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InformED Report: Who Teaches Kids in Prison?

California debates who teaches kids in prison, tips for parent-teacher conferences, and Schwab funds literacy programs

Proposal: School districts should handle education for incarcerated youth

Adolfo Guzman-Lopez | KPCC Twitter

In a report about the California’s 58 county offices of education, the Legislative Analyst’s Office argues that the county offices don’t provide high enough quality of services to youth in juvenile detention centers and jails and operate without adequate transparency.

“We just think that there needs to be, maybe, a closer connection there in the accountability,” said Natasha Collins, senior fiscal and policy analyst at the Legislative Analyst’s Office. “So districts have a bigger stake in how their students are doing when they’re incarcerated.”

Sacramento budgeted $140 million for this year to pay for the education of 8,000 youth in the state’s juvenile halls and jails. That money goes directly to county offices of education.

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Three Tips for Productive Parent-Teacher Conferences

Nina Parrish | The Huffington Post Twitter

I rush to the car, grabbing items as I pass through the kitchen in a blur: purse (check), paper and pen (check), toddler has presentable clothes on (check), hair brushed sometime today-mine and hers (check and check), and keys and shoes (check).

This goes on for what seems like five hours but is most likely five minutes, as I make my way to the car in a rush to get to my first parent-teacher conference. We have reworked the schedules of what feels like our entire week, to fit in the short conference at my daughter’s preschool.

WE CANNOT BE LATE, as we always are. We must be on time, presentable, well-behaved and totally normal for like 15 minutes.

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Schwab Teams up with DonorsChoose.org to Fund Matching Donations for Financial Literacy Projects in Public Schools

Business Wire Twitter

The Charles Schwab Corporation has announced that it will be piloting a program of matching individual donations for classroom projects, pre-Kindergarten through 12th grade, designed to build financial literacy for today’s youth. The matching donations will be provided through the innovative nonprofit organization DonorsChoose.org. Any public and charter school teachers across the U.S. can apply for grants to fund personal finance education projects through the DonorsChoose.org website.

According to the Council for Economic Education, fewer than half of all schools across the country require a course on personal finance. Yet today more than ever, Americans struggle with student loan debt, credit card debt and general management of monthly expenses – not to mention saving for retirement. The need for financial education is critical in building self-reliance within an increasingly complex financial landscape.

To read more visit Business Wire

Further Reading
  1. The Spokesman Review – Juvenile detention center offers education to kids
  2. Omaha.com – Preparing parents for parent-teacher conferences
  3. Fastcoexist.com – How DonorsChoose Founder Charles Best Keeps His Organization Nimble
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