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Time & Attendance
Time and Attendance Quiz: What Is Your District Spending?
School's back in full swing – and we've got a quick quiz for you! #1: What percent of your district budget is made up of labor costs? #2: What's the average percent of errors made in payroll? #3: How much did the DOL collect in FLSA backwages in 2008? #4: How much do districts spend on paper timesheets? Find out the answers – and why they matter for your district!
Human Capital Management
The Case for Strategic Human Capital Management in Education
After enduring one of the most difficult times in the history of U.S. education, what makes now the best time to examine your current approach to human capital management (HCM) and opportunities to improve?Continue Reading
Time & Attendance
Update on the Affordable Care Act
"Because things are the way they are, things will not stay the way they are." – Bertolt Brecht This quote sums it up when it comes to the Affordable Care Act! Since the proposed regulations were released in February, some changes have occurred and we anticipate more – but many districts are still taking steps to address the coming mandate.
Recruiting & Hiring
Hiring to the Test: Ensuring Fairness in the Teacher Selection Process
Many school districts I speak with across the country are examining how they recruit and hire great educators and other staff. I think this is positive as having a great recruiting and teacher selection process can ensure your organization is looking for new candidates in the right places and using the right measures to select the best person for the job!Continue Reading
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Are We Still Providing FAPE?
Following the March 2017 U.S. Supreme Court ruling on special education, what does FAPE actually mean for the over 6.6 million students currently receiving special education in U.S. public schools? How should a student’s needs be met and tracked? Is FAPE different for a student with behavioral difficulties that impact learning and participation?Continue Reading
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What School Nurses Want You to Consider Before Re-Opening K-12 Schools During COVID-19
Robin Cogan is a school nurse in Camden, NJ and the author of the blog The Relentless School Nurse. In a recent episode of Frontline’s Field Trip podcast, Robin discussed questions school leaders would need to answer as they consider re-opening. Where do kids go when they don’t feel well, skin their knees, or have a sore throat while at school? To see the nurse, of course. But when schools begin to re-open this fall, school is going to be a much different place.Continue Reading
How to Get Started with Your School District Cybersecurity Program
School district technology leaders: there’s a growing threat to the schools you serve, and it’s not low internet bandwidth or outdated hardware… it’s school cyber attacks.Continue Reading
10 Tips for Present Levels of Performance that Strengthen IEPs
A well-constructed Present Levels of Performance Statement sets the stage for determining goals, specially designed instruction and services for each student. It also provides next year’s teacher with the great instructionally relevant information they need to hit the ground running and maximize benefit to the student.Continue Reading
Time & Attendance
Buckle Up: FLSA Lawsuits Looming over School Districts
With the expanded overtime regulations on hold, you may think your school system has been granted a reprieve. In that case, you’re only half right. Whether the overtime regulations are passed, blocked or modified, the renewed focus on the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) could pose issues — in more ways than one.Continue Reading
Time & Attendance
The Top 10 Best-Kept Secrets of Time and Attendance Systems
Want to get in on a few secrets? Most people know the basic premise of time and attendance software systems: electronically capturing employee time, clocking in and out, reporting on employee time. But we wanted to go further and find those "hidden nuggets" – little-known features that can bring a lot of value to school districts! So we pulled some statistics from VeriTime, our time and attendance management system, to see how districts are using the tools available. The following is our list of the Top 10 little-known features that offer the biggest opportunity for increasing accuracy and efficiency in your time-keeping.Continue Reading
Teacher Absences & Subs
What School Districts Need To Know About The Affordable Care Act And Substitutes
It's official: the new healthcare reform is not going away. Not only was the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act upheld by the Supreme Court last spring, but the IRS has also just released Proposed Regulations - this time with some rules specifically for educational organizations like school districts. While the regulations don't go into effect until January of 2014, the preparations are beginning now for many school districts that are realizing the far-reaching effects of the mandate on part-time employees - including substitute teachers. Keep reading to learn some of the key points of the Affordable Care Act and why 2013 is a crucial time to prepare.Continue Reading