November 4, 2015
Education Week, Vol. 35, Issue 11
A news brief in the Oct. 28, 2015, issue of Education Week about the Minneapolis district pulling what were considered offensive books mischaracterized when the district collected them. The books were pulled before students ever saw them. Then the district apologized in a Facebook post after a freelance blogger brought the story to light.
Every Student Succeeds Act Key Spending Provision in House ESEA Bill's Cross Hairs
A House-approved bill to renew the Elementary and Secondary Education Act would scrap the law’s "maintenance of effort" requirement.
Assessment Ed. Dept. Charts Course Toward Scaled-Back Testing
New principles aim to bolster states and districts in reducing the number of tests students take, while assuring high-quality assessments.
Markets Academic Support a Financial Challenge for School Business Officers
Stretching limited dollars to expand educational opportunities will require some creative thinking and better sharing of lessons learned, school business officers suggested at a recent conference.
Classroom Technology Cybercharter Students Fall Far Behind on Academic Measures, New Study Says
The first national study of online charter schools found that the schools generate dramatically weaker academic growth than their brick-and-mortar counterparts.
Law & Courts Ohio Ed. Panel Chair Says Public Schools 'Socialist'
An Ohio lawmaker who has pushed to cut testing and also has called public education "socialism" has been named the new chairman of the state's House education committee.
School Choice & Charters Nevadans Seeking Vouchers Live in Upscale Communities
Most of the students taking advantage of Nevada's new, and controversial, education savings accounts come from the wealthier suburbs of Las Vegas, according to data released by the state treasurer's office.
Student Well-Being Injured Football Player Gets $2 Million From Fla. District
The family of a high school football player who suffered a serious brain injury is getting a $2 million settlement from the Hillsborough County school board in Florida.
Education Funding Arizona Nears Funding Deal Over Treasurer's Objections
The Arizona Senate was set to debate and vote on a package of bills Friday designed to settle a lawsuit filed by schools that argued lawmakers violated the state constitution by failing to provide annual inflation adjustments.
Education Funding Preschool Doors May Close In Pa. Due to Budget Crisis
Some early-childhood centers certified under Pennsylvania's state-subsidized prekindergarten program are starting to tell parents that they are closing after this week because of the state's 4-month-old budget stalemate.
Education Funding More Schools Offer Free Meals to All Students
The number of schools offering free meals to all students through the U.S. Department of Agriculture's community-eligibility provision jumped 20 percent this year, the second year the option has been available nationwide, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said.
School & District Management New Professional Standards Approved for School Leaders
After more than a year of deliberations, a set of professional standards for school leaders has been approved by the National Policy Board for Educational Administration.
Federal Open Resources Would Get Boost Under Federal Plan
To promote wider use of open educational resources by states and schools, the U.S. Department of Education proposed a new regulation that would require any new intellectual property developed with grant funds from the department to be openly licensed.
Federal GOP White House Hopefuls on Keeping or Scrapping the Ed. Dept.
The Republican candidates for president hold mixed views on whether the department should be retained or eliminated.
School & District Management Corruption Probe Muddies Efforts to Fix Detroit's Schools
A federal investigation of alleged corruption in Michigan's state-run school district may complicate Gov. Rick Snyder's turnaround plans for the city's school system.