January 25, 2012

Education Week, Vol. 31, Issue 18
States Report Exhorts States to Put Student Data to Work
Now that all states can collect data on students' progress, it's time to make it useful, says the Data Quality Campaign.
Lesli A. Maxwell, January 24, 2012
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Teaching Profession Commentary End the Tyranny of the Self-Contained Classroom
Let's break students free of conventional classrooms and invest in new teaching models, Arthur E. Wise writes.
Arthur E. Wise, January 24, 2012
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School & District Management Ed-Tech Credential Push Starting with Online Teachers
A new initiative aims to set national education technology certifications for a number of professions.
Ian Quillen, January 24, 2012
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Ball State University freshman Ranshitha Devendran is the recipient of a $4,000 Mitch Daniels Early Education Scholarship for graduating a year early from Burris Laboratory School in Muncie, Ind.
Ball State University freshman Ranshitha Devendran is the recipient of a $4,000 Mitch Daniels Early Education Scholarship for graduating a year early from Burris Laboratory School in Muncie, Ind.
Matt Detrich for Education Week
College & Workforce Readiness Some States Prodding Students to Graduate Early
As a money-saving measure for families and states, lawmakers are allowing early high school exits and providing tuition aid.
Caralee J. Adams, January 24, 2012
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Dylan Hines, 9, eats part of the well-balanced dinner provided to him at a Boys & Girls Club in Spokane, Wash. The program is one of hundreds of after-school programs across the country that are getting reimbursed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture to serve supper to eligible children. The funding, an expansion of an earlier pilot program, became available last year through the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act.
Dylan Hines, 9, eats part of the well-balanced dinner provided to him at a Boys & Girls Club in Spokane, Wash. The program is one of hundreds of after-school programs across the country that are getting reimbursed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture to serve supper to eligible children. The funding, an expansion of an earlier pilot program, became available last year through the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act.
Jed Conklin for Education Week
Federal After-School Programs' Newest Activity: Supper
Through the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act, more schools and community centers are serving free suppers to low-income students.
January 24, 2012
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Student Well-Being Commentary Returning Character Education to Schools
Schools must restore the place of character education in learning, Joseph Gauld writes.
Joseph W. Gauld, January 24, 2012
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School & District Management Bold Remake Proposed for Indianapolis Schools
A report calls for putting the district under mayoral control, shrinking its central office, and giving principals more say.
Christina A. Samuels, January 24, 2012
6 min read
Law & Courts Legal Issues Still Murky on Online Student Speech
Administrators still seek guidance despite the Supreme Court's denial of cases involving discipline of student speech on the Internet.
Mark Walsh, January 24, 2012
7 min read
Education From the Web Teacher Salaries
Selected online comments from a Jan. 11, 2012 Commentary by Jason Richwine and Andrew G. Biggs about their study concluding that teachers are overpaid.
January 24, 2012
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School & District Management Letter to the Editor Supplemental Educational Services Already Highly Regulated
To the Editor:
Regarding the Commentary by Joan Jacobson about supplemental educational services, or SES, being a program with no regulations and no accountability ("Supplemental Educational Services—An Unregulated and Unproven NCLB Tutoring Program," Dec. 14, 2011): Ms. Jacobson asked the reader to imagine all that can go wrong in implementing SES from the decade-old No Child Left Behind Act.
January 24, 2012
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January 24, 2012
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Teaching Profession Letter to the Editor Praise for Reflection on 'At Risk' Students
To the Editor:
I just finished reading (for the third time) the outstanding Commentary by Eric Fox in the Dec. 14, 2011, issue ("Reflections From the Classroom: Every Child Is At Risk"). In this powerful essay, Mr. Fox nails the essence of true teaching—probably the most difficult job on the planet when done the way he describes it. The last four paragraphs could well serve as the basis for a required seminar course prior to the certification of any teacher.
January 24, 2012
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Lawmakers applaud during the State of the State speech by Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal in the state capitol in Atlanta.
Lawmakers applaud during the State of the State speech by Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal in the state capitol in Atlanta.
Jason Getz/Atlanta Journal & Constitution/AP
Education State of the States State of the States 2012: Colorado, Delaware, Georgia, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Missouri, Nebraska, New Jersey, New Jersey, Oregon,
Here are summaries of recent annual addresses by governors around the country.
January 24, 2012
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Education State of the States Tax Debate Again Looms in Calif.
California Gov. Jerry Brown is again pitching tax hikes as a way to avoid further reductions in education.
Sean Cavanagh, January 24, 2012
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Families & the Community Report Roundup Community Schools
Two reports shed light on how community schools can lessen teachers' workloads and spell out strategies for school-community partnerships.
Nora Fleming, January 24, 2012
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School & District Management Report Roundup Drug and Crime Prevention
While schools implemented a large number of crime and substance abuse programs, few used programs supported by research evidence.
Nirvi Shah, January 24, 2012
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School & District Management Report Roundup Childhood Obesity
Researchers found that children's weight gain was not associated with exposure to competitive food sales in middle school.
Nirvi Shah, January 24, 2012
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School Choice & Charters Report Roundup Charter Schools
Most studies of charter schools are flawed in ways that prevent researchers from accurately gauging the schools' impact on achievement.
Sean Cavanagh, January 24, 2012
1 min read
Teaching Profession Report Roundup Good Teachers
A new analysis finds that having a high-quality teacher for even one year can have a measurable long-term impact on students' career outcomes.
Anthony Rebora, January 24, 2012
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School Climate & Safety Report Roundup Gay Slurs Found to Be Common Talk in Schools
Many elementary students report that they hear classmates say things like "you're so gay" or "that's so gay."
Nirvi Shah, January 24, 2012
1 min read
Teaching Profession News in Brief Miami-Dade Criticized on Teacher Dismissals
A group that analyzes teacher quality says Florida's largest school district dismisses the fewest teachers for poor performance of any they've studied.
The Associated Press, January 24, 2012
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School & District Management Firms Scrap for Share of School-Management Market
The number of for-profit companies running public schools continues to grow, but not as fast as their nonprofit rivals, researchers find.
Sean Cavanagh, January 24, 2012
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School & District Management News in Brief Overhaul on Way for Conn. Agency
The Connecticut education department will be overhauled over the next several months, under a plan intended to make the agency more responsive to districts and, by extension, to better serve Connecticut's half-million public school students and their families, Commissioner Stefan Pryor announced last week.
The Associated Press, January 24, 2012
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Special Education News in Brief Wis. Bill Would Limit Student Restraints
Wisconsin's legislature will consider a law restricting how students are restrained or secluded, a second attempt at such a law after a bill proposed in 2011 failed to pass.
Nirvi Shah, January 24, 2012
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School Climate & Safety News in Brief Phila. Report Cites Widespread Violence
Over a year after the Blue Ribbon Commission on Safe Schools was convened by Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter and then-Superintendent Arlene C. Ackerman, it has issued a 41-page report on its findings.
The Associated Press, January 24, 2012
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Law & Courts News in Brief Judge Upholds Law on Vouchers in Ind.
An Indiana judge has upheld the state's ambitious new voucher law, saying it meets the standards of the state's constitution, despite objections about it directing money to religious schools.
Sean Cavanagh, January 24, 2012
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English-Language Learners News in Brief Fla. Presses Changes to NAEP Exclusions
Florida education Commissioner Gerard Robinson has asked the National Assessment Governing Board to consider setting standards for the numbers of students with disabilities and English-language learners that states exclude from taking national assessments in reading and math.
Nirvi Shah, January 24, 2012
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School & District Management News in Brief Foes of Wis. Governor Submit 1 Million Names
Nearly a year after Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker launched his push to curb teachers' collective bargaining powers, opponents say they've turned in more than 1 million signatures to recall him from office.
Sean Cavanagh, January 24, 2012
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