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Guest Post: A Different Approach to the Affordable Care Act
As most districts already know, this is "go time." Like everyone else, we were initially surprised and overwhelmed by the Affordable Care Act requirements and determining what it meant for our organization. After evaluating some traditional routes, we chose a slightly different process for our district, which I hope others will find helpful as we all navigate these waters together!
How to Create Strengths-based IEPs
If asked, special educators can describe their students’ strengths, as well as their needs. But when asked to self-assess IEPs they’ve written, they often find far more information about students’ weaknesses than strengths.Continue Reading
Navigating Parental Consent for Medicaid
It’s the end of an Individualized Education Program (IEP) meeting, and stakeholders have agreed upon related services prescribed to your student. Before the meeting can conclude and the IEP document is finalized for signature, one last form needs to be addressed: parental consent to bill Medicaid. Outside of service logging, this conversation has the largest impact on Medicaid revenue for a school district.
Recruiting & Hiring
How “Cultural Fit” Could Be Masking Unintentional Bias in Teacher Hiring
According to a new report from the Frontline Research & Learning Institute, hiring managers believe cultural fit is one of the most influential characteristics in deciding which teachers to hire — even above experience or training. But here’s the problem. Few districts have any clear, systematic way of defining or measuring cultural fit throughout the hiring process.Continue Reading
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UPDATE: How Are Districts Handling the Affordable Care Act?
Last year we conducted a survey to find out how school districts were preparing for the then-pending Affordable Care Act. Recently we re-conducted that same survey to see how statistics have changed in the last year. Here were some of our key takeaways from the last two years.Continue Reading
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How Will the Proposed Overtime Regulations Impact Your District?
In the scramble to fill open vacancies for fall, onboard new hires and “ramp up” for the start of school – not to mention taking a few days of summer vacation – it would be easy to look past any headlines for federal overtime regulations.Continue Reading
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Q & A: Proposed Overtime Regulations
It’s no secret that many school districts – and businesses of all stripes, in fact – are keeping a close eye on the Department of Labor’s proposed updates to overtime pay regulations. Certain workers don’t receive overtime pay because of the nature of their jobs – the Department of Labor’s “Duties” test states that they’re exempt. But employers would be required to pay overtime to many executive, administrative and professional employees who exceed 40 hours worked in a week when those employees make less than $23,660 per year. At this writing, the proposed updates would raise that salary threshold to over $50,000 in 2016.Continue Reading
Bring Clarity to Section 504
Since the great majority of states do not provide Section 504 regulations, and the federal law itself does not establish clear process rules, educators today are left grappling with the practical implementation of this near 50-year-old law without clarity.Continue Reading
How One School District Manages Drastic Growth in Special Populations Each Year
Not far from Houston, Texas, Alvin Independent School District is a rapidly growing organization with enrollment increasing by well over 1,000 students annually. New schools are planned and built every year to keep up with projected expansion.Continue Reading
4 Ways to Improve Transition Planning in Special Education
Providing individualized special education services in school is crucial to fulfilling the mission of the Individuals with Disabilities in Education Act (IDEA). However, in-school services only get you partway to accomplishing IDEA’s goals for students with disabilities.Continue Reading
28 Pieces of Advice from School Business Professionals
Pieces of advice from CFOs, Accountants, Payroll Specialists, and other school professionals – some are specific, and others simply remind you to expect the unexpected.Continue Reading