November 5, 2014

Education Week, Vol. 34, Issue 11
School & District Management Obituary Obituary
Thomas M. Menino, the popular mayor of Boston who had authority over the city's schools throughout his 20-year tenure, died Oct. 30 of cancer. He was 71.
Kathleen Kennedy Manzo, November 5, 2014
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Equity & Diversity News in Brief Tribes Get Grants to Assume More Control Over Schools
The Obama administration says a series of small grants it has awarded to Native American tribes will help spur improvements to the network of federally funded schools that serve tens of thousands of American Indian students.
Lesli A. Maxwell, November 5, 2014
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College & Workforce Readiness News in Brief Los Angeles to Review All Seniors' Records
The Los Angeles school district is reviewing every senior's transcript in the wake of computer problems that have messed up class schedules for some or produced faulty transcripts needed for college.
The Associated Press, November 5, 2014
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School Climate & Safety News in Brief Mo. Districts Seek Delay of Grand Jury Announcement
Seven school districts have asked the St. Louis County prosecutor to wait until classes aren't in session to make any announcement about whether a grand jury decided charges were warranted against a police officer in the Ferguson, Mo., shooting case.
The Associated Press, November 5, 2014
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School Climate & Safety News in Brief School Lab Fires Show Lack of Training, Agency Finds
Science teachers need more safety training before running dazzling chemical experiments that can result in dangerous flash fires, according to recommendations issued last week by the U.S. Chemical Safety Board.
The Associated Press, November 5, 2014
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Law & Courts News in Brief New Mexico Court Tosses Confession of Alcohol Use
The New Mexico Supreme Court has thrown out a high school student's admission to his principal that he was drinking alcohol at school. The boy had received no warning of his right to remain silent, and the statement was used against him in a juvenile-delinquency proceeding.
Mark Walsh, November 5, 2014
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School & District Management News in Brief Lengthy Teachers' Strike in Waukegan, Ill., Nears Resolution
After nearly a month, a teachers' strike in the Waukegan, Ill., school district appeared to have come to a close late last week.
Stephen Sawchuk, November 5, 2014
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Law & Courts News in Brief Girl Barred Over Ebola Fears; Father Sues Conn. District
A Connecticut father sued his 3rd grade daughter's district last week, claiming it did not have legal justification to bar her from school because of officials' concerns she may have been exposed to Ebola.
Evie Blad, November 5, 2014
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Education Funding News in Brief New Rules Limit Debt for College Graduates
After years of debate over how to regulate career-training programs, the U.S. Department of Education last week issued "gainful employment" rules that will limit how much debt students can take on if colleges want to receive federal funding.
Caralee J. Adams, November 5, 2014
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Education Funding News in Brief Ed. Dept. Seeks Suggestions on What to Review Next
The U.S. Department of Education wants to know what program should be next for an intensive evaluation.
Sarah D. Sparks, November 5, 2014
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Teaching Profession Report Roundup Education Technology
The New Media Consortium finds similar and evolving European and American views about how teachers should be presenting and delivering content in the digital age, across the 28 member nations of the European Commission, the executive body of the European Union.
Sean Cavanagh, November 5, 2014
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School Climate & Safety Report Roundup Autism
Two different groups of genetic mutations may contribute to autism spectrum disorders for high-IQ boys and low-IQ boys and all girls with autism, finds a new study in the journal Nature.
Sarah D. Sparks, November 5, 2014
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College & Workforce Readiness Report Roundup College and Career Readiness
The education field understands early childhood as a time of critical brain and social development, but educators and researchers should view the ages of 18 to 26—the transition to adulthood—as a critical developmental window in its own right, according to a new report from the National Institute of Medicine and National Research Council.
Sarah D. Sparks, November 5, 2014
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School Climate & Safety Report Roundup Social and Emotional Learning
Character skills that improve performance can mean more to success than academic skills, concludes a new report from the Brookings Institution.
Evie Blad, November 5, 2014
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Teaching Profession Report Roundup Common Standards
Public school teachers are divided on the merits of the Common Core State Standards, with 44 percent having a negative opinion of the shared academic goals and another 40 percent of teachers favoring it, according to a new Gallup poll.
Stephen Sawchuk, November 5, 2014
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Education Funding Report Roundup School Improvement
Not really, according to a research brief on the $3 billion School Improvement Grants program just released by the Institute of Education Sciences, the U.S. Department of Education's statistical arm.
Alyson Klein, November 5, 2014
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School & District Management Report Roundup Study: Most Common-Core Materials Developed by Teachers, Districts
A report released last week by the Center on Education Policy provides one of the first early glimpses of how districts are solving one of the most difficult problems of putting the Common Core State Standards into practice. Overwhelmingly, they're creating their curricula locally.
Catherine Gewertz, November 5, 2014
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Eastman Chemical, center, is one of the primary employers in the rural northeastern tip of Tennessee, but most jobs there require degrees.
Eastman Chemical, center, is one of the primary employers in the rural northeastern tip of Tennessee, but most jobs there require degrees.
Shawn Poynter for Education Week
Equity & Diversity War on Poverty College Programs Still Serving 'Lucky Few'
The college-bridge programs created 50 years ago under President Lyndon B. Johnson's signature program were never designed—or funded—to serve all the students who need them.
Sarah D. Sparks, November 5, 2014
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Education Funding Federal K-12 Policy Evolves as Staff Turns Over
Some Obama administration officials behind key education initiatives have moved on, and those now in place bring their own approaches and perspectives.
Alyson Klein, November 4, 2014
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Northwestern University freshman Halle Lukasiewicz, 18, questions the value of using online tools to predict college admissions. "It's extremely important for students not to get fazed by other people on the Internet telling them they're not going to get in," she says.
Northwestern University freshman Halle Lukasiewicz, 18, questions the value of using online tools to predict college admissions. "It's extremely important for students not to get fazed by other people on the Internet telling them they're not going to get in," she says.
Charles Rex Arbogast/AP
College & Workforce Readiness Digital Tools Predict College Admissions, Link Employers
The popularity of social-media sites and the increasing ability of software to analyze information give members of the class of 2015 more online tools than ever to help chart their next step.
Anne Flaherty, November 4, 2014
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College & Workforce Readiness Ohio Group Wins $1 Million for Spurring College Attainment
An Ohio higher education coalition is the first to win a new prize for metropolitan areas that boost their numbers of college graduates.
Jamaal Abdul-Alim, November 4, 2014
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Standards Tensions Surface as States Queue Up for Early-Ed. Grants
Though most states are seeking some of the $250 million in federal aid for expanded preschool, there's been partisan tension in a handful that didn't apply.
Christina A. Samuels, November 4, 2014
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School & District Management Charter School Authorizers Grapple With Closures
As the charter sector matures, it faces increasing pressure to close schools that fail to perform—a situation that could become more common.
Arianna Prothero, November 4, 2014
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Eric Hirsch, far right, the executive director of EdReports.org, talks with educators who are working with his organization to review texts on how well they align with the common standards. The group aims to post its review online this winter.
Eric Hirsch, far right, the executive director of EdReports.org, talks with educators who are working with his organization to review texts on how well they align with the common standards. The group aims to post its review online this winter.
Cassi Alexandra for Education Week
Curriculum Text-Review Group Shares First Look at Its Process
EdReports.org is training teachers to evaluate how well textbooks align with the common-core standards. The nonprofit group will start publishing Consumer Reports-style reviews early next year.
Liana Loewus, November 4, 2014
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Accountability Opinion Best Practices for Evaluating Teacher Ed. Programs
Accurate data are crucial for determining whether teacher-candidates are prepared for the classroom, write Mary Brabeck and Frank C. Worrell.
Mary Brabeck & Frank C. Worrell, November 4, 2014
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Teaching Opinion Brain Science in the Classroom
Teachers can take cues from brain research to boost student learning, writes Benedict Carey of The New York Times.
Benedict Carey, November 4, 2014
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Education Best of the Blogs Blogs
November 4, 2014
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Teaching Profession Letter to the Editor Declining Respect, Low Pay Explain Teacher-Prep Drop
To the Editor:
In response to the article "Steep Drops Seen in Teacher-Prep Enrollment Numbers," how very sad, distressing, and alarming regarding the future.
November 3, 2014
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College & Workforce Readiness Letter to the Editor Schools Must Ignite and Inspire Students for STEM Engagement
To the Editor:
The United States has long been a global leader in innovation and entrepreneurship, but we are not on track to maintain this historical pre-eminence. The reason is our country's workforce-skills gap.
November 3, 2014
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