August 28, 2013
Education Week, Vol. 33, Issue 02
Classroom Technology Florida E-Learning Policy Shift Puts Spotlight on K12 Inc.
The state is pursuing policy and funding changes meant to open up the world of online education to more providers, such as K12 Inc., the largest for-profit virtual education provider in the country.
Curriculum Museums, Researchers Shifting to Online Science Ed. Outreach
Cultural institutions are offering open online training sessions, virtual activities, and tech-enhanced projects to bring the subject alive in the nation's schools.
School Climate & Safety Tensions Accompany Growth of PBIS Discipline Model
Developers of some school climate reform models say their programs are often bypassed in favor of strategies promoted by a federally funded technical-assistance center.
A column about a leadership transition at the Center for Education Reform in the Aug. 7, 2013, issue of Education Week should have said that Jeanne Allen will step down as president of the organization in October. She will remain on its board of directors and will become a senior fellow.
Education Funding NCES Puts K-12 Spending At $500 Billion in 2010-11
New financial data released by the National Center on Education Statistics show that 50 states and the District of Columbia spent more than $527 billion on public K-12 education in fiscal 2011, including $322.5 billion on instruction.
School & District Management High Schools
Principals and teachers in the 25 highest-performing small high schools in New York City credit academic rigor and personalization with their schools' rising graduation rates, according to the latest in a series of studies of the Big Apple's small-schools initiative.
Special Education Autism
Students with autism and average intelligence regularly outperform nonautistic peers with the same IQ levels on mathematics problems, and their brains may approach the problems differently, according to a study published online last week in the journal Biological Psychiatry.
Law & Courts Federal Judge Upholds Ban Against 'Boobies' Bracelets
A federal district judge in Indiana has ruled that school administrators may prohibit "I <3 Boobies" breast-cancer-awareness bracelets, saying they could be considered lewd or vulgar student speech.
Federal Ed. Dept. Addresses Bullying of Students With Disabilities
Severe bullying of a student with disabilities could deny that student's right to a free, appropriate public education and would need to be addressed under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, according to a guidance letter for districts, states, and building administrators last week by the U.S. Department of Education.
Federal Ga. Governor Requests Common-Core Review
Gov. Nathan Deal of Georgia has asked the state board of education to review the Common Core State Standards. The governor, a Republican, indicated he is particularly concerned about certain suggested readings with the English/language arts portion of the standards.
Teaching Profession Flaws Cited in Certifying Computer Teachers
A detailed examination of state systems for certifying computer science teachers concludes that there are fundamental problems with the approaches nationwide and argues that the situation is a major barrier to ensuring high-quality educators in the subject and preparing students for a promising field.