Feb. 5, 2014
Education Week, Vol. 33, Issue 20
School Climate & Safety School-Violence Tip Lines Get a Second Look After Sandy Hook
A handful of states and districts are showing renewed interest in tip lines that allow young people to anonymously share information about potential security threats, bullying, and other behaviors.
School Climate & Safety Feds Urged to Do More to Track School Sexual Abuse
A General Accountability Office investigation reveals a fractured, confusing, and conflicting system for reporting and tracking incidences of child sexual abuse by school personnel.
College & Workforce Readiness Manufacturing-Job Growth Prompts K-12 Training Effort
High schools are creating programs to prepare students for high-tech manufacturing jobs amid projections of a 42 percent increase in the sector by 2018.
Education Funding State Chiefs Reaffirm Intent to Safeguard Student Data
In a letter to the U.S. Department of Education, schools chiefs from 34 states say they will not share personally identifiable student data with the federal government.
Standards New Tools Gauge Fidelity of Lessons to Common Core
Which instructional materials fully reflect the new math and literacy standards? Some recently developed tools and processes seek to provide an answer.
School & District Management Vouchers Get Fresh Attention From State Policymakers
Private-school-choice legislation is part of a broader trend at the state level, and proposals are bidding for attention in the U.S. Senate.
• A news brief in the Jan. 15, 2014, issue of Education Week incorrectly identified the district affiliations of two finalists for the AASA's Superintendent of the Year. Michele Taylor is the superintendent of the Calhoun, Ga., district, and Kevin Maxwell, who was selected for his leadership of the Anne Arundel County schools in Maryland, is now the superintendent in neighboring Prince George's County.
Assessment Federation of Blind Sues PARCC Over Field Tests
The National Federation of the Blind has filed a lawsuit against PARCC claiming the lack of Braille access on the common-core field tests to be given in 18 states and the District of Columbia represents a violation of the Americans With Disabilities Act.
Education Funding Education Department Offers Guidance on Charter Lotteries
Charter schools receiving federal funds may now hold weighted lotteries in favor of disadvantaged students, according to new nonregulatory guidance from the U.S. Department of Education.
School Choice & Charters Students in Private Schools Getting Many Ind. Vouchers
A growing number of Indiana students receiving school vouchers are already enrolled in private schools, a state education department analysis finds.
Classroom Technology CEOs Urge Federal Officials to Overhaul E-Rate
Industries from across the United States are taking a stronger interest in improving schools' Web connectivity, as evidenced by an open letter released last week from some 50 CEOs that urges federal officials to bring significant changes to the E-rate program.
Special Education Connecticut District Faulted for Handling of Special Ed.
State education officials in Connecticut have ordered Bridgeport schools to take corrective action after finding that local officials systematically failed to identify students eligible for special education services.
Data Ohio District Found to Play 'Loose' With Student Data
Columbus schools played "fast and loose" with attendance data, grades, and other records, the Ohio auditor said.
School & District Management Wyoming Court Clears Way for Schools Chief's Return
The Wyoming Supreme Court ruled last week that a 2013 law improperly stripped state schools chief Cindy Hill of power over public schools.
School Climate & Safety Bill Would Limit Liability When Staff Use Weapons
An Ohio bill would allow school boards to make closed-door decisions about arming employees, prohibit the release of the names of armed school staff, and provide immunity from civil liability resulting from employees' use of weapons on campus unless it is "reckless or wanton conduct."