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Legislation and Policy Updates
Per the Governor’s school year closure directive on April 6, OSPI has set guidelines for school use of facilities.
The CARES Act is aimed at reducing the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic by authorizing $2.1 trillion in aid to support various sectors of the economy. It is huge and therefore will take expert examination in the coming weeks to interpret the fine print details. For now, here are a few key things included that directly relate to our State:
There is a lot of anxiety about how the Covid-19 crisis will affect the college application process. The College Board has conveyed the following:
EducationDive March 24, 2020 by By Shawna De La Rosa Organizations team up to advise administrators on privacy rights in coronavirus era Dive Brief: The Future of Privacy Forum and AASA, the School Superintendents Association, are teaming up to help K-12 and higher...
Students impacted by school closures due to COVID-19 can bypass standardized testing for the 2019-2020 school year. Upon a proper request, the Department will grant a waiver to any state unable to assess its students due to the ongoing national emergency, providing relief from federally mandated testing requirements for this school year.
The February Early Learning Advisory Council (ELAC) meeting was held on Tuesday, February 4, online rather than in person. This report is compiled by WFIS' ELAC Representative for Private Schools, Chelle Downey Magee, who is also the Director of Issaquah Montessori....
Are other states falling short of meeting their IDEA obligations? The answer, which is readily deduced by the application of simple logic, is almost certainly, “yes.” Nationally, the number of public school students identified as possessing disabilities requiring special education and related services is estimated to be approximately 13 percent of the total. For private school students, the number is estimated at just under 3 percent.
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