PCG Education Launches Paths to College and Career: A Comprehensive 6-12 English Language Arts Curriculum

 

August 26, 2015 (Boston, M.A.) – PCG Education is pleased to announce the release of its Paths to College and Career English Language Arts Curriculum for grades 6-12. Through its recent partnership with John Wiley and Sons, Inc., PCG Education will offer the curriculum in print and digital formats to educators nationally. Paths to College and Career is the next generation of rigorous Common Core instructional materials. With engaging learning activities for students, helpful guidance for teachers, and a suite of tools to ensure student success, Paths is the first program for grades 6-12 that is built from scratch to support students’ achievement of today’s more rigorous learning standards. [More]

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2015 foster care youth internship program recommends changes

 

On August 4, 2015, the Congressional Coalition on Adoption held an institute entitled, “Embracing Our Past, Empowering Their Future: Why Child Welfare Reform Matters,” that provided a forum of former foster youth focusing on their experiences while in the foster care. [More]

 

TANF reauthorization happening?

 

Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) has not had a full reauthorization since 2005 and chances of it happening this year are unlikely prior to the September 30 expiration. The TANF program has been supported through continuing resolutions by Congress since agreement on changes to requirements, programmatic guidance and fiscal issues have been a source of contention for Congressional members. [More]

 

School districts struggle to find teachers

 

An August 10, 2015 New York Times article reports that, as the school year begins, many school districts across the country are struggling to find teachers. The shortage of teachers is, reportedly, most acute in math, science, and special education; bilingual teachers are also increasingly difficult to find to address the growing number of English learners entering public schools. [More]

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TC wins strategic IV&V Michigan contract

 

PCG Technology Consulting (TC) was awarded a contract with the Michigan Public Health Institute (MPHI) to provide Independent Verification and Validation (IV&V) services for the Michigan Medicaid Management Information System (MMIS) Cloud Enablement and Migration Project. [More]

 

Congress addresses child welfare Issues

 

This week has been a busy for the Senate Finance Committee as two important issues have been addressed. On August 4, Senator Orin Hatch (R-Utah) held a finance hearing on foster care group homes. The hearing examined alternatives that can reduce the reliance of a child welfare agency’s use of group care for foster children and an in-home program “Homeworks” that supports children remaining in their own homes. [More]

 

ACLU sues on behalf of handcuffed students

 

On August 3, 2015, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) filed a federal lawsuit alleging that two elementary school students with disabilities were unlawfully restrained and handcuffed by a law enforcement officer at a Kentucky school. [More]

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Celebrations Held for 50th anniversary for Medicare and Medicaid

 

On Thursday, July 30, 2015, a number of celebrations were held in Centers for Medicare & Medicaid services (CMS) facilities and elsewhere to mark the 50th anniversary for the Medicare and Medicaid programs. [More]

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CMS Issues final Medicare facilities payment rules for FY2016

 

On July 31, 2015, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) posted final Medicare payment rules for hospitals and psychiatric, rehabilitation, and hospice care facilities for federal fiscal year 2016. The 2100 page final rule will be published in the Federal Register on August 17, 2015. [More]

 

Celebrations Held for 50th anniversary for Medicare and Medicaid

 

On Thursday, July 30, 2015, a number of celebrations were held in Centers for Medicare & Medicaid services (CMS) facilities and elsewhere to mark the 50th anniversary for the Medicare and Medicaid programs. [More]