Jan. 8, 2014
Education Week, Vol. 33, Issue 15
Executive Skills & Strategy InBloom Sputters Amid Concerns About Privacy of Student Data
The education nonprofit, which burst onto the scene a year ago backed by $100 million in grants, is struggling to convince states and districts to use its cloud-based, data-organization program.
School Climate & Safety Cloud Computing in K-12 Expands, Raising Data Privacy Concerns
Many school districts have not set clear policies and practices for storing data in the cloud, according to a study by the Fordham Law School.
The Dec. 11, 2013, issue of Education Week mistakenly reprinted Pages 3-5 of the preceding week's issue. A mailer with the correct pages (containing the Table of Contents, News in Brief, and Report Roundup) has been sent to print subscribers; the pages may also be viewed online.
School Climate & Safety Fla. Court Backs Gun Search Based on Anonymous Tip
A recent state court ruling backs the ability of school administrators and security personnel to rely on anonymous tips to thwart potential school violence.
Education Funding N.C. Teachers' Group Sues Over Private School Grants
Public school advocates have sued North Carolina in a bid to block a new law that would let taxpayer money be used by low-income students wishing to attend private or religious schools.
Teaching Profession Undocumented Immigrants Sought as Recruits for TFA
Teach For America will seek out undocumented college graduates who meet its criteria to become teachers in some of the nation's most challenged public schools.
Professional Development National-Board Certifications Continue to Drop Off
The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards has announced that 4,117 teachers received certification from the group in 2013—down 17 percent from the previous year and more than 50 percent from 2008.
Special Education U.S. House Leaders Request Report on IDEA Paperwork
House education committee leaders have asked the Government Accountability Office to find out which parts of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act create the most paperwork for schools and to figure out why no state has taken advantage of paperwork-reduction pilot programs written into the law when it was reauthorized nearly 10 years ago.
Law & Courts Former Atlanta Educators Plead Guilty Over Cheating
Eight former educators indicted in Atlanta's sprawling cheating case have pleaded guilty in recent weeks, many of them admitting to lesser charges in exchange for their pleas.
Federal NCLB Waivers Let Many Schools Escape Penalties, Study Says
Waivers under the No Child Left Behind Act have provided an escape hatch for many schools that were facing some of the toughest penalties under the 12-year-old federal school accountability law, according to a paper by the New America Foundation, a Washington think tank.
States Students' Shifting Marijuana Views Tied to Legalization Push
Some experts are blaming campaigns to legalize marijuana for rises in the numbers of teenagers who use the drug or view its regular use as harmless.