June 4, 2014

Education Week, Vol. 33, Issue 33
IT Management Student-Login Chaos Fueling Software Password Upgrades
Schools are exploring "single sign-on" technologies that allow both teachers and students to access multiple software programs with just one set of login information.
Benjamin Herold, June 3, 2014
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Fred Bramante, a former chairman of the New Hampshire board of education, is trying to help institutionalize real-world learning at schools across the state.
Fred Bramante, a former chairman of the New Hampshire board of education, is trying to help institutionalize real-world learning at schools across the state.
Andrea Morales for Education Week
Student Well-Being Taking Competency-Based Learning From Policy to Reality
Fred Bramante, an entrepreneur and former chairman of the New Hampshire board of education, is trying to help institutionalize real-world learning at schools across the Granite State.
Samantha Stainburn, June 3, 2014
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Devon Webster, 15, foreground, and other Moore Middle School students take research notes at the Georgia Aquarium. The school has benefited under the Innovation Fund set up by the state with federal Race to the Top money that is intended to help scale up promising practices at the district level.
Devon Webster, 15, foreground, and other Moore Middle School students take research notes at the Georgia Aquarium. The school has benefited under the Innovation Fund set up by the state with federal Race to the Top money that is intended to help scale up promising practices at the district level.
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Education Funding Innovation Fund a Standout in Ga.'s Race to Top
The state is providing grants to help schools try out new approaches to college readiness and STEM instruction, and to broaden the pipeline for high-quality educators.
Alyson Klein, June 3, 2014
5 min read
Moore Middle School students Yesli Betancourt, left, and Tekira Barkley share a moment at the Georgia Aquarium’s Ocean Voyager exhibit. The school in Lawrenceville, Ga., is one of the schools using money through Georgia’s Innovation Fund, part of the state’s $400 million Race to the Top federal grant.
Moore Middle School students Yesli Betancourt, left, and Tekira Barkley share a moment at the Georgia Aquarium’s Ocean Voyager exhibit. The school in Lawrenceville, Ga., is one of the schools using money through Georgia’s Innovation Fund, part of the state’s $400 million Race to the Top federal grant.
Joeff Davis for Education Week
Education Funding Georgia Battles to Beat Race to Top Head Winds
Nearly four years after winning its Race to the Top grant, Georgia still has a rocky climb to the education-redesign summit outlined in the state's application for the federal grant program.
Alyson Klein, June 3, 2014
9 min read
School & District Management NEA Aims to Revive Organizing as Membership Drops
The national teachers' union is imploring local affiliates to better engage current and potential members, and has launched a Center for Organizing to provide tools and training.
Stephen Sawchuk, June 3, 2014
9 min read
Mayfield High School Junior Katie McIntosh, 17, signs up for dual-enrollment courses Mayfield, Kent. on May 23. Classes are taken for high school and college credit through West Kentucky Community & Technical College.
Mayfield High School Junior Katie McIntosh, 17, signs up for dual-enrollment courses Mayfield, Kent. on May 23. Classes are taken for high school and college credit through West Kentucky Community & Technical College.
Joe Buglewicz for Education Week
School & District Management Costs, Quality on Radar as Dual Enrollment Rises
With the programs surging in popularity, policymakers and advocates are wrestling with how to pay the costs and promote broader access to college for disadvantaged youths.
Caralee J. Adams, June 3, 2014
8 min read
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School Climate & Safety Commentary How Can Teachers Foster Curiosity?
Schools must be free to spark curiosity in students too distracted by other issues to come by it naturally, Erik Shonstrom says.
Erik Shonstrom, June 3, 2014
5 min read
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Early Childhood Commentary A Black Father's Search for a Diverse Preschool
H. Richard Milner's search for a high-quality, diverse preschool for his daughters revealed early-education inequities.
H. Richard Milner IV, June 3, 2014
6 min read
School & District Management Letter to the Editor Student Milestones Should Be About Discovery, Not Tests
To the Editor:
I found Marc Prensky's Commentary "The Goal of Education Is Becoming," very insightful.
June 3, 2014
1 min read
Special Education Letter to the Editor All Students Deserve Appropriate Challenges
To the Editor:
The author of the letter to the editor "'Gifted' Label Is Crucial to Ensure Access to Much-Needed Services," which critiqued our Commentary failed to respond to our main point—that the positives of gifted education can be accomplished even more effectively without first "identifying" a class of people known as "gifted" students.
June 3, 2014
1 min read
School Climate & Safety Letter to the Editor Education 'Product' and 'Process' Are Linked, Yet Separate
To the Editor:
Often concepts come as complements to each other, where the word is defined as "something that completes or makes perfect." The classic example are the concepts "being" and "becoming." The educational philosopher Maxine Greene once told me: "I am what I not yet am," and I think this is as good an explanation of complements as we could wish for.
June 3, 2014
1 min read
Assessment Letter to the Editor Implementing Common Core: Allow 'Time to Do It Right'
To the Editor:
Despite the negative coverage that the Common Core State Standards regularly receive, believe it or not, there are stories of promising practice related to them.
June 3, 2014
1 min read
Federal Letter to the Editor New Hampshire State Schools Chief: Federally Funded Research Crucial
To the Editor:
I'm writing in response to the online Commentary " Making the Most of Federal Ed. Research," which questioned the utility of federally funded research in the day-to-day work of educators.
June 3, 2014
1 min read
Assessment Report Roundup Classroom Engagement
Kindergartners learn more math in classrooms with higher average levels of student engagement, concludes a study in the current issue of the American Journal of Education.
Holly Kurtz, June 3, 2014
1 min read
Education Funding News in Brief Maryland Districts Dominate Per-Student Expenditures
Among the 100 largest public school systems, Maryland boasts more districts than any other state that rank among those with the highest per-pupil-spending rates in fiscal 2012, according to new school finance data.
Lesli A. Maxwell, June 3, 2014
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Assessment News in Brief Both Sides Say Tenure Law Working in New Jersey
A majority of charges against tenured teachers filed by school boards in New Jersey since a new law took effect have been upheld by state arbitrators assigned to hear them.
The Associated Press, June 3, 2014
1 min read
Accountability News in Brief Dallas to Link Teacher Pay to Educators' Evaluations
Dallas school board members have approved a plan that will tie all teachers' pay raises to their classroom-evaluation results.
Stephen Sawchuk, June 3, 2014
1 min read
Education Funding News in Brief N.C. Plan Would Institute Pay-for-Tenure Swap
A budget plan unveiled by North Carolina lawmakers would offer teachers an average pay raise of 11 percent in exchange for voluntarily giving up tenure.
Stephen Sawchuk, June 3, 2014
1 min read
Education Funding News in Brief Facebook Founder and Wife Give $120M to Calif. Schools
Facebook Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan, are donating $120 million to San Francisco area public school systems.
The Associated Press, June 3, 2014
1 min read
Law & Courts News in Brief GAO Asked to Evaluate School Integration Policies
Three federal lawmakers have asked a congressional watchdog agency to examine school district policies and their impact on racial and socioeconomic integration.
Christina A. Samuels, June 3, 2014
1 min read
Law & Courts News in Brief N.M. Court Orders Halt to Contract for Common-Core Testing
A judge in New Mexico has ordered state officials to review a protest filed by a research and testing organization that alleges an unfair and biased bidding process before going forward with a potentially lucrative, multistate contract for online common-core-testing work.
Sean Cavanagh, June 3, 2014
1 min read
Executive Skills & Strategy News in Brief Geographic Systems' Player Donates Software to Schools
The dominant player in the world of geographic information systems is making free accounts to its advanced mapping software available to an estimated 100,000 U.S. schools.
Benjamin Herold, June 3, 2014
1 min read
School Climate & Safety News in Brief Childhood Obesity Rises Nearly 50 Percent Globally
From 1980 to 2013, childhood obesity rose by 47.1 percent across the globe, says a study published online last week in the journal The Lancet.
Bryan Toporek, June 3, 2014
1 min read
School Climate & Safety News in Brief Storm Shelters Rejected for Oklahoma Schools
A year after seven children were killed when a tornado hit Plaza Towers Elementary School in Moore, the Oklahoma Senate ended its session with a rejection of a proposal for school storm shelters.
McClatchy-Tribune, June 3, 2014
1 min read
Education Best of the Blogs Blogs
June 3, 2014
10 min read
Assessment Report Roundup Study: Teachers Getting More Scrutiny
Increasingly, states are factoring teacher performance into decisions about whether to grant tenure and which teachers to lay off, according to a recent comprehensive analysis of state policy by the Education Commission of the States.
Stephen Sawchuk, June 3, 2014
1 min read
Education Funding Report Roundup Digital Learning
An estimated $3.2 billion in new funds are needed to realize President Barack Obama's goal of providing all students with high-speed wireless Internet connections inside their schools and libraries by 2018, concludes a new analysis.
Benjamin Herold, June 3, 2014
1 min read
Early Childhood Report Roundup Schooling Trends
Nearly two-thirds of American 3- to 5-year-olds were enrolled in preschool in 2012, and 60 percent of them were in full-day programs, according to an annual report that tracks developments and trends in the U.S. education system.
June 3, 2014
1 min read
Professional Development Report Roundup Pre-K Teachers
Depression among child-care providers is associated with problems such as aggression and sadness in the young children they care for, in part because these adults create a poor quality child-care environment, according to a report.
Christina A. Samuels, June 3, 2014
1 min read