October 2, 2013
Vol. 33, Issue 06
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The justices will weigh a case about a 2006 Michigan ballot measure that prohibited racial preferences in education and other areas of state and local government.
From court cases to lobbying to fundraising, parents are pressuring states and districts to boost services for the gifted, whose needs they say often are overlooked—a particular concern for low-income and minority parents.
To satisfy the state's K-12 database requirements and a brand-new system for education finance, officials are asking many schools for information on each individual student.
The market for testing products and services is surging, as schools scramble to prepare for common-core tests and embrace new, classroom-based assessment models.
News in Brief
- Pa. District Officials Resign After Racist Text Messages
- Calif. Law Helps Youths Salvage Online Reputations
- Group Urges Defunding of Inadequate Teacher Prep
- Michigan House Passes Bill to Unfreeze Standards Aid
- Ga. High Court Rules In Favor of Charters
- Common Math Tests to Be Translated Into Spanish
- Education Researcher Wins 'Genius' Grant
- Newtown Told to Release Tapes of School 911 Calls
News in Brief
To reflect the Next-Generation Science Standards, new assessments must capture both students' knowledge and their "scientific thinking," said experts and educators at a summit.
Federal research agencies show increased interest in this field, which brings researchers together with education practitioners to try out new interventions quickly in a variety of environments.
Superintendents voice both skepticism and optimism on the governing abilities of school boards in the second of a series of Gallup-Education Week polls.
The district was commended for raising student achievement, increasing the graduation rate, narrowing academic gaps for low-income and Hispanic students, and improving college-readiness.
Even so, African-American and Hispanic students posted slight gains on the college-entrance exam, as a record share of students in the class of 2013 who took the SAT were minorities.
San Antonio's $248 million program for preschoolers from poor and working-class families is off to a mostly smooth start, even as administrators do some fine-tuning.
Best of the Blogs
Action by Republican Gov. Rick Scott raises questions about reach of common assessments being developed by the PARCC coalition, but leaders say the work will continue without Florida.
Money issues, mobile technologies, and equity concerns are prominent topics in public comments to the FCC about how to improve the program.
This special report, part of Education Week’s ongoing series on virtual education, aims to address such questions and provide guidance for school leaders looking for new ideas and approaches for managing the digital evolution of their districts.
School districts are cutting professional development and technology and shifting money from general education as they cope with the impact that federal funding cuts are having on the flow of money to special education programs.
Lawmakers are eyeing renewal of the biggest program aimed at high schools, which may offer chance for rare, bipartisan cooperation on an education law in a highly polarized Congress.
A new school-meals-eligibility option is proving popular with high-poverty schools, and is boosting participation in lunch and breakfast programs, two anti-poverty groups find.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture's new "community eligibility" option for federal school meals programs may be generating some data-collection difficulties for federal and state education education programs in participating states.
PAGE 26 - Commentary
Leading nations integrate several aspects of schooling simultaneously, a holistic approach to pre-K-16 education that the United States should consider, writes Helen Janc Malone.
Too often, schools bring only tepid energy to the blending of traditional and online learning, Charles Mojkowski says.
PAGE 27 - Commentary
With more emphasis on test scores and technology, schools risk losing their joyful, caring side, Kathleen M. Cashin and Bruce S. Cooper write.
PAGE 32 - Commentary
It's time for moderates in the education debate to speak out and deflect attention away from the schools-good, schools-bad zealots, write David Rutkowski and Lesli Rutkowski.
FOUNDATION SUPPORT: Coverage of specific topics in Education Week is supported in part by grants from the Atlantic Philanthropies, the California Endowment, Carnegie Corporation of New York, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the GE Foundation, the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, the Joyce Foundation, the Lumina Foundation, the NoVo Foundation, the Noyce Foundation, the Raikes Foundation, the Wallace Foundation, the Walton Family Foundation, and an anonymous funder. The newspaper retains sole editorial control over the content of the articles that are underwritten by the foundations.
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