October 14, 2015
Vol. 35, Issue 08
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Teacher effectiveness and common academic standards remain front and center for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, even as the Obama administration, which shares those priorities, prepares to enter its last full year.
Turnover in top leadership in Congress and at the Education Department complicates the prospects for completing unfinished business on education policy.
Dual-credit programs in 19 states feel threatened by a new rule requiring high school teachers of those classes to have a master's degree.
In a state where charters have generated scandal-ridden headlines for years, critics and advocates alike are calling for tougher oversight.
News in Brief
- White House Initiative to Target Absenteeism
- Harvard Network to Tackle Teaching-Quality 'Nonsystem'
- In Wake of Errors, Chicago Lowers Graduation Rate
- California Dismisses Exit Exam for Students Back to 2003-04
- N.J. Officials Loosen Grip on State-Controlled District
- Pennsylvania Audit Slams State Education Department
- Ohio Probe Reveals Fraud in Tutoring Program
- National Principal of Year Goes to R.I. School Leader
- Ex-Smarter Balanced Chief Joins NAEP Governing Board
- Ind. District to Recruit Students From China
News in Brief
A new state report says the legislature hasn't done enough to entice teachers to stay, despite some modifications to the salary schedule.
In their indictment of Barbara Byrd-Bennett, federal prosecutors allege the former superintendent steered a $23 million, no-bid contract to her former employers.
Privacy experts are raising the alarm over what they see as overly aggressive data collection in the company's newly unveiled operating system, Windows 10.
Best of the Blogs
The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation's plan to stay the course on education won praise for steadfastness and renewed some old criticism.
A pair of new laws includes a requirement that students learn about affirmative sexual consent, known as "yes means yes."
The wave of federal documents is likely to continue in the coming months, lawyers who work on special education issues told those attending a conference in Baltimore.
John B. King Jr., who has been filling the duties of deputy federal education secretary, shares policy priorities with those of outgoing Secretary Arne Duncan.
PAGE 18 - Commentary
Girls who are victims of sexual abuse are often further traumatized by the juvenile-justice system, writes Gina Womack.
PAGE 19 - Commentary
Susan Hopgood, Lily Eskelsen-García, and Randi Weingarten explain their support for the global "sustainable development goals" adopted recently by the United Nations.
PAGE 24 - Commentary
Restorative practices, rather than zero tolerance, are more effective in solving student discipline problems, write four RAND researchers.
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