October 29, 2014
Vol. 34, Issue 10
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In a pivotal midterm election cycle, the American Federation of Teachers and the National Education Association expect to spend big, in hopes of unseating Republican governors and flipping control of conservative state legislatures.
A handful of school districts have taken aggressive steps in response to potential Ebola exposure, but public health officials and infectious disease specialists are urging more minor precautionary measures to address the virus threat.
The district's decision echoes other actions by states and school boards to control personnel costs and rein in the political influence of public-employee unions.
Newly mandated tests are sometimes doing double duty as exit exams or accountability gauges.
News in Brief
- N.Y. Students Soon May Opt for Career or History Exam
- N.Y.C. Chancellor Replaces Many Superintendents
- Court Rejects Handcuffing of Elementary Student
- Arbitrator Rules N.J. District Fired Teacher Prematurely
- Already-Delayed Teacher-Preparation Rules Pushed Back
- California Schools Failing to Teach Gay History
- Under Pressure, Okla. Hires New Vendor to Oversee Tests
News in Brief
Increasingly detailed simulations designed to mimic student behavior and learning provide new testing grounds for classroom interventions.
Best of the Blogs
Operating within the research arm of the U.S. Department of Education, the Small Business Innovation Research program has backed the development of dozens of ed-tech companies.
The country's largest school district plans to end its ban on student cellphones in schools, following the path of a growing number of districts.
For now, Oklahoma and Washington are navigating a bumpy transition back to life under the outdated No Child Left Behind Act.
Education is front and center in dozens of federal, state, and local contests in this pivotal midterm election year. Here's a selection of key contests to watch on election night.
With control of the U.S. Senate at stake, the two national teachers' unions are among those pouring campaign funds into pivotal contests with implications for education policy.
PAGE 22 - Commentary
Education leaders have a responsibility to elevate, not derail, the national K-12 conversation, writes Judy Seltz.
The underwhelming performance of many charters should be a call to action, Richard D. Kahlenberg and Halley Potter say.
PAGE 23 - Commentary
Standards should emphasize the deeper reasoning implicit in geography education, not just learning place names, Phil Gersmehl writes.
PAGE 28 - Commentary
Educators shouldn't be allowed to carry firearms, writes school principal and licensed gun owner Russ Moore.
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