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Chalk Schools Blog

Policy Brief: California defines "ineffective teacher"

From the Los Angeles Times, the California Department of Education on Wednesday officially defined an "ineffective" teacher as an individual who is improperly assigned or does not have a proper credential. The move comes in response to ESSA requirements for states to report on whether or not disadvantaged students have a higher proportion of unqualified teachers.  However, critics of California's definition claim that it fails to account for teacher effectiveness in the classroom by focusing so heavily on credentials.

Topics: hiring

How Back-Office Process Innovation Can Impact Performance as Much as Tech Innovation

Recently, Chalk Schools CEO Sarah Chou contributed a guest blog post for Getting Smart where she writes about the impact of process innovation on school district performane. Below is an excerpt:

Topics: automation processes innovation

Employee Spotlight: Karan Jain, Engineer

What do you do at Chalk Schools and why do you love it?

Topics: Work at Chalk Schools Employee

Policy Brief: States Address Teacher Shortages in ESSA Plans

Last week, the American Institutes for Reasearch (AIR) shared an analysis of 17 state ESSA plans looking specifically at how states intend to address teacher shortages.

Topics: HR Teacher hiring essa

Oakland Hacks II: Another Inspirational Experience with Aspiring Coders


Topics: Hackathon Ohacks

Customer Story: Franklin Pierce Schools Optimizes Leave Request and Letter of Intent Forms to Gain Insight into School Climate and Resource Planning


Located in Tacoma, Washington, Franklin Pierce Schools employs more than 530 teachers and nearly 490 additional support and administrative staff across 15 school sites.

Topics: HR Leave Request Letter of Intent

Policy Brief: Some California districts still struggle to understand Local Control Funding Formula, report finds

 A new report published recently by The Local Control Funding Formula Collaborative, comprised of a team of researchers throughout the state, has found that many districts throughout the state of California still stuggle to understand the best way to develop LCAP plans after three years of operating under the state's Local Control Funding Formula. 

Topics: LCAP Local Control and Accountability accountability LCFF

Customer Story: Dayspring Academy Masters the Art and Science of Purchase Orders


Founded in 2000, Dayspring Academy is a fast-growing public charter school in Port Richey, Florida, with a unique mission for education and the arts. We spoke recently with Aaron White, Director of IT at Dayspring Academy about his vision for taking each of their three campuses digital.

Topics: Purchase Orders Charter School

School Accountability: A Process-Driven Approach

Earlier this week marked the original deadline for states to submit their ESSA plans to the federal government. While recent changes to the bill's accountability measures have extended the deadline for some, many state education agencies had already prepared draft plans they had intended to submit in order to comply with the original April 3 due date.

Topics: processes accountability essa

Customer Story: Lakeland Central School District Brings Its "A" Game to Athletic Forms and Registration


Located in New York State’s Hudson Valley, Lakeland Central School District is the largest suburban school district in Westchester County with 5 elementary schools, 1 middle school and 2 high schools serving students in six different towns, including parts of neighboring Putnam County.

Topics: Athletic Forms Student Information Medical Forms