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Thursday, August 21, 2014

L.A. Unified teachers decry new student tracking system

The L.A. Times – Stephen Ceasar

“Los Angeles Unified spent about $112 million on an online student tracking program a decade ago but dumped it two years ago in favor of another one that promised a streamlined way to manage enrollment, attendance and grades for the nation’s second-largest school district.” (more)

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

10 privacy steps for every district

E-School – Keith Krueger

“It would be hard to name an issue that has taken the education technology world by storm as has student data privacy over the past year. To address this issue, CoSN published our Protecting Student Privacy in Connected Learning toolkit in March to help districts navigate FERPA (Family Education Rights & Privacy Act) and COPPA (Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act).” (more)

Los Angeles schools to ease discipline policies to stem dropouts

Reuters – Daina Beth Solomon

“Los Angeles schools will take a more lenient approach to offenses such as alcohol possession and fighting to allow students a better chance to graduate, officials said on Tuesday.” (more)

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Why Los Angeles Sends Failing Students On To The Next Grade

The Huffington Post – Molly Callister

“This logic has led 15 states and the District of Columbia to adopt policies requiring third-grade reading proficiency before a student can be promoted. Large urban districts, like New York City and Chicago, have also experimented with ending social promotion.” (more)

Saturday, August 16, 2014

5 ways to create a performance-based school climate

E-School – Jennifer Medbery

“Students’ learning is affected by academic as well as nonacademic factors. Enabling them to achieve their full potential requires integrating learning outcome data with information about special needs, interventions and social/emotional factors.” (more)

5 data protection policies for the new school year

E-School – Laura Devaney

“Student data is a hot topic these days, and as the new school year kicks off, educators and school leaders are examining their data storage and data security practices to ensure that sensitive student information remains private and secured.” (more)

Parents worry their child won’t make friends at school

BBC – Staff Writer

“Parents worry their children will not make friends when they start at school for the first time, says the charity Action for Children.” (more)

Philadelphia schools to open on schedule despite shortfall

Reuters – Sean Landis

“Philadelphia’s cash-strapped public schools will open on schedule in three weeks after $32 million of budget cuts, the school district’s superintendent said on Friday, easing fears of closures or a late start to the school year to save money.” (more)

LAUSD says it is not subject to state’s parent trigger law this year

The L.A. Times – Teresa Watanabe

“A controversial state law permitting parents to petition for sweeping changes in failing schools cannot be used this year in Los Angeles Unified, district officials decided.” (more)

Friday, August 15, 2014

13 Back-To-School Hacks, Tips And Tricks For An Easy Transition Into Fall

The Huffington Post – Mandy Velez

“We’ve researched deals, time-saving tricks and great ways to give back to ease you into the new school year, so all you’ll have to worry about is getting your kids out of the house on time.” (more)