September 9, 2015

Education Week, Vol. 35, Issue 03
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Equity & Diversity Opinion Q&A With GLSEN Founder: LGBT Teachers Still Face Barriers
Despite gains since the first edition of One Teacher in Ten, many gay and lesbian educators lack policy protections and the support of school leaders, says Kevin Jennings.
September 9, 2015
11 min read
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School & District Management Opinion $100 Million, Mark Zuckerberg, and a Controversial Education Experiment
In an excerpt from her book The Prize, Dale Russakoff details the backstory of how two public figures attracted an infusion of private money in a bid to transform Newark's flagging schools.
Dale Russakoff, September 9, 2015
13 min read
College & Workforce Readiness Data: The Governors Running for President and Their K-12 Records
Did any states see major improvements in K-12 education during the terms of the nine governors and former governors now running for president?
September 8, 2015
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Teaching Profession Opinion It's Time to Get Rid of Education's Sacred Cows
The education field has too many unquestioned assumptions that persist even as the world changes, writes Angela Minnici.
Angela Minnici, September 8, 2015
3 min read
School Climate & Safety New Illinois Law to Prompt Changes in Discipline Policies
School districts are expected to rewrite policies to limit the use of suspensions and expulsions under a statute championed by student groups.
Evie Blad, September 8, 2015
4 min read
Cable T. Green from Creative Commons says educators should be skeptical of approaches that rely entirely on computer algorithms.
<b>Cable T. Green</b> from Creative Commons says educators should be skeptical of approaches that rely entirely on computer algorithms.
Classroom Technology Ambitious Initiative Blends Adaptive Tech, Open Ed. Resources
The creation of an online platform by ed-tech company Knewton marks the most aggressive attempt yet to mix adaptive tools with open content.
Benjamin Herold, September 8, 2015
6 min read
Assessment Number of Students Taking AP Science Exams Surges
The biggest increases from last year to this year were seen in physics and computer science, according to new data from the College Board.
Liana Loewus, September 8, 2015
3 min read
Rep. John Kline, R-Minn., during a 2014 news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington.
Rep. John Kline, R-Minn., during a 2014 news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington.
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Every Student Succeeds Act Rep. John Kline Won't Seek Re-Election; Adds Pressure on ESEA Rewrite
The Minnesota Republican's forthcoming departure puts added pressure on lawmakers to come to an agreement on their respective ESEA overhauls by the end of the year.
Lauren Camera, September 8, 2015
4 min read
College & Workforce Readiness Slicing the K-12 Data on Governors Running for White House
It can be tough to draw a clear line between the K-12 policies a governor pushed while in office and improvements in student achievement, researchers say.
Alyson Klein, September 8, 2015
7 min read
Teaching Profession Unionization Bid Sparks Discord in L.A. Charter Network
The conflict between some teachers and the management of Alliance College-Ready Public Schools highlights tensions as charter schools mature.
Stephen Sawchuk, September 8, 2015
5 min read
Nenseh Koneh, a senior at Science Park High School in Newark, protests late last month as Christopher Cerf, the still-new superintendent, attends his first school board meeting.
Nenseh Koneh, a senior at Science Park High School in Newark, protests late last month as Christopher Cerf, the still-new superintendent, attends his first school board meeting.
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School & District Management Newark Schools' Journey to Local Control Begins
The city's new superintendent, Christopher Cerf, is pledging to work with the community as it moves toward regaining governance of public schools after 20 years under state authority.
Denisa R. Superville, September 8, 2015
8 min read
Equity & Diversity Indiana's Pre-K Pilot Caught Up in Immigration Debate
The state's decision to close its preschool pilot program to 4-year-olds who are not legal U.S. residents has raised sticky questions about access.
Christina A. Samuels, September 8, 2015
5 min read
Teaching Teachers Nurture Growth Mindsets in Math
Despite skepticism from some parts of the mathematics field, new strategies are emerging for teachers to help students develop positive learning attitudes toward math.
Evie Blad, September 8, 2015
7 min read
School & District Management Researchers Test Out Primary Sources for Math Class
The writings of Aristotle and Euclid become the texts in a new National Science Foundation-funded project to pilot the use of primary math materials.
Liana Loewus, September 8, 2015
5 min read
College & Workforce Readiness Changes Forecast for Federal College-Aid Form
Concerns that too many qualified students are missing out on financial assistance have prompted calls to make the FAFSA process easier and more accessible.
Caralee J. Adams, September 8, 2015
5 min read
Getting Rooted: Ian Salt, an 8th grader at STAR School, carries a harvest of tomatoes and peppers grown at a family farm on the Navajo Nation in Leupp, Ariz. Ian's school integrates cultural experiences, such as working with local farmers, with students' academic studies to build the skills and motivation to attend college.
<b>Getting Rooted:</b> Ian Salt, an 8th grader at STAR School, carries a harvest of tomatoes and peppers grown at a family farm on the Navajo Nation in Leupp, Ariz. Ian's school integrates cultural experiences, such as working with local farmers, with students' academic studies to build the skills and motivation to attend college.
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College & Workforce Readiness Ariz. Charter Helps Point Rural Students to College
By building on its Navajo students' culture, the STAR School is giving some graduates the confidence to seek a college education far from home.
Catherine Gewertz, September 8, 2015
9 min read
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September 8, 2015
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Curriculum Letter to the Editor Teaching Students 'Character' Is Parents' Job, Not Schools'
To the Editor:
In the early 1940s, education was also a social environment for the student. The most important idea was to teach students information they could use after graduation, or even before. Society depended upon parents to teach their children morality, values, and the like. Things have changed. Now, many parents are more focused on their work, and the teaching of character and good behavior is often left to the teacher. This is not the way to pass down to your child the things you hold dear.
September 8, 2015
1 min read
Education Funding Letter to the Editor 'Choice' Fragments Schools and Undermines Democracy
To the Editor:
Doug Tuthill's Commentary about plugging school choice was a deceptive, "fifth column" attack on public schools and the right of citizens not to be forced by government to support special-interest private schools and undermine democratic public education.
September 8, 2015
1 min read
Education Funding Letter to the Editor A Plea for Music Education and Its 'Essential' Benefit
To the Editor:
Too many American school districts are dissolving their music education programs and neglecting the needs of students by redirecting their attention to other academic areas. There is no greater disservice to the millions of musically gifted students across this nation.
September 8, 2015
2 min read
School Climate & Safety Letter to the Editor Religious Behavioral Norms Carry Over to Classrooms
To the Editor:
A careful viewing of any five-minute segment of President Barack Obama's eulogy this summer for the Rev. Clementa C. Pinckney in the wake of the Charleston, S.C., church shooting may offer a learning opportunity for teachers.
September 8, 2015
1 min read
Teaching Profession Report Roundup Teacher Quality
a study by Nathan Barrett and Douglas N. Harris of the Education Research Alliance for New Orleans, paints a picture of how different the city's teachers look today from a decade ago.
Stephen Sawchuk, September 8, 2015
1 min read
School Climate & Safety Report Roundup School Discipline
Southern states contribute heavily to national trends of disproportionately high rates of discipline for black students in public schools, a new study found.
Evie Blad, September 8, 2015
1 min read
College & Workforce Readiness Report Roundup Social and Emotional Learning
Some types of perfectionism in students can help them in academic settings but can lead to burnout in their later careers, says a study.
Sarah D. Sparks, September 8, 2015
1 min read
School & District Management Report Roundup Homeless Education
Educators may underestimate the effects of homelessness versus even deep poverty, according to a new study of New York City children.
Sarah D. Sparks, September 8, 2015
1 min read
Early Childhood Report Roundup Absenteeism
A pattern of absences as early as kindergarten can throw students off track academically and form patterns that challenge later success, two organizations say.
Evie Blad, September 8, 2015
1 min read
Standards Report Roundup Classwork Found Lacking in Standards Content
In addition to examining whether tasks were aligned to grade-appropriate literacy standards, a research and advocacy group looked at how cognitively challenging the tasks were.
Liana Loewus, September 8, 2015
1 min read
School & District Management News in Brief Formal Recall Notice Filed Against Ariz. Schools Head
The group's petition cites an ongoing feud between Douglas and the state board of education.
The Associated Press, September 8, 2015
1 min read
School & District Management News in Brief Salt Lake City Chief to Go After School Year Ends
The announcement came nearly two weeks after the U.S. Department of Education opened an investigation in response to accusations of racial discrimination.
The Associated Press, September 8, 2015
1 min read