October 19, 2011

Education Week, Vol. 31, Issue 08
Education Links in Education Week: October 19, 2011
October 18, 2011
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U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and Russlyn Ali, right, assistant secretary for civil rights, were on hand at a meeting of the Los Angeles Unified School District's board. The federal Education Department has resolved a civil rights investigation involving services provided to English-language learners and African-American students.
U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and Russlyn Ali, right, assistant secretary for civil rights, were on hand at a meeting of the Los Angeles Unified School District's board. The federal Education Department has resolved a civil rights investigation involving services provided to English-language learners and African-American students.
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Federal Los Angeles District, Ed. Dept., Resolve Civil Rights Probe
The Los Angeles Unified School District agrees to changes involving English-learners and African-American students.
Katie Ash, October 18, 2011
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Curriculum Vegas Schools Hope iPad Program Will Boost Test Scores
Paper textbooks might soon go the way of the slide rule and typewriter as the Clark County School District launches a $790,050 iPad program, one of the largest of its kind in the nation.
Paul Takahashi & Las Vegas Sun, October 18, 2011
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Education Funding Teacher-Evaluation Rush May Jinx Other States' Efforts
A state law, which helped Tennessee win Race to the Top money, pushed schools to implement a system that had limited pilot-testing.
Liana Loewus, October 18, 2011
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School & District Management Report Roundup Absenteeism
Enlisting a school nurse to get in touch with the families of chronically absent students can cut down on school absenteeism, a pilot study has found.
Debra Viadero, October 18, 2011
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Education Best of the Blogs Blogs of the Week
October 18, 2011
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Education Funding Report Roundup Net-Price Calculators
A new report finds room for improvement in the net-price calculators some colleges are posting on their websites.
Caralee J. Adams, October 18, 2011
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Law & Courts News in Brief U.S. Requests Halt to Alabama's Law on Immigration
Advocacy groups say the law has already driven Hispanic students from public schools.
The Associated Press, October 18, 2011
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Equity & Diversity Report Roundup Asian-Americans in College
The needs of the Asian-American and Pacific Islander population have not figured high in the nation's higher education agenda.
Caralee J. Adams, October 18, 2011
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College & Workforce Readiness Commentary The Advantages of Alternative Certifications for Students
In a new era of online learning, education needs to create alternative means of certifying student knowledge, Allan Collins and Roy Pea write.
Allan Collins & Roy Pea, October 18, 2011
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School & District Management Report Roundup Superintendent Turnover
Rural and nonrural areas of Kentucky had similar rates of superintendent turnover during a 10-year period, according to a new report.
Diette Courrégé Casey, October 18, 2011
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Equity & Diversity Report Roundup Dropouts
The latest federal data on high school completion find that 3 million Americans between the ages of 16 and 24 were dropouts.
Debra Viadero, October 18, 2011
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Accountability Report Roundup Charter Authorizers Get Middling Marks
Only a handful of agencies across the country that approve and oversee charter schools are doing a perfect job of it, a report by a charter authorizers' group says.
Debra Viadero, October 18, 2011
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School & District Management Commentary Steve Jobs' Vision for Teachers
Apple's contribution to the professional growth of teachers far outweighs their cutting edge technology, write educators Patrick Ledesma and Laura Reasoner Jones.
Patrick Ledesma & Laura Reasoner Jones, October 18, 2011
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Executive Skills & Strategy Commentary Thank You, Steve Jobs
The intuitive and creative designs of Apple products have changed our relationship to technology—once distant, it's now far more accessible, writes Greg Gunn.
Greg Gunn, October 18, 2011
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Law & Courts Districts Sue Texas Over Aid Formula
A coalition of more than 150 Texas school districts has sued the state over a school funding system it says is unfair, inefficient, and unconstitutional.
The Associated Press, October 18, 2011
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Accountability Can Kansas City's School District Save Itself? Yes, State Says
The state officials who recommended that the Kansas City, Mo., school district lose its accreditation decided they had no choice but to light that fire.
Joe Robertson, The Kansas City Star, Mo. (MCT) & The Kansas City Star, October 18, 2011
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Standards News in Brief Coalition Seeks Writers for New Arts Standards
The National Coalition for Core Arts Standards is looking for 40 content experts in dance, music, theater, and the visual arts to help write a set of "next generation" standards for arts education.
October 18, 2011
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Catherine Devine, 22, works on her laptop at home in Kings Park, N.Y., years after her first brush with an online bully. Her state is one of eight that does not include cyberbullying in its definition of bullying.
Catherine Devine, 22, works on her laptop at home in Kings Park, N.Y., years after her first brush with an online bully. Her state is one of eight that does not include cyberbullying in its definition of bullying.
Kathleen Malone-Van Dyke/AP
School Climate & Safety New Laws Take Aim at Bullying
Twenty-one states enacted laws addressing bullying this year—and some of the new mandates expand schools' responsibilities to control the harassment that goes on among students.
Jaclyn Zubrzycki, October 18, 2011
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School & District Management News in Brief Texas District Wins Urban School Boards Award
The Mesquite Independent School District has won the 2011 Award for Urban School Board Excellence from the Council of Urban Boards of Education.
Christina A. Samuels, October 18, 2011
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Sen. Michael B. Enzi, R-Wyo., is the Senate education committee's top GOP member.
Sen. Michael B. Enzi, R-Wyo., is the Senate education committee's top GOP member.
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Equity & Diversity Harkin ESEA Draft Draws Fire From Advocates
Civil rights groups, advocates for students with disabilities worry it would water down commitment to long-ignored student populations.
Alyson Klein, October 18, 2011
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Special Education News in Brief Guidance Offered on Making P.E. More Inclusive
The Department of Education recommends that schools should prepare to encourage broader participation of special education students in physical education.
Nirvi Shah, October 18, 2011
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School Climate & Safety News in Brief Pa. Tightens Criminal-History Rules
A new law that overhauls criminal-history-disclosure rules for all public and private school employees also imposes a lifetime ban on working in a school for people who commit serious crimes.
The Associated Press, October 18, 2011
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Education Funding News in Brief Calif. Gov. Vetoes Bill Banning Pay-to-Play
An effort to bar California's public schools from charging fees for students to participate in school sports and other activities ended with a veto'.
Bryan Toporek, October 18, 2011
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English-Language Learners News in Brief N.Y.C. Pledges More ELL Support
New York City schools will provide more help to immigrants and other English-language learners and their families under a new plan approved by the state.
The Associated Press, October 18, 2011
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Federal News in Brief FCC Announces Partnership to Bolster Digital Literacy
The head of the Federal Communications Commission announced a new public-private partnership, part of a flurry of FCC activity to increase broadband Internet access and adoption.
Ian Quillen, October 18, 2011
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Federal News in Brief Elections Shake Up Board in N.C.'s Wake County
The chairman of Wake County's conservative-leaning, nine-member school board was defeated in a closely watched election.
Christina A. Samuels, October 18, 2011
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Accountability News in Brief Commission Pulls Licenses in Atlanta Cheating Scandal
The Georgia Professional Standards Commission is imposing the first punishments in the nation's largest-ever school cheating scandal.
The Associated Press, October 18, 2011
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College & Workforce Readiness News in Brief Gov. Brown Signs Part II of California DREAM Act
Undocumented immigrants can now apply for state-funded scholarships and aid at state universities in California.
The Associated Press, October 18, 2011
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