September 16, 2015
Vol. 35, Issue 04
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Charter supporters scramble to find ways of keeping the schools alive after Washington’s charter law is struck down, while charter critics hope to build momentum.
Once an ubiquitous course requirement that nearly all aspiring teachers took, the history of education seems to be going the way of land-line phones, floppy disks, and shorthand.
Adams 14 in Colorado is among thousands of districts nationwide that are trying to root out discriminatory practices that can harm students' development.
Academic researchers are beginning to study what kinds of tech-based exchanges between educators and families bring the biggest academic payoff for students.
A year after a police shooting set off racially charged riots in Ferguson, Mo., the school system and its new superintendent are looking to correct educational disparities and "give kids a voice" in determining their future.
News in Brief
- PARCC Agrees to Release Cutoff Scores for Tests
- McGraw-Hill Education Signals Plans To Go Public
- Buffalo Teacher Evaluations Scored Incorrectly
- Standards for School Leaders Moving Toward Final Review
- Chicago to Reopen School After Fiery Protests
- Coaches' Conduct Probed in Slam of Football Referee
- Board Members Quit in Wake Of New Transgender Policy
- Pa. Gives $5 Million to Pay Chester Upland Salaries
- Scholarship Fund Surpasses $100 Million for 9/11 Kin
News in Brief
Though the main sticking points, wages and work hours, are familiar, policies on teacher evaluation and discipline also remain contested.
With strong demand for bilingual skills, more districts are offering new target languages such as Arabic and Vietnamese.
Best of the Blogs
Superintendent Joseph Davis lays out his plans for addressing the educational inequities and biases that fed into last year's demonstrations in Ferguson, Mo.
The social media giant is bringing its engineering talents to the K-12 arena by teaming up with the Summit Public Schools on a personalized learning system.
The Education Department's earlier hard-line approach on tying evaluations to student test scores is giving way to greater flexibility.
Some providers warn they would have to drop children from the federal early-education program because of a lack of facilities or teachers.
Questions loom on enforcement as 16 states get the federal nod on their plans to make sure all students have to high-quality teachers.
PAGE 26 - Commentary
Following their study of educational media and technology habits, researchers share three steps to better support Hispanic students.
Schools with expanded schedules shouldn't overlook the need for increased teacher-collaboration time, writes NCTL president Jennifer Davis.
PAGE 27 - Commentary
Learning social skills by age 5 is associated with the absence of criminal behavior later in life, writes Paul Marx.
PAGE 32 - Commentary
A year after the death of Michael Brown, Inda Schaenen, a teacher in a neighboring district, is changing her curriculum to embolden her classroom.
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