December 9, 2015

Education Week, Vol. 35, Issue 14
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December 9, 2015
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School Climate & Safety Opinion How to Create Safe Learning Environments
Two researchers suggest evidence-based classroom practices that help teachers promote a positive and secure student learning environment.
Christina Cipriano Crowe & Tia Navelene Barnes, December 8, 2015
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Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam, a Republican, speaks at Sullivan Central High School in Blountsville, Tenn., last year before a ceremonial signing of the bill that created the Tennessee Promise program. Considered a national model for President Obama's proposal of free community college, Tennessee's program is the first statewide effort to offer two years of free tuition to high school graduates.
Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam, a Republican, speaks at Sullivan Central High School in Blountsville, Tenn., last year before a ceremonial signing of the bill that created the Tennessee Promise program. Considered a national model for President Obama's proposal of free community college, Tennessee's program is the first statewide effort to offer two years of free tuition to high school graduates.
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College & Workforce Readiness Tenn. Free-Tuition Program Moves Focus to College Retention
The promise of free tuition lured 16,000 students to Tennessee colleges this year; now state officials are working to keep them there.
Caralee J. Adams, December 8, 2015
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Third grader Iyana Simmons works on a coding exercise at Michael Anderson School in Avondale, Ariz. The 5,600-student school system, outside Phoenix, is in its second year of teaching computer coding to students in grades K-8.
Third grader Iyana Simmons works on a coding exercise at Michael Anderson School in Avondale, Ariz. The 5,600-student school system, outside Phoenix, is in its second year of teaching computer coding to students in grades K-8.
Nick Cote for Education Week
Equity & Diversity Ariz. District Teaches Coding to K-8 Students
As big districts like New York and Chicago gear up to teach computer science, the coding lessons are already going full tilt in Avondale, Ariz., schools.
Liana Loewus, December 8, 2015
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Terry George, the state-appointed school superintendent in Fayette County, stands next to the broken furnace and a coal bin sprinkled with asbestos chips. A controversial school consolidation plan would shutter some schools and include a new $56 million high school.
Terry George, the state-appointed school superintendent in Fayette County, stands next to the broken furnace and a coal bin sprinkled with asbestos chips. A controversial school consolidation plan would shutter some schools and include a new $56 million high school.
Doyle Maurer/Education Week
School & District Management School Facilities Fuel State-Local Tensions in W.Va. District
A consolidation plan for Fayette County schools pushed by the state schools chief that aims to shutter dilapidated facilities and open a new one has proved divisive.
Daarel Burnette II, December 8, 2015
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School Climate & Safety In Many States, Prospects Are Grim for Incarcerated Youths
The quality of education for tens of thousands of locked-up juveniles significantly lags that of their peers in public schools, advocates say.
Denisa R. Superville, December 8, 2015
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School & District Management Positive Mindset May Prime Students' Brains for Math
When students have a positive attitude about math, their brains operate more efficiently, according to researchers from Stanford University.
Sarah D. Sparks, December 8, 2015
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House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., left, and House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., walk to the chamber as the House votes on a rewrite of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act that aims to roll back the federal role in K-12 education and to return much authority to the states.
House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., left, and House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., walk to the chamber as the House votes on a rewrite of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act that aims to roll back the federal role in K-12 education and to return much authority to the states.
J. Scott Applewhite/AP
Every Student Succeeds Act House Approval of ESEA Overhaul a Bipartisan Move
The bill approved by a 359-64 margin would scale back the federal role in education for the first time since the early 1980s.
Alyson Klein, December 8, 2015
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Recruitment & Retention Opinion Three Wrongheaded School 'Reform' Myths
Many claims about the merits of school reform are "awash in misguided convictions," argues UFT President Michael Mulgrew.
Michael Mulgrew, December 8, 2015
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Every Student Succeeds Act Explainer The Every Student Succeeds Act: Explained
Under the Every Student Succeeds Act, states would get significant leeway in a wide range of areas, with the U.S. Department of Education seeing its hands-on role in accountability scaled back considerably. Here are key highlights.
December 8, 2015
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Families & the Community Letter to the Editor Students' Privacy Extends to Military-Recruitment Tools
To the Editor:
In New York state, a network of parents and other activists led by the New York City-based nonprofit Class Size Matters were instrumental in quashing a plan by the now-closed education technology vendor inBloom to warehouse student information. Leonie Haimson, the founder and executive director of Class Size Matters, said at the time that inBloom was "only the tip of the iceberg." How right she was.
December 8, 2015
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School & District Management Letter to the Editor Law Enforcement in Schools Teaches Accountability
To the Editor:
I know firsthand what a travesty of justice occurred with the firing of the South Carolina deputy who—I would argue—used justified force to arrest a student.
December 8, 2015
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Special Education Letter to the Editor Proposed Education Cuts Hurt Special Education
To the Editor:
Now that an overall budget deal has been reached, adding billions of dollars to the federal budget for fiscal years 2016 and 2017, we urge Congress to reject proposed cuts for education and special education research, and provide these programs with a much-needed funding increase.
December 8, 2015
2 min read
Education Report Roundup Science Education
While President Barack Obama discussed the human impact on climate change in very certain terms at the recent climate talks in Paris, a new Stanford University study found middle school textbooks can send a different message.
Liana Loewus, December 8, 2015
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English-Language Learners Report Roundup Language Learning
Even if a child has long forgotten her native language, it still affects the way she thinks, finds a new study in the journal Nature Communications.
Sarah D. Sparks, December 8, 2015
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School & District Management Report Roundup School Suspensions
California suspended 200,000 fewer students in 2013-14 than it did two years earlier, according to a new report by the Center for Civil Rights Remedies at the University of California, Los Angeles.
Evie Blad, December 8, 2015
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Reading & Literacy Report Roundup Reading
Few states have put comprehensive policies in place to support early literacy, finds a report from the think tank New America.
Lillian Mongeau, December 8, 2015
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Families & the Community Report Roundup Parent Involvement
Watching and playing with educational media with children can help boost low-income parents' confidence and strategies to support their children's learning, according to a new study of a program in the federal Ready to Learn Initiative.
Sarah D. Sparks, December 8, 2015
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College & Workforce Readiness Report Roundup College Admissions Tests Do Double Duty
States are increasingly using tests like the SAT and the ACT for high school accountability, says a report from the Education Commission of the States.
Catherine Gewertz, December 8, 2015
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School & District Management News in Brief Child-Poverty Researchers Win Prestigious Award
A trio of Baltimore researchers who tracked 30 years of pitfalls and roadblocks that hobble children born in poverty have been honored with a national award.
Sarah D. Sparks, December 8, 2015
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Ed-Tech Policy News in Brief Facebook Founder and Wife to Donate Billions to Education
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan, last week pledged to donate 99 percent of their company shares—currently valued at $45 billion—to support efforts to improve public health, education, and communities.
Sean Cavanagh, December 8, 2015
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School Choice & Charters News in Brief Charter School Reverses Ban on School Clubs
The board of directors of a North Carolina public charter school last week reversed its ban on student-led clubs, two weeks after complaints about a newly formed Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender group.
The Associated Press, December 8, 2015
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Student Well-Being News in Brief High School Group Wins Dismissal of Concussion Suit
An Illinois judge has dismissed the nation's first class action against a state high school association over its handling of concussions, ruling that it had made strides in that regard since the filing of the lawsuit.
Bryan Toporek, December 8, 2015
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School Climate & Safety News in Brief Transgender Student Gets to Use Girls' Locker Room
A suburban Chicago district has reached a settlement with the U.S. Department of Education's office for civil rights over its treatment of a transgender student, the federal agency announced Thursday.
Evie Blad, December 8, 2015
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Education Funding News in Brief Michigan Districts' Finances Better for Some, Not Others
The number of Michigan districts in financial distress has declined for the first time in a dozen years, a turnaround to a trend that saw the number grow annually as schools struggled with declining enrollment and increased costs.
Tribune News Service, December 8, 2015
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Classroom Technology News in Brief Suit Filed Against Google Over Student Privacy
Google is being accused of invading the privacy of students using laptop computers powered by the Internet company's Chrome operating system.
The Associated Press, December 8, 2015
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School & District Management News in Brief Final Professional Standards For Leaders Unveiled
The Council of Chief State School Officers has released the long-awaited set of professional standards for educational leaders.
Denisa R. Superville, December 8, 2015
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Assessment News in Brief National Tests Pared Down For High School Seniors
Seniors won't have to take the National Assessment of Education Progress in 2017.
Catherine Gewertz, December 8, 2015
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Equity & Diversity Opinion How Woodrow Wilson Denied African-Americans an Academic Education
Woodrow Wilson's administration backed the effort to promote vocational-only education for African-American students, writes Williamson M. Evers.
Williamson M. Evers, December 8, 2015
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