April 2, 2014

Education Week, Vol. 33, Issue 27
Erin Merryn, an activist and former victim of child sexual abuse, speaks at a news conference in Hoffman Estates, Ill., last year after Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn signed an “Erin’s Law” bill in that state. Persuaded by Ms. Merryn’s efforts, 26 states have considered or are considering similar bills in their 2013 or 2014 legislative sessions.
Erin Merryn, an activist and former victim of child sexual abuse, speaks at a news conference in Hoffman Estates, Ill., last year after Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn signed an “Erin’s Law” bill in that state. Persuaded by Ms. Merryn’s efforts, 26 states have considered or are considering similar bills in their 2013 or 2014 legislative sessions.
George LeClaire/Daily Herald/AP-File
School Climate & Safety New State Laws Require More Sex-Abuse Training in Schools
A growing number of states are passing "Erin's Laws" requiring schools to take an active role in preventing child sexual abuse.
Evie Blad, April 1, 2014
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Infrastructure Commentary Why Data Is Education's 'Killer App'
Using student data that is protected and centered on personalizing learning is the key to true education transformation, writes Michael King.
Michael King, April 1, 2014
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Autism Expressed Founder Michele McKeone conducts a training session last month at a school for students and adults with disabilities in Haddonfield, N.J.
Autism Expressed Founder Michele McKeone conducts a training session last month at a school for students and adults with disabilities in Haddonfield, N.J.
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Executive Skills & Strategy Ed. Startups Navigate the Hard Market Realities for Sustaining Success
Following the thrill of launching new businesses, two ed-tech startups are facing the challenges of making smart decisions to attract more customers and grow revenues.
Michelle R. Davis, April 1, 2014
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Mathematics STEM Hubs Emerge to Bolster Math, Science Ed.
The regional coalitions bring together K-12 schools, universities, businesses, museums, and others to catalyze and better connect STEM education efforts in local communities.
Liana Loewus, April 1, 2014
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Executive Skills & Strategy K12 Inc. Building a New Identity for Part of the Company
The virtual education provider says the move is intended to regroup similar resources under a single banner, and not to distance some of its services from a spate of critical news.
Sean Cavanagh, April 1, 2014
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Accountability Despite Lofty Scores, Massachusetts Advised to Set New Ed. Goals
A business group says Massachusetts risks growing complacent in its academic status if state officials don't make fundamental changes in school autonomy, funding, and other areas.
Sean Cavanagh, April 1, 2014
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Rep. John Kline, R-Minn., chairman of the House education committee.
Rep. John Kline, R-Minn., chairman of the House education committee.
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Special Education House Education Chairman to Push for More Special Education Aid
Rep. John Kline, R-Minn., the chairman of the House education committee, plans to pour new energy into bolstering funding for special education.
Alyson Klein, April 1, 2014
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Teaching Profession Commentary Teacher Quality Is a New National-Security Issue
William J. Sims suggests shifting 1 percent of the federal defense budget and applying it to teacher training and quality.
William J. Sims, April 1, 2014
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Teaching Profession Commentary Take the Time to Evaluate Teacher Evaluation
Before student assessments are used to judge teacher quality, it's critical to assess whether the tests are well-designed for the task, a group of psychometricians writes.
Tia Sukin, W. Alan Nicewander, Phoebe Winter, Howard Mitzel, Lisa Keller & Matt Schulz, April 1, 2014
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Education News in Brief Transitions
Thomas M. Brady, a former superintendent of the Providence, R.I., school district, has been named director of the Department of Defense Education Activity.
April 1, 2014
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Assessment News in Brief Indiana Governor Voids Common-Core Adoption
Indiana Gov. Mike Pence announced last month that he had signed legislation voiding the state board of education's adoption of the Common Core State Standards back in 2010.
Andrew Ujifusa, April 1, 2014
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Law & Courts News in Brief Closing Arguments Heard In Calif. Teacher-Tenure Case
Attorneys for a group seeking to eliminate tenure protection for California teachers argued last week that such iron-clad job security makes it almost impossible to fire an incompetent instructor.
The Associated Press, April 1, 2014
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School & District Management News in Brief Philadelphia to Skirt Seniority in Hiring
Unable to reach an agreement with the local teachers' union on revisions to seniority policies, Philadelphia schools Superintendent William Hite said last week that he will institute new work rules that allow principals to take other factors into consideration when selecting and assigning teachers.
Stephen Sawchuk, April 1, 2014
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Law & Courts News in Brief Appeals Court Upholds Corporal Punishment
A federal appeals court has rejected the lawsuit of a Mississippi 8th grader whose misbehavior led to a paddling by a school administrator. After the paddling, the student fainted and fell face first to the floor, breaking his jaw and five teeth, court papers say.
Mark Walsh, April 1, 2014
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College & Workforce Readiness News in Brief Civil Rights Office Probing Fla. Scholarship Program
The U.S. Department of Education's office for civil rights is investigating a scholarship program in Florida over allegations that its method of deciding who gets tuition assistance is unfair for minority groups.
Caralee J. Adams, April 1, 2014
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Teaching Profession News in Brief Aspiring Teachers Could Get More Shots at Skills Test
Teacher-candidates in Illinois are expected to get more chances to pass the state's basic-skills test.
McClatchy-Tribune, April 1, 2014
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School & District Management News in Brief Chicago Students Asked About Opting Out of Tests
Chicago school officials are under fire for allowing investigators to interview elementary students without parent permission about last month's state test boycott.
Karla Scoon Reid, April 1, 2014
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Law & Courts News in Brief N.J. Schools Can Bring Alleged Bullies Into Lawsuit
Eleven students and their parents have been brought into a suit filed by a New Jersey teenager who accused two districts of not doing enough to stop eight years of bullying.
The Associated Press, April 1, 2014
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School & District Management News in Brief Education Reporters Slam Public Information Officers
A survey of education reporters finds that many believe public information officers for districts and other education groups often put up barriers to the free flow of information.
Mark Walsh, April 1, 2014
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Federal News in Brief White House Hosts Summits To Boost Black Achievement
The White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African-Americans and Ebony magazine are hosting a series of meetings to emphasize the importance of supporting the nation's black youths as they seek academically rigorous schooling to prepare them for their future careers.
Karla Scoon Reid, April 1, 2014
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School & District Management News in Brief 'Promise Zone' Projects Could Get Grant Advantage
The U.S. Department of Education may give applicants an advantage in competitive-grant programs if their proposals mesh with the goals of the Obama administration's interdepartmental "Promise Zone" initiative, which is aimed at helping revitalize high-poverty communities, according to a notice in the Federal Register last week.
Alyson Klein, April 1, 2014
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Education Correction Corrections
A story in the March 21, 2014, issue of Education Week about the field-testing of common-core exams misspelled the name of Jesse Register, the director of schools for the Nashville, Tenn., school district.
April 1, 2014
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School Climate & Safety Report Roundup Youth Behavior
A study published this month illustrates the long-term detrimental effects of joining a gang in adolescence.
Evie Blad, April 1, 2014
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School & District Management Report Roundup School Boards
Districts that "beat the odds" academically have school board members who are focused narrowly on improving student learning, according to a new report.
April 1, 2014
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School & District Management Report Roundup Arts Learning
Forty-one states now have instructional requirements for arts education at the elementary, middle, and high school levels, though only 17 states have policies on assessment in the subject, according to a new report by the Arts Education Partnership.
Liana Loewus, April 1, 2014
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College & Workforce Readiness Report Roundup College Readiness
Most college-going African-American students aren't getting the education they need to succeed there, according to a new study from the ACT testing company.
April 1, 2014
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Special Education Report Roundup Special Education
About 1 in 68 children in 10 states monitored by the Centers for Disease Control have been identified with an autism spectrum disorder, the highest prevalence of the diagnosis since the agency first started monitoring it in 2000.
Christina A. Samuels, April 1, 2014
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Equity & Diversity Report Roundup Study Finds N.Y. State Schools Are Most Racially Isolated
New York state is home to the nation's most-segregated public schools, with the share of black students who attend "intensely segregated" schools—those where fewer than 10 percent of students are white—having increased steadily since the late 1980s, according to a new study.
Lesli A. Maxwell, April 1, 2014
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