February 25, 2015

Education Week, Vol. 34, Issue 22
Law & Courts Supreme Court to Hear Case on Abuse Reporting
The case before the high court asks whether teachers' duty to report suspected child abuse makes them adjuncts of law enforcement when it comes to prosecution.
Mark Walsh, February 24, 2015
9 min read
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.
Arianna Prothero, February 24, 2015
8 min read
Every Student Succeeds Act Teachers' Unions Push Congress on NCLB Rewrite
The National Education Association and the American Federation of Teachers step up lobbying efforts, targeting lawmakers in their districts.
Lauren Camera, February 24, 2015
3 min read
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.
Mark Walsh, February 24, 2015
4 min read
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.
Liana Loewus, February 24, 2015
7 min read
Supporters of Indiana schools chief Glenda Ritz, who has clashed with GOP policymakers, turned out at the statehouse in Indianapolis, amid a controversy this month over testing.
Supporters of Indiana schools chief Glenda Ritz, who has clashed with GOP policymakers, turned out at the statehouse in Indianapolis, amid a controversy this month over testing.
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States Indiana Test Furor Adds to State's K-12 Tension
Officials scramble to cut back the length of time needed for the Indiana's state assessment, amid a continued tussle over education leadership in the state.
Andrew Ujifusa, February 24, 2015
6 min read
Federal NCLB Waiver States Share in New SIG Flexibility
School Improvement Grant rules out this month give more leeway on turnaround strategies to states with waivers, not just to SIG recipients.
Alyson Klein, February 24, 2015
5 min read
Former inmate Bruce Lisker, whose murder conviction was overturned in 2009, speaks to members of the Pain of the Prison System club at Venice High School in Los Angeles. The club provides support for students with family members in or out of prison.
Former inmate Bruce Lisker, whose murder conviction was overturned in 2009, speaks to members of the Pain of the Prison System club at Venice High School in Los Angeles. The club provides support for students with family members in or out of prison.
Emile Wamsteker for Education Week
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.
Sarah D. Sparks, February 24, 2015
7 min read
College & Workforce Readiness Rising Graduation Rates: Trend or Blip?
The latest signs from the U.S. Department of Education point to another year of record-breaking graduation rates, but experts differ on the reasons why.
Holly Kurtz, February 24, 2015
6 min read
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Photo courtesy of Columbia University
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.
Sarah D. Sparks, February 24, 2015
7 min read
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.
Sean Cavanagh, February 24, 2015
6 min read
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iStockphoto/composite illustration: Vanessa Solis
Assessment Commentary 'Annie' Movie Remake Is Accurate, Sadly
The portrayal of a retooled Annie as poor, black, and illiterate is a realistic portrayal, writes Lydia Carlis. ​
Lydia Carlis, February 24, 2015
4 min read
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Teaching Commentary A Coach With the Heart of an English Teacher
UCLA basketball coach John Wooden understood that a one-size-fits-all approach to teaching students does not work, writes David Perrin.
David Perrin, February 24, 2015
6 min read
Education News in Brief Transitions
Gina Burkhardt, the former executive vice president and director of education programs at the American Institutes for Research, is the new president and CEO of Jobs for the Future, a nonprofit organization that works to ensure that all young people have the skills to succeed.
February 24, 2015
1 min read
School & District Management Report Roundup Study Finds More Girls in STEM Classes
More girls are taking high school courses in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, but their science and mathematics test results still lag behind those of boys, according to a new analysis.
Sarah D. Sparks, February 24, 2015
1 min read
Curriculum News in Brief 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.
Liana Loewus, February 24, 2015
1 min read
College & Workforce Readiness Report Roundup High Schools
Lower-income students are much more likely to drop out of school in 9th grade than those of middle- or high-income families, according to an analysis by the National Center for Education Statistics.
Sarah D. Sparks, February 24, 2015
1 min read
Assessment Report Roundup Testing
Embedding performance assessments into curriculum could provide less intrusive accountability measures for schools, according to a report.
Sarah D. Sparks, February 24, 2015
1 min read
Education Funding Report Roundup Merit Pay
A report by the Center for American Progress outlines the differing features of 10 districts that have restructured their entire teacher-compensation systems.
Stephen Sawchuk, February 24, 2015
1 min read
Special Education Report Roundup Special Education
Schools with a large enough special education population to require reporting on that subgroup's performance were more likely than those with smaller special education populations to move students from self-contained to general education classrooms.
Christina A. Samuels, February 24, 2015
1 min read
School Climate & Safety News in Brief 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.
McClatchy-Tribune, February 24, 2015
1 min read
School & District Management Report Roundup Rural Education
Only about half the nation's rural school districts have students enrolled in college-level Advanced Placement courses, and those students have lower AP success rates than their nonrural peers, according to a report.
Jackie Mader, February 24, 2015
1 min read
School & District Management News in Brief 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."
McClatchy-Tribune, February 24, 2015
1 min read
College & Workforce Readiness News in Brief School Errors Jeopardize Graduation Eligibility
A school district north of Houston says the graduation eligibility of nearly 600 students has been jeopardized by a series of errors committed by administrators.
The Associated Press, February 24, 2015
1 min read
Assessment News in Brief School Puts Students on Conference Hot Seat
A school in central Illinois is taking a new approach to the dreaded parent-teacher conference.
The Associated Press, February 24, 2015
1 min read
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott touched on school grading, parental choice, and school funding lawsuits in his speech to lawmakers.
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott touched on school grading, parental choice, and school funding lawsuits in his speech to lawmakers.
Eric Gay/AP
States State of the States State of the States Coverage: Texas
Here is a summary of a recent annual address by a governor.
Corey Mitchell, February 24, 2015
1 min read
Teaching Profession News in Brief 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.
Jordan Moeny, February 24, 2015
1 min read
Law & Courts News in Brief 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.
The Associated Press, February 24, 2015
1 min read