May 6, 2015

Education Week, Vol. 34, Issue 29
Teaching Profession Teach For America by the Numbers
Charts outline year-by-year data on TFA's budget, applicants, corps size, and corps members' two-year completion rates.
January 15, 2016
Education Photos: A Turnaround in the Making
Four years after state officials took the unprecedented step of seizing control of the 14,000-student district, the Lawrence, Mass., school district has combined civic teamwork, rigorous academics, and a holistic education experience to make steady gains.
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Komal Bhasin, left, the principal of UP Academy Leonard Middle School in Lawrence, Mass., rallies with teachers before students arrive.
Komal Bhasin, left, the principal of UP Academy Leonard Middle School in Lawrence, Mass., rallies with teachers before students arrive.
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College & Workforce Readiness State Takeover Gives Mass. District a Fresh Start
The schools in Lawrence have made steady progress in raising student achievement and graduation rates since state education officials stepped in to turn around the struggling district.
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Lawrence, Mass.
Lawrence, Mass.
Erik Jacobs for Education Week
College & Workforce Readiness Slashing Dropout Rate Key to Turnaround in Mass. District
A campaign in Lawrence, Mass., to convince students not to give up on diplomas includes intensive supports and customized pathways to graduation.
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Deborah S. Delisle
Deborah S. Delisle
Education News in Brief Transitions
Deborah S. Delisle, the assistant secretary for elementary and secondary education, will leave her post at the U.S. Department of Education as of July 1 to take over as the executive director and CEO of ASCD, a 150,000-member international education organization that provides professional development, advocates policy shifts, and publishes books and other resources for educators and administrators.
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Education Best of the Blogs Blogs
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Education Letter to the Editor Education Dept. 'Disinformation' Aims to Quell Opt-Out Movement
To the Editor:
There is no reasonable basis in federal law for recent U.S. Department of Education threats to punish states, districts, or schools if significant numbers of parents opt their children out of standardized tests ("'Opt-Out' Push Sparks Queries for Guidance," April 1, 2015).
May 5, 2015
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Federal Letter to the Editor Reader Observes Ironies in Nancie Atwell's Award
To the Editor:
In her writing, Nancie Atwell begins from the belief that a classroom teacher is a professional, not a technician or an assembly-line worker. So her comments about the current state of teaching are no doubt sincere and not at all surprising ("Honored Educator Decries Current Climate for Teaching," April 1, 2015).
May 5, 2015
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At an anti-racism demonstration Feb. 10 at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center in Rapid City, S.D., protestors listen to Native American speakers. Students from American Horse School on the Pine Ridge Reservation were subjected to racial slurs and sprayed with beer at a minor-league hockey game at the center in January.
At an anti-racism demonstration Feb. 10 at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center in Rapid City, S.D., protestors listen to Native American speakers. Students from American Horse School on the Pine Ridge Reservation were subjected to racial slurs and sprayed with beer at a minor-league hockey game at the center in January.
Josh Morgan/Rapid City Journal/AP-File
School Climate & Safety Commentary Racism: An Open Wound for Native Students
An academic reward turned into a painful experience earlier this year for a group of American Indian students, Robert Cook writes.
Robert Cook, May 5, 2015
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Teaching Commentary Let’s Drop the Education Buzzwords
It’s easy for the K-12 profession to get caught up in jargon that sounds important but says little, writes Levi Folly.
Levi Folly, May 5, 2015
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Curriculum Research Project Aims to Build Better Math Texts
With a five-year, $10 million federal grant, cognitive scientists are studying ways to remake a popular middle school math series to enhance students' learning.
Sarah D. Sparks, May 5, 2015
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A student uses a simulation game called MEteor at a science center in Orlando, Fla. The game uses the principles of “embodied cognition” to teach planetary physics.
A student uses a simulation game called MEteor at a science center in Orlando, Fla. The game uses the principles of “embodied cognition” to teach planetary physics.
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School & District Management Frontiers of Digital Learning Probed by Researchers
They are examining how emerging technologies facilitate new types of hands-on learning, and how technology can provide a window into students’ thinking.
Benjamin Herold, May 5, 2015
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Law & Courts Same-Sex Marriage Issue Gets Full Airing at High Court
The U.S. Supreme Court hears arguments over whether states must license or recognize same-sex marriages, a case with potential ramifications for parental rights in a school context.
Mark Walsh, May 5, 2015
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Standards Districts Out Ahead of States in Adopting Science Standards
While statewide adoptions of the Next Generation Science Standards are going slowly, some districts are moving fast to bring the new standards to classrooms.
Liana Loewus, May 5, 2015
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School Climate & Safety News in Brief Teacher Files Lawsuit Over Active-Shooter Drill
A former grade school teacher in Oregon has sued a school safety officer and others responsible for a surprise "active shooter" drill.
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School Climate & Safety News in Brief N.Y.C. District Underreported School Violence, Audit Finds
New York City failed to report hundreds of violent public school incidents to the state as required by law, says the state comptroller.
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Education Funding News in Brief Florida Considers Shifting Building Funds to Charters
The majority-Republican House has approved a bill that calls for districts to divert some of the local property-tax money they can raise for construction and maintenance costs to charter schools.
McClatchy-Tribune, May 5, 2015
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Assessment News in Brief Miami-Dade Cuts Nearly All End-of-Course Exams
The biggest district in Florida has decided to drop all but 10 of the 300 end-of-course exams that used to be a state requirement.
Catherine Gewertz, May 5, 2015
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Education Funding News in Brief Washington State Holds Special Session on Funding
The Washington state legislature began a special session that is expected to emphasize how to alter and increase funding for public schools.
Andrew Ujifusa, May 5, 2015
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Education Funding News in Brief Training Program Offered to Local School Foundations
A new program will offer the imprimatur of certification for leaders of local foundations created to help public and private P-12 schools.
Sean Cavanagh, May 5, 2015
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Law & Courts News in Brief Three Ex-Atlanta Educators Get Sentences Reduced
A judge last week sharply reduced the sentences for three former Atlanta educators who received the harshest prison terms in the city's test-cheating trial.
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Education Funding News in Brief Groups Pledge Millions to Expand AP, IB Access
Education, nonprofit, and business leaders are giving $100 million to identify and enroll 100,000 low-income students and students of color in AP and IB classes.
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School & District Management News in Brief Illinois Board Member Quits, Citing Schools Chief's Hire
A key member of the Illinois state board of education has resigned over concerns about the way new state Superintendent Tony Smith was hired.
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Assessment News in Brief Nation's 8th Graders Flatline on NAEP in Social Studies Subjects
The nation's 8th graders have made no improvement in their knowledge of U.S. history, geography, or civics since 2010, according to results from the National Assessment of Educational Progress released last week.
Jessica Brown, May 5, 2015
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School & District Management News in Brief Little Rock Chief Resigns Amid Plagiarism Queries
The head of Arkansas' largest school district has resigned following plagiarism questions involving his 2009 doctoral dissertation.
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Education Funding News in Brief Nonprofit Starts Campaign to Push Education as Priority
Common Sense Media launched a $20 million project aimed at prioritizing education issues through a range of legislative and political efforts.
Audrey Armitage, May 5, 2015
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Classroom Technology News in Brief White House Announces Library, Digital Initiative
A White House initiative would provide more than $250 million worth of free e-book content to students from low-income families.
Audrey Armitage, May 5, 2015
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College & Workforce Readiness Report Roundup Survey: Teacher Pipeline Still Shrinking
A report from ACT Inc. shows that young people's interest in teaching continues to shrink.
Ross Brenneman, May 5, 2015
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