August 8, 2012

Education Week, Vol. 31, Issue 37
Education Links in Education Week: August 8, 2012

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Publishers' Guide for Mathematics Stresses Focus
  • A new set of K-8 publishers' criteria was crafted by the lead writers of the common core in mathematics.
August 7, 2012
1 min read
Families & the Community Ruling Bolster Backers on 'Parent-Trigger' Use
Parents seeking to overhaul a California elementary school court outside groups to help after recent legal victory.
Sean Cavanagh, August 7, 2012
4 min read
Viola Davis, left, and Maggie Gyllenhaal star in the movie 'Won't Back Down,' slated to be released next month.
Viola Davis, left, and Maggie Gyllenhaal star in the movie 'Won't Back Down,' slated to be released next month.
Kerry Hayes/Walden Media
Families & the Community 'Parent-Trigger' Tactic to Get Hollywood Treatment
'Won’t Back Down,' due out next month, takes a fictional look at a controversial parent-driven school overhaul tactic.
Sean Cavanagh, August 7, 2012
4 min read
Education Blogs of the Week
August 7, 2012
5 min read
Curriculum Message of 'Publishers' Criteria' for Math Standards: Focus
The document by the lead writers of the common core is being welcomed by the education community, with noted shortcomings.
August 7, 2012
8 min read
Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal speaks at a Republican Party of Arkansas fundraising dinner in Hot Springs, Ark., last week. Gov. Jindal signed a bundle of school overhaul bills in April, including Act I.
Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal speaks at a Republican Party of Arkansas fundraising dinner in Hot Springs, Ark., last week. Gov. Jindal signed a bundle of school overhaul bills in April, including Act I.
Danny Johnston/AP
School & District Management La. Law Reshuffles Personnel Powers in Districts
But school officials predict the changes will not affect relations between superintendents and the boards that hire them.
Christina A. Samuels, August 7, 2012
5 min read
Education The Mechanics of the Brain
An unprecedented research project in one Virginia community, the Roanoke Brain Study, uses a variety of games to explore how interactions and other factors shape our brains and decisions. Check out this interactive to see what insights researchers can learn from these four behavioral games and how they are played.
Sarah D. Sparks, August 7, 2012
Education Funding Legislative-Control Fights Up Ante on K-12 Policy
The fate of state education policy changes passed in 2010 may hinge on elections for a few hotly contested legislatures this fall.
Andrew Ujifusa, August 7, 2012
6 min read
In this 2011 photo, home-schooled student Rebecca Lobach, left, studies while her mother, Mary Lee, teaches her siblings in Durham, N.C. Today, more home-schoolers are dabbling in "hybrid" approaches that blur the pedagogical and legal lines of public and private education.
In this 2011 photo, home-schooled student Rebecca Lobach, left, studies while her mother, Mary Lee, teaches her siblings in Durham, N.C. Today, more home-schoolers are dabbling in "hybrid" approaches that blur the pedagogical and legal lines of public and private education.
Gerry Broome/AP-File
School Choice & Charters 'Hybrid' Home Schools Gaining Traction
As home schooling grows in popularity, lines are blurring between private and public schooling.
Sarah D. Sparks, August 7, 2012
7 min read
Student Well-Being Children's Health Impact Seen in Medicaid Debate
Advocacy groups say the ranks of uninsured children could swell if governors balk at Medicaid expansion.
Nirvi Shah, August 7, 2012
1 min read
Recruitment & Retention Principals Criticized on Teacher-Retention Decisions
Teacher-training group TNTP suggests school leaders take more-strategic approaches to keeping 'irreplaceables'.
Stephen Sawchuk, August 7, 2012
4 min read
BRIC ARCHIVE
Bob Dahm
Curriculum Opinion Solving the Textbook-Common Core Conundrum
Beverlee Jobrack explains how schools can identify effective teaching materials as they embark on the implementation of the standards.
Beverlee Jobrack, August 7, 2012
6 min read
Science Obituary Sally Ride, Science Booster
The first American female astronaut, who was an influential role model and advocate for stem education, died July 23 from pancreatic cancer at age 61.
August 7, 2012
1 min read
School Climate & Safety Report Roundup Youth Development
A program designed to improve social-cognitive skills reduced the likelihood of being arrested for a violent crime by 44 percent.
Jaclyn Zubrzycki, August 7, 2012
1 min read
Data Report Roundup Absenteeism
A high average daily attendance can mask chronic absenteeism in a small group of students, concludes a study of Indiana students by the Center for Evaluation and Education Policy at Indiana University in Bloomington.
Sarah D. Sparks, August 7, 2012
1 min read
Student Well-Being Report Roundup Child Well-Being
Children's health and education are showing positive signs even in the midst of a gloomy economic environment, according to the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s latest ranking of child well-being.
Sarah D. Sparks, August 7, 2012
1 min read
College & Workforce Readiness Report Roundup For-Profit Colleges
After a two-year investigation of for-profit colleges, a Senate committee has released a report critical of the sector's practices, described as often putting business concerns above students’ interests.
Caralee J. Adams, August 7, 2012
1 min read
Education Funding Report Roundup Teacher Pay
Despite little research supporting the practice, paying teachers for earning advanced degrees continues to cost states billions of dollars.
Stephen Sawchuk, August 7, 2012
1 min read
Education Funding Report Roundup Stimulus Saved Jobs, Report Concludes
Local education leaders say they used federal stimulus money as intended— to save or create jobs and launch school reforms.
Alyson Klein, August 7, 2012
1 min read
Education Funding Advocates Raise Concerns on Looming 'Sequester' Cuts
Education and other programs face automatic, across-the-board cuts unless Congress comes up with another plan for the nation's long-term fiscal health.
Alyson Klein, August 7, 2012
8 min read
School & District Management Researchers Embark on Long-Term Study of Brain Development
A massive new brain study seeks to explore how interactions and other factors shape our brains and the decisions we make.
Sarah D. Sparks, August 7, 2012
6 min read
Nancy Bujnowski, a French and German teacher who was laid off from Eagle Valley High School before officials adopted an online learning program, calls friends to help her make a last-minute move to Colorado Springs, Colo. She was recently hired by that school system.
Nancy Bujnowski, a French and German teacher who was laid off from Eagle Valley High School before officials adopted an online learning program, calls friends to help her make a last-minute move to Colorado Springs, Colo. She was recently hired by that school system.
Nathan W. Armes for Education Week
Education Funding Can Technology Replace Teachers?
As districts and states look for more efficient ways to operate, they are turning to technological approaches that some see as a threat to teacher jobs.
Ian Quillen, August 7, 2012
12 min read
School Climate & Safety Opinion The Problem With Punishing Emotions
Educators should rethink classroom-management practices that end up punishing students for showing their emotions, Luke Reynolds writes.
Luke Reynolds, August 7, 2012
5 min read
School Choice & Charters News in Brief Grant to Underwrite Charter-District Work
Federal officials are sponsoring a new grant competition designed to promote collaboration between charter and traditional public schools that want to work together to improve academic achievement and overall educational services.
Sean Cavanagh, August 7, 2012
1 min read
Law & Courts News in Brief Appeals Court Denies Graduation in Church
A Wisconsin district’s use of a Christian church for its high school graduation ceremonies violated the U.S. Constitution, a federal appeals court has ruled.
Mark Walsh, August 7, 2012
1 min read
Teacher Preparation News in Brief N.C. Teacher Prep to Include Arts
Efforts to promote integration of the arts across the curriculum got a boost in North Carolina last month.
August 7, 2012
1 min read
Markets News in Brief News Corp. Rebrands Education Business
Global media conglomerate News Corp. jump-started its fledgling education division last month, unveiling Amplify, a new brand for its education business.
Jason Tomassini, August 7, 2012
1 min read
Education Funding News in Brief College Choices Shift in Tough Economy
Families are concerned about the rising cost of higher education and are making adjustments to cope, a new survey finds.
Caralee J. Adams, August 7, 2012
1 min read
Teaching Profession News in Brief Staffing Changes Could Double Pay
Alternative staffing models could boost some teachers’ pay by as much as 134 percent without increasing existing school budgets.
Liana Loewus, August 7, 2012
1 min read