October 14, 2015

Education Week, Vol. 35, Issue 08
States California Blazes Trail With New Sex Education Mandates
A pair of new laws includes a requirement that students learn about affirmative sexual consent, known as "yes means yes."
Evie Blad, October 13, 2015
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School Climate & Safety Commentary The Sexual-Abuse-to-Prison Pipeline
Girls who are victims of sexual abuse are often further traumatized by the juvenile-justice system, writes Gina Womack.
Gina Womack, October 13, 2015
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School Climate & Safety Commentary Rethinking Student Discipline and Zero Tolerance
Restorative practices, rather than zero tolerance, are more effective in solving student discipline problems, write four RAND researchers.
Joie Acosta, Matthew Chinman, John Engberg & Catherine Augustine, October 13, 2015
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Education Letter to the Editor Letting Your Kids Opt Out of Tests Is Not How to Solve the Problem
To the Editor:
A word to parents: Believe it or not, allowing your child to opt out of state-mandated standardized testing won't help address the issue. In fact, it's just plain bad manners.
October 13, 2015
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Student Well-Being Letter to the Editor Are Healthier School Lunches Slowed by District Red Tape?
To the Editor:
With their children back in school, many parents have worry lists that now include nutrition. School cafeterias often serve up unhealthy meals during a time when growing minds and bodies need nutritious foods the most. Despite healthy options available, some school food distributors are afraid to upset the subpar status quo.
October 13, 2015
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Bill Gates gives his keynote address at the U.S. Education Learning Forum put on by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in Bellevue, Wash.
Bill Gates gives his keynote address at the U.S. Education Learning Forum put on by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in Bellevue, Wash.
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Teaching Profession For Gates, Same Agenda Draws Support, Critiques
The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation's plan to stay the course on education won praise for steadfastness and renewed some old criticism.
Liana Loewus, October 13, 2015
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Recruitment & Retention Teacher Attrition Continues to Plague North Carolina
A new state report says the legislature hasn't done enough to entice teachers to stay, despite some modifications to the salary schedule.
Ross Brenneman, October 13, 2015
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Barbara Byrd-Bennett, the former Chicago schools CEO, is expected to plead guilty to federal charges.
Barbara Byrd-Bennett, the former Chicago schools CEO, is expected to plead guilty to federal charges.
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School & District Management Former Chicago Schools CEO to Plead Guilty to Bribery Charges, Feds Say
In their indictment of Barbara Byrd-Bennett, federal prosecutors allege the former superintendent steered a $23 million, no-bid contract to her former employers.
Corey Mitchell, October 13, 2015
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College & Workforce Readiness New Teacher Requirements Jeopardize Dual-Credit Classes
Dual-credit programs in 19 states feel threatened by a new rule requiring high school teachers of those classes to have a master's degree.
Catherine Gewertz, October 13, 2015
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Accountability Commentary Why Educators Should Get Serious About Free Universal Education
Susan Hopgood, Lily Eskelsen-García, and Randi Weingarten explain their support for the global "sustainable development goals" adopted recently by the United Nations.
Susan Hopgood, Lily Eskelsen García & Randi Weingarten, October 13, 2015
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Data Microsoft's Commitment to Data Privacy Questioned
Privacy experts are raising the alarm over what they see as overly aggressive data collection in the company's newly unveiled operating system, Windows 10.
Sean Cavanagh & Benjamin Herold, October 13, 2015
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School & District Management Report Roundup Study Lays Out Grim Statistics on Urban Education
Among the findings: Less than a third of the cities examined made gains in math or reading proficiency over the three-year study span relative to their state's performance.
Denisa R. Superville, October 13, 2015
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Ed-Tech Policy Report Roundup Math Learning
Using a word-problem app to talk about mathematics at home once a week can boost math achievement, particularly for students with parents who dread the subject.
Sarah D. Sparks, October 13, 2015
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College & Workforce Readiness Report Roundup College Access
The Migration Policy Institute found that states' "DREAM Acts" can differ significantly in their eligibility requirements for in-state tuition.
Corey Mitchell, October 13, 2015
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Assessment Report Roundup Student Mobility
Changing schools often in the earliest grades puts students at a significant risk of poor math performance and critical-thinking skills in upper elementary school, according to a new study.
Sarah D. Sparks, October 13, 2015
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School Climate & Safety Report Roundup Student Bullying
Even a basic state anti-bullying law is associated with significantly lower in-person and cyber-bullying reported in schools, according to a new study.
Sarah D. Sparks, October 13, 2015
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College & Workforce Readiness News in Brief California Dismisses Exit Exam for Students Back to 2003-04
The state has no clear fix yet on the precise number of students affected. But news media reports put the figure around 32,000.
Catherine Gewertz, October 13, 2015
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Special Education Special Education Directors Brace for Fresh Guidance
The wave of federal documents is likely to continue in the coming months, lawyers who work on special education issues told those attending a conference in Baltimore.
Christina A. Samuels, October 13, 2015
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School Climate & Safety News in Brief Florida Board Settles Suit Over Principal Hypnotist
The families of three high school students who died after being hypnotized by a former principal will receive $200,000 each from a Florida district under a settlement approved last week.
The Associated Press, October 13, 2015
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International News in Brief Ind. District to Recruit Students From China
The school board for one of the smallest districts in Indiana has voted to keep the one-building district open next year and plans to try to recruit students from China.
The Associated Press, October 13, 2015
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School & District Management News in Brief Ex-Smarter Balanced Chief Joins NAEP Governing Board
Joe Willhoft, who led the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium, has joined the panel that sets policy and content for the National Assessment of Educational Progress.
Catherine Gewertz, October 13, 2015
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School & District Management News in Brief National Principal of Year Goes to R.I. School Leader
Under Alan Tenreiro's leadership, Cumberland High School in Cumberland, R.I., has doubled its Advanced Placement offerings and expanded the number of STEM courses.
Corey Mitchell, October 13, 2015
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Education Funding News in Brief Ohio Probe Reveals Fraud in Tutoring Program
Private tutors faked attendance at their sessions for hundreds of Columbus, Ohio, students, bilking taxpayers out of more than $800,000, according to a state audit of a now-halted federal program.
Tribune News Service, October 13, 2015
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School & District Management News in Brief Pennsylvania Audit Slams State Education Department
Pennsylvania's auditor general last week assailed the state education department as slow to change, beset by apathy, and mired in what he called "bureaucratic ineptness."
Tribune News Service, October 13, 2015
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School & District Management News in Brief N.J. Officials Loosen Grip on State-Controlled District
The state seized control of Jersey City schools in 1989, citing "total educational failure."
Corey Mitchell, October 13, 2015
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Assessment News in Brief In Wake of Errors, Chicago Lowers Graduation Rate
The changes follow a district inspector general report and an investigation by Chicago's WBEZ public-radio station and the Better Government Association.
The Associated Press, October 13, 2015
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Professional Development News in Brief Harvard Network to Tackle Teaching-Quality 'Nonsystem'
A new Harvard University initiative will oversee projects to boost the coherence of the nation's systems for scaling up great teaching.
Stephen Sawchuk, October 13, 2015
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