November 2, 2011

Education Week, Vol. 31, Issue 10
U.S. Sen. Al Franken speaks at a Senate education committee markup on a bill to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. He wants to include specific language in the bill to protect students from being bullied because of their sexual orientation.
U.S. Sen. Al Franken speaks at a Senate education committee markup on a bill to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. He wants to include specific language in the bill to protect students from being bullied because of their sexual orientation.
Andrew Councill for Education Week
School Climate & Safety Fight Against Bullying Moves to Congress
Most states have laws addressing bullying but now federal lawmakers are getting in the game.
November 1, 2011
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Rodney Wagoner, left and his wife, Wridder Wagoner, demonstrate against a new Ohio law restricting the bargaining rights of some public employees, including teachers, at an appearance by Gov. John Kasich, who supports the measure. The couple works for the Service Employees International Union. The law has drawn opposition from organized labor across the state, including teachers' unions, and has sparked furious door-to-door and online campaigning.
Rodney Wagoner, left and his wife, Wridder Wagoner, demonstrate against a new Ohio law restricting the bargaining rights of some public employees, including teachers, at an appearance by Gov. John Kasich, who supports the measure. The couple works for the Service Employees International Union. The law has drawn opposition from organized labor across the state, including teachers' unions, and has sparked furious door-to-door and online campaigning.
Carrie Cochran/The Enquirer/AP
Teaching Profession Vote on Ohio Collective-Bargaining Law Nears
A measure will decide the fate of new limits on the bargaining rights of teachers and other public employees.
Sean Cavanagh, November 1, 2011
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Maurice Van Lowe, a 4th grader at Burning Tree Elementary School in Bethesda, Md., reads in his classroom using Bookshare, a nonprofit electronic service that converts books into more accessible formats for students with certain kinds of disabilities.
Maurice Van Lowe, a 4th grader at Burning Tree Elementary School in Bethesda, Md., reads in his classroom using Bookshare, a nonprofit electronic service that converts books into more accessible formats for students with certain kinds of disabilities.
Nicole Frugé/Education Week
Reading & Literacy Digital Book-Sharing Unlocks Print for Students
A service called Bookshare makes traditional books quickly accessible for students with certain disabilities.
Nirvi Shah, November 1, 2011
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School & District Management Study Warns of Limited Savings from Closing Schools
If big-city districts are looking to close budget gaps, shuttering schools may not be the best strategy.
Christina A. Samuels, November 1, 2011
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Accountability Commentary New Orleans Is No Education 'Miracle'
Concerns about safety, academic rigor, counselor accessibility, and classroom management plague many high school students in New Orleans, writes Linda Tran, a recent graduate of one of them.
Linda Tran, November 1, 2011
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School & District Management Commentary Excellence Without Equity Is Neither
Eric Witherspoon discusses the many facets of his school's efforts to encourage achievement for all students.
Eric Witherspoon, November 1, 2011
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Standards Common Core Stacks Up Well vs. Other Respected Standards
A new study pits the common-core standards against those of California, Massachusetts, Texas, the International Baccalaureate, and a college-based set.
Nora Fleming, November 1, 2011
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Education Best of the Blogs Blogs of the Week
November 1, 2011
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Education Funding Budget Measure’s Education Cuts Stinging
States and districts are feeling the pain of $329 million in cuts enacted as part of Congress' short-term budget resolution.
Nirvi Shah, November 1, 2011
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Infrastructure Missouri Repeals Teacher-Student Facebook Restrictions
The measure had generated an unexpected backlash, with teachers raising concerns they would be barred from using popular social media sites.
The Associated Press, November 1, 2011
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Professional Development Report Roundup Principal Training
States and districts should not be bound to traditional principal-preparation programs when developing school leaders.
Christina A. Samuels, November 1, 2011
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School Climate & Safety Report Roundup Classroom Aggression
A study in the journal Child Development suggests one possible role for teachers in curbing classroom aggression.
Jaclyn Zubrzycki, November 1, 2011
1 min read
Federal Report Roundup Online Learning
An examination of online K-12 education finds that the industry is in need of more public regulation.
Ian Quillen, November 1, 2011
1 min read
Accountability Report Roundup Charter Schools
Charter elementary schools are outperforming traditional public schools in reading and in mathematics, and charter middle schools are doing better in math.
Lesli A. Maxwell, November 1, 2011
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Education Clarification Clarification
In an article about the common-core standards and online professional development in a special supplement to the Oct. 26 issue, a statement attributed to Timothy Kanold should have said that there are as few as 28 standards in math for some grade levels.
November 1, 2011
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Education Correction Corrections
A Commentary in the Oct. 26, 2011, issue of Education Week incorrectly stated Ty Cobb’s batting average. It should be .367.
November 1, 2011
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Equity & Diversity News in Brief Charters in Ind. Alleged to Turn Away Disabled
The superintendent of Indiana's largest school district has requested a state investigation into allegations that charter schools are turning away students who are homeless or have disabilities.
The Associated Press, November 1, 2011
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School & District Management News in Brief School Police in L.A. to Ease Truancy Policy
Los Angeles' school police department is shelving some of its get-tough policies and has issued new rules that are aimed at reducing the number of truancy tickets written to students.
McClatchy-Tribune, November 1, 2011
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Education News in Brief Former FBI Chief's Firm to Review SAT Security
A security firm run by former FBI Director Louis Freeh will review security on standardized-testing procedures following an SAT cheating scandal in New York.
The Associated Press, November 1, 2011
1 min read
Education News in Brief Portland, Ore., Schools to Allow Anti-War Groups Equal Access
The school board voted unanimously to give anti-war "counter-recruiters" the same access to high school students that military recruiters receive.
The Associated Press, November 1, 2011
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Accountability News in Brief Tougher School Evaluations Expected to Surprise Chicago
The Chicago school district is adopting a more rigorous internal-evaluation system that judges schools on how well they prepare students for college.
McClatchy-Tribune, November 1, 2011
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College & Workforce Readiness News in Brief NCAA Raises GPA Bar for Freshman Athletes
High school athletes hoping to play sports in college will be held to higher academic standards starting in 2015, under new rules approved by the NCAA's Division I board of directors.
Bryan Toporek, November 1, 2011
1 min read
Law & Courts News in Brief Judge Rejects Suit Challenging Alabama Property-Tax System
A federal judge has ruled that Alabama's property-tax system does not violate the equal-protection rights of black and poor students.
Mark Walsh, November 1, 2011
1 min read
Equity & Diversity News in Brief Schools Must Report Harassment of Somalis
A settlement ending a federal civil rights investigation of the treatment of Somali students in St. Cloud, Minn., requires the school district to report all future allegations of harassment.
The Associated Press, November 1, 2011
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Education Funding News in Brief Four Race to Top States Lag in Teacher Evaluations
A new report from the National Council on Teacher Quality criticizes four of the 12 Race to the Top winners for not delivering high-quality, ambitious teacher-evaluation plans.
Michele McNeil, November 1, 2011
1 min read
School & District Management Report Roundup Study: Principals Need More Time to Be Leaders
Principals who learn how to better manage their time and delegate management duties can gain the equivalent of an extra day each week.
Sarah D. Sparks, November 1, 2011
1 min read
Classroom Technology Report Roundup 'App Gap'
More than half of young children now have access at home to newer mobile devices such as smartphones or an iPad-style tablet computer, a new survey suggests.
Debra Viadero, November 1, 2011
1 min read
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Curriculum Commentary Standards: A Critical Need for K-16 Collaboration
The common-core standards cry out for K-12-higher education collaboration, Brad C. Phillips and Bruce Vandal write.
Brad C. Phillips & Bruce Vandal, November 1, 2011
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