March 25, 2015

Education Week, Vol. 34, Issue 25
Myles Taylor, left, ties a tie for fellow student Maliak Peters at a career fair organized by Academies, Inc., which was held at Philadelphia’s convention center. The teenagers were preparing for a “Dress for Success Relay.”
Myles Taylor, left, ties a tie for fellow student Maliak Peters at a career fair organized by Academies, Inc., which was held at Philadelphia’s convention center. The teenagers were preparing for a “Dress for Success Relay.”
Photo by Charles Mostoller for Education Week
College & Workforce Readiness Outside Groups Build Bridges Between School, Business
Third-party entities are showing educators and businesses how to work together to shape new, more relevant career and technical education programs.
March 25, 2015
3 min read
Philadelphia high school student Nashali Caquias listens to feedback during a mock job interview at a career fair organized by Academies, Inc., a Philadelphia-based nonprofit that connects businesses and public schools and helps implement career academies.
Philadelphia high school student Nashali Caquias listens to feedback during a mock job interview at a career fair organized by Academies, Inc., a Philadelphia-based nonprofit that connects businesses and public schools and helps implement career academies.
Photo by Charles Mostoller for Education Week
College & Workforce Readiness Employers Are Integral to Career-Tech Programs
New CTE programs pose a new challenge for educators: how to form deeper, longer partnerships with businesses.
March 25, 2015
8 min read
Education At $43K Private School, Tech Opens Doors to Different World
Founded in 1920, Beaver Country Day School, which enrolls 468 students in grades 6-12, offers what is arguably the best approach for using K-12 educational technology that money can buy.
Benjamin Herold, March 24, 2015
Students at Beaver Country Day School in the affluent Boston suburb of Chestnut Hill, shown here in the school’s lobby, do not take standardized tests.
Students at Beaver Country Day School in the affluent Boston suburb of Chestnut Hill, shown here in the school’s lobby, do not take standardized tests.
Photo by Erik Jacobs for Education Week
School Choice & Charters Elite Private Schools Use Wide Range of Ed-Tech Strategies
The approaches diverge from those taken by most of their public school counterparts, but experts suggest the tactics and strategies could be replicated.
Benjamin Herold, March 24, 2015
7 min read
Paul E. Peterson, the editor-in-chief, has faced criticism over the cover of the journal’s spring issue.
Paul E. Peterson, the editor-in-chief, has faced criticism over the cover of the journal’s spring issue.
Martha Stewart
Markets Education Next Offers Policy Views, With an Edge
The crisply produced education quarterly straddles the worlds of newsstand magazines and academic journals—and sometimes sparks controversy along the way.
Mark Walsh, March 24, 2015
9 min read
Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey, seated, hands over a pen to state Rep. Steve Montenegro, a fellow Republican, after signing a bill requiring students to pass a civics test to graduate from high school.
Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey, seated, hands over a pen to state Rep. Steve Montenegro, a fellow Republican, after signing a bill requiring students to pass a civics test to graduate from high school.
Ross D. Franklin/AP-File
Assessment U.S. Citizenship Test Gains Traction as Diploma Criterion
Arizona and North Dakota require high school students to correctly answer portions of the test to graduate, and other states are weighing such a mandate.
Andrew Ujifusa, March 24, 2015
8 min read
Special Education Overhaul Urged to Aid Special Education in California
A task force report two years in the making recommends significant changes to the state's education system to improve achievement for students with disabilities.
Christina A. Samuels, March 24, 2015
6 min read
A protester outside the New York state Capitol in Albany marches this month with supporters of public education. Hundreds of public school students and parents rallied at the Capitol to urge lawmakers to reject Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s education reforms.
A protester outside the New York state Capitol in Albany marches this month with supporters of public education. Hundreds of public school students and parents rallied at the Capitol to urge lawmakers to reject Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s education reforms.
Mike Groll/AP
Education Funding Gov. Cuomo's Budget Riles N.Y. Unions, Protesters
The spending plan would place increased weight on standardized test scores in teachers' evaluations and make it harder for teachers to earn tenure.
Stephen Sawchuk, March 24, 2015
6 min read
School & District Management States Have Role to Play in Fostering Student Engagement, Report Says
Enacting policies that support and encourage district and school-level student-engagement efforts should be a priority, says the National Association of State Boards of Education.
Evie Blad, March 24, 2015
4 min read
School Choice & Charters Indiana's Private-School-Voucher Program Expands Rapidly
Roughly half of the state's 1.1 million schoolchildren are eligible for vouchers, including students who have never attended public schools.
Arianna Prothero, March 24, 2015
6 min read
U.S. Department of Education Teaching Ambassador Fellow Emily Davis, center, offers instructions to a group at the Teach to Lead summit in Boston.
U.S. Department of Education Teaching Ambassador Fellow Emily Davis, center, offers instructions to a group at the Teach to Lead summit in Boston.
Photo by Charlie Mahoney for Education Week
Teacher Preparation Teacher Leadership Movement Gets Boost From Ed. Dept.
U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan has pledged continued support for the Department of Education’s Teach to Lead initiative.
Ross Brenneman, March 24, 2015
5 min read
Brian Whiston
Brian Whiston
Education News in Brief Transition
Brian Whiston, the schools superintendent of Michigan's Dearborn district, has been selected as the state's next chief school officer.
March 24, 2015
1 min read
Education Correction Corrections
An article on school finance in the March 18, 2015, issue of Education Week misspelled the name of the Wylie Independent School District.
March 24, 2015
1 min read
Education Best of the Blogs Blogs
March 24, 2015
7 min read
Education Funding Report Roundup After-School Programs
A new report suggests that nonprofit organizations can learn the money-management skills they need to keep after-school programs afloat.
Kathryn Baron, March 24, 2015
1 min read
Families & the Community Report Roundup Early Childhood
It's well established that a mother's postpartum depression can have lasting effects on her children's academic and social growth, and a new study suggests a decline in a father's mental health can cause similar problems for his children.
Sarah D. Sparks, March 24, 2015
1 min read
Equity & Diversity Report Roundup Graduation Gaps Are Narrowing—But Persistent
Low-income students, racial and ethnic minorities, and English-language learners are slowly catching up with their white and Asian-American peers.
Alyson Klein, March 24, 2015
1 min read
Ed-Tech Policy Report Roundup Online Testing
Fewer than 30 percent of K-12 school technology leaders believe their district is ready for online assessments, according to an annual survey by the Consortium for School Networking.
Benjamin Herold, March 24, 2015
1 min read
Special Education Report Roundup Special Education
A little more than 2 percent of the nation's school districts—347 in all—were flagged by their states for overidentifying minorities for special education.
Christina A. Samuels, March 24, 2015
1 min read
School & District Management Report Roundup Charter Schools
Nationally, urban charter schools are significantly outperforming their district counterparts in both reading and mathematics, according to a new study from the Center for Research on Education Outcomes at Stanford University, or CREDO.
Arianna Prothero, March 24, 2015
1 min read
Assessment News in Brief Pearson, PARCC Knocked for Monitoring Students' Social Media
An attempt to monitor students' social-media use to prevent the sharing of test information—initially flagged by a school superintendent in New Jersey—has generated a blast of criticism toward the PARCC assessment and at Pearson, the contractor hired to administer it.
Sean Cavanagh, March 24, 2015
1 min read
Assessment News in Brief Robot Teaches Handwriting Via Student Role Reversal
A robot from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne may be able to help students improve their cursive and boost their self-esteem—by letting them teach it how to write.
Jordan Moeny, March 24, 2015
1 min read
Families & the Community News in Brief Parents Call for Takeover of Buffalo District
Some Buffalo public school parents, including the head of the New York district's parent-advisory group, are calling for a takeover of the district by a special master or receiver appointed by the federal courts or the U.S. Department of Education's office for civil rights.
McClatchy-Tribune, March 24, 2015
1 min read
School Climate & Safety News in Brief Sandy Hook Families Sue Estate of Gunman's Mother
Families of nine people killed in the Newtown, Conn., elementary school shooting have filed lawsuits against the estate of the gunman's mother.
The Associated Press, March 24, 2015
1 min read
Education Funding News in Brief Teacher of the Year Program In Jeopardy in Kansas
Kansas lawmakers are considering a proposal to replace the state teacher-of-the-year program with a cash-awards system.
The Associated Press, March 24, 2015
1 min read
Education Funding News in Brief California Schools 'Win' $1 Million Lottery
The winner of the Powerball lottery in California just happens to be the state's public schools.
McClatchy-Tribune, March 24, 2015
1 min read
Teaching Profession News in Brief U.S. Educator Awarded Global Teacher Prize
A language arts teacher from Maine last week won the Global Teacher Prize that comes with a $1 million award.
Jordan Moeny, March 24, 2015
1 min read
School & District Management News in Brief Requirements Eased in Ark. for State Schools Chief
Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson plans to sign a bill to ease the requirements for state education commissioner so that a former state senator can take the job.
The Associated Press, March 24, 2015
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