September 17, 2014
Education Week, Vol. 34, Issue 04
Early Childhood States Far From Uniform in Commitment to Kindergarten
While pre-K is a top priority for many policymakers nationwide, kindergarten remains a patchwork of district programs driven by varying state requirements.
Teaching Texas District Tests New R&D Model With Novice Teachers
By systematically implementing, testing, tweaking, and expanding a new support program for novice teachers, Austin educators are aiming to apply research for an immediate impact on the classroom.
Law & Courts Lawsuit Says Teacher Contracts Violate Wisconsin Policy
Madison County, Wis., school officials face allegations that two recent contracts violate the state's controversial law that restricts public employees' bargaining rights.
Early Childhood Kindergarten Entry Age
Children who are among the oldest in their kindergarten class are more likely than younger classmates to take and pass Advanced Placement exams in high school and to earn bachelor's degrees within four years, according to a study by researchers at the College Board.
School Climate & Safety Mo. to Permit Weapons, Ban Monitoring in Schools
The Missouri legislature last week overrode two vetoes by Gov. Jay Nixon of bills related to school safety. The first bill will allow districts to designate teachers or administrators as "school protection officers" authorized to carry concealed firearms in schools.
Law & Courts Citing Curriculum Problems, Phila. Parents Sue State
Pennsylvania's state education department has violated its legal obligation to investigate claims of "massive curriculum deficiencies" in city schools, a group of parents whose children attend Philadelphia schools claimed in a lawsuit filed last week.
Markets Scammers Target Schools With Bogus Math-Workbook Invoices
Thousands of schools have received an invoice for $647.50 for 50 common-core-aligned "Math Practice" workbooks that they didn't order or receive.
School & District Management Boston Mayor Appoints First 'Chief of Education'
Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh has named the city's first-ever "chief of education," a new Cabinet-level position charged with coordinating school improvement efforts across public, charter, and private schools, as well as colleges and universities.
Education Funding Federal Grants Given to Aid School Counseling Services
The U.S. Department of Education has awarded $14.7 million in grants to establish or expand school counseling programs in 40 districts in 20 states.
Education Funding Majority of Americans Favor More Federal Pre-K Funding
Seven in 10 adults in the United States are in favor of using more federal money to ensure that high-quality preschool is available for every child in the country, according to a poll.
School & District Management New Research Panels to Take Pulse of Educators
The RAND Corp. has launched two large-scale longitudinal surveys intended to create a nationally representative pool of teachers and principals for researchers to explore changing perspectives on education policy and practice.