Commissioner’s Update – October 25, 2012

Commissioner’s Update – October 25, 2012
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We know that districts look to us for subsidy information in as timely a fashion as possible each spring.

It’s a significant task preparing the information, and one that we cannot even begin until we have all the data from individual school districts. Please do your part to make sure we can provide you with the information you need by getting us the information we need.

Sept. 30 staff reporting and Oct. 1 enrollment reporting are now both overdue. Your efforts benefit your own district, the Department, and other districts throughout the state. Thank you for your help.

— Stephen Bowen



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Recent training for educators of English learners

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Math-science partnership to help implement standards

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