March 21, 2018
Vol. 37, Issue 24
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The thousands who left their schools nationwide to mark the Feb. 14 shootings in Parkland, Fla., rode a dramatic wave of youth activism tinged with sadness about those killed in their schools and communities.
Two Nevada high school classes are getting a deep lesson on the Second Amendment and learning firsthand why the debate over the right to bear arms can be so politically divisive and emotionally fraught.
Shutting down schools is a last resort, teachers say, but they've exhausted other options for getting the legislature to listen.
News in Brief
- Defying the FCC, Washington State Passes First 'Net Neutrality' Law
- Nation's Largest State-Run Virtual School Reveals Breach of Student, Teacher Data
- Baltimore's New Way of Counting Poverty Costs It Thousands in Federal Funding
- N.Y.C. Mayor Comes Under Fire for Selection of 2nd Superintendent
- Zuckerberg, Chan Donate $30 Million to Help Improve Student Literacy
News in Brief
News in Brief
The first-of-its-kind move stems from a new kind of testing flexibility in the Every Student Succeeds Act.
States should not use the SAT or ACT to measure high school achievement because those exams don’t fully reflect states' academic standards, and could distort what's taught in the classroom, according to a paper released Tuesday by Achieve.
Through a communitywide plan, the Tacoma, Wash., district has cleared hurdles that have stymied some other school systems' efforts to implement social-emotional learning.
While K-12 schools focus primarily on using student achievement data for accountability purposes, experts contend that it can be a catalyst for daily improvement.
A network of districts finds that in order for their schools to 'continuously improve,' a more integrated approach to budgeting is in order.
A planned mass rally in the nation's capital and satellite events in other cities aim to keep activists' sights trained on gun violence and school safety.
Advocates worry students with special education needs such as “emotional disturbance” may be stigmatized in light of the intense spotlight on accused Florida school shooter Nikolas Cruz’s mental health history.
In a major expansion of Florida's private school choice, state lawmakers approved a measure that will allow students who are bullied, harassed, or attacked in their public schools to use taxpayer funded vouchers to attend a private school.
Legislation on school safety is bubbling in the Republican-controlled Congress, though new gun restrictions don't appear to be in the cards.
In states including Arizona, Kentucky, and Oklahoma, teachers turn up the heat in their quest for pay raises, even threatening electoral consequences if lawmakers fail to come through.
The past two weeks show the education secretary is still a prime target of vitriol from her critics and sometimes her own worst enemy in making her case in the public arena.
The chief privacy officer in the U.S. Education Department was reassigned and replaced on an interim basis as part of a broader reorganization that could have big implications for how the federal government supports schools and districts in protecting student privacy.
PAGE 22 - Commentary
Half a century ago, her school protest made history. Now, Mary Beth Tinker speaks up for today’s student activists.
Rampant misinformation in the wake of the Parkland shooting highlights the need to reexamine FERPA, writes Frank LoMonte.
PAGE 23 - Commentary
Betsy DeVos should take a closer look at how schools are innovating, writes Kirsten Baesler, North Dakota's Superintendent of Public Instruction.
PAGE 28 - Commentary
The West Virginia teachers strike is over, but the fight for teacher pay rages on, write Lawrence Baines and Jim Machell.
FOUNDATION SUPPORT: Coverage of specific topics in Education Week is supported in part by grants from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the CME Group Foundation, the Carnegie Corporation of New York, the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation, the Joyce Foundation, the NoVo Foundation, the Noyce Foundation, the Wallace Foundation, and the Walton Family Foundation. The newspaper retains sole editorial control over the content of the articles that are underwritten by the foundations. Additional grants in support of Editorial Projects in Education’s data journalism and video capacity come from the Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust and the Schott Foundation for Public Education. (Updated 10/20/2017)
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