Monthly Archives: February 2019

Report: K-12 cybersecurity incidents, risks growing across the country

14 Feb
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K-12 local educational agencies nationwide experienced both more frequent and more significant cybersecurity incidents in 2018, according to a new report from The K-12 Cybersecurity Resource Center. Data suggests the incidents did not discriminate by district type, location or size. There were 122 publicly reported K-12 cyber incidents in the U.S. in 2018, or about one incident every three days. A map on the center’s website shows the location of every reported cyber incident since 2016, in addition to a...

Dollars for scholars: Awards available for school district programs

12 Feb
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With school districts statewide cutting budgets due to rising expenses, funding to pay for public school equipment and programs essential to a well-rounded education can often be in short supply. To help offset some of these expenses, the Scholar Dollars program is awarding more than $300,000 to K-8 public and charter schools statewide. Schools are free to spend awarded funds on musical instruments, computers, library books, sports equipment, field trips, or gardening tools. The awards can also be used for...

Governance team role, effectiveness cited as critical at CCEE meeting

11 Feb
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The important role of governance teams and their ties to district success was highlighted at the Feb. 7 California Collaborative for Educational Excellence board meeting in downtown Sacramento. In addition to its main role working with the California Department of Education and county offices of education to implement the state’s new System of Support, the CCEE has a statutory obligation laid out in Assembly Bill 1840 requiring the agency to assist districts in state receivership or “fiscal distress.” Staff has...

Hard-hit educators testify on wildfire response and recovery at state hearing

8 Feb
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Educators from across California provided emotional testimony at a Feb. 6 hearing about the impact of recent wildfires on schools and communities. In what several speakers called the “new normal” due to climate change and a now year-round fire season, firestorms have caused unprecedented damage to school districts statewide since 2017. The State Assembly’s Education Committee met at the Capitol to assess the recovery process, what more needs to be done, and how to prepare for future fires and other...

Chronic absenteeism, stakeholder engagement practices shared at PACE conference

5 Feb
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Two timely and important issues facing districts and school boards, chronic absenteeism and stakeholder engagement, shared the spotlight at this year’s Policy Analysis for California Education annual conference. The Feb. 1 event in downtown Sacramento, with a theme of “Putting Evidence into Action to Advance Equity in California,” served as a venue for researchers and practitioners to share best practices in key areas identified in PACE’s “Getting Down to Facts II” report. A fresh focus on chronic absenteeism About 10...

Toolkit offers guidance and resources for English learner, immigrant parents

4 Feb
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The U.S. Department of Education has released a new guide to help schools better support English learner students, immigrant students and their families. Dubbed The English Learner Family Toolkit, the publication should be of particular interest in California, home to more than 1.3 million English learner students. The toolkit, which is available in English, Spanish, Arabic and Mandarin, consists of a series of modules that the agency will publish throughout the year. In January, the department unveiled the first two...