March 30, 2016

Education Week, Vol. 35, Issue 26
Data House Hearing Weighs Student-Data Privacy Concerns
Parents, researchers, and educators all have distinct points of view about the proper collection and use of sensitive student data.
Andrew Ujifusa, March 29, 2016
4 min read
Members of Arizona's delegation to the state-level Teach to Lead summit hash out ideas for plans to improve teacher leadership at a conference in Tysons Corner, Va.
Members of Arizona's delegation to the state-level Teach to Lead summit hash out ideas for plans to improve teacher leadership at a conference in Tysons Corner, Va.
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School & District Management State Teams See Mixed Progress on Teacher-Leadership Initiatives
Modest gains by delegate groups associated with the U.S. Department of Education's Teach to Lead initiative show the difficulties in gaining policy traction around ideas to give teachers more influence in school systems.
Ross Brenneman, March 29, 2016
9 min read
Jessica Scherer, right, leads a one on one microcredentialing session with Katie Schlueter at Kettle Moraine Middle School on March 23, in Dousman, WI.
Jessica Scherer, right, leads a one on one microcredentialing session with Katie Schlueter at Kettle Moraine Middle School on March 23, in Dousman, WI.
Tom Lynn for Education Week
Standards Can 'Micro-Credentialing' Salvage Teacher PD?
Advocates say the movement offers an opportunity for schools to shift away from arbitrary credit-hour requirements toward a system based on evidence of progress in specific instructional skills.
Stephen Sawchuk, March 29, 2016
8 min read
Arizona State Sens. Kimberly Yee, center, and Sylvia Allen watch as Sen. Jeff Dial explains his support for legislation clarifying the powers of the state school board and the state superintendent.
Arizona State Sens. Kimberly Yee, center, and Sylvia Allen watch as Sen. Jeff Dial explains his support for legislation clarifying the powers of the state school board and the state superintendent.
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Every Student Succeeds Act State School Boards Feel New Urgency to Flex Muscles
With the advent of the Every Student Succeeds Act, state boards of education seek to reassert their influence, as legislators, superintendents, and others vie for a piece of the policy pie.
Daarel Burnette II, March 29, 2016
7 min read
From left, Justin Barreras, 10, Adam Barreras, 11, and Garrett Barreras, 8, complete science schoolwork with their mother, Mariel Barreras, before soccer practice in Omaha, Neb. Mariel Barreras, whose husband is in the U.S. Army, is one of a growing number of military parents home schooling their children, in part to bring stability amid frequent relocations and long deployments.
From left, Justin Barreras, 10, Adam Barreras, 11, and Garrett Barreras, 8, complete science schoolwork with their mother, Mariel Barreras, before soccer practice in Omaha, Neb. Mariel Barreras, whose husband is in the U.S. Army, is one of a growing number of military parents home schooling their children, in part to bring stability amid frequent relocations and long deployments.
Ryan Henriksen for Education Week
Law & Courts More Military Families Embrace Home Schooling
Parents concerned about the impact of frequent moves and long deployments on their families are seeking stability in their children's educational opportunities.
Arianna Prothero, March 29, 2016
5 min read
Meeting District Needs Group Probes Ed-Tech Pricing, Buying
A new nonprofit organization has set out to help school districts compare the prices they pay for education technology and examine the fairness and logic of their procurement practices and contracts with vendors.
Sean Cavanagh, March 29, 2016
6 min read
Law & Courts N.C. Law Restricts Transgender Student Restroom Access
The state is the first to enact a law that will limit transgender students access to restrooms and locker rooms in public schools.
Evie Blad, March 29, 2016
3 min read
College & Workforce Readiness New 10th Grade ACT Test May Compete With PSAT
The new PreACT test is a multicple-choice test designed to prepare 10th graders for the ACT college-entrance exam.
Catherine Gewertz, March 29, 2016
2 min read
Federal ESSA Rule Negotiators Grapple With Issues of Flexibility, Equity
A panel of educators, advocates, and others are seeking to hash out the best approach to regulating under the Every Student Succeeds Act.
Alyson Klein, March 29, 2016
3 min read
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Teaching Profession Commentary Bring Joy Back Into the Classroom
A teacher's enjoyment in the classroom is a precondition for student learning, writes assistant education professor Jonathan Eckert.
Jonathan Eckert, March 29, 2016
3 min read
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Recruitment & Retention Commentary Good Teachers Don't Have to Like Teaching
Teaching doesn't have to be fun to be gratifying, writes high school English teacher Patrick O'Connor.
Patrick O'connor, March 29, 2016
4 min read
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School & District Management Commentary K-12 Principals, Get Your Irish On
The challenges facing the principal profession are more universal than Americans might realize, writes psychologist Robert Evans.
Robert Evans, March 29, 2016
5 min read
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School Climate & Safety Commentary What Defines a Good School?
To create school environments that reflect our humanity, the words we use matter, writes Superintendent David Gamberg.
David Gamberg, March 29, 2016
4 min read
Federal Letter to the Editor Reader Asks If a Democratic President Would Advocate for Public Education
To the Editor:
After following the education news and political campaigns of the last few years, I would argue that Democrats at both the state and national levels continue to disappoint teachers and parents on K-12 education policies.
March 29, 2016
1 min read
Equity & Diversity Letter to the Editor Schoolhouse Diversity Offers Broad Benefits to All Students
To the Editor:
I applaud Education Week for keeping the essential issue of increasing teacher diversity—particularly ensuring more black men are leading classrooms—in the spotlight. I read "Black Male Teachers a Rarity" with much agreement. However, the statement that "America's K-12 schools have never been more diverse" struck me as potentially misleading to readers and worth clearing up.
March 29, 2016
1 min read
Education Letter to the Editor Study of Louisiana's Narrowing Achievement Gap Is Valuable
To the Editor:
As reported in an Education Week news blog, the Education Research Alliance at Tulane University and the Education Reform Demonstration Project at the University of Arkansas have released a new study ("Student Test-Score Performance Fell in Louisiana Voucher Program, Study Finds").
March 29, 2016
1 min read
School & District Management Report Roundup Farm-to-School Efforts Take Root in Schools
The number of schools participating in farm-to-school programs and activities is on the rise, the U.S. Department of Agriculture reports.
Evie Blad, March 29, 2016
1 min read
School Climate & Safety News in Brief Weapons Said to Be on Rise in N.Y.C. District Schools
A group that supports charter schools says the number of weapons confiscated in the New York City school system rose sharply last year.
The Associated Press, March 29, 2016
1 min read
Teaching Profession News in Brief Chicago Teachers Union Approves 1-Day Walkout
The Chicago Teachers Union has approved a one-day walkout on April 1, which the union has billed as a "day of action" to draw attention to such issues as public school funding, racial justice, and poverty.
Denisa R. Superville, March 29, 2016
1 min read
Education Best of the Blogs Blogs
March 29, 2016
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Teaching Profession News in Brief Teacher Fined for Showing Video of Beheading
A New York City middle school teacher has been fined $300 for showing students a video of an Islamic State beheading.
The Associated Press, March 29, 2016
1 min read
Early Childhood News in Brief CEO Bestows Salary on Education Aid
The president and CEO of a shipbuilding company says he will forgo his base salary and use the money to launch an educational assistance fund for employees' children.
The Associated Press, March 29, 2016
1 min read
School Choice & Charters News in Brief Chicago District Sues Over Charter Reversal
Chicago school district officials are suing a state commission for overturning their decision to close charter schools that were not meeting the district's performance benchmarks.
Arianna Prothero, March 29, 2016
1 min read
Families & the Community News in Brief Poll: Parents Take Dim View of Careers in STEM Teaching
A poll from the nonprofit group ASQ (formerly the American Society for Quality) finds that while 90 percent of parents would encourage their children to pursue a career in a STEM field, 87 percent said they would be "concerned" if that career happened to be as a K-12 teacher.
Anthony Rebora, March 29, 2016
1 min read
Education Funding News in Brief Federal Bill Would Give ESAs to Indian Students
Legislation proposed by Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., would provide education savings accounts to Native American students who attend Bureau of Indian Education schools.
Jackie Mader, March 29, 2016
1 min read
Education Funding News in Brief Kentucky Mulls Picking Up Community College Tuition
Kentucky's House of Representatives has approved a bill that would give free community college tuition to all the state's high school graduates.
The Associated Press, March 29, 2016
1 min read
Teaching Profession News in Brief In Shakeup, TFA Cuts 15 Percent of Staff
Teach For America is laying off some of its national and regional staff as part of its transition to a less-centralized business model.
Stephen Sawchuk, March 29, 2016
1 min read
Teaching Profession News in Brief Teacher-Prep Enrollment Continues to Decline
Newly released data show that both the numbers of enrollments in, and completers of, teacher-preparation programs continued to decline through 2014, but not as sharply as they had a few years before.
Stephen Sawchuk, March 29, 2016
1 min read
Education Funding News in Brief Many Illinois Districts See Deficit Spending
Most school districts across Illinois are spending more than they're taking in and dipping into reserves or borrowing to stay afloat, according to new state data.
The Associated Press, March 29, 2016
1 min read