March 18, 2015

Education Week, Vol. 34, Issue 24
Education Legislation Generator: Name the Country's Top Education Law
As Congress works to reauthorize the nation's main K-12 law, it also needs to come up with a new name for No Child Left Behind. In this game, browse some suggestions that probably won't make the final cut.
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Federal N.H. Gets Green Light to Pilot Local Assessments
The new flexibility granted to the state by the U.S. Department of Education, being tried out in a handful of districts, is a departure from the NCLB law.
Alyson Klein, March 17, 2015
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Every Student Succeeds Act Efforts to Overhaul NCLB Law Inch Ahead in Congress
Negotiations on a rewrite of the No Child Left Behind Act continue among key senators, despite a recent setback in the U.S. House of Representatives.
Lauren Camera, March 17, 2015
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Student Well-Being Educators Await Outcome on Health-Care Law
The U.S. Supreme Court is expected to rule by June on a challenge to the Affordable Care Act with potential impact on school districts' employee-benefits policies.
Mark Walsh, March 17, 2015
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Law & Courts Supreme Court Mulls Teachers' Duty in Reporting Abuse
Arguments in an Ohio case revolved around whether the requirement that teachers report child abuse turns them into agents of law enforcement.
Mark Walsh, March 17, 2015
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Data New Principles Aim to Guide Use, Safety of Student Data
More than 30 groups representing school officials and educational data-use proponents have signed on to new principles related to student data.
Benjamin Herold, March 17, 2015
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Executive Skills & Strategy 'Education Innovation Clusters' Aim to Improve Schools
The regional partnerships among school districts, research organizations, private companies, and other groups are emerging around the world to address educational challenges.
Michele Molnar, March 17, 2015
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Education Map: Tracking Education Innovation Partnerships
Digital Promise, an ed-tech advocacy group, is designing a network that will share lessons learned from "education innovation clusters" in the United States and other countries.
March 17, 2015
Bia Menezes-Pinto is the sole librarian serving the 3,000-plus students in the eight schools housed at the John F. Kennedy Educational Complex campus in the Bronx borough of New York. On average, the district now has fewer than one librarian for every 3,400 students.
Bia Menezes-Pinto is the sole librarian serving the 3,000-plus students in the eight schools housed at the John F. Kennedy Educational Complex campus in the Bronx borough of New York. On average, the district now has fewer than one librarian for every 3,400 students.
Jake Naughton for Education Week
School & District Management Number of Libraries Dwindles in N.Y.C. Schools
At a time when school library services in many big cities are feeling squeezed, the Big Apple's declines are steeper than most, advocates say.
Oliver Morrison, March 17, 2015
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Teacher Preparation Teacher Education Group Airs Criticism of New Accreditor
An apparent fracture has opened up between two major players in the increasingly edgy teacher education field, with the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education approving a resolution stating that there is a “crisis of confidence” toward the national accreditor for teacher colleges.
Stephen Sawchuk, March 17, 2015
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Student Well-Being Districts Work With Families to Curb Pre-K Absenteeism
Amid a national push to expand early education, officials in a number of cities work to combat chronic nonattendance among preschoolers, seen as a warning sign of issues in the later grades.
Christina A. Samuels, March 17, 2015
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Parent volunteer Maria Garcia kisses her daughter, Vanessa, after helping students in a kindergarten class at Lexington Elementary School in Pomona, Calif. With the help of Parent Revolution, a parent advocacy group, parents at the school negotiated with the administration to address problems.
Parent volunteer Maria Garcia kisses her daughter, Vanessa, after helping students in a kindergarten class at Lexington Elementary School in Pomona, Calif. With the help of Parent Revolution, a parent advocacy group, parents at the school negotiated with the administration to address problems.
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Families & the Community Parents Used 'Trigger' Law to Leverage School Changes
At one California school, the threat of parental options under the law allowed them to negotiate a formal agreement with school officials on key issues.
Karla Scoon Reid, March 17, 2015
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Equity & Diversity Author Argues Poor Kids Should Be 'Our Kids'
In a new book, Robert Putnam, the author of Bowling Alone, contends that a growing share of low-income children are growing up without the community supports that bolstered earlier generations.
Sarah D. Sparks, March 17, 2015
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Helping Hand: Parent volunteer Liliana Martinez works with 1st grader Isadora Canares on reading exercises at Lexington Elementary School in Pomona, Calif. Parents used a state law as leverage to negotiate major changes at the school.
Helping Hand: Parent volunteer Liliana Martinez works with 1st grader Isadora Canares on reading exercises at Lexington Elementary School in Pomona, Calif. Parents used a state law as leverage to negotiate major changes at the school.
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Families & the Community After Divisive Start, Use of 'Parent Trigger' Law Matures
Advocates aim to broaden the influence of California's contentious statute, which gives parents a tool to push major changes at low-performing schools.
Karla Scoon Reid, March 17, 2015
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Education Funding Districts Ramp Up Efforts to Link Spending, Academic Priorities
A still-nascent effort is under way to shift school district budgeting to a multi-year, collaborative process that has finance and academic officials working in tandem.
Denisa R. Superville, March 17, 2015
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Every Student Succeeds Act Rebranding No Child Left Behind Act a Tough Marketing Call
Any rewrite of the outdated No Child Left Behind Act will need a new name that captures both its policy essence and the public's attention.
Ross Brenneman, March 17, 2015
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School & District Management Commentary Getting Millennials Engaged in Civic Life
Hands-on, technology-enhanced learning can help students become more interested and involved in the political process, writes Jean MacCormack.
Jean MacCormack, March 17, 2015
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Standards Commentary Competency-Based Education Is Working
New Hampshire schools demonstrate how competency-based education offers a positive, skills-based approach to standards learning, writes Ronald A. Wolk.
Ronald A. Wolk, March 17, 2015
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Atlanta Journal-Constitution-File
School & District Management Obituary Obituaries
Beverly Hall, the former Atlanta superintendent who was nationally lauded for boosting the district’s academic performance—an illusion that was later shattered with the discovery that some of those gains were the results of widespread cheating—has died. She was 68.
March 17, 2015
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Education Best of the Blogs Blogs
March 17, 2015
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Tommy Chang
Tommy Chang
Education News in Brief Transitions
Tommy Chang, an instructional superintendent in the Los Angeles district, has been tapped as the superintendent of the Boston schools, capping off a nearly two-year search for a new schools chief. He assumes his new post July 1. In Los Angeles, Mr. Chang runs the Intensive Support and Innovation Center, where he ove...
March 17, 2015
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Education Correction Correction
An article on school choice consultants in the Feb. 4, 2015, issue of Education Week misidentified Maia Cucchiara. She is a sociologist.
March 17, 2015
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States State of the States State of the States Coverage: Pennsylvania
Here is a summary of a recent annual address by a governor.
Benjamin Herold, March 17, 2015
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Equity & Diversity News in Brief High Schools Cancel Games, Citing 'Redskins' Mascot
Two high schools in the Buffalo, N.Y., area have canceled upcoming lacrosse games because their opponents use the "Redskins" nickname.
Bryan Toporek, March 17, 2015
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School Climate & Safety News in Brief School Uniforms Could Earn Fla. Districts More Money
Florida districts could earn money if they make elementary and middle school students wear uniforms.
The Associated Press, March 17, 2015
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Law & Courts News in Brief Alabama Court Upholds School Choice Law
The Alabama Supreme Court has upheld a law that gives tax credits to some families for private school.
The Associated Press, March 17, 2015
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Equity & Diversity News in Brief Desegregation-Case Accord Reached in Connecticut
A new settlement in the long-running school desegregation case in Hartford, Conn., will result in 1,000 more magnet school seats for the city's students, new and renovated schools, and the relocation of three existing magnet schools.
Denisa R. Superville, March 17, 2015
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School Climate & Safety News in Brief Parents' Groups Oppose Sandy Hook Panel Aims
Parents'-rights organizations across Connecticut, including homeschoolers, contend they would be treated unfairly by some public-policy recommendations prompted by the 2012 shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School.
The Associated Press, March 17, 2015
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