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Pensions, Cheating, and Undocumented Students (Legal Brief)

This week’s legal updates include a Supreme Court’s relationship with school law, the attack on teacher pensions, cheating cases thrown out, and policy guides for undocumented students. For One Supreme Court Justice, a Personal Connection to School Law In a rare interview, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stephen G. Breyer reminisces about his father’s four decades …

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How Hundred Day Plans Sustain a Culture of Continuous Improvement

You’re feeling good – you have created demand for modeling your school as a PLC and have structures in place to answer the key questions. You are making progress along the PLC journey… Well, you think you are. Or perhaps your PLC is stagnant; you are not seeing progress or you are not sure about …

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The Case for Coaches in Professional Learning Communities

  Instructional coaching is a balancing act of working with teams to help ensure the fidelity of the three big ideas of a PLC and also provide the time and support to individual teachers who need it. If members of a collaborative team become worried about individual teacher performance, then they can get derailed from …

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Appointed School Boards Pass Muster Under Voting Rights Act, Court Rules

A federal appeals court has rejected a challenge under the Voting Rights Act to Chicago’s mayorally appointed school board, holding that nothing in the text of the 1965 federal law requires any public office to be elective. Court rules, mayors can appoint school boards. Legal – The Voting Rights Act of 1965 aimed to overcome legal and policy barriers at …

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Massachusetts High Court Rules Schools Not Liable for Bullying

Massachusetts’ supreme court ruled last week that a school district cannot be held financially liable for bullying that left a child paralyzed. What is Bullying? The dictionary defines it as the use of superior strength or influence to intimidate (someone), typically to force him or her to do what one wants. More recent legislation defines …

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