September 18, 2013

Education Week, Vol. 33, Issue 04
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Assessment Group Sets Accommodations Policy
September 18, 2013
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Education Correction Correction
The timeline accompanying a story about accrediting teacher education programs in the Sept. 11, 2013, issue of Education Week gave an incorrect name for the accrediting group, the Council for Accreditation of Educator Preparation.
September 17, 2013
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College & Workforce Readiness Congress Gears Up for Higher Ed. Law Renewal
Proposals fly in Washington to add fresh scrutiny to student outcomes as Congress prepares to tackle reauthorization of the Higher Education Act.
Alyson Klein, September 17, 2013
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Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal addresses attendees during the Americans for Prosperity Foundation's Defending the American Dream Summit in Orlando, Fla., on Aug. 30.
Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal addresses attendees during the Americans for Prosperity Foundation's Defending the American Dream Summit in Orlando, Fla., on Aug. 30.
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Law & Courts Louisiana Vouchers, Desegregation Case Prove Volatile Mix
State officials and the U.S. Department of Justice clash over the state's voucher program in the shadow of a long-standing desegregation case.
Mark Walsh, September 17, 2013
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Teacher Preparation National-Board Certification to Be Cheaper, Smoother
The organization overseeing advanced teacher certification plans to revise the assessment process for the credential and to make it less costly for teachers to earn.
Stephen Sawchuk, September 17, 2013
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Yokayra Fernandez-Haghighi, in red stripes, and her husband, Saeid Haghighi, walk their children, Jesus, 7, and Victoria, 12 (hidden behind her mother), to Public School 85, in New York City's Bronx borough.
Yokayra Fernandez-Haghighi, in red stripes, and her husband, Saeid Haghighi, walk their children, Jesus, 7, and Victoria, 12 (hidden behind her mother), to Public School 85, in New York City's Bronx borough.
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Families & the Community Bronx Partnership Aims to Build Parent-Engagement Skills
Mercy College's education school in New York City has opened a parent center to train adults to become advocates and active partners in their children's schooling.
Karla Scoon Reid, September 17, 2013
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Atticus S. Hensley leads students during band class at East Middle School in Tullahoma, Tenn.
Atticus S. Hensley leads students during band class at East Middle School in Tullahoma, Tenn.
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Curriculum Classroom Portfolios Used as Alternative Teacher-Evaluation Measure
Tennessee is allowing arts teachers to submit their students' work as one yardstick of how well they contribute to the children's achievement.
September 17, 2013
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From left: Stephanie Vidikan, the director of operations for 1776, and entrepreneurs Gary Hensley and Brian Christie make business calls in a collaborative workspace for startup companies. The workspace is run by 1776, an organization that provides resources for startups with the support of companies like Pearson.
From left: Stephanie Vidikan, the director of operations for 1776, and entrepreneurs Gary Hensley and Brian Christie make business calls in a collaborative workspace for startup companies. The workspace is run by 1776, an organization that provides resources for startups with the support of companies like Pearson.
Swikar Patel/Education Week
Executive Skills & Strategy Education Companies Invest Time, Money in Startups
Companies such as Kaplan and Pearson are mentoring startups on how to refine their products and services to succeed in the K-12 marketplace.
Sean Cavanagh, September 17, 2013
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Education News in Brief Transitions
Sheila M. Harrity, the principal of Worcester Technical High School in Massachusetts, has been named the 2014 MetLife/NASSP National High School Principal of the Year. Ms. Harrity was selected for her work to implement small learning communities, change the school’s culture, and focus on preparing the school’s 1,400 students for colleges and careers, since becoming principal in 2006.
September 17, 2013
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Education Funding Report Roundup No Bounce-Back Seen in States' K-12 Spending
State education budgets still haven’t recovered sufficiently from the Great Recession in 2007, concludes a 48-state report released last week by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.
Andrew Ujifusa, September 17, 2013
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School & District Management Iowa District Puts Twist on Four-Day Week
As more districts trim the school week to cope with budget crunches, the WACO district is doing so to expand student enrichment opportunities and teachers' professional development.
Alyssa Morones, September 17, 2013
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Federal Lawmakers Question Education Research's Usefulness
As it considers reauthorizing the Education Sciences Reform Act, a House panel assesses IES' stewardship of school research.
Sarah D. Sparks, September 17, 2013
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September 17, 2013
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Executive Skills & Strategy Consumer Demand for Digital Learning Games, Simulations Growing Worldwide
The global market for learning games and simulations is expanding, but experts say the level of interest does not appear to be as evident in K-12 schools.
Michele Molnar & Sean Cavanagh, September 17, 2013
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Accountability Commentary Why the New Teacher Ed. Standards Matter
The standards will elevate the profession, better prepare teacher-candidates, and ensure that new teachers have the skills they need to improve student outcomes, write Mary Brabeck and Christopher Koch.
Mary Brabeck & Christopher Koch, September 17, 2013
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Education Funding Commentary Unfairly Fired Teachers Deserve Court Protection
Teachers who have been fired because of flawed evaluations will not have their day in court, write W. James Popham and Marguerita K. DeSander.
W. James Popham & Marguerita K. Desander, September 17, 2013
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Infrastructure Broadband Effort Touted as Good for Classroom, Budget
A White House official says the Obama administration’s ConnectED initiative could help districts see that digital learning “is affordable and within our reach.”
Michele Molnar, September 17, 2013
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Special Education News in Brief No Protections for Students Improperly Placed in Special Ed.
Children mistakenly identified by their schools as having disabilities may not bring claims under the main federal special education law, a federal appeals court has ruled.
Mark Walsh, September 17, 2013
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Law & Courts News in Brief Minneapolis to Settle Suit by Teen Mothers
The Minneapolis school board has approved a settlement in a lawsuit on behalf of more than 600 young mothers who were taught by unlicensed teachers.
The Associated Press, September 17, 2013
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College & Workforce Readiness News in Brief GED Test Prep, Support to be Offered Online
To help individuals prepare for the new GED tests, which kicks in January, the GED Testing Service will offer individualized online support starting in late November.
Caralee J. Adams, September 17, 2013
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School Climate & Safety News in Brief Ark. Board to Permit Schools to Arm Staff
Thirteen Arkansas school districts will be allowed to continue employing teachers, administrators, and other staff as armed security guards, despite a warning from the state's top lawyer that the licensing law they relied on is intended for private security companies.
The Associated Press, September 17, 2013
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School & District Management News in Brief Ind. Records Eyed for Political Role
Email correspondence and computer data near the end of his tenure suggest that former Indiana Superintendent Tony Bennett may have skirted a state law that prohibits the use of state resources for political purposes.
Andrew Ujifusa, September 17, 2013
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Education Funding News in Brief Report Finds Flaws in Race to the Top
A new report finds big flaws in the Race to the Top program and questions how spending to spur education improvements in states will improve student outcomes.
Michele McNeil, September 17, 2013
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Executive Skills & Strategy News in Brief Consortium Seeks Bids for Major Tech Project
One of the two main consortia of states developing tests aligned to the Common Core State Standards is asking for proposals from vendors to develop an ambitious array of technology services.
Sean Cavanagh, September 17, 2013
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Families & the Community News in Brief L.A. Drafts Procedures for 'Parent Trigger'
Los Angeles parents and staff now have guidelines from the Los Angeles Unified School District’s board to help them navigate the parent-trigger process.
Katie Ash, September 17, 2013
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School & District Management News in Brief Federal Agencies Issue Research Guidelines
The Institute of Education Sciences and the National Science Foundation have formally released common guidelines for education research and development.
Sarah D. Sparks, September 17, 2013
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Law & Courts News in Brief Educator Acquitted in Ga. Cheating Case
A former Atlanta public schools administrator charged with influencing a witness in the district's massive cheating scandal was found not guilty this month by a jury in Fulton County, Ga.
Lesli A. Maxwell, September 17, 2013
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Science News in Brief Ky. to Move Forward on Science Standards
Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear plans to implement the new Next Generation Science Standards under his own authority, after a legislative review panel rejected them last week.
McClatchy-Tribune, September 17, 2013
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School Climate & Safety Report Roundup Student Discipline
The number of students arrested in Connecticut schools has declined in recent years, but many of those arrests were avoidable, according to an advocacy group report.
Jaclyn Zubrzycki, September 17, 2013
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