January 16, 2013

Education Week, Vol. 32, Issue 17
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, left, fist bumps Senate President Stephen M. Sweeney as the governor prepares to deliver his State of the State address at the Statehouse in Trenton.
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, left, fist bumps Senate President Stephen M. Sweeney as the governor prepares to deliver <a href="https://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2013/01/16/17sos.h32.html#nj">his State of the State address</a> at the Statehouse in Trenton.
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States State of the States 2013 State of the States: N.H., N.J., Va., Wyo.
Here are summaries of recent annual addresses by governors around the country. In this roundup: New Hampshire, New Jersey, Virginia, and Wyoming.
January 15, 2013
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School & District Management For Girls, Teachers' Gender Matters, Study Says
New research suggests that female teachers' comfort with math particularly affects their female students.
Sarah D. Sparks, January 15, 2013
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Families & the Community Harvard, SurveyMonkey Offer Tool to Weigh Parent Engagement
Districts and parent-teacher groups can use an online survey to measure the quality of parent-school relationships.
Michele Molnar, January 15, 2013
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School Climate & Safety Report Roundup Vaccinations
Ensuring students get their booster shots can help protect not just later health, but educational achievement too.
Sarah D. Sparks, January 15, 2013
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School Climate & Safety Report Roundup Student Health
Fewer than four in 10 children of elementary school age met recommended guidelines for both daily physical activity and screen-time viewing.
Bryan Toporek, January 15, 2013
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Education Funding Report Roundup Affording College
A new paper from the Institute for Higher Education Policy outlines more than a dozen federal policy recommendations for improving the financial-aid system to increase college enrollment and completion.
Caralee J. Adams, January 15, 2013
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School & District Management Report Roundup Study Methods
Psychologists at multiple universities describe and rate 10 study techniques, based on learning research.
Jaclyn Zubrzycki, January 15, 2013
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School Climate & Safety Report Roundup Underage Drinking
A survey by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that binge drinking is a problem for roughly one of every five women between 11th grade and age 35.
Ross Brenneman, January 15, 2013
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College & Workforce Readiness Report Roundup Fewer College Students Taking Remedial Classes
The percentage of college freshmen who had to take remedial classes has dropped over nine years, according to research from the National Center for Education Statistics.
Caralee J. Adams, January 15, 2013
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College & Workforce Readiness News in Brief College Enrollment to Grow, But Slowly
The latest projections from the U.S. Department of Education show postsecondary enrollment in the next decade will grow by 15 percent.
Caralee J. Adams, January 15, 2013
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School & District Management News in Brief N.Y.C. to Shut Down Struggling Schools
New York City's department of education announced that 26 schools will be closed, phased out, or "truncated," primarily because of low student achievement.
Jaclyn Zubrzycki, January 15, 2013
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Federal News in Brief Calif. Chief Suggests Fewer State Tests
Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson has proposed suspending several tests not required under the No Child Left Behind Act for the 2013-14 school year.
Andrew Ujifusa, January 15, 2013
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School & District Management News in Brief No False Claims Found in D.C. Schools Review
The U.S. Department of Education's office of inspector general said it has found no evidence that District of Columbia public school officials engaged in widespread cheating during Michelle A. Rhee's tenure as chanellor.
Lesli A. Maxwell, January 15, 2013
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Teaching Profession News in Brief National-Board Ranks Surpass Milestone
The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards announced that the total number of educators who hold the advanced professional certification has totaled more than 100,000.
Francesca Duffy, January 15, 2013
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Education Funding News in Brief Calif. Teachers' Fund to Sell Gun Stocks
The nation's largest teacher-pension fund took the first step toward divesting from companies that make guns and high-capacity ammunition magazines.
The Associated Press, January 15, 2013
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School Climate & Safety News in Brief New Concussion Study to Review Youth Risks
The Institute of Medicine and National Research Council launched a study about youth-sports concussions in response to a request from members of the U.S. Senate.
Bryan Toporek, January 15, 2013
1 min read
School Climate & Safety News in Brief District in Rape Case Adds Armed Guards
An Ohio district added unarmed security guards to all its schools as a national uproar over a case of alleged rape involving two high school football players continued to mount.
Bryan Toporek, January 15, 2013
1 min read
School Choice & Charters News in Brief Parent-Trigger Charter Advances in California
The Adelanto, Calif. school board voted unanimously to approve the recommendation of a local parent group to transform Desert Trails Elementary School into a charter school.
Katie Ash, January 15, 2013
1 min read
Education Funding News in Brief Judge Orders Rewrite of Texas Finance Study
A state district judge in Texas directed lawyers for the state to revise a key study that underestimated the funding advantages of higher-wealth school districts.
McClatchy-Tribune, January 15, 2013
1 min read
Federal News in Brief Social Workers Can Access Foster Children's Records
A bill passed by Congress will allow child-welfare agencies to have direct access to the school records of children under their care.
Christina A. Samuels, January 15, 2013
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Newtown city official Pat Llodra, center left, and Newtown schools Superintendent Janet Robinson receive a standing ovation during Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s State of the State address in Hartford. In his speech, Mr. Malloy urged lawmakers to prevent gun violence.
Newtown city official Pat Llodra, center left, and Newtown schools Superintendent Janet Robinson receive a standing ovation during Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s State of the State address in Hartford. In his speech, Mr. Malloy urged lawmakers to prevent gun violence.
Jessica Hill/AP
School Climate & Safety News in Brief Conn. Governor Focuses on Safety, Ed. Funding
In his State of the State address, Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy outlined the aims of the Sandy Hook Advisory Commission, created in response to a shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School on Dec. 14.
Jaclyn Zubrzycki, January 15, 2013
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School & District Management Crush of Education Laws Awaits Renewal in Congress
From the Elementary and Secondary Education Act to higher education and early child-care grants, a long list of policy legislation is overdue for reauthorization, or soon will be.
Alyson Klein, January 15, 2013
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School Climate & Safety Fla. Data Link Suspension to Lower Graduation Rates
But the study warns that curbing out-of-school suspensions alone is also not the answer.
January 15, 2013
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Equity & Diversity Anti-Poverty Program Found to Yield Few Academic Gains
Moving out of a poor neighborhood by itself doesn't boost children's achievement, says new research.
Sarah D. Sparks, January 15, 2013
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Standards New Science-Standards Draft Incorporates Feedback
The new version reflects feedback gathered from 10,000 people and groups, say organizers, who will accept more feedback for three weeks.
January 15, 2013
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First grader Rylin Witten works on an iPad in class at Council Grove Elementary in the Western Heights Independent school system. The Oklahoma district is revamping technology to prepare for common-core tests.
First grader Rylin Witten works on an iPad in class at Council Grove Elementary in the Western Heights Independent school system. The Oklahoma district is revamping technology to prepare for common-core tests.
Shane Bevel for Education Week
Standards Districts Look to E-Rate Program to Help With Common Core Tech Costs
Many school districts are likely to need to add more bandwidth, and improve their overall technology capacity, in anticipation of giving new common assessments online, experts say.
Sean Cavanagh, January 15, 2013
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Karim Kai Ani, who founded the educational technology startup Mathalicious, takes notes while working on a project that uses toppings and prices of pizza to explain the fundamentals of linear functions to students.
Karim Kai Ani, who founded the educational technology startup Mathalicious, takes notes while working on a project that uses toppings and prices of pizza to explain the fundamentals of linear functions to students.
Stephen Voss for Education Week
Executive Skills & Strategy Flood of Investment, Products Stirs Fears of Education 'Tech Bubble'
Analysts and business officials wonder if the education technology market faces the risk of a crash, similar to what occurred during the dot-com bust in the 1990s.
Michelle R. Davis, January 15, 2013
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Federal Three Districts Test Model Common-Core Unit for ELLs
Experts are piloting lessons intended to show educators what common-core instruction might look like with students learning English.
Lesli A. Maxwell, January 15, 2013
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Education Funding Md. Gets Scolding Over Race to Top
A stern Education Department letter warns Maryland to make good on teacher-evaluation promises in its Race to the Top plan.
Michele McNeil, January 15, 2013
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