Nominees To Charter School Commission Named

The head of the Native Hawaiian Education Council and an insurance company executive are among five nominees being considered for positions on the Hawaii State Public Charter School Commission. There are two empty seats on the commission and two commissioners whose terms end in June. The commission, created by lawmakers in 2012 to improve financial and academic oversight of charter schools, has come under […]
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House overwhelmingly adopts affirmative-consent bill

The House of Representatives overwhelmingly approved a bill late Thursday that requires colleges and universities in Connecticut to use a standard of “affirmative consent” when developing policies on sexual assault.

Stalking bill added to legislation on assault of social workers

A bill that began as an effort to curb threats of violence against social workers is on track to go back to the Senate in a new form. The House approved a bill Thursday that enhances criminal penalties for assaulting social workers from the Department for Children and Families. But the bill, S.154, now has several key changes from the version that passed the Senate last month. It has been stripped of a section that created a criminal penalty for making threats. It also now contains the entirety of H.818, a bill that clarifies and streamlines the process for getting civil protection orders for stalking victims.
Rep. Barbara Rachelson, D-Burlington, reported the bill on the floor.

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Middlesex board rebuffs plan to postpone psych facility closing

The Middlesex mental health facility. File photo by Andrew Stein
The Middlesex Selectboard has unanimously rejected a proposal from the Agency of Human Services to keep a temporary psychiatric facility in the town open two years longer than scheduled. The seven-bed secure residential facility, located near the Vermont State Police barracks, opened in 2013 after flooding from Tropical Storm Irene forced the closure of the state psychiatric hospital in Waterbury. “We are pushing back against the state a little bit,” said Selectboard Chairman Peter Hood in an interview Thursday. “They've already had one extension, and now they want another one for two more years.”
Human Services Secretary Hal Cohen said Thursday that the attorney general has told him the state could keep the facility open, if necessary, even if the Selectboard was against it.

San Diego Explained: Why Charter Schools Are Sometimes in Weird Places

Charter schools are public schools that operate independently. They started in 1992 in California and there are now 1,184 of them, with over 547,800 students, according to the California Charter Schools Association. The schools are scattered around San Diego; tucked away in shopping malls, churches, inside some district schools or in privately rented office building. In their early years, most charter schools couldn't afford to purchase their own facilities. So they ended up renting space – either from a school district or from private owners.

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Teachers’ Biggest Challenge: The Bi-Illiterate Student

The Learning Curve is a weekly, jargon-free column that answers questions about education. Have a question about how your local schools work? Write me at ♦♦♦
I was a first-year teacher, in over my head. With no formal training– and little preparation of any kind – I stepped into a classroom at a school for juvenile offenders.

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Shelter manager testifies at New Life appeals hearing

Testimony for and against New Life Evangelistic Center continued Thursday in the fifth hearing before the city's Board of Building Appeals. The city board is tasked with deciding whether the downtown shelter can apply for a new occupancy permit without written support from its neighbors, and despite being next door to a school.The most significant witness to testify Thursday was Scott Egan, a shelter manager for New Life Evangelistic Center.

Symphony to Receive Major Funding Support

A high profile group of stakeholders is coming together Friday morning at the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts to pledge renewed support and financial aid for the San Antonio Symphony, ... The post Symphony to Receive Major Funding Support appeared first on The Rivard Report.

City Council Rejects Proposal for Lower Density Development in District 8

Councilman Ron Nirenberg (D8) needed at least nine yes-votes on Thursday to rezone a 36-acre tract of land in his district to lower-density housing. Out of the 10 Council members ... The post City Council Rejects Proposal for Lower Density Development in District 8 appeared first on The Rivard Report.

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Agency: Glitch in law gives merging districts chance at windfall

A Senate committee got surprising news Wednesday at the end of a grueling day spent slogging through the details of the bill that sets education tax rates: A loophole in state law allows newly merged districts to jack up their spending without a corresponding boost in their taxes. A representative of the Agency of Education told the Senate Finance Committee about the quirk in a 2010 school district merger statute. Brad James is finance manager for the Agency of Education. File photo by Amy Ash Nixon/VTDigger
“Seven or eight months ago, we realized it is possible for a new entity following the law strictly to increase its spending tremendously the first year,” said Brad James, finance manager for the agency. “They can only increase their tax rates by 5 percent.

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New name for Squaw Bay on state agenda

Aerial photo of Squaw Bay with the proposed name change of Sq'emenen Bay. (Photo illustration by the Washington Department of Natural Resources.)Next month, a state committee will consider changing the name of Squaw Bay on Shaw Island to Sq'emenen Bay — which would make it the latest Washington state place name to change because of a word considered racially offensive. While there is disagreement whether the word “squaw” originated as an offensive word for Native American women, it's offensive today after centuries of negative connotations, says Richard Walker, in his petition to the state to have the place name changed. Walker filed the petition in August. Walker has also written about the topic for Indian Country Today.

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EPA puts Republic Services on a deadline for barrier at Bridgeton Landfill

The owner of the Bridgeton Landfill is now on a deadline to install several components of a system that will separate radioactive waste from an underground smoldering fire. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Region 7 issued an Administrative Settlement Agreement Thursday that names deadlines for a heat extraction system, air monitors and temperature probes.