September 21, 2016
Education Week, Vol. 36, Issue 05
Teaching Profession Projects Couple Affordable Teacher Housing With New School Construction
A Newark, N.J., complex’s ties to charter schools has created tensions in the district.
Education Letter to the Editor Teacher Shortage No Reason To Omit Physics Classes
To the Editor: Physics isn't offered at two out of five high schools? ("Physics Not Offered at 2 in 5 High Schools, Analysis Finds," Aug. 24, 2016) There is no reason for that. Physics can be taught through experimentation, but it can also be taught by focusing on the ideas behind the scie...
Education Letter to the Editor ESSA Alone Not Enough To Help Students
To the Editor: The Every Student Succeeds Act seems like more of the same rhetoric we saw under No Child Left Behind ("Weighing In on ESSA," Aug. 24, 2016). Accountability and subgroup disaggregation are still prominent. Yet, there is limited information on public school choice, the financial impac...
Education Letter to the Editor Teacher-Prep Accreditation 'Appears to Be in Disarray'
To the Editor: I was dismayed as I read the piece about the current accreditation of teacher education programs and how the process appears to be in disarray ("Teacher-Prep Accreditation Group Seeks Traction," Aug. 24, 2016). I have fond memories of my involvement with the National Council for Accr...
Education Letter to the Editor District Effort Can Assist Teacher-Training Process
To the Editor: In the Aug. 24, 2016, issue of Education Week, Marc F. Bernstein's Commentary presented an excellent argument for recertifying teachers by giving teachers and their unions responsibility for implementing that process. Bernstein accurately reviews the issues with reform, such as poor implement...
Infrastructure State Ed-Tech Leaders Outline Ambitious Broadband Goals
Despite major strides in getting schools connected to the internet, state ed-tech leaders are calling for redoubled efforts to provide equitable access to technology.
Student Well-Being From Our Research Center Teachers Seize On 'Growth Mindset,' But Crave More Training
An Education Week Research Center survey highlights teachers' enthusiasm for the concept and their desire for more professional development on how to effectively use it in their classrooms.
Education ESSA Testing Rules: The Public Weighs In
The U.S. Department of Education recently released two sets of proposed regulations that deal with how student testing will work under the Every Student Succeeds Act. The official "comment period" ended earlier this month, and more than 100 educators, parents, and advocates took the opportunity to offer their thoughts.
Every Student Succeeds Act Fresh Policy Leverage Waits as Governors' Contests Heat Up
A dozen states pick governors Nov. 8, and they'll play a crucial role in setting the education agenda under the new Every Student Succeeds Act.
Every Student Succeeds Act Flashpoints Emerge as States Step Up ESSA Planning
Tight timelines and the requirement for a summative rating for schools are among the issues officials must navigate as they craft accountability plans under the new federal law.
Federal 'Back-to-School' Bus Tour Focuses on Obama Education Legacy
U.S. Secretary of Education John B. King Jr.'s swing through six Southern states included stops highlighting the administration's competitive-grant programs.
School Climate & Safety H.S. Athletes Emulate NFL Star on Anthem
San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick made headlines for refusing to stand during "The Star-Spangled Banner" in protest of what he perceived to be racial inequalities and injustices in the United States. The incident has inspired similar protests by a number of high school students.
School & District Management School Choice
Officials often struggle to determine if students participating in school choice programs like vouchers and education savings accounts are receiving the "equitable services" they are entitled to under federal law, such as speech therapy and reading tutors, according to a report from the U.S. Government Accountability Office.
School Climate & Safety Food Insecurity
It's not news that traditional school meal programs for students in poverty don't work as well for busy and hyper-self-conscious teenagers, but new research throws the problem into graphic relief: Teenagers shoplifted, sold drugs, or traded sex to get enough food for themselves and their families.
Equity & Diversity Mich. Guidelines Urge Inclusive Treatment of LGBT Students
Michigan's board of education last week approved voluntary guidelines that urge schools to create an inclusive environment for LGBT students, including by letting transgender students use restrooms and locker rooms consistent with their chosen gender identity.
Special Education Texas Schools Reported To Deny Spec. Ed. Services
More than a dozen Texas teachers and administrators say they delayed or denied special education to students with disabilities in order to stay below the benchmark state officials set for the number of students who should get such services.
College & Workforce Readiness Access to Higher Education
As college-application season ramps up once again, an annual survey of college-admissions officers reiterates an important message for high school students who are worried about their SAT or ACT scores: The classes you take and the grades you earn are far more important than your test scores.
College & Workforce Readiness U.S. House Passes Version Of Perkins Reauthorization
The U.S. House of Representatives last week approved a reauthorization of the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act.
Student Well-Being Mercury Contaminates Las Vegas School
Investigators say they're puzzled by the significant amount of mercury found at a Las Vegas school, days after a few dribbles of the neurotoxin were first discovered and forced more than a thousand students into a quarantine that lasted overnight.