Report examines college and career readiness of high school graduates


A March 2016 report by non-profit education reform organization, Achieve, reveals that many high school graduates are not prepared to succeed in postsecondary education, the military, and careers. Achieve’s report identifies significant limitations on the availability of state data and inconsistencies in how state data are reported, presenting challenges in determining the college and career readiness (CCR) of high school students across the country. [More]

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Supreme Court issues decision on major health care case


States across the country have been nervously awaiting the Supreme Court ruling in Gobeille vs Liberty Mutual Insurance Company given its direct impact on state All-Payer Claims Databases (APCDs). That wait ended on March 1st and, with the decision known, states now have another piece of the puzzle to guide their next steps; however, the full impact on APCDs is yet to be seen. [More]


HHS finalizes ACA benefit and payment parameters for 2017


The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) finalized its “Notice of Benefit and Payment Parameters” for 2017 in the March 8, 2016 Federal Register. As in prior years, this annual rules notice adjusts a wide range of policy, operational, and information technology requirements applicable to health insurance coverage obtained through Exchanges under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). [More]


PCG kicks off its “30 for 30” donation campaign


PCG pledges $30K to selected charities throughout 2016 to say thank you to clients and the communities we serve. To commemorate our 30th year of service, and to offer some very humble thanks to our clients and the communities that we serve, PCG recently announced the “30 for 30” donation campaign. As such, we pledge to donate $30,000 to six charities throughout 2016. PCG kicked off the “30 for 30” charitable campaign in February 2016 with a $30,000 donation to Rodman Ride for Kids. Rodman Ride for Kids is committed to supporting Massachusetts children at risk of abuse and neglect. PCG’s continued support of Rodman Ride for Kids reflects our ongoing commitment to our client agencies, such as child welfare organizations, and the communities they serve, in this case, at-risk youths in the Commonwealth. [More]

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PCG announces its ‘30’ community service initiative


PCG marks its 30th year serving public sector clients by giving back to the community. To commemorate this remarkable milestone, and to offer some very humble thanks to our clients and the communities that we serve, PCG recently announced the firm wide, yearlong community service initiative: “30 --- for Thirty years.” Throughout 2016, we will be rallying our offices to join the cause and give back 30 “something.” Why? PCG has dedicated itself to the public sector for 30 years. From our founding in 1986 through today, we remain passionate in our support of populations in need. [More]

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Helping Low Income Youth Become First Generation College Students – Chris Yanov, Founder and CEO, Reality Changers (San Diego)


Before founding Reality Changers in May 2001 with $300, Mr. Yanov worked for five years to rehabilitate gang members. Mr. Yanov has also served on the San Diego Commission on Gang Prevention & Intervention and the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce’s Education & Workforce Development Committee. Currently, Mr. Yanov is a member of Rotary Club 33 and serves on the Tijuana Innovadora Binational Committee, the University of San Diego’s Emerging Leaders Council, the Voice of San Diego Member Council, and the Federal Employees Scholarship Foundation. [More]


Supreme Court declines review of “Origination Clause” challenge to ACA mandates


On February 29, the U.S. Supreme Court declined to review the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals’ decision that a physician and his employer lacked standing to challenge the individual and employer mandates of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) under the Origination Clause of the U.S. Constitution. Hotze v. Burwell, No. 15-622, cert. denied (U.S. Feb. 29, 2016). [More]


A Better Response to Nonviolent Misdemeanors - David L. Watkins, Ed.S, Director, Equity & Academic Attainment, Broward County (FL) Public Schools


David L. Watkins, Ed.S is Director of Equity & Academic Attainment, Broward County Public Schools, Florida. He has worked with schools and communities to "Close the Achievement Gap." He has also worked to eliminate the "School to Prison Pipeline" by collaborating with the Florida Department of Education and Florida Department of Juvenile Justice, serving on committees such as Broward DJJ Circuit 17 Advisory Board & Broward Workshop Youth Advocacy Advisory Boards. David holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Florida A & M University, Master’s Degree from Syracuse University and an Educational Specialist Degree from Nova Southeastern University. He is a former Principal, Assistant Principal and teacher. [More]




Open Educational Resources: An OER Common Core Curriculum


A former teacher and instructional coach details how she and her team helped the state of New York develop an ELA curriculum from the standards up. Guest Post by Rebecca Stanko, Ed.D. To support educators in implementing the Common Core State Standards, the New York State Education Department (NYSED) allocated Race to the Top funds to develop a new, standards-based, open-source K-12 English and math curriculum. The results of these efforts are now housed on EngageNY, an online portal where educators can go to find free, downloadable open educational resources (OERs), supporting professional development, and background on the standards and related instructional shifts. [More]

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Detecting Early Warning Signs of Behavioral Health Problems - Amy Kaye, Ph.D., Staff Psychologist, Boston Children’s Hospital Neighborhood Partnerships (CHNP)


Amy Kaye, PhD is a Staff Psychologist at the Children’s Hospital Neighborhood Partnerships Program (CHNP), the community mental health program in the Department of Psychiatry at Boston Children’s Hospital. In addition to providing services as a school-based clinician and consultant at CHNP, Dr. Kaye serves as a member of the program’s Evaluation Team, facilitating, documenting, and evaluating evidence-based practice implementation throughout the service delivery model at CHNP partner schools. Additionally, she serves as a member of Boston Public Schools’ Comprehensive Behavioral Health Model (CBHM) Research Committee, providing consultation on program evaluation efforts surrounding the district-wide CBHM. Dr. Kaye has extensive training and experience in implementing and evaluating the effectiveness of evidence-based strategies and practices in a variety of clinical settings, including urban public schools, residential schools, correctional facilities, primary care facilities, and community outpatient facilities. Dr. Kaye is currently an Instructor at Harvard Medical School and a Teaching Fellow in Prevention Science and Practice at Harvard Graduate School of Education. She holds a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Maine, and she completed her predoctoral internship at Milton Hershey School. [More]