April 27, 2016

Education Week, Vol. 35, Issue 29
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April 27, 2016
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Arthur Tate, the superintendent of the Davenport school district in Iowa, visits J.B. Young K-8 School. The school will be closed at the end of this academic year because of budget cuts and underenrollment.
Arthur Tate, the superintendent of the Davenport school district in Iowa, visits J.B. Young K-8 School. The school will be closed at the end of this academic year because of budget cuts and underenrollment.
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Education Funding Iowa School District Vows to Break Law to Tap Reserve Funds
Fed up with years of political battles over state funding, cash-strapped Davenport plans to pull $2.7 million from its reserves despite state prohibitions.
Daarel Burnette II, April 26, 2016
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Tabeeka Jordan, a former assistant principal in Atlanta public schools, is led to a holding cell after she was found guilty in the school system’s test-cheating trial last year, along with 10 other former Atlanta educators.
Tabeeka Jordan, a former assistant principal in Atlanta public schools, is led to a holding cell after she was found guilty in the school system’s test-cheating trial last year, along with 10 other former Atlanta educators.
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Assessment Studies: When Educators Cheat, Students Suffer
The recent cheating scandals that rocked schools in New York and Georgia exacted a toll on students whose scores were fudged, according to researchers.
Sarah D. Sparks, April 26, 2016
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Michele Haussler, a parent and Art in Action volunteer, teaches 5th graders at Taft Community School in Redwood City, Calif., about the quilts created to pass on signals to fleeing slaves traveling on the Underground Railroad.
Michele Haussler, a parent and Art in Action volunteer, teaches 5th graders at Taft Community School in Redwood City, Calif., about the quilts created to pass on signals to fleeing slaves traveling on the Underground Railroad.
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Families & the Community Volunteer Group Restores Art Lessons in Schools
Art in Action trains parents in 19 states to teach art in schools that have cut the subject from the curriculum.
Kathryn Baron, April 26, 2016
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Student Well-Being Emotions Help Steer Students' Learning, Studies Find
Contrary to what Star Trek's Mr. Spock says, research suggests that emotion is not the enemy of reason: It may be a best friend to learning.
Sarah D. Sparks, April 26, 2016
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Every Student Succeeds Act Arne Duncan Floats Fixes for K-12 Aid
In his first public return to the nation’s capital, the former U.S. Secretary of Education issues a call for greater transparency and a focus on results.
Andrew Ujifusa, April 26, 2016
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Supporters of an Obama administration program seeking to give protection from deportation to unauthorized immigrants whose children are U.S. citizens demonstrate outside the U.S. Supreme Court, which heard oral arguments in a challenge to the program.
Supporters of an Obama administration program seeking to give protection from deportation to unauthorized immigrants whose children are U.S. citizens demonstrate outside the U.S. Supreme Court, which heard oral arguments in a challenge to the program.
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Equity & Diversity Supreme Court Weighs Deportation Dispute
A divided high court hears oral arguments over the Obama administration’s program to give protection from deportation to unauthorized immigrants whose children are U.S. citizens.
Mark Walsh, April 26, 2016
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Every Student Succeeds Act ESSA Panel Hammers Out New Testing Regulations
Negotiators agreed to rules on key assessment issues under the Every Student Succeeds Act, but failed to reach accord on regulations covering a sticky spending issue.
Alyson Klein, April 26, 2016
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Federal Commentary K-12 Policy Solutions Must Involve Practitioners
To maximize education outcomes for pre-K students and others, policymakers must include practitioners in crafting policy, writes Yasmina Vinci of the National Head Start Association.
Yasmina Vinci, April 26, 2016
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Families & the Community Commentary Educational Opportunity Is About More Than Access
Education policy should not prescribe children's access to institutions at the expense of their personal development, capabilities, or happiness, writes Kimberlee Everson.
Kimberlee Everson, April 26, 2016
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Classroom Technology Commentary The Student Cellphone Addiction Is No Joke
For many students, cellphones have become a modern security blanket and an impediment to learning, warns former Montana teacher of the year Steve Gardiner.
Steve Gardiner, April 26, 2016
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Every Student Succeeds Act Commentary Three Strategies to Improve Teacher Evaluation
As ESSA returns autonomy over teacher evaluation to states, Ross Wiener shares insights from state leaders on how to strengthen the process.
Ross Wiener, April 26, 2016
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Reading & Literacy Letter to the Editor Reader Applauds David Denby's 'Morale Boost' for Teachers
To the Editor:
Thank God for David Denby ("Q&A With Author David Denby: A Quest for 'Serious' Reading in the Digital Age"). He is again helping return the soul to teaching and learning.
April 26, 2016
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Professional Development Letter to the Editor More Resources Needed for 'Teacher-Friendly' Math PD
To the Editor:
A recent Teacher Beat blog post, "Are Teachers Getting the Right Kind of Common-Core PD?", shared noteworthy data from the RAND Corp. regarding mathematics teachers' differing views on connecting key math topics and concepts across grade levels, as well as the content of state math standards. Teachers wish they were getting more training on the former topic and believe that they are getting far too much training in the latter. What makes this so interesting? Teachers are asking for very different amounts of what is essentially the same professional development, albeit packaged differently.
April 26, 2016
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Families & the Community Letter to the Editor Read to Children Early and Often, Even From Digital Picture Books
To the Editor:
It's exciting for me to see Mark Zuckerberg speaking about the need to keep learning as an adult ("Zuckerberg Charts New Path"). His interview with Education Week demonstrates that he has taken important lessons from his $100 million experiment in Newark, N.J., and that rather than letting the challenges he experienced discourage him, he is diving right back in.
April 26, 2016
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Teaching Profession Letter to the Editor Teachers' Unions Protect Ineffective Teachers
To the Editor:
"Do you think unions protect bad teachers?"
April 26, 2016
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Equity & Diversity News in Brief Education and Race Series Earn Two Pulitizer Prizes
Two newspaper series that focused on race and education last week won Pulitzer Prizes, the most prestigious award in print journalism.
Mark Walsh, April 26, 2016
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Education Funding News in Brief D.C. Chancellor Asked Contractor for Donation
The chancellor of the District of Columbia's public schools asked a food-service contractor for a $100,000 contribution to a Kennedy Center gala honoring teachers, weeks after the company was accused in a whistleblower lawsuit of cheating the city out of millions of dollars, according to emails obtained by the Associated Press.
The Associated Press, April 26, 2016
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School Climate & Safety News in Brief Elementary Students Cuffed for Not Stopping Fight
Angry parents are demanding action after they say at least five students were handcuffed at a Tennessee elementary school for not stopping an off-campus fight.
The Associated Press, April 26, 2016
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Equity & Diversity News in Brief Oklahoma City to Address Roots of Discipline Rates
To resolve complaints being investigated by the U.S. Department of Education, the Oklahoma City district has agreed to take steps to reduce disproportionately high discipline rates for black students, the federal agency's office for civil rights announced last week.
Evie Blad, April 26, 2016
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Teaching Profession News in Brief Teachers Give Low Marks to Evaluation Systems
A majority of teachers say current evaluation systems have harmed their relationships with parents, students, administrators, and other teachers, according to a survey by a public schools advocacy group.
Madeline Will, April 26, 2016
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School Climate & Safety News in Brief District to Arm Security Staff With Semiautomatic Rifles
The Douglas County, Colo. school district is planning to arm its security staff with semiautomatic rifles to serve as a defense in the event of a school shooting or other violent attack.
The Associated Press, April 26, 2016
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College & Workforce Readiness News in Brief College Board Attacks New ACT Prep Service
The College Board lashed out last week at its rival, ACT Inc., saying its plan to add live teaching to its online test-prep service is more about money than public service, and accusing ACT of trying to "replace" classroom teachers with long-distance instruction.
Catherine Gewertz, April 26, 2016
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School & District Management News in Brief Regents Launch Inquiry Into N.Y. Testing System
New leaders of New York's board of regents' last week launched an inquiry into the validity of the state testing system and its links to teacher evaluations, citing the need to rebuild public trust following a second annual round of massive exam boycotts across the state.
Tribune News Service, April 26, 2016
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Teaching Profession News in Brief Florida's Top Teachers Found at Affluent Schools
New bonus payments aimed at attracting and keeping good teachers in Florida have gone disproportionately to those who work with students from affluent families, an analysis by a Florida newspaper has found.
The Associated Press, April 26, 2016
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Law & Courts News in Brief N.C. Supreme Court Rejects Teacher Anti-Tenure Law
In a unanimous decision, the North Carolina Supreme Court held that state lawmakers had violated the constitutional rights of veteran teachers when they retroactively stripped them of their tenure protections.
Emmanuel Felton, April 26, 2016
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School Climate & Safety News in Brief High Copper, Lead Levels Found in 19 Detroit Schools
Detroit's hard-pressed school system has found elevated levels of lead and copper in nearly a third of its elementary schools.
The Associated Press, April 26, 2016
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Standards Report Roundup Teachers Are Creating Standards Tools
Nearly all math and language arts teachers in common-core states rely on materials they developed or curated, RAND surveys have found.
Liana Loewus, April 26, 2016
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School & District Management Report Roundup College Graduation
Students from all socioeconomic groups have been earning bachelor's degrees at increasing rates in recent years, but gaps in college attainment by socioeconomic status have worsened slightly since 1970, according to a report released last week.
Catherine Gewertz, April 26, 2016
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