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.
Benjamin Herold, August 27, 2013
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States Florida Virtual School Faces Hard Times
The country's largest state-sponsored K-12 online school is confronting declines in funding and enrollment, a sign of major policy shifts now reshaping the world of online education.
Benjamin Herold, August 27, 2013
7 min read
For almost a decade, Aaron Doering has used technology to provide students and teachers with a window into his globe-spanning scientific adventures.
For almost a decade, Aaron Doering has used technology to provide students and teachers with a window into his globe-spanning scientific adventures.
Aaron Doering/Learning Technologies Media Lab
Curriculum Linking Real-World Science to Schools
Initiatives are using technology to give K-12 science educators opportunities to create science content and explore virtual environments for learning.
Benjamin Herold, August 27, 2013
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Lynn-Steven Engelke of the Smithsonian Institution monitors presentations on a projector at the Space Telescope and Science Institute in Baltimore. Cultural institutions are among those helping teachers use technology.
Lynn-Steven Engelke of the Smithsonian Institution monitors presentations on a projector at the Space Telescope and Science Institute in Baltimore. Cultural institutions are among those helping teachers use technology.
Swikar Patel/Education Week
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.
Benjamin Herold, August 27, 2013
3 min read
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.
Christina A. Samuels, August 27, 2013
8 min read
Education News in Brief Transitions
Stephen Bowen, Maine's commissioner of education, will step down Sept. 12 to become the strategic innovation director at the Council of Chief State School Officers.
August 27, 2013
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Education Best of the Blogs Blogs of the Week
August 27, 2013
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Education Correction Correction
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.
August 27, 2013
1 min read
Infrastructure New Sites Aim to Help Pick Best Ed-Tech Tools
The effectiveness of such review sites is still a big question mark, but their existence comes at a critical time, as schools face a multitude of decisions about what technologies to use.
Michele Molnar, August 27, 2013
6 min read
States Louisiana's 'Course Choice' Program Gets Underway
A challenge to the state's funding plan delayed the program last spring, but now more than 3,700 participating high schoolers select from a diverse menu of online and face-to-face classes.
Erik W. Robelen, August 27, 2013
6 min read
State school board President John C. Austin testified before state lawmakers in favor of the common core.
State school board President John C. Austin testified before state lawmakers in favor of the common core.
Standards Common Core Grinds Along Amid Michigan Debate
A heated fight over sticking with the common core hasn't halted its momentum in the state, though some local school officials take a cautious approach.
Andrew Ujifusa, August 27, 2013
5 min read
Teaching Profession Common Core: A Puzzle to Public
Most respondents to a PDK/Gallup poll had never heard of the common standards—and among those who had, fewer than half said the standards would help make students more competitive internationally.
Lesli A. Maxwell, August 27, 2013
8 min read
Equity & Diversity Alabama Vouchers Target of Federal Court Suit
The Southern Poverty Law Center says Alabama's new tax-credit scholarships discriminate against poor children.
Andrew Ujifusa, August 27, 2013
1 min read
Education Funding Report Roundup 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.
Sarah D. Sparks, August 27, 2013
1 min read
School & District Management Report Roundup 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.
Sarah D. Sparks, August 27, 2013
1 min read
School Climate & Safety Report Roundup Bullying
Adults who both bullied and were bullies as children develop worse health problems than those who were not bullied or victims who never bullied others, according to a study published online last week in Psychological Science.
Sarah D. Sparks, August 27, 2013
1 min read
Special Education Report Roundup 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.
Sarah D. Sparks, August 27, 2013
1 min read
English-Language Learners Report Roundup English-Language Learners
More than a third of charter schools in 2010-11 did not disclose the number of English-language learners in their data reports to the federal government, says a report by the U.S. Government Accountability Office.
Katie Ash, August 27, 2013
1 min read
School & District Management Report Roundup Achievement Gap
Girls' expectations for higher education have risen significantly since the 1980s, while boys' expectations have remained flat, finds a study posted online by the National Bureau of Economic Research.
Alyssa Morones, August 27, 2013
1 min read
Law & Courts News in Brief 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.
Mark Walsh, August 27, 2013
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Federal News in Brief 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.
Christina A. Samuels, August 27, 2013
1 min read
Assessment News in Brief Minn.: Test Glitches Did Not Affect Results
Recurring problems with an online system for administering proficiency tests had minimal impact on Minnesota students' scores this past spring, state education officials say.
The Associated Press, August 27, 2013
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Equity & Diversity News in Brief Legislator Pulls Son Over Transgender Law
A California legislator has pulled one of his sons from public school after Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill that provides transgender students explicit protection on campus.
Gina Cairney, August 27, 2013
1 min read
Federal News in Brief 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.
Andrew Ujifusa, August 27, 2013
1 min read
Federal News in Brief Site Launches to Track School Board Elections
To encourage civic engagement in local school boards, Ballotpedia recently launched a new portal devoted to covering school board elections in the nation's 1,000 largest districts.
Alyssa Morones, August 27, 2013
1 min read
School Climate & Safety News in Brief Armed Intruder Causes School to Evacuate
A man with an assault rifle and other weapons exchanged gunfire with officers last week at an Atlanta-area elementary school before surrendering.
The Associated Press, August 27, 2013
1 min read
Teaching Profession News in Brief Licensing in Tennessee to Follow Performance
Tennessee teachers won't be able to renew their licenses in a few years unless they meet a minimum performance standard, according to rules approved by the state school board last week.
Stephen Sawchuk, August 27, 2013
1 min read
Teaching Profession News in Brief 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.
August 27, 2013
1 min read