April 2, 2014
Education Week, Vol. 33, Issue 27
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Law & Courts 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.
School & District Management 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.
Law & Courts 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.
College & Workforce Readiness 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.
Teaching Profession 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.
Law & Courts 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.
School & District Management 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.
Federal 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.
School & District Management '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.
Equity & Diversity 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.