) regarding state accountability systems, state and local education agency (SEA/LEA) report cards, and the process by which states are expected to submit their accountability plans to ED, among other items. In particular, the rule establishes requirements for the following items: Accountability systems’ specific indicators to “annually meaningfully differentiate all public schools,” identify schools for support and interventions, develop and implement turnaround plans via evidence-based interventions, etc. ...
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This morning, the Senate Labor-HHS-Education Subcommittee marked up their FY2017 appropriations bill. The Full Appropriations Committee will mark up the bill on Thursday morning at 10:30 am Some of the discretionary programs follow: 1. Senate Labor-HHS-Education Appropriations Update The draft bill provides $161.9 billion in discretionary spending, which is $270 million below the FY2016 level and $2 billion below the administration’s budget request. Department of Education total: $67.8 billion (drop of $220 milllion from FY2016). Department of Health and Human Services: $76.9 billion ($1.4 ...
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Sneak Peek from Accents Online May 26, 2016 There’s no doubt that personalized learning—with its highly differentiated academic and social learning experiences—garners higher levels of academic achievement, but implementing personalized learning across an entire school is an enormous task—and could be a pricey one, too. A recent publication from the Center on Reinventing Public Education reports on a study of the costs associated with implementing a broad range of personalized learning models in 16 American charter elementary and secondary schools, details how school leaders allocate funds, and suggests what may be needed to make personalized learning ...
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Last week, the Department of Labor (DOL) officially updated an overtime pay exemption rule under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), which will take effect for all employers December 1, 2016. The Obama administration first announced its plan to update the rule in July of last year, however the final language has changed a bit from the Presidents initial proposal. If you need a refresher on the original proposal: President Barack Obama wanted DOL to raise the FLSA overtime salary threshold from its current level, $23,600 (approximately $455/week), to $50,400 (approximately $970/week). The proposal would leave current categorical exemptions and duties ...
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Hello, my name is Stephanie Householder. I am currently in an Education Finance Class and as an assignment we were asked to make a post on ASBO about a topic of interest for us personally. Profession wise I am a special education teacher in Maryland. My question for you is what formula's or methods does your county use to determine the special education staffing for your county? Do they use the identified special education student number as the precursor to new jobs or is it by the total school population? Thank you! Stephanie Househodle
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Last Thursday, the House Education and the Workforce Committee released a draft of its child nutrition reauthorization (CNR) proposal to replace the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act (HHFKA). POLITICO reports that the 175-page discussion draft would prevent further sodium reductions for school meals, “allow all forms of produce into a currently fresh-only fruit and vegetable snack program,” and increase barriers for school districts to opt into the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) for school meal programs. The draft proposed allowing any meal pattern item to be sold a la carte, “eliminate a requirement that all school fundraisers… meet nutrition standards,” ...
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Last week, the Department of Education’s (ED) Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) negotiated rulemaking committee met for three days to discuss new regulations for the K–12 law . Educators, administrators, civil rights advocates, school leaders, business community representatives, and other experts met in a 24-member panel to discuss the law’s “supplement-not-supplant” and assessment provisions. So what exactly is negotiated rulemaking? What did committee members discuss during these meetings? And what are the next steps for ESSA’s regulations and implementation? Negotiated Rulemaking EdWeek summarizes , “Federal laws sometimes require ...
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Last Friday afternoon, the Department of Education (ED) released a frequently asked questions (FAQ) document about the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) . The FAQ provides guidance for K–12 state, district, and local leaders to transition to the education law’s new requirements by SY2017–2018. EdWeek describes the FAQ as an all-in-one “ omnibus ” of ESSA guidance that summarizes everything ED has decided to do with regards to implementing the law so far. The 17-page document reiterates many of the provisions ED has noted in its Dear Colleague letters. For example, No Child Left Behind (NCLB) waivers expire on August 1, 2016, and states no longer have ...
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Now that the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) has been signed into law, K–12 leaders must prepare to implement, and in some cases devise, new education regulations on everything from funding formulas and teacher accountability systems to academic standards and assessments. Fortunately, Education Next asked several K‒12 experts to weigh in on how states should transition from the old No Child Left Behind law to the new ESSA education era. Here’s what they have to say: Nina Rees, President and CEO of the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools Data from disaggregated tests should be analyzed and utilized to improve ...
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Now that the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) has been signed into law, K–12 state and district leaders will have to develop plans to implement the law’s new provisions by the 2017–2018 school year (SY). Last month, we discussed what education leaders must know about ESSA’s accountability requirements as the Department of Education (ED) shifts more responsibilities to states and districts. Let’s see what the education law says about academic standards and assessments, as well as opting students out of testing. Academic Standards & Assessments State and local education agencies (SEAs and LEAs) must have high academic standards , but they get to ...
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Ever since the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) was signed into law to replace No Child Left Behind (NCLB)/the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), K–12 stakeholders have been wondering what accountability will look like now that the Department of Education (ED) has less K–12 policy influence. Here, we take a closer look at the new law and outline what school business officials and other education leaders should expect as responsibilities shift back into the hands of states and districts. What Does Accountability Look Like Under the New ESSA? Academic Standards and Assessments. State and local education agencies (SEAs and ...
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