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Carl Perkins Career Technical Education Act Reauthorized by Congress

On July 25, the National School Boards Association (NSBA) applauded the bipartisan effort that has resulted in the reauthorization of the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act (CTE Act). Last reauthorized in 2006, the CTE Act is a vital source of federal support for our students, helping them gain the academic and practical skills they need for successful careers.

“We appreciate the modernization of this crucial piece of legislation that will expand college- and career-readiness opportunities for our public school students and strengthen both local and national economies,” said Thomas J. Gentzel, NSBA’s Executive Director & CEO...

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Gov. Brown Signs His Final State Budget, Enjoys “Victory Lap”

In a ceremony that several news accounts described as “a victory lap,” Gov. Jerry Brown signed the California state budget for 2018-19 on June 27 at a ceremony in Los Angeles, accompanied by Democratic legislative leaders.

This will be the final state budget to be signed by Governor Brown, who will leave office in January following the election of a new governor in November. (Brown has served a total of four terms as Governor - 1975-1983 and 2011-2019 - longer than any other California Governor.)...

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California High School Graduation Rates Dip 1.1 Percent Under New Methodology

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson announced California’s high school graduation rates on July 26 under a new methodology that was adopted in response to a federal audit.

As part of this new methodology, three significant changes were implemented for calculating 2017 high school graduation rates: (1) Students who receive an adult education high school diploma are no longer considered regular high school graduates, and (2) students who pass the California High School Proficiency Exam (CHSPE) are no longer considered regular high school graduates...

 

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Three-Judge Panel Again Rejects Prayer During School Board Meetings

A federal appeals court decided on July 25 that Chino Valley school board meetings may not include prayers, proselytizing or the citing of Christian Scripture.

A three-judge panel of the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a 2016 injunction against the religious practices, which the court said dated back to at least 2010...

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NSBA Launches Initiative to Help Schools Mitigate Cyber-threats

In July, the National School Boards Association (NSBA) launched a Cyber Secure Schools initiative, a key source of information, tools, and resources, to help districts and schools enhance the security of their networks and data systems, and reduce cyber-vulnerabilities.

“Technology continues to change rapidly and with those changes comes emerging and significant cyber-threats,” said Thomas J...

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State Allocation Board Defers Action on Proposal to Cease Accepting Applications Once Bond Authority Has Been Exhausted

On June 28, the State Allocation Board (Board) deferred action on a proposed regulation to cease accepting applications once bond authority has been exhausted. Approval of this proposal would essentially eliminate the School Facility Program (SFP) for projects outside of Proposition 51 bond authority. New Construction Proposition 51 bond authority is expected to be exhausted by October 2018, and Modernization bond authority is expected to be exhausted by September 2019...

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