February 25, 2015
Education Week, Vol. 34, Issue 22
Special Education Some States Put Parents in Charge of Student Spending
Education savings accounts—which allow parents to use public funds to customize schooling for their children—are the newest frontier in school choice.
Law & Courts Educators' Views Vary in Dispute Over Health Care Law
The U.S. Supreme Court to hear the latest challenge to the Affordable Care Act, involving subsidies to those in states without their own health-care insurance marketplaces.
Standards Common Core Seen Falling Short in High School Math
Even some of the most ardent supporters of the standards say the ones developed for the upper grades have weaknesses and should be revisited.
School & District Management Parents' Incarceration Takes Toll on Children, Studies Say
Researchers are finding that having a parent in prison can be more traumatic to students than a parent's death or divorce, and can create problems for children's education and health.
School Choice & Charters Amid Changing Landscape, Lab Schools Search for New Roles
The "experimental" schools initially housed at universities were envisioned as centers of instructional innovation and teacher training. Many are now private schools.
Data Ed-Tech Vendors Attend 'Boot Camp' for Data-Privacy Advice
More than 40 ed-tech companies gathered in Washington for the first of several expected training sessions to help companies understand their legal obligations for protecting students' data privacy.
Curriculum States Fueling Recall of New Framework for AP History Course
The debate over the new Advanced Placement U.S. History framework is rolling through the states.
School Climate & Safety Vaccination Data Missing for Schools in Wash. State
Washington health officials say that more than 300 schools in the state have failed to report immunization-exemption rates as required by law.
School & District Management Archbishop Urged to Rescind Teacher-Morality Clauses
Eight California lawmakers last week urged the head of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of San Francisco to withdraw the "morality clauses."
Teaching Profession Three U.S. Teachers Are Finalists for $1 Million Prize
Nancie Atwell of Edgecomb, Maine; Naomi Volain of Springfield, Mass.; and Stephen Ritz of New York City join seven other educators from around the world as finalists.
Law & Courts Wis. Court Tosses Out Bid to Undercut Chief's Authority
A portion of a Republican-written law that gives the Wisconsin governor the power to block new education rules is unconstitutional, a state appeals court ruled last week.