May 7, 2014
Education Week, Vol. 33, Issue 30
Equity & Diversity School Desegregation Plans: A National Census
In the 2011-12 school year, more than 1,200 local educational agencies—including school districts and charter schools—in every state except Hawaii and Nevada, reported to the U.S. Department of Education that they were under a federal desegregation plan that was either ordered by a court or entered into with the Office for Civil Rights under Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
Standards State Political Rifts Sap Support for Common-Core Tests
Assessments aligned to the Common Core State Standards are drawing fire at the state level, even as most states stick with the standards initiative.
Standards Charting a Common-Sense Course for the Common Core
States should phase in use of common-core assessments for teacher evaluation, write Jane Leibbrand and Alice Seagren.
Education Funding School Districts Get Advice on 'Doing More With Less'
To help school leaders facing long-term budget issues, the District Management Council has outlined steps that school districts can take to manage their funds more effectively.
Teacher Preparation New Teacher-Preparation Standards Focus on Sex Education
Sex-education classes are often taught by health teachers who have little training in the subject or how to teach it, say standards developers.
School & District Management School Budget Problems Have Deep Roots in Philadelphia
Inconsistent state funding, charter school costs, debt payments, and education cuts all play a role in the school system's recurring fiscal crises.
Equity & Diversity Title IX Protects Transgender Youths, Federal Guidance Says
Updated Title IX guidance released last week by the U.S. Department of Education clarifies that the civil rights law's protection extends to all students, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.
Education Tornado Destroys School Set to Open in the Fall
A tornado violently ripped through Arkansas last week, killing at least 14 people and destroying much of Vilonia, a small town about 30 miles north of Little Rock. Damage in Vilonia, also the site of a 2011 tornado, included a newly constructed, $12 million intermediate school set to open in the fall.
Federal Former OMB Official Tapped for Ed. Dept. Post
Robert Gordon, who played key roles in the White House Office of Management and Budget under the Obama administration, including during the development of the education portion of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, has been tapped to serve as the assistant secretary for planning, evaluation, and policy development at the U.S. Department of Education.
Reading & Literacy Digital Reading Poses Learning Challenges for Students
Some academics, educators, and technology vendors are pushing to minimize the distracting bells and whistles that abound in high-tech instructional materials.
Reading & Literacy Research Drives Teacher Training for Digital Reading
A Pennsylvania school district is working to train high school teachers in ways to help students transfer print-based reading strategies to their lessons when they use iPads.
School Choice & Charters Catholic Schools Benefit From Converting to Charters
Roman Catholic schools that converted from private schools to public charter schools experienced a significant increase in student enrollment, finds a recent analysis from the Friedman Foundation, an Indianapolis-based, pro-school-choice group.
School & District Management U.S. Graduation Rate: Same Results, Different Measures
Regardless of how it was counted, the nation's high school graduation rate cracked 80 percent for the first time with the class of 2012.
College & Workforce Readiness NCAA Rejecting Coursework From 24 K12 Inc. Schools
The National Collegiate Athletic Association won't accept coursework completed by student-athletes at two dozen virtual schools operated by K12 Inc., as of 2014-15, at any Division I or Division II institution.
School & District Management School-Attendance Laws Linked To Rises in Educational Equity
If results from previous centuries hold true, forcing students to stay in school longer could be a way to increase educational equality, according to a report.
School Choice & Charters 11 States Require Closure Of Low-Performing Charters
Eleven states have passed laws that require charter authorizers to shut down schools if they do not reach certain benchmarks, according to a policy brief by the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools.