What We're Reading: Paying for Schools, IEPs, Charter Schools, and More

posted May 10, 2016, 1:49 PM by Robin Dutton-Cookston   [ updated May 10, 2016, 1:50 PM ]

From NPR
The Kansas Supreme Court gave state lawmakers an ultimatum: Make school funding more equitable by June 30, or it will consider shutting down the state's public schools. Since then, things have gotten ugly. read more

From Education Dive
To meet new federal accountability requirements under the Every Student Succeeds Act, California will replace its Academic Performance Index and instate new student performance evaluations as part of a new overall accountability system to be implemented in the fall of 2017. read more

From GreatKids
In the San Francisco Bay Area, 15 exceptional high schools are educating students from economically disadvantaged backgrounds fairly and equally. read more

From Understood
Both Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) and 504 plans can offer formal help for K–12 students with learning and attention issues. They’re similar in some ways but quite different in others. This chart compares them side-by-side to help you understand the differences. read more

From The Hechinger Report
Everyone seems to think that a lack of “soft skills” is the reason why students of color aren’t ready for college and careers. More schools and after-school programs are teaching students how to have “grit,” compassion and a “growth mindset.” Under the new federal education law, states are encouraged to use “nonacademic” factors to hold schools accountable. read more

From Huffington Post
Advocates for charters schools like to talk about their unwavering commitment to student success, parental choice and the benefits of privatization, but their main argument for charter schools is that with their “no excuses“ approach they can do a better job than public schools educating inner-city minority youth. read more