Capitol Comments

The Council of State Governments will be hosting four regional Policy Academies for Newly Elected Legislators (PANEL) in the fall of 2011. Through this effort, legislators who were newly elected in 2010 and have been appointed to legislative education, higher education and appropriations committees will receive training and information that will provide valuable, timely and objective policy insights on critical education issues facing their states.

The Title IX complaints keep coming.  This time, Idaho has been accused of violations in 100 high schools across 78 school districts.  The problem?  Not enough girls playing competitive sports.

When the federal government set forth guidelines for state assessments to evaluate rigorous academic standards, it delineated many uses for the tests.  The U.S. Department of Education funded two consortia to develop state-of-the-art assessments that measure student achievement and increases in learning as well as evaluate the effectiveness of teachers, administrators and schools.

The U.S. Department of Education (USDOE) recently notified the South Carolina Department of Education that they have to restore $111 million for services to students with disabilities or face a penalty of the same amount.  Policymakers in the state reduced their budget by $36 million in the 2009/10 school year and $75 million in the 2010/11 school year.

He felt it was the only decision he could make.  He stepped down as the district’s number-one administrator in hopes of helping his cash-strapped budget.

Medora Community Schools Corp. Superintendent John Reed resigned Wednesday after his school board accepted his resignation.  This small, 270-student rural school district is facing cuts mandated by the Indiana legislature.  “I told the board that to maintain your programs – all that you offer the kids – the only thing that’s logical is that you do something at the administrative level.  And that’s when I gave them my resignation,” said Superintendent Reed.