Issues

August 31, 2016

Education Week, Vol. 36, Issue 02
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School & District Management Opinion NAACP's Call for K-12 Charter Moratorium Is Wrong
The NAACP's call for no new charters places them on the wrong side of history, writes Howard Fuller.
Howard Fuller, August 31, 2016
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Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton hailed a federal judge’s order blocking, for now, Obama administration guidelines aimed at broadening transgender students’ access to restrooms and locker rooms in schools.
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton hailed a federal judge’s order blocking, for now, Obama administration guidelines aimed at broadening transgender students’ access to restrooms and locker rooms in schools.
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Law & Courts Judge Blocks Guidance On Transgender Rights
The national debate over transgender rights took yet another turn after a federal judge in Texas temporarily blocked the Obama administration from enforcing new guidelines meant to expand students' access to restrooms and locker rooms in schools.
Evie Blad & Christina A. Samuels, August 30, 2016
3 min read
Every Student Succeeds Act Questions Loom as ESSA Funding Awaits
As the Education Department moves closer to issuing draft spending regulations under the new education law, past guidance may offer clues to its thinking on the issue.
Andrew Ujifusa, August 30, 2016
5 min read
Among the House of Representatives’ most conservative members, U.S. Rep. Virginia Foxx, R-N.C., co-chaired the Republican Party’s platform committee at its recent convention.
Among the House of Representatives’ most conservative members, U.S. Rep. Virginia Foxx, R-N.C., co-chaired the Republican Party’s platform committee at its recent convention.
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Every Student Succeeds Act Q&A: Rep. Virginia Foxx, R-N.C., Talks ESSA, K-12 Policy
North Carolina congresswoman Virginia Foxx is a feisty member of the House education committee and was chairwoman of the Republican Party's platform committee at its recent convention.
Andrew Ujifusa, August 30, 2016
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Families & the Community Gaps Found to Shrink Between Rich and Poor Students
Research finds that children from low-income families are coming to school better prepared than in past years.
Sarah D. Sparks, August 30, 2016
3 min read
College & Workforce Readiness ACT Scores Slip as Ranks of Test-Takers Grow
A significant increase in the number of students taking the ACT college-readiness test may help explain the slight dip in scores for 2016, says ACT.
Liana Loewus, August 30, 2016
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Federal U.S. State Department Tackles Gender Gap in STEM Participation
Special programs lure students to the United States from the Middle East and North Africa to develop skills in science, technology, engineering, and math.
Taylor Lewis, August 30, 2016
7 min read
Recruitment & Retention Teacher Diversity Gap Poses a Steep Climb
Without substantial patches to the teacher pipeline, the goal of reaching a broadly diverse teacher workforce likely won't be achieved within the next half-century, according to a new report.
Madeline Will, August 30, 2016
6 min read
School & District Management Charter Schools Aren't Good for Blacks, Civil Rights Groups Say
Will the NAACP and the Movement for Black Lives' demands to halt new charters sway black support for the sector?
Arianna Prothero, August 30, 2016
6 min read
About 1,000 students participated in the 9th-annual Maine Learning Technology Initiative Student Conference at the University of Maine in Orono in 2012. They learned about digital game design and other computer skills.
About 1,000 students participated in the 9th-annual Maine Learning Technology Initiative Student Conference at the University of Maine in Orono in 2012. They learned about digital game design and other computer skills.
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Infrastructure Maine 1-to-1 Computing Initiative Under Microscope
Gov. Paul LePage has called for a review of his state's groundbreaking digital learning program, questioning the impact of the effort on student achievement.
Benjamin Herold, August 30, 2016
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Assessment Back to School: Taking the Public's Pulse
Two new polls gauging American opinion on K-12 schooling, from the journal Education Next and PDK International, help capture public opinion on common-core standards and standardized testing.
August 30, 2016
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Equity & Diversity Opinion Q&A With Christopher Emdin: Reaching Students of Color
Educator Christopher Emdin talks to Education Week Commentary about what white teachers who engage with students "in the hood" need to know.
August 30, 2016
8 min read
Head Start teacher Yolanda Gladney reads to 3-year-olds LaTruth Alexander, Rome Williams, and Emily Valdez-Rojo, during the first week of school at the Skelly campus of the Community Action Project in Tulsa, Okla.
Head Start teacher Yolanda Gladney reads to 3-year-olds LaTruth Alexander, Rome Williams, and Emily Valdez-Rojo, during the first week of school at the Skelly campus of the Community Action Project in Tulsa, Okla.
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Early Childhood Studies on Head Start Bolster Arguments for Long-Term Impact
A pair of new studies, taking different approaches, say the $8.6 billion federal preschool program has measurable continuing benefits in a number of key areas.
Christina A. Samuels, August 30, 2016
7 min read
Classroom Technology Report Roundup Special Education
Special education teachers are more likely than general education teachers to use mobile apps with their students, but are not receiving enough formal training on the use of mobile technology for instructional purposes, a report says.
Michelle R. Davis, August 30, 2016
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Equity & Diversity Report Roundup District Hot Spots Identified for Economic Segregation
The nation's most economically segregated school districts are highlighted in a report released last week by EdBuild, a nonprofit organization that studies school funding issues.
Andrew Ujifusa, August 30, 2016
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College & Workforce Readiness Report Roundup Charter Schools
Texas charter schools, on average, appear to negatively affect students' future earnings, according to a working paper by two economists.
Arianna Prothero, August 30, 2016
1 min read
School Climate & Safety Report Roundup Cyberbullying
The likelihood of cyberbullying is about seven times greater between current or former friends or dating partners than between young people who don't know each other, a study says.
Jason Kazi, August 30, 2016
1 min read
Equity & Diversity Report Roundup STEM Careers
It's hard to be one of only a few students of your race in a science field, but new research suggests the possibility of helping your own community can spur students to become trailblazers.
Sarah D. Sparks, August 30, 2016
1 min read
Education Letter to the Editor U.S. Budget Priorities Are Flawed
To the Editor:
In the midst of nationwide calls by communities to end police brutality, a July 8, 2016, post on Education Week's Politics K-12 blog covered a report by the U.S. Department of Education indicating that states and cities across the country have increased spending on prisons and jails at triple the rate of funding for public education in preschool through 12th grade ("Corrections Spending Grows at Triple the Rate of School Funding, Ed. Dept. Reports").
August 30, 2016
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School Climate & Safety News in Brief Many Schools Remain Closed Following Flooding in Louisiana
Historic flooding that swept across southern Louisiana continued to keep scores of schools closed and thousands of students out of their classrooms last week as a massive cleanup effort got underway in a wide swath of the state.
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Teaching Profession News in Brief Judge Rules Against Detroit Over Teacher Sickouts
A judge has ruled against the Detroit school district in its lawsuit against two teachers involved in teacher sickouts.
Tribune News Service, August 30, 2016
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School Choice & Charters News in Brief La. Private Schools Take Students Without Funding
The waiting list for students hoping to attend private schools through Louisiana's voucher program has been cut nearly in half, after schools agreed to take in more students without certainty they'll get state funding.
The Associated Press, August 30, 2016
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School Choice & Charters News in Brief Founder of Pa. Online School Admits to Federal Tax Fraud
The founder and former CEO of an online public school that educates thousands of Pennsylvania students pleaded guilty last week to federal tax fraud.
The Associated Press, August 30, 2016
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School Choice & Charters News in Brief Mailer Tarring Public School Leads Charter CEO to Resign
The CEO of a Pennsylvania charter school is resigning after a mailer promoting the school cited a 2015 drug arrest at a nearby public high school.
The Associated Press, August 30, 2016
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Teaching Profession News in Brief Florida Teachers Push Back On Mandated Collaboration
Research has shown that when teachers collaborate, their practice changes, and student learning improves.
Madeline Will, August 30, 2016
1 min read
Education News in Brief Ky. Education Officials Find 200-Plus Violations on Tests
Kentucky officials have determined that 241 testing violations occurred on required statewide tests for the 2014-15 school year.
The Associated Press, August 30, 2016
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School Climate & Safety News in Brief Orlando Students Stay Away After Threats on Twitter
More than 900 students were absent from three Orlando-area schools after authorities say a man posted threats on Twitter to shoot students and put pipe bombs inside the Florida campuses.
The Associated Press, August 30, 2016
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English-Language Learners News in Brief Dual-Language, Bilingual Ed. Expanding in Los Angeles
The Los Angeles district is redoubling its commitment to language immersion and bilingual education, starting with the addition of nine dual-language programs this school year.
Corey Mitchell, August 30, 2016
1 min read
Education News in Brief Texas Penalizes Vendor ETS After Glitches Mar Testing
Texas is fining the Educational Testing Service $5.7 million—and ordering it to invest $15 million in future safeguards—after computer glitches caused problems in statewide testing last school year.
The Associated Press, August 30, 2016
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