June 3, 2015

Education Week, Vol. 34, Issue 32
College & Workforce Readiness Report Roundup Study: 'Permanent Records' Are Real
Colleges make “widespread” use of student disciplinary records in their admissions processes, according to a report set for release this week from a national advocacy group.
Jamaal Abdul-Alim, June 4, 2015
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Education Correction Correction
An article and a map on states’ 3rd grade promotion requirements in the May 13, 2015, Education Week special report “Building Literacy Skills: The State of Reading Instruction in Grades K-3” included outdated information on Washington state. As of April 29, school districts no longer are required to retain 3rd graders who fail that state’s reading exam.
June 4, 2015
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Recruitment & Retention Teacher-Retention Data for Charters Still Murky
For all the anecdotal claims about teacher turnover in charter schools, the available data on the topic are remarkably muddled.
Stephen Sawchuk, June 2, 2015
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Recruitment & Retention Charters Look to Change Perceptions on Teacher Turnover
Despite contested data on the phenomenon, some charter school leaders acknowledge teacher turnover as a liability for the movement.
Stephen Sawchuk, June 2, 2015
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School Climate & Safety Student Insights Guiding Districts on Policy and Practice
Asking students for their input on how to improve education increases engagement and contributes to a healthier school climate, district leaders and researchers say.
Evie Blad, June 2, 2015
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Standards Common-Core Algebra Seen as Tougher
Some say the changes could complicate efforts around the country to put 8th graders in Algebra 1—a still-debated trend that's grown over the past two decades.
Liana Loewus, June 2, 2015
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Eight-year-old Evan Lin and other children rehearse a dance routine at an after-school program run by the Chinese-American Planning Council at P.S. 20 in New York. The program is among a growing number of after-school providers that work closely with schools to further students’ academic success.
Eight-year-old Evan Lin and other children rehearse a dance routine at an after-school program run by the Chinese-American Planning Council at P.S. 20 in New York. The program is among a growing number of after-school providers that work closely with schools to further students’ academic success.
Mark Abramson for Education Week
Education Funding As School Day Grows, Ties Deepen Between Schools, Providers
Expanded-learning initiatives are pushing educators and outside groups to collaborate in new, more integrated ways.
Kathryn Baron, June 2, 2015
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College & Workforce Readiness New Standards Ease Political Pushback in South Carolina
The state's home-grown replacement for the common core has earned support from a broad spectrum of K-12 and higher education leaders, state officials say.
Andrew Ujifusa, June 2, 2015
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Special Education California Seeks Waiver on Use of Title I Tutoring Aid
The state is looking for the federal green light to use Title I funding it now spends on tutoring services to extend learning time.
Alyson Klein, June 2, 2015
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Teacher Preparation Commentary Can Teacher-Educators Learn From Medical-School Reform?
To improve teacher preparation, college of education deans must reach a consensus, as medical educators did in 1910, writes Benjamin Riley.
Benjamin Riley, June 2, 2015
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School Climate & Safety Commentary To Reduce Family Violence, Schools Have a Role
A supportive school environment cultivates healthy relationships by bringing family violence to light, writes Francesca Sternfeld.
Francesca Sternfeld, June 2, 2015
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College & Workforce Readiness Commentary How Houston Is Re-Imagining College Success
Superintendent Terry B. Grier details how his district's high school program promotes college access and persistence for low-income students.
Terry B. Grier, June 2, 2015
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Special Education Letter to the Editor Special-Needs Students and Public-Private Partnerships
To the Editor:
Public education today finds itself burdened beyond belief. With so many roles to play beyond academics, public schools are finding it almost impossible to perform all of them equally well and without assistance.
June 2, 2015
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Classroom Technology The E-Rate Overhaul in 4 Easy Charts
An overhaul of the federal E-rate program will boost funding for high-speed broadband and Wi-Fi in schools and libraries—and shift money away from other services, as shown in FCC data, broken down by Education Week.
Benjamin Herold, June 2, 2015
Grant Wiggins
Grant Wiggins
Education Obituary Obituary
Grant Wiggins, a nationally prominent educator and author who helped usher in a shift in pedagogy, died May 26 of a heart condition. He was 64.
Ross Brenneman, June 2, 2015
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MaryEllen Elia
MaryEllen Elia
Education News in Brief Transitions
MaryEllen Elia, a former superintendent of the Hillsborough County school system in Tampa, Fla., has been named the commissioner of public schools in New York state.
June 2, 2015
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Brihanna Thompson, 22, fills orders at Mark’s Feed Store, a restaurant in Louisville, Ky. Ms. Thompson, now in culinary school, is a graduate of a city program that places youths in summer jobs, an experience she credits with putting her on a career path.
Brihanna Thompson, 22, fills orders at Mark’s Feed Store, a restaurant in Louisville, Ky. Ms. Thompson, now in culinary school, is a graduate of a city program that places youths in summer jobs, an experience she credits with putting her on a career path.
Philip Scott Andrews for Education Week
College & Workforce Readiness Demand for Summer Jobs Outstrips Opportunities
The seasonal job market for teenagers is showing signs of improving, but inner-city youths still face slim employment opportunities.
Denisa R. Superville, June 2, 2015
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Assessment 'Nation's Report Card' to Gather Data on Grit, Mindset
Starting in 2017, students who take the national assessment will be asked to answer background questions on the noncognitive factors that affect their social and academic success.
Sarah D. Sparks, June 2, 2015
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School Climate & Safety Report Roundup Early Years
Preschool-age children at child-care centers need far more opportunities for physical activity, suggests a study.
Bryan Toporek, June 2, 2015
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Student Well-Being Report Roundup Child Well-Being
While rates of suicide dropped for white children over the last two decades, they climbed significantly for black children, a new study has found.
Evie Blad, June 2, 2015
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Assessment Report Roundup Student Cellphones
All those teachers who collect mobile phones at the beginning of class may be onto something: A new study of English secondary students suggests student test scores rose in middle school classes that banned phones.
Sarah D. Sparks, June 2, 2015
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Education Funding News in Brief Governor's Schools Aide Paid Through Agency Facing Cuts
Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner is paying the hefty salary of his new education secretary from the budget of the state human-services agency.
The Associated Press, June 2, 2015
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Families & the Community News in Brief N.Y. Opt-Out Proponents Win School Board Seats
An overwhelming majority of school board candidates endorsed by a New York group advocating for parents to refuse standardized testing on their children's behalf won election bids last month.
June 2, 2015
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Federal News in Brief Phila. Voters OK Measure to Restore Elected Board
Philadelphia voters have approved a ballot measure to abolish the School Reform Commission, and put a locally elected board in charge.
Denisa R. Superville, June 2, 2015
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Assessment News in Brief District May Not Be Sued Under RICO Law, Court Says
Some observers question whether a state law originally aimed at organized crime was the appropriate legal tool for prosecutors in the Atlanta test-cheating case.
Mark Walsh, June 2, 2015
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College & Workforce Readiness Report Roundup College Access
A new evaluation of Denver's promise scholarship program estimates that every dollar spent on a student who graduates with support from the foundation yields nine times that amount in local, state, and federal taxes.
June 2, 2015
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School Climate & Safety Report Roundup School Security
More schools reported training students for active shooter situations and using security cameras, electronic notification systems, and anonymous reporting tools in the 2013-14 school year than four years earlier, and the rate of violent incidents at schools fell during that time.
Evie Blad, June 2, 2015
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School & District Management News in Brief Georgia Educator Named Assistant Principal of Year
An assistant principal who was instrumental in turning around both academics and school culture at a Douglas County, Ga., high school has been named the 2015 assistant principal of the year by the National Association of Secondary School Principals.
Denisa R. Superville, June 2, 2015
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Education Funding News in Brief Education Funding Sends Minn. Into Special Session
The Minnesota legislature is heading to a special session over education funding, after Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton vetoed a spending bill that he said was inadequate. Mr. Dayton rejected a last-minute budget compromise proposed by lawmakers that represented a $25 million difference between what the governor and the legislature desired.
Andrew Ujifusa, June 2, 2015
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