March 6, 2013

Education Week, Vol. 32, Issue 23
School & District Management Governors Take Varied Paths in Boosting K-12 Aid
Minnesota and Ohio illustrate differing approaches as states aim to increase post-recession education funding.
Andrew Ujifusa, March 5, 2013
7 min read
School & District Management New Evaluations for Principals, New Equity Issues
When evaluations are tied to student achievement, should a new principal be judged the same as a veteran?
Jaclyn Zubrzycki, March 5, 2013
2 min read
Nikki Hudson, left, the academic coordinator at Lida Hooe Elementary School in Dallas, compares notes with Principal Linda Saenz during a principal-evaluation session.
Nikki Hudson, left, the academic coordinator at Lida Hooe Elementary School in Dallas, compares notes with Principal Linda Saenz during a principal-evaluation session.
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School & District Management Districts Tying Principal Reviews to Test Scores
Enticed by federal grants, more school systems are linking principal evaluations to student achievement.
Jaclyn Zubrzycki, March 5, 2013
6 min read
School Climate & Safety House Panel Grapples With School Safety Issues
Resource officers, counselors, and teacher training can help head off tragedies like Sandy Hook shootings, witnesses told a congressional panel.
Alyson Klein, March 5, 2013
4 min read
School & District Management KIPP Outpacing Regular Public Schools, Study Finds
Middle school students in the charter network showed greater learning gains in math, reading, science, and social studies than their peers in regular public schools.
Katie Ash, March 5, 2013
3 min read
Suzanne E. Scallion, the superintendent in Westfield, Mass., says school leaders ignore the importance of school culture "at our peril and our students' peril."
Suzanne E. Scallion, the superintendent in Westfield, Mass., says school leaders ignore the importance of school culture "at our peril and our students' peril."
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School & District Management School Climate: Missing Link in Principal Training?
Groups that train "turnaround" leaders say many principals are at a loss on how to build a positive school culture.
Sarah D. Sparks, March 5, 2013
6 min read
Student Well-Being Obituary Surgeon General Pushed Schools to Address AIDS
C. Everett Koop, who as the U.S. surgeon general in the 1980s became an outspoken advocate for teaching children in "the lowest grade possible" about AIDS, died Feb. 25.
Nirvi Shah, March 5, 2013
1 min read
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Illustration by Kali Ciesemier
Early Childhood Commentary STEM Education Must Start in Early Childhood
Fostering STEM skills in young children is the best way to ensure that the United States remains competitive in a global economy, writes JD Chesloff.
JD Chesloff, March 5, 2013
6 min read
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Teaching Profession Commentary Making Teacher Evaluation a Launch Pad for Growth
Done right, evaluation policy can help teachers learn and improve, Angela Minnici and Ellen Behrstock-Sherratt write.
Angela Minnici & Ellen Behrstock-Sherratt, March 5, 2013
6 min read
Classroom Technology Commentary Tracing Technology's Unintended K-12 Effects
Technology helps students in many ways, but it also has implications for student attention spans and learning styles, Matthew Lynch writes.
Matthew Lynch, March 5, 2013
5 min read
Data company Skyward Inc. has run ads in Wisconsin’s largest newspapers to protest a state decision on a data-services contract.
Data company Skyward Inc. has run ads in Wisconsin’s largest newspapers to protest a state decision on a data-services contract.
Infrastructure Wis. Data-Contract Fight Goes Public With Ad Campaign
The battle underscores the high financial stakes for companies attempting to secure the rights to operate statewide school information systems.
Sean Cavanagh, March 5, 2013
6 min read
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Federal Commentary Recognizing After-School STEM's Impact
After-school programs play a vital, if sometimes overlooked, role in STEM learning, Anita Krishnamurthi writes.
Anita Krishnamurthi, March 5, 2013
3 min read
Federal Sequestration and Education: Frequently Asked Questions
A primer on what educators should know about "the sequester."
Alyson Klein, March 5, 2013
4 min read
College & Workforce Readiness News in Brief U.S., Finland Join Forces on STEM Work
Researchers in the United States and Finland are teaming up to explore and develop projects aimed at improving STEM education.
March 5, 2013
1 min read
School Climate & Safety News in Brief Conn. Bill Would Ban Video Gun Violence
Legislation introduced in Connecticut would ban youths from playing violent video games in arcades and public places.
Sean Cavanagh, March 5, 2013
1 min read
School & District Management News in Brief Ga. and Texas Officials Remove Local Board Members
Six of the nine school board members in Georgia have been suspended by Gov. Nathan Deal, following a recommendation from the state board of education.
Jaclyn Zubrzycki, March 5, 2013
1 min read
Queshonda Moore teaches Aria Nickens, 4, how to write letters during a lesson at the Apple Tree Early Learning Public Charter School in the District of Columbia.
Queshonda Moore teaches Aria Nickens, 4, how to write letters during a lesson at the Apple Tree Early Learning Public Charter School in the District of Columbia.
Astrid Riecken/Washington Post
Early Childhood Obama Proposal Raises Issue of Pre-K Teacher Prep
The president's call for "qualified" teachers stirs questions about the level of education that would be required to teach preschool.
Stephen Sawchuk, March 5, 2013
6 min read
College & Workforce Readiness News in Brief College Board Begins Redesign of SAT Exam
The College Board is making efforts to redesign the SAT to better reflect the Common Core State Standards, and better connect K-12 and higher education institutions.
Caralee J. Adams, March 5, 2013
1 min read
Federal 9 California Districts Seek Own NCLB Waiver
A group of California school districts want flexibility under No Child Left Behind waivers now granted only to states.
Lesli A. Maxwell, March 5, 2013
3 min read
School Climate & Safety News in Brief Pediatricians Criticize Harsh Discipline Codes
The American Academy of Pediatrics says schools are too quick to suspend students or expel them, and offers guidelines on how pediatricians can help identify and intervene if children have behavioral problems.
Nirvi Shah, March 5, 2013
1 min read
Supporters of the Voting Rights Act gather outside the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington last week, as the justices heard oral arguments in a case attempting to overturn the law. The outcome could affect school districts.
Supporters of the Voting Rights Act gather outside the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington last week, as the justices heard oral arguments in a case attempting to overturn the law. The outcome could affect school districts.
Evan Vucci/AP
Law & Courts Voting Rights Case Has Implications for School Districts
The U.S. Supreme Court hears arguments on a provision of the Voting Rights Act that affects hundreds of school districts.
Mark Walsh, March 5, 2013
3 min read
Education Funding News in Brief AmeriCorps to Serve Struggling Schools
A $15 million grant over three years will place AmeriCorps volunteers in persistently underachieving schools around the country.
Christina A. Samuels, March 5, 2013
1 min read
Federal News in Brief Three More States Apply for NCLB Waiver
Three additional states have applied for waivers from the No Child Left Behind Act, bringing the list of states that have sought flexibility from the law to 47.
Michele McNeil, March 5, 2013
1 min read
School & District Management Ed. Dept. Chided on Oversight of i3 Winners
Reporting delays are cited in an Inspector General's report on oversight of the Investing in Innovation program.
Michele McNeil, March 5, 2013
1 min read
Teaching Profession News in Brief Wash. Teachers' Union Sues Over Charter Law
Washington teachers' union and a coalition of other groups has filed a legal challenge to the state's new law allowing the creation of charter schools.
Andrew Ujifusa, March 5, 2013
1 min read
Education Funding Report Roundup Financing College
Families are saving less for college than they were two years ago.
Caralee J. Adams, March 5, 2013
1 min read
School & District Management Report Roundup School Leaders
Districts can take steps to improve the quality of leadership in their schools by ensuring that principals are well-trained and fully supported.
Jaclyn Zubrzycki, March 5, 2013
1 min read
School & District Management Report Roundup Evaluating Teachers
A performance-bonus system that makes use of academic growth goals was found to help improve student achievement.
Stephen Sawchuk, March 5, 2013
1 min read