PCG Education to Provide Special Ed Data System for Connections Schools

Boston, MA, June, 2012 – PCG Education recently contracted with Connections Education, a subsidiary of Pearson, to implement a special education data management system for Connections schools in six states, with possible future roll-outs. Connections operates K-12 online public schools in 22 states which are becoming increasingly popular as an alternative to brick-and-mortar schools. Connections serves a wide range of students, including those with special needs, and the company expects its student population to grow at a rate of approximately 20 percent per year. For more information, contact pcgeducation@publicconsultinggroup.com.
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Fulton County Schools Awards Instructional Improvement System Contract to PCG Education

Atlanta, GA, June 2012 – Fulton County Schools (FCS) in Atlanta, Georgia has awarded a five-year contract to PCG Education to implement a comprehensive instructional improvement system (IIS) to support the district’s 100,000+ students, teachers, and administrators. Teachers, administrators, students, and parents will have access to the fully integrated single sign-on platform. Implementation begins in July, 2012. For more information, contact pcgeducation@publicconsultinggroup.com.

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U.S. Will Halt Deportation of Undocumented Immigrant Students

On June 15, 2012, President Obama announced that, by executive order, his Administration is halting the deportation of young illegal or undocumented immigrants when certain criteria are met. The Administration will provide immunity from deportation for illegal immigrants who are under age 30 and came to the U.S. before age 16, usually brought by parents or other relatives without legal status.
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GAO Finds Charter Schools Serve Fewer Students with Disabilities

In a report released on June 20, 2012, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) stated that, in school year 2009-2010, charter schools enrolled a lower percentage of students with disabilities than traditional public schools. The report is based on a study that the GAO conducted from February 2011 to May 2012 to address questions about whether charter schools are appropriately serving students with disabilities. The GAO observed that the enrollment processes used by some charter schools may discourage the enrollment of students with disabilities; several charter school officials cited insufficient resources to meet the more intensive needs of some students. As with traditional public schools, charter schools are obligated by federal law to provide education opportunities for all students, including students with disabilities.

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HHS Awards $772 Million in Health Care Innovation Grants

On June 15, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) awarded $772 million in grants for health care innovation projects under a $1 billion competitive grant program authorized by section 3021 of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). HHS announced 81 grant awards for projects that applicants estimate may achieve savings of nearly $1.7 billion over 3 years by deploying interventions tailored to the needs of high-risk patients with physical and behavioral health conditions. [More]

MA EOHHS, CMS Request Bids for MA Demonstration Project to Serve Dual-Eligibles

On June 18, 2012, a joint request for bids was issued by the Massachusetts Executive Office of Health and Human Services and Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) for Integrated Care Organizations (ICOs) to participate in an 1115A Demonstration program to integrate the delivery of Medicare and Medicaid services for adults ages 21 to 64 who are eligible for both programs (“Dual Eligibles”). [More]

PCG Acquires Focus On Results

Boston, MA, June 20, 2012 – Public Consulting Group (PCG) today announced that it has acquired Focus On Results (FOR), a provider of K-12 instruction and learning consulting services based in Boston, Massachusetts and Huntington Beach, California. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. FOR will join the PCG Education division of PCG.
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A+ PLUS Act Introduced in Congress

Children’s Rights is a national advocacy group that has worked to bring change to struggling child welfare systems in more than a dozen states. The non-profit currently has class-action lawsuits active in three states related to the child welfare reform. Children’s Rights has launched a Facebook application (app) that provides the public with an interactive, social experience that is aimed at increasing awareness about the challenges and outcomes facing children in the foster care system. “Trapped: Fighting the Odds of U.S. Foster Care” allows users to track two fictitious brothers as they make their way through the child welfare system and age out of foster care with extremely different outcomes. [More]

Facebook App Puts Public inside Foster Care System

Children’s Rights is a national advocacy group that has worked to bring change to struggling child welfare systems in more than a dozen states. The non-profit currently has class-action lawsuits active in three states related to the child welfare reform. Children’s Rights has launched a Facebook application (app) that provides the public with an interactive, social experience that is aimed at increasing awareness about the challenges and outcomes facing children in the foster care system. “Trapped: Fighting the Odds of U.S. Foster Care” allows users to track two fictitious brothers as they make their way through the child welfare system and age out of foster care with extremely different outcomes. [More]

Report Urges State Agencies to Address Growing Kinship Care Needs

A new report finds that more American children are living under kinship care with relatives or family friends instead of their parents than a decade ago. The report, published by Annie E. Casey Foundation’s KIDS COUNT project , entitled “Stepping Up for Kids: What Government and Communities Should Do to Support Kinship Families,” found that approximately 2.7 million children are currently living with people other than their parents, an arrangement also known as kinship care. The report also found that about 9 percent of the nation’s youth will live under care of an extended family member for at least three months at some point in their childhood.
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