June 10, 2015
Vol. 34, Issue 34
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Researchers are measuring the impacts of social-emotional learning programs in eight big-city school districts.
Poorly implemented co-teaching practices may be taking the "special" out of special education, say many who train teachers and districts in collaboration.
A broad new law will give parents near-total control over how state education dollars are spent on their children, through education savings accounts.
Two North Carolina school systems show how districts have used a patchwork of one-time federal grants to spur changes, and face challenges going forward.
A free online library of instructional materials created in New York state to align with the common-core standards has generated a vast audience.
News in Brief
- Chicago Schools Chief Resigns Amid Investigation
- Report Takes Aim at States' K-12 Spending Strategies
- Free Test-Prep Program Unveiled for SAT
- States Set Varying Passing Bars on New Teacher Assessment
- Arts Program Targeting Failing Schools Expands
- Tool for Aligning Standards For Science Out for Review
- Wisconsin Moving to Allow Teachers Without Degrees
- Behavior Specialists Planned For All of District's Schools
- Tribal School Is Awarded One-of-a-Kind NCLB Waiver
News in Brief
New papers rehash debates around whether the common-core reading standards represent—or discourage—"developmentally appropriate" teaching practice for young children.
The nation's largest school district, which enrolls 160,000 ELLs, remains under a state-imposed corrective-action plan to improve services for English-learners.
Districts across the state are grappling with effects of the drought, but especially in the Central Valley, where dry wells, dust days, and declining enrollment are hitting hard.
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Rather than allow a large-scale construction project to derail student learning, a Massachusetts private school incorporated the building process into the curriculum.
While the specialty schools do boost diversity, students outside their local neighborhoods are not flocking to them as expected, say researchers who studied 21 nonselective magnets.
Educators agree that social-emotional learning is important, but teachers and school leaders have different perceptions about how well students are faring.
The K-12 OER Collaborative is supporting the creation of open educational resources, which can be built upon by educators as well as for-profit and nonprofit entities.
Disagreements between the state's education chief and other officials could complicate work on academic standards, school finance, and other topics.
Efforts to reauthorize the law could be complicated by some of the same issues holding up renewal of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act.
The federal Investing in Innovation program was among the sources of grant funding for the Iredell-Statesville school system in North Carolina.
A federal School Improvement Grant has helped the principal at one North Carolina school amp up the focus on using data to boost student achievement.
Two more Democrats and another two Republicans–including three former governors and a sitting U.S. Senator–officially announce their candidacies for the White House in the 2016 race.
A pair of U.S. Supreme Court decisions deal with issues playing out in schools as much as in the rest of society.
PAGE 20 - Commentary
The building opt-out movement signals a need for K-12 policymakers to improve family engagement, argue Michael P. Evans and Andrew Saultz.
PAGE 21 - Commentary
Parents have a civil right to opt out of testing when children's K-12 needs go unmet, write Judith Browne Dianis, John H. Jackson, and Pedro Noguera.
PAGE 22 - Commentary
Resistance to mandated tests, especially from parents of children with special needs, is reaching a breaking point in many districts, writes Rebecca Page Johnson.
The opt-out movement has an impact on K-12 accountability, but it's complicated, write researchers Jessica K. Beaver and Lucas Westmaas.
PAGE 28 - Commentary
Twelve years after opting their children out of testing, Fred and Catherine Hamel interview their daughter on her experience.
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