April 6, 2011
Education Week, Vol. 30, Issue 27
School & District Management Tea Partiers Seen as a Force in Some School Board Races
The conservative forces that transformed the national political landscape are figuring in some school board races 'downticket.'
A map with a story about teachers’ unions fighting state legislation in the March 30, 2011, issue of Education Week omitted the shading for four states. Massachusetts and Vermont should have been dark blue, meaning legislation on collective bargaining had been introduced, while New Hampshire and South Carolina should have been light gray, meaning no legislation was pending.
School Climate & Safety Reporting Masks Violence in Philadelphia Schools
An investigation of violence in Philadelphia schools by the Inquirer newspaper uncovered dozens of cases of students accused of assaulting each other, punching teachers, kicking school police officers, and threatening to harm staff that were never reported.
Law & Courts Judge Halts Implementation of Wisconsin's Union Law
A Wisconsin judge last week barred state officials from any further implementation of a law that strips most public workers of nearly all their collective bargaining rights.
School & District Management Hawaii's Governor Replaces Entire Elected School Board
Democratic Gov. Neil Abercrombie replaced every member of Hawaii's elected, statewide school board last week with handpicked appointees who will answer to him, a change that was approved by voters last year to bring more accountability to education.
School Choice & Charters U.S. House Votes to Reinstate D.C. School Voucher Program
The U.S. House of Representatives voted to reinstate District of Columbia school vouchers, reviving the only program that uses federal tax dollars to subsidize private-school tuition.
Families & the Community Excessive Test Focus Hurts Love of Learning, Official Says
South Korea's former education minister says his nation is trying to scale back a heavy emphasis on tests and nurture broader skills.
Equity & Diversity Study Finds More Students Learning Mandarin Chinese
A study finds that, while Spanish is still the most popular foreign language, enrollment is growing fastest in Mandarin Chinese.