September 12, 2012

Education Week, Vol. 32, Issue 03
Student Well-Being MTV Digital Game Models a Fantasy Presidential Election
The aim of the game is to grab the attention of teenagers and young adults and encourage them to get more involved in political issues.
Rebecca Keegan & Los Angeles Times, September 11, 2012
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Federal Ed. Dept., Virginia Stumble Over Waiver
Flawed achievement-gap targets in the state's NCLB flexibility waiver force a do-over and highlight complexities.
Michele McNeil, September 11, 2012
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College & Workforce Readiness Can NAEP Predict College Readiness?
Educators and policymakers have been trying for years to use NAEP as a barometer of college and career readiness.
Sarah D. Sparks, September 11, 2012
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Standards Commentary Going Online to Ease Common-Core Transition
Online learning communities will help make the transition to the common-core standards easier, Christine Newell writes.
Christine Newell, September 11, 2012
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Media specialist Monique German works with students, from left, Destiny Beacham, 11, Chelsie Lee, 12, and Amber Ellis, 11, as they conduct research for a report for a technology class at Powdersville Middle School in Powdersville, S.C. Schools are looking at librarians to help them implement the common-core standards.
Media specialist Monique German works with students, from left, Destiny Beacham, 11, Chelsie Lee, 12, and Amber Ellis, 11, as they conduct research for a report for a technology class at Powdersville Middle School in Powdersville, S.C. Schools are looking at librarians to help them implement the common-core standards.
Kendrick Brinson for Education Week
School & District Management Common Core Thrusts Librarians Into Leadership Role
Already equipped with inquiry-based skills, librarians are helping teachers acquire the instructional methods they need to adopt.
Catherine Gewertz, September 11, 2012
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Five-year-old Zykirah Culler raises her hand as her little sister Lynette Culler sits in her lap on the first day of school at Abramson Science and Technology Charter School in New Orleans last year.
Five-year-old Zykirah Culler raises her hand as her little sister Lynette Culler sits in her lap on the first day of school at Abramson Science and Technology Charter School in New Orleans last year.
Ted Jackson/The Times-Picayune /Landov-File
School & District Management Commentary Is New Orleans a Model for America?
Other school systems can learn much from the charter schools experiment in New Orleans, David Osborne writes.
David Osborne, September 11, 2012
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Education Funding Districts Queue Up for Race to Top Aid
Nearly 900 school districts tell the Education Department they will compete for grants intended to spur local-level improvement.
Michele McNeil, September 11, 2012
1 min read
Education Best of the Blogs Blogs of the Week
September 11, 2012
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Education Letter to the Editor The System Causes High Teacher Turnover
To the Editor:
To the recent juxtaposition of Lawrence Baines' excellent analogy comparing education reform with the military and Jordan Kohanim's poignant essay on why she left teaching, I'd like to add my own perspective ("What If We Brought Education Reform to the Military?" and "Why I Left Teaching," Aug. 22, 2012).
September 11, 2012
1 min read
Education Letter to the Editor Poor Lesson Plans Are the Problem
To the Editor:
Regarding the Commentary "Don't Hire Substitute Teachers in High School," John Fitzsimons suggests several reasons why bringing substitute teachers into high schools is a waste of time and money, noting that we do so for such reasons as lack of trust, legal consequences, and a lack of creativity on the part of school administrators. I would contend that some of his brush strokes are rather broad and inaccurate.
September 11, 2012
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Education Letter to the Editor Substitutes Should Be Applauded
Substitutes Should Be Applauded
Being a substitute teacher is a daunting challenge, especially in high school, and too often an unrecognized act of courage ("Don't Hire Substitute Teachers in High School," Aug. 22, 2012). In a matter of minutes, our heroic substitute needs to evaluate, organize, and present the important concepts, goals, and objectives for each lesson. Creating the climate for learning is the goal of each educator, and the substitute is no exception.
September 11, 2012
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Accountability Report Roundup Shy Students
A new study suggests that extreme shyness can actually affect academic success as early as preschool.
Julie Rasicot, September 11, 2012
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Education Funding Report Roundup Georgia Pre-K
A new report suggests that Georgia's vaunted reputation as an early-childhood education leader is threatened by funding cuts to its prekindergarten program.
Julie Rasicot, September 11, 2012
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Equity & Diversity Report Roundup Student Safety
A new survey by the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network shows that anti-LGBT language at schools has been decreasing.
Nirvi Shah, September 11, 2012
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College & Workforce Readiness Report Roundup College Preparation
A new report by the federal government shows high school girls outpacing boys when it comes to planning for college, enrolling, and completing a degree.
Caralee J. Adams, September 11, 2012
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Special Education Report Roundup Learning Disabilities
Many Americans are confused about what learning disabilities are, how prevalent they are, and how they are lived with and dealt with in the law and classroom.
Jaclyn Zubrzycki, September 11, 2012
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College & Workforce Readiness Report Roundup Absenteeism
Students who regularly cut classes and skip school say their parents are largely unaware they are cutting class, according to a report from the Get Schooled Foundation.
Michele Molnar, September 11, 2012
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Special Education Report Roundup Study Points to Savings In Special Ed. Staff Cuts
A new analysis of the cost of special education concludes that by cutting the number of special education personnel in high-spending districts to the national median, the nation could save up to $10 billion a year and improve educational outcomes for students with disabilities.
Nirvi Shah, September 11, 2012
1 min read
Education Correction Correction
• In a special report on e-learning in the Aug. 29, 2012, issue of Education Week, an article about "flipped classrooms" should have said Woodland Park High School is in Woodland Park, Colo.
September 11, 2012
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School & District Management News in Brief Ed. Dept. Disables Access to ERIC
Officials discovered that personal information associated with some of the published studies was available on the site.
Kathleen Kennedy Manzo, September 11, 2012
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Teaching Profession News in Brief Teacher-Evaluation Bill on Hold in California
A controversial bill revamping teacher-evaluation requirements in California was put on hold last month by its sponsor, state Rep. Felipe Fuentes.
Stephen Sawchuk, September 11, 2012
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Student Well-Being News in Brief Child-Obesity Rate Drops in Philadelphia
The prevalence of childhood obesity among all Philadelphia students dropped more than 4.5 percent between the 2006-07 and 2009-10 school years.
Bryan Toporek, September 11, 2012
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Teaching Profession News in Brief Chicago Teachers Poised to Strike
Teachers in Chicago were poised to walk off the job Sept. 10, in what would be the first teachers' strike in the city in 25 years.
Stephen Sawchuk, September 11, 2012
1 min read
School Climate & Safety News in Brief Report Finds States Unready for Disasters
A report by the international child-advocacy group Save the Children raises concerns that many U.S. institutions entrusted to protect children are not fully prepared to do so in the event of a disaster.
Gina Cairney, September 11, 2012
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Law & Courts News in Brief Copyright Guidance Offered for Teachers
The American Library Association has released the "Complete Copyright for K-12 Librarians and Educators," after a survey that found a dearth of guidance on the topic.
Catherine Gewertz, September 11, 2012
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Law & Courts News in Brief Appeals Court Backs Student Religious Club
A federal appeals court has ruled that the Minneapolis school district likely engaged in discrimination when it barred a religious club for elementary students from an after-school program.
Mark Walsh, September 11, 2012
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English-Language Learners News in Brief U.S. and Arizona Settle English-Learner Dispute
Two federal investigations completed in 2010 found that Arizona was violating the civil rights of some students who are not native English-speakers.
The Associated Press, September 11, 2012
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Education Funding News in Brief Former Federal Official Named Texas Chief
Texas Gov. Rick Perry, a Republican, has tapped a former federal education official to be the next chief of the Texas Education Agency.
Michele McNeil, September 11, 2012
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