Education News Round-Up: March 2012


LAUSD looks to a Parcel Tax to Save Programming and Close Deficit

This month, the LAUSD Board of Education approved a Fiscal Stabilization Plan. This plan is the Board's effort to ameliorate the district's $557 million dollar deficit through a parcel tax. Voters must approve this parcel tax in November for it to go into effect.For more details on the Fiscal Stabilization Plan, please click here.

LAUSD Evaluates the Current Homework Policy

LAUSD sent a survey to parents this month to get their input on the district's homework policy. In the most recent draft of the homework policy, homework will count for up to 20% of a student's grade and students will be assigned homework limits based on their grades. In April, the Board of Education will vote on this. For more details on LAUSD's homework policy, please click here.


Online Learning Trends in California

A new study reveals that in California, many traditional public schools are utilizing online instruction in comparable numbers to charter schools (about 43%). While not all the data has been collected, various trends are beginning to emerge that may greatly impact the future of our state's public education system. For information on the emerging trends from this study, please click here.


The Merits of a Nonfiction Curriculum

A recent study of K-2nd grade students demonstrates the vital role that incorporating a significant portion of nonfiction texts can play in their overall education. In a study of 1,000 students, students who were taught using a Core Knowledge curriculum emphasizing nonfiction texts scored significantly higher in on standardized tests, especially in reading comprehension, than students using curriculums that did not heavily rely on nonfiction texts.For more details about the study and schools using the Core Knowledge curriculum, please click here.

No Child Left Behind State and District-Level Waivers

Eleven states have already received waivers from the controversial No Child Left Behind Act. Twenty six more states and the District of Columbia have also applied for waivers and expect to hear the status of their applications later this spring.To read more about this, please click here.

Education Secretary Arne Duncan and the Education Department are considering the effects of district-level waivers for states that have not yet applied for a Department of Education waiver.For more information on NCLB district-level waivers, please click here.

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