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Stand for Children, an education advocacy group that believes all children deserve an equal opportunity to succeed and should be able to graduate prepared and have access to college or career training, says “meanness is on the rise” across our nation’s schools. Trends of intolerance, division, violence, and hate in the news and on social media have exposed students to powerful forces that “undermine students’ learning, wellness, and, ultimately, their and our nation’s future potential.” The advocacy organization cites several research studies that demonstrate how schools that systematically teach and foster kindness enhance students’ sense of safety, ...
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(Last updated 07/28 at 8:45AM EST) On Tuesday, Senate Republicans gathered just enough votes to proceed on the healthcare debate, with Vice President Mike Pence breaking a 50-50 tie. All Democrats voted against the motion, along with two Republicans, Sens. Collins (R-ME) and Murkowski (R-AK). Afterwards, the Senate voted on an amended version of the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA), which failed on a 57-43 vote . This version of BCRA had an amendment proposed by Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) that stipulated that the bill needed 60 votes to pass . The bill, which would cut Medicaid by $772 billion over a decade, failed after all Democrats and nine ...
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We have 3 clinics in our community and have had good working relationships with them in the past, but they have now started bickering amongst themselves and will not work together and refuse to allow their trainer to be at a school if a trainer from another clinic is also there.  This puts the school in a tough situation for the safety of our students.  We want to put out an RFP for exclusive access by one clinic to each of our 3 high schools.  I'm wanting to put out 3 separate RFP's and each clinic can chose to bid on 1, 2, or 3 schools.  Any examples of RFP's anyone could share would be great. Thanks, Mike Arnold, CFO Billings Public Schools Billings, Mon ...
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Congress averted a government shutdown after passing a stopgap funding bill to keep federal agencies open for another week so officials could hash out a longer-term agreement. The House passed the bill, 382–30, with the Senate unanimously following soon thereafter. Just a few days later, officials reached an agreement on a final spending package for fiscal year (FY) 2017. This bill would fund federal agencies and programs through September 30, 2017, but hasn’t officially become law yet. If it passes as is, what will it mean for education? (*Updated: As of May 5, this bill is now law, HR 244 the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2017 ). For reference, the ...
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School business officials (SBOs) address facility and environmental issues on a daily basis and thus are more aware than many K12 leaders about how environmental issues affect student learning and achievement. This puts SBOs in a unique position to create teachable moments that educate staff and students about facility construction, operations, and environmental issues, and the solutions that go with them. ASBO International executive director John Musso says that, Whatever the issuegreen building, hazardous waste disposal, recycling, indoor air qualitythere is always a teachable moment. On a daily basis, we have the opportunity to add value to the educational ...
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Government funding runs out on April 28, and Congress has until then to pass a spending package to fund federal agencies through the remainder of the 2017 fiscal year (FY), which ends September 30. Whatever these final spending figures look like, they will determine the amount of federal funding that districts receive for the 20172018 school year, as educators roll out their plans under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). Disagreements about the spending package have spurred concerns around the Hill about a possible government shutdown , especially since some Republicans want to add controversial provisions to the package that Democrats are unlikely to ...
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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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