October 9, 2013

Education Week, Vol. 33, Issue 07
School & District Management Opinion Some Good News About Public Schools
When people continuously carp about public schools, they seem to forget that many of society's successful figures got their start in such schools, Brian Cleary writes.
Brian Cleary, October 22, 2013
2 min read
School & District Management K12 Inc. Learning Hard Management, Financial Lessons
The largest for-profit provider of precollegiate online learning and one of the few publicly traded companies in the K-12 marketplace saw its stock value take a nose dive.
Michele Molnar, October 22, 2013
7 min read
Equity & Diversity High School Poverty Levels Tied to College-Going
A study finds that a school's poverty level is a bigger 'divider' than its location or racial makeup in predicting its students’ college success.
Sarah D. Sparks & Caralee J. Adams, October 22, 2013
3 min read
Equity & Diversity Opinion The Public School Ownership Gap
Universal free public schooling, a cornerstone of our modern democracy, is facing a quiet crisis—one that writer T. Elijah Hawkes calls the ownership gap.
T. Elijah Hawkes, October 22, 2013
6 min read
Teaching Profession Opinion We Need a National Teacher Monument
To recognize the importance of education, advocates should erect a national teachers' monument in Washington, Anthony Mullen says.
Anthony J. Mullen, October 22, 2013
5 min read
George Tomyn, the superintendent of schools in Marion County, Fla., stands in front of Eighth Street Elementary in Ocala. Mr. Tomyn opposed his school board's recent decision to reinstate paddling.
George Tomyn, the superintendent of schools in Marion County, Fla., stands in front of Eighth Street Elementary in Ocala. Mr. Tomyn opposed his school board's recent decision to reinstate paddling.
Andrew Stanfill for Education Week
School Climate & Safety Corporal Punishment Persists in U.S. Schools
Despite a wave of measures abolishing the controversial disciplinary practice, many communities are still using paddles to curb student misbehavior.
October 22, 2013
8 min read
Teaching Profession Report Roundup Teachers and Aging
Educators are at greater risk of losing the ability to communicate as they get older, a new study finds.
Sarah D. Sparks, October 22, 2013
1 min read
Assessment Report Roundup Accountability
As few as three correct responses on Oklahoma state tests can separate those schools receiving an A grade from those receiving an F under the state's accountability system.
Andrew Ujifusa, October 22, 2013
1 min read
School & District Management Report Roundup Student Retention
Retaining students has implications for the attendance and academic performance of their nonretained classmates, finds a new study of California students.
Alyssa Morones, October 22, 2013
1 min read
School & District Management Report Roundup Poverty's Effects Vary by Environment
Students in poverty have been repeatedly shown to have poorer working memory than higher-income students, but students living in urban versus rural poverty show different types of working-memory problems, finds a new study.
Sarah D. Sparks, October 22, 2013
1 min read
Education Funding Report Roundup Financial Competition
Some risk factors are making it harder for public school districts in economically challenged areas to remain financially viable as charters continue to grow, according to a report.
October 22, 2013
1 min read
Education Funding Report Roundup College Aid
A pilot program that disburses financial aid money to low-income college students every two weeks may promote academic success and smart financial management, according to a report.
Caralee J. Adams, October 22, 2013
1 min read
College & Workforce Readiness Report Roundup Foster Children
Students living in foster homes are twice as likely to drop out of school as other students and significantly trail their low-income peers on other academic measures, researchers in California found.
Lesli A. Maxwell, October 22, 2013
1 min read
School & District Management News in Brief Hawaii Prepares for Change in Kindergarten Age
Hawaii officials are emphasizing an upcoming change in the age children can enter kindergarten as an opportunity for late-born pupils to receive an extra year to prepare for school.
The Associated Press, October 22, 2013
1 min read
Education Funding News in Brief Learning-Time Initiative Proceeds in New York
New York is looking for school districts to come up with promising proposals that lengthen the amount of time students spend in school.
Laura Heinauer Mellett, October 22, 2013
1 min read
Equity & Diversity News in Brief Ore. Elementary Charters Found Lacking in Diversity
The six least-diverse Oregon elementary schools all are charter schools, according to a new state education department analysis.
McClatchy-Tribune, October 22, 2013
1 min read
School Climate & Safety News in Brief Regulators Find Deficiencies at Conn. Child-Care Centers
Connecticut child-care facilities had a noncompliance rate greater than 10 percent on seven of 13 state requirements, state regulators found.
Julie Blair, October 22, 2013
1 min read
Assessment News in Brief Few Disciplined in Probe of Pa. Test Irregularities
More than a year after then-state education Secretary Ron Tomalis vowed to filed "well over 100" complaints against Pennsylvania educators, only five have been disciplined for allegedly cheating on state tests.
McClatchy-Tribune, October 22, 2013
1 min read
Assessment News in Brief More Students Expected to Take PSAT
An estimated 3.6 million high school students were expected to take the PSAT last week, about 100,000 more than last year.
Caralee J. Adams, October 22, 2013
1 min read
Mike McQueen, a high school librarian from Jefferson County, Colo., speaks at a rally in favor of a tax-hike referendum that would pour some $950 million into public schools.
Mike McQueen, a high school librarian from Jefferson County, Colo., speaks at a rally in favor of a tax-hike referendum that would pour some $950 million into public schools.
Nathan Armes for Education Week
Education Funding Colorado School-Spending Overhaul Hinges on Tax Vote
A proposed change to Colorado's constitution may test the public's appetite for a retooled school funding formula in an uncertain economic climate.
Andrew Ujifusa, October 22, 2013
9 min read
Student Well-Being News in Brief Test-Makers Forge Pact for Concussion Management
A partnership between two major developers of concussion-management tools could expand the way youth-athletes are evaluated for head injuries.
Bryan Toporek, October 22, 2013
1 min read
School Climate & Safety News in Brief Mass. Ends Letter Policy on Student Weight
Public-health officials in Massachusetts decided to end the practice of notifying parents about their children's weight.
The Associated Press, October 22, 2013
1 min read
Equity & Diversity Poor Children Are Now a Majority in 17 States' Public Schools
The Southern Education Foundation says that nearly half of all schoolchildren now live in poverty, and it's especially pervasive in the South and the West.
Sarah D. Sparks, October 22, 2013
3 min read
Assessment News in Brief State Board Places Floor on Falling School Grades
The Florida board of education voted to extend a "safety net" that would prevent public school letter grades from dropping by more than one grade.
McClatchy-Tribune, October 22, 2013
1 min read
Teaching Profession D.C. Teachers Improved After Overhaul of Evaluations, Pay
The closely-watched system for evaluating teachers and providing bonus pay in the District of Columbia appears to be motivating weak and strong educators alike to higher performance.
Stephen Sawchuk, October 22, 2013
4 min read
School & District Management News in Brief MOOC Targets Needs of K-12 Teachers, Students
While massive open online courses, or MOOCs, may be the rage in higher education, the trend has been slow to make its way into the K-12 arena.
Michelle R. Davis, October 22, 2013
1 min read
Teaching Profession Illinois Is Among Outliers With No NCLB Waiver
A disagreement with federal officials over the state's timeline to implement a teacher-evaluation system has left Illinois without a No Child Left Behind waiver so far.
Michele McNeil, October 22, 2013
5 min read
Education Funding News in Brief Phila. Schools to Receive Withheld State Funds
Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett announced last week that he would release $45 million to the Philadelphia school district.
Jaclyn Zubrzycki, October 22, 2013
1 min read