June 8, 2016

Education Week, Vol. 35, Issue 34
School Climate & Safety Video: A Tale of Two Charter Schools
Step inside the Avalon School in St. Paul, Minn., and the Alliance Collins Family College-Ready High School in Los Angeles to see how the charter movement has changed over the last 25 years.
June 13, 2016
Students arrive for classes at Alliance Collins Family College-Ready High School, a public charter school in Huntington Park, Calif.
Students arrive for classes at Alliance Collins Family College-Ready High School, a public charter school in Huntington Park, Calif.
Patrick T. Fallon for Education Week
School & District Management The Evolution of the 'Chartered School'
Charters have evolved from the original idea of allowing parents and teachers to create new kinds of public schools into a powerful movement driven, to a large extent, by private philanthropy.
Arianna Prothero, June 13, 2016
13 min read
Alana Ramadan tests Ron Darius Sledge, a kindergartner, in the hallway at Harvest Preparatory School in Minneapolis.
Alana Ramadan tests Ron Darius Sledge, a kindergartner, in the hallway at Harvest Preparatory School in Minneapolis.
Ackerman + Gruber for Education Week
School & District Management From Our Research Center Data and the Debate Over Diversity in Charters
Charter schools have long been criticized for a lack of diversity, but a national analysis reveals a varied demographic profile.
Arianna Prothero, June 13, 2016
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School & District Management Commentary School Boards Must Narrow Their Focus
School boards spend too much time on routine and not enough on issues that could have an impact on student achievement, writes Cathy Mincberg.
Cathy Mincberg, June 7, 2016
4 min read
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Student Well-Being Commentary In Terms of Assessment, Teachers Know Best
To evaluate students' soft skills, educators should rely on their training rather than a standardized assessment, argue educators Jessica and Skip Potts.
Jessica Potts & Skip Potts, June 7, 2016
6 min read
Students place a sticker on the door of a gender-neutral restroom at Nathan Hale High School in Seattle, last month. The federal guidance for schools to accommodate transgender students has been controversial.
Students place a sticker on the door of a gender-neutral restroom at Nathan Hale High School in Seattle, last month. The federal guidance for schools to accommodate transgender students has been controversial.
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School Climate & Safety Commentary What Does Research Suggest About Transgender Restroom Policies?
Amid the contentious debate over transgender restroom policies, Amira Hasenbush of the Williams Institute at UCLA delves into the relevant research.
Amira Hasenbush, June 7, 2016
6 min read
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Student Well-Being Commentary Not All School Attendance Data Are Created Equal
To address absenteeism, it's not enough to just look at numbers of school days students miss, write Russell Rumberger and Michael Gottfried.
Russell Rumberger & Michael Gottfried, June 7, 2016
3 min read
Every Student Succeeds Act State K-12 Leaders Cautious in Assessing Draft ESSA Rules
Timing issues, as well as electoral uncertainties, complicate the picture as states and districts weigh accountability rules under the Every Student Succeeds Act.
5 min read
Kansas Supreme Court Justice Marla Luckert asks a question during arguments in a lawsuit over the state’s school funding formula. The court’s ruling that the formula is inequitable has led to a showdown between the justices and state lawmakers.
Kansas Supreme Court Justice Marla Luckert asks a question during arguments in a lawsuit over the state’s school funding formula. The court’s ruling that the formula is inequitable has led to a showdown between the justices and state lawmakers.
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Law & Courts Special Session Called to Deal With Kansas School-Aid Showdown
School districts are girding for the possible cutoff of state funding at the end of the month if lawmakers fail to satisfy a Kansas high court ruling demanding more equitable K-12 funding.
Daarel Burnette II, June 7, 2016
4 min read
School Climate & Safety Schools to Begin Monitoring Students From Military Families
Schools across the country are preparing to formally track students from military families, monitoring their academic progress as they move from military base to military base and state to state, under a new provision in the federal education law.
Jane Meredith Adams & Edsource, June 7, 2016
4 min read
Federal U.S. House Bill Seeks to Improve Portability of Teacher Licenses
Newly introduced federal legislation is looking to help teachers move from one state to another without jumping through a lot of hoops.
Stephen Sawchuk, June 7, 2016
3 min read
Scott Pruitt, Oklahoma’s attorney general, asserts that the Obama administration failed to follow proper legal procedures in issuing guidance on transgender students.
Scott Pruitt, Oklahoma’s attorney general, asserts that the Obama administration failed to follow proper legal procedures in issuing guidance on transgender students.
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Law & Courts Restroom Guidance a Thorny Study in Administrative Law
The clash involving the Obama administration's "Dear Colleague" letter on transgender students' choice of restrooms spotlights the often-arcane wrangling over federal regulatory guidance.
Mark Walsh, June 7, 2016
9 min read
Lora Reyes, a licensed family child-care educator, operates a day-care center out of her home in Westfield, Mass. She took part in a program aimed at boosting the skills of those working in the early-childhood field and is working toward an associate degree in psychology.
Lora Reyes, a licensed family child-care educator, operates a day-care center out of her home in Westfield, Mass. She took part in a program aimed at boosting the skills of those working in the early-childhood field and is working toward an associate degree in psychology.
M. Scott Brauer for Education Week
School & District Management Skill Levels Remain Issue in Pre-K Staffing
Concerns about literacy and other shortfalls on the part of some child-care and preschool staff members renew calls for more training and support to boost worker qualifications.
Christina A. Samuels, June 7, 2016
7 min read
Kenia, who came to the United States from Honduras in 2012, participates in a graduation award ceremony at her Charlotte, N.C., high school.
Kenia, who came to the United States from Honduras in 2012, participates in a graduation award ceremony at her Charlotte, N.C., high school.
Chris Keane for Education Week
Equity & Diversity Unaccompanied Minors Face New Milestone: Graduation
Katherine and Kenia were among the recent surge of Central American children fleeing to the U.S. Now they're graduating from high school.
Denisa R. Superville, June 7, 2016
8 min read
Equity & Diversity Letter to the Editor Diversity Training in Clinical Settings Is Key for Teachers
To the Editor:
A May 10 post on Education Week Teacher's Teaching Now blog cites a recent study which found that after a semester's clinical experience in a diverse classroom, white teachers felt more comfortable with students of color but did not generally see a need to tailor their teaching practices to the needs of students from backgrounds different from their own ("Study: Teacher-Prep Programs Need to Deepen Educators' Racial Awareness").
June 7, 2016
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Teaching Profession Letter to the Editor Essays Offer 'Critical Recipe' for Evaluating Teachers
To the Editor:
The state-level professionals evaluating licensed education professionals should learn from the two Education Week back-page Commentaries of April 20 and 27 ("It's Time to Rethink Teacher Evaluation" and "How to Improve Teacher Evaluation in the Age of ESSA"). Each is distinctive in its recommendations, but taken together they form a critical recipe for creating an operational equilibrium as states try to work out credible and authentic accountability systems to evaluate teachers.
June 7, 2016
1 min read
Special Education Letter to the Editor Missing Reference Point Could Skew Article's Data
To the Editor:
I read with interest the article reporting and analyzing an "uptick" in special education enrollments ("National Count of Special Education Students Shows Uptick"). The article, as is Education Week's norm, is well written, and canvassed the opinions of an impressive group of experts.
June 7, 2016
1 min read
Education Funding Ed-Tech Market in Flux as Investors Grow More Selective
Analysts see signs that the market, both globally and in the United States, is cooling off a bit after years of intense activity.
Sean Cavanagh, June 7, 2016
4 min read
Special Education News in Brief Special Ed. in Iowa City Under Review by State
The Iowa education department has opened two reviews of the Iowa City school district over the way it runs its special education program.
Tribune News Service, June 7, 2016
1 min read
School & District Management News in Brief Filming of Rap Video Leads to Paid Leave for Principal
A principal at a New Jersey high school where rapper Fetty Wap recorded a music video has been placed on leave.
The Associated Press, June 7, 2016
1 min read
School & District Management News in Brief Cancer Survivor Not Allowed to Walk With Senior Class
A suburban Phoenix high school student who kept up with classes through cancer treatments but was denied permission to walk at graduation has received support from around the world after a Facebook post about his situation.
The Associated Press, June 7, 2016
1 min read
Equity & Diversity News in Brief Philadelphia District Includes Muslim Holidays in Calendar
The Philadelphia district will add two Muslim holidays to its school calendar. The two holidays are Eid al-Fitr, celebrated after the monthlong observance of Ramadan, and Eid al-Adha, celebrated at the conclusion of the annual Hajj pilgrimage.
Tribune News Service, June 7, 2016
1 min read
Special Education News in Brief District Pays $1.75 Million to Injured Student's Family
The family of an autistic teenager whose legs were broken when a teaching assistant physically restrained him will be paid $1.75 million by a Kentucky school district.
The Associated Press, June 7, 2016
1 min read
Teaching Profession News in Brief Maine Teachers Trade IPads for Laptops
Middle and high schools in Maine are returning their iPads and switching back to laptops after a survey found that 88.5 percent of teachers and 74 percent of students in one district preferred laptops for schoolwork and instruction, reports the Lewiston-Auburn Sun Journal.
Elisha McNeil, June 7, 2016
1 min read
School Climate & Safety News in Brief Many Portland Schools Have Lead in Water
The Portland, Ore., public schools failed to disclose that the drinking water at dozens of schools had elevated lead levels, the Williamette Week newspaper reports.
Corey Mitchell, June 7, 2016
1 min read
Education Funding News in Brief Without More Money, Chicago Schools May Not Reopen
Chicago's schools won't open in the fall if the district doesn't get additional state funding, CEO Forrest Claypool said last week.
Denisa R. Superville & Tribune News Service, June 7, 2016
1 min read
School & District Management News in Brief Mississippi: No Public Funds For Superintendents' Group
State lawmakers have made it illegal for school districts to spend any public money on the Mississippi Association of School Superintendents, saying district leaders personally attacked state officials while they were seeking votes for a school funding initiative last year.
The Associated Press, June 7, 2016
1 min read
Education Funding News in Brief Michigan Poised to Pass $617M Bailout for Detroit
Detroit's debt-ridden school district would receive a $617 million state bailout under a compromise restructuring plan that appears poised for final legislative votes and the governor's signature after winning narrow approval in the House.
The Associated Press, June 7, 2016
1 min read
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