September 25, 2013

Education Week, Vol. 33, Issue 05
Education Links in Education Week: September 25, 2013

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States Mull Next Steps on Testing
September 25, 2013
1 min read
School Choice & Charters Philadelphia Seeks Salvation in Lessons From Model School
The struggling city school district is resting its hopes on replicating the success of the Science Leadership Academy, a school that emphasizes tech-focused, project-based learning.
Benjamin Herold, September 24, 2013
10 min read
Executive Skills & Strategy Replicating a Model School: The People Behind the Effort
In Philadelphia, key players are shaping the fate of a high-stakes effort to replicate the acclaimed Science Leadership Academy. The expansion will rest on administrators, philanthropists, teachers, and students
Megan Garner, Benjamin Herold & Chienyi Cheri Hung, September 24, 2013
Education Funding The Fiscal Face-Off
The budget uncertainty that education advocates and school districts have lived with for the past two years doesn't seem likely to go away anytime soon. Here's a breakdown of what you need to know.
Alyson Klein, September 24, 2013
Families & the Community Charters Adopt Common Application Systems
More and more urban communities are adopting common applications, deadlines, and lotteries to smooth the enrollment process for parents—and schools.
Katie Ash, September 24, 2013
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Brian Reale picks up his daughter Catherine at Huckleberry Hill Elementary School in Brookfield, Conn., last week. Mr. Reale waited in a double-entryway, which is part of a security measure put in place by the Brookfield public schools. The district is just 11 miles from Newtown, where 26 people were shot and killed last December.
Brian Reale picks up his daughter Catherine at Huckleberry Hill Elementary School in Brookfield, Conn., last week. Mr. Reale waited in a double-entryway, which is part of a security measure put in place by the Brookfield public schools. The district is just 11 miles from Newtown, where 26 people were shot and killed last December.
Christopher Capozziello for Education Week
School Climate & Safety Districts Invest in New Measures to Boost Security
A flurry of media reports indicate that districts are making significant security system purchases, from adding high-tech "visitor management" systems to installing new video-surveillance technologies.
Michele Molnar, September 24, 2013
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Teaching Profession Letter to the Editor Teaching: It's More Than The Sum of Its Parts
To the Editor:
"'Growth Mindset' Gaining Traction as Ed. Strategy" (Sept. 11, 2013) is a very good article. However, it is disturbing that it needs to be written. It is sad that it is research that may be providing the impetus for some teachers (and parents) to use the common-sense strategies the author describes to build students' belief in their ability to learn.
September 24, 2013
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Lilbia Gil
Lilbia Gil
Education News in Brief Transitions
Libia Gil, who currently serves as a vice president for the Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning, in Chicago, has been named as an assistant deputy secretary and director of the U.S. Department of Education's office of English-language acquisition. The OELA job had been filled on an interim basis for nearly a year since Rosalinda Barrera resigned last October.
September 24, 2013
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Education Correction Corrections
A story in the Sept. 18, 2013, issue of Education Week misstated the year that the Higher Education Act was last reauthorized. It was 2008.
September 24, 2013
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Education Funding News in Brief RTT States' Success on Teacher Evaluation Varied
State recipients of Race to the Top grants are having differing degrees of success with what has turned out to be one of the toughest tasks required by the competitive-grant program: crafting new teacher evaluations.
Alyson Klein, September 24, 2013
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Standards Business Groups Crank Up Defense of Common Core
Members of the business community are being urged to rally support for the common standards in statehouses and communities where they are under attack from some on both the political left and right.
Sean Cavanagh, September 24, 2013
4 min read
Student Amanda Masusu attends an art class at Mount Pleasant High School in Providence, R.I. A federal probe prompted integration of students with intellectual disabilities at the school.
Student Amanda Masusu attends an art class at Mount Pleasant High School in Providence, R.I. A federal probe prompted integration of students with intellectual disabilities at the school.
Gretchen Ertl for Education Week
Special Education R.I. Redoubles Efforts for Intellectually Disabled
A "landmark" agreement prompted by a U.S. Department of Justice probe is opening new doors for students with intellectual disabilities in Providence, R.I.
Christina A. Samuels, September 24, 2013
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Special Education Providence Turns Toward Inclusion
The Providence, R.I. district was rocked earlier this year when a U.S. Justice Department investigation found the system was improperly segregating high school students with intellectual disabilities. Since then, the school system has been working to fully incorporate these students into their high school.
Christina A. Samuels, September 24, 2013
Third grader Warren Evans works on a reading exercise at Bel-Nor Elementary School in the Normandy, Mo., school district. Some 1,100 students signed up to leave the district, which lacks accreditation.
Third grader Warren Evans works on a reading exercise at Bel-Nor Elementary School in the Normandy, Mo., school district. Some 1,100 students signed up to leave the district, which lacks accreditation.
Sid Hastings for Education Week
Law & Courts Missouri Districts Verge on Bankruptcy After Ruling
A recently affirmed Missouri law that allows students to transfer out of unaccredited districts—at the home district's expense—could bankrupt two districts.
Jaclyn Zubrzycki, September 24, 2013
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School & District Management New Research Consortium Targets D.C. Schools
The partnership of research organizations with local district and charter schools will study how the often-changing education policy landscape in the nation's capital affects students and teachers.
Sarah D. Sparks, September 24, 2013
5 min read
School Climate & Safety Report Roundup A Fifth of Children Remain Poor, Says Census
Child poverty has leveled off but remains higher than it was before the recession, according to the latest data from the U.S. Census Bureau's American Community Survey.
Sarah D. Sparks, September 24, 2013
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School Climate & Safety Report Roundup Early Childhood
Head Start programs helped improve the kindergarten readiness of homeless or highly mobile young children, according to a report.
Alyssa Morones, September 24, 2013
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Professional Development Report Roundup Teaching Reading
A webcam-based professional-development program for rural teachers in high-poverty schools has the potential to help students improve their reading skills, according to a new study.
September 24, 2013
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Standards Report Roundup Common Core
Most states report that the K-12 and higher education sectors are working together to implement the Common Core State Standards, a survey of state education officials finds.
Caralee J. Adams, September 24, 2013
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Reading & Literacy Report Roundup Expeditionary Learning
Middle school students in Washington and New York City who remained with a project-based school model gained more learning in reading and math than their counterparts in other district schools.
Sarah D. Sparks, September 24, 2013
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School & District Management Report Roundup Out-Of-School Learning
A new experimental study has found that school visits to an art museum yield multiple benefits for students.
September 24, 2013
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School & District Management News in Brief La. Protests Federal Voucher Challenge
Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal called on the Obama administration last week to drop its legal intervention over the state's private school voucher program.
Mark Walsh, September 24, 2013
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Equity & Diversity News in Brief Schools Get Access to Civil Rights Films
A new initiative will provide schools and communities with free access to documentaries that trace the history of the civil rights movement.
Alyssa Morones, September 24, 2013
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Families & the Community News in Brief Homework a Struggle for Many Parents
Nearly half of parents say they struggle to help their children with homework, and as many parents simply don't understand the subject matter, a new survey found.
Karla Scoon Reid, September 24, 2013
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Science News in Brief Text Hearings Fuel Evolution Debate
Dozens of experts and activists lined up to testify before the state board of education last week as it mulled approval of new science textbooks for classrooms around Texas
The Associated Press, September 24, 2013
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Federal News in Brief Pa. Officials Institute New School Grading
A new grading system for Pennsylvania's public schools, unveiled last week, is being described as a tool for parents, administrators, and the public to monitor and improve student achievement.
The Associated Press, September 24, 2013
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English-Language Learners News in Brief Online Course Targets Common Core, ELLs
Language experts from Sanford University will offer a free, online course this fall that will focus on the language demands of the Common Core State Standards.
Lesli A. Maxwell, September 24, 2013
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School Climate & Safety News in Brief After Hiring Ex-Convict, Charter Can't Reopen
Texas officials last week rejected a Dallas charter school's appeal to reopen after it failed to run proper criminal background checks on teachers and staff.
McClatchy-Tribune, September 24, 2013
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Federal News in Brief Feds to Gather Data on Alternative Routes
The U.S. Department of Education is preparing to collect information from states on teachers participating in alternative-route programs—and whether they disproportionately teach students with disabilities, English-language learners, and other traditionally underserved groups.
Stephen Sawchuk, September 24, 2013
1 min read