August 3, 2016

Education Week, Vol. 35, Issue 37
Education Opinion Remembering a Longtime Contributor: Illustrator Bob Dahm
This publishing year, Education Week Commentary lost one of its most prolific freelance back-page illustrators, Bob Dahm.
August 4, 2016
Equity & Diversity Mindset a Key Factor In Student Success
Having a growth mindset may help buffer students from low-income families from the effects of poverty on academic achievement, researchers found in a first-of-its kind, large-scale study of 168,000 10th grade students in Chile.
Evie Blad, August 2, 2016
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Every Student Succeeds Act States Working to Engage Public as They Craft ESSA Plans
Principals on ESSA: Some states are asking school leaders to weigh in on the new law.
Daarel Burnette II, August 2, 2016
6 min read
Special Education Identifying Minorities in Spec. Ed.: Defining 'Too Many'
More than 300 educators, researchers, and advocates respond to a proposed federal rule on how to define whether minorities are disproportionately identified for special education services.
August 2, 2016
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Every Student Succeeds Act Principals Clamor for Inclusion in States' ESSA Planning
The new federal K-12 law contains strong requirements for input from principals and others as states create new education plans, but some worry state commitment may be far from uniform.
Denisa R. Superville, August 2, 2016
6 min read
Marcie Lipsitt, of Franklin, Mich., has filed some 500 complaints with the U.S. Department of Education’s office for civil rights advocating for web accessibility for students with disabilities. She reviews school districts’ websites one by one using her iPad software, looking for barriers that would prevent access. Her frustration goes all the way to whitehouse.gov and disability.gov— websites that are not accessible to users with disabilities.
Marcie Lipsitt, of Franklin, Mich., has filed some 500 complaints with the U.S. Department of Education’s office for civil rights advocating for web accessibility for students with disabilities. She reviews school districts’ websites one by one using her iPad software, looking for barriers that would prevent access. Her frustration goes all the way to whitehouse.gov and disability.gov— websites that are not accessible to users with disabilities.
Brian Widdis for Education Week
Every Student Succeeds Act Advocate Moves Needle on Website Accessibility
A Michigan woman is responsible for filing some 500 federal complaints against school districts and others with websites she says disregard the needs of users who are blind or visually impaired.
Christina A. Samuels, August 2, 2016
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School & District Management New Plan Would Keep Nevada’s Sprawling Clark Co. District Intact
A year after state lawmakers moved to break up the nation’s fifth-largest school district, a new plan instead would reorganize and decentralize it.
Denisa R. Superville, August 2, 2016
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Student Well-Being Opinion Health Education: The Missing Link in Violence Prevention
Proven in-school programs can reduce violence, write Roseanna Ander and Julia Quinn of the University of Chicago Crime Lab and Education Lab.
Roseanna Ander & Julia Quinn, August 2, 2016
4 min read
Federal Where the Vice-Presidential Nominees Stand on Education Issues
Democrat Tim Kaine, a U.S. Sen. From Virginia, and Republican Gov. Mike Pence of Indiana bring varied perspectives on education as they vie for the vice presidency.
Alyson Klein & Andrew Ujifusa, August 2, 2016
4 min read
Law & Courts News in Brief Appeals Court Backs Officer For Arresting Disruptive Student
Embattled in controversy over high lead levels found in water sources at two schools, Portland, Ore., schools Superintendent Carole Smith has resigned.
Mark Walsh, August 2, 2016
1 min read
Classroom Technology News in Brief Nonprofit Hiring Parents to Push Kid-Friendly Policies
Common Sense Media, a national group that guides families on entertainment and technology, has started the Common Sense Kids Action effort to mobilize parents to push for public policies that help children, including those related to education.
Sarah Tully, August 2, 2016
1 min read
Education Letter to the Editor On K-12 Issues, One Candidate Is 'Obvious' Choice
To the Editor: From Education Week's July 20 summary of where the Democratic and the Republican presidential candidates stand on education issues, it should be obvious that Hillary Clinton stands head and shoulders over Donald Trump in her support for the public schools that serve 90 percent of the United S...
August 2, 2016
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Education Letter to the Editor Reader Challenges Authors' Stance on School Funding
To the Editor: In the Commentary "Neglecting the Broken Foundation of K-12 Funding" (May 18, 2016), law professors Charles J. Ogletree Jr. and Kimberly Jenkins Robinson make the argument that the funding of public education is broken and beyond repair.
August 2, 2016
1 min read
Education Letter to the Editor Separatism Creates Binary View of Schools
To the Editor: I write in response to the article "The Evolution of the 'Chartered School' " (June 8, 2016).
August 2, 2016
1 min read
School Climate & Safety News in Brief Water Crisis Spurs District Chief in Oregon to Resign Immediately
Embattled in controversy over high lead levels found in water sources at two schools, Portland, Ore., schools Superintendent Carole Smith has resigned.
August 2, 2016
1 min read
School Climate & Safety News in Brief Calif. Adopts Framework With LGBTQ History
California students will begin learning about gay historical figures and about key moments in history involving LGBTQ people and rights with the state board of education's approval of a new social-science and history framework.
Jaclyn Zubrzycki, August 2, 2016
1 min read
Education Funding News in Brief Ohio Asks Judge to Force Attendance-Data Release
Ohio officials want the state’s largest online school forced to turn over attendance data used in determining school funding.
The Associated Press, August 2, 2016
1 min read
School Climate & Safety News in Brief N.J. Schools Given a Year to Test for Lead in Water
The New Jersey board of education will require all districts that haven't yet tested their water for lead to do so within the year and to make those results public.
Denisa R. Superville, August 2, 2016
1 min read
Law & Courts News in Brief District Asks U.S. Chief Justice to Block Restroom Rulings
A Virginia school district has asked U.S. Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. to block lower-court rulings requiring the district to permit a transgender student to use the restroom of his gender identity.
Mark Walsh, August 2, 2016
1 min read
Education Funding News in Brief Voucher-Program Costs Disputed in Indiana
A new report has found Indiana's school voucher program ran up a $53.2 million deficit, but backers of the program say it actually represents a net savings to taxpayers.
The Associated Press, August 2, 2016
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School & District Management News in Brief N.Y.C. to Halt Suspensions Of Pupils in Grades K-2
The New York City school district will end suspensions for students in K-2 and employ alternative, "age-appropriate" discipline methods, the city has announced.
1 min read
Education Funding News in Brief Washington Schools Chief Sues Districts, State Over Salaries
Fed up with legislators' inability to revise the state's school funding formula, Washington state schools superintendent Randy Dorn has filed lawsuits against the state and seven districts, including Seattle, Tacoma, and several large suburban ones.
Daarel Burnette II, August 2, 2016
1 min read
School & District Management News in Brief Michigan to Pay Legal Fees in Detroit Sickout Lawsuit
The state of Michigan will foot the six-figure legal bill for the Detroit schools to sue two employees that the district claims instigated widespread teacher sickouts this past winter and spring.
Corey Mitchell, August 2, 2016
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International News in Brief U.S. Wins Math Olympiad for Second Straight Year
After a 21-year drought, the United States has now won the prestigious high school math competition known as the International Math Olympiad for two years running.
Liana Loewus, August 2, 2016
1 min read
School Climate & Safety News in Brief Federal Guidelines Issued to Prevent ADHD Bias
The U.S. Department of Education has issued guidelines aimed at preventing schools from discriminating against the growing numbers of students with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.
Tribune News Service, August 2, 2016
1 min read
Education Best of the Blogs Blogs of the Week
August 2, 2016
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Richard Carranza
Richard Carranza
Education News in Brief Transitions
Richard Carranza, the superintendent of the San Francisco school system, has been tapped to lead the Houston district.
August 2, 2016
1 min read
School Climate & Safety Report Roundup States Address Dating Violence
Legislatures in 21 states sought this year to expand topics in sex education classes, in many cases to address teen dating violence or child sexual abuse, according to a new legislative analysis.
Sarah D. Sparks, August 2, 2016
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College & Workforce Readiness Report Roundup College Access
About 1 in 5 students who graduate well-prepared for college don't enroll, according to a new ACT report.
Liana Loewus, August 2, 2016
1 min read