January 11, 2017

Education Week, Vol. 36, Issue 17
School & District Management News in Brief Transitions
Katy Anthes, Colorado's interim education commissioner, has been appointed to serve in the role on a permanent basis.
January 11, 2017
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School & District Management Commentary Education Research Needs a Policy Makeover
Researchers must commit to ensuring that their classrooms are welcoming to students of all political stripes, writes Carolyn Sattin-Bajaj.
Carolyn Sattin-Bajaj, January 11, 2017
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School & District Management Commentary The Steep Price of Political Homogeneity
Policymakers are less likely to support a university that appears hostile to roughly half of the electorate, argues Joshua Dunn.
Joshua Dunn, January 11, 2017
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School & District Management Commentary Ed. Scholars Are Talking Past the Public
Education researchers must champion why their research matters and engage unlikely allies outside of the academy, writes David R. Garcia.
David R. Garcia, January 11, 2017
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School & District Management Commentary Why Ed. Scholarship Could Soon Be Sidelined
On the cusp of Donald Trump's inauguration, Frederick M. Hess warns that policymakers could sideline education scholarship because of its left-leaning bias.
Rick Hess, January 11, 2017
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Professional Development More Teachers Seek National Certification
As it revises its certification process, the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards says it's seeing an uptick in applicants.
Madeline Will, January 10, 2017
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Every Student Succeeds Act Existing Tools Offer Trump School Choice Options
Even without the $20 billion voucher program President-elect Donald Trump has championed, the new administration could use a variety of programs to boost school choice.
Andrew Ujifusa, January 10, 2017
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Accountability Letter to the Editor Teacher 'Demoralized' by Evaluation Framework
To the Editor:
This November, I quit my teaching job to protest being subjected to cycles of evaluation under a rubric and evaluation framework inspired by Charlotte Danielson ("It's Time to Rethink Teacher Evaluation," April 20, 2016).
January 10, 2017
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Special Education Letter to the Editor Hirsch's Theories Minimize Value of Intellectual Diversity
To the Editor:
A recent article highlighted the accomplishments of E.D. Hirsch Jr.'s influential career ("Cultural Literacy Creator Carries On Campaign," Oct. 12, 2016). As a former kindergarten teacher and current assistant professor of education, this article really prompted me to think.
January 10, 2017
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Gov. Daniel Malloy (D)
Gov. Daniel Malloy (D)
Education Funding State of the States 2017: Connecticut
Gov. Dannel Malloy will seek to dramatically adjust the way Connecticut distributes more than $4 billion of state aid, he told legislators in his annual address, as the legislature gets back to business for the 2017 session.
Daarel Burnette II, January 10, 2017
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Mississippi Superintendent of Education Carey Wright, top right, briefs members of the House education committee, other lawmakers, and education advocates as the state legislature gets to work for its 2017 session.
Mississippi Superintendent of Education Carey Wright, top right, briefs members of the House education committee, other lawmakers, and education advocates as the state legislature gets to work for its 2017 session.
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Every Student Succeeds Act K-12 Funding, ESSA Hot Topics as State Legislatures Convene
School finance formulas and implementation of the new federal education law are among the issues on the agenda as 50 state legislatures get to work for their 2017 sessions.
Daarel Burnette II, January 10, 2017
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Early Childhood Preschool Linked to Success on Global Math Test
The latest PISA results showed that high-scoring 15-year-olds were more likely than low scorers to have had at least a year of preschool.
Sarah D. Sparks, January 10, 2017
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School Climate & Safety Report Roundup Can Batman Teach Grit?
Pretending to be a character known for perseverance helps young children stay focused, according to a study published last month in Child Development.
Sarah D. Sparks, January 10, 2017
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Early Childhood Report Roundup Child Development
A new report by the Institute of Education Sciences suggests executive function—the collective term for cognitive abilities related to attention, focus, and self-control—is integral to children's academic and social development throughout their school careers and beyond.
Sarah D. Sparks, January 10, 2017
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College & Workforce Readiness Report Roundup Teacher Recruitment
Nearly all states have some sort of alternative teaching certification to help funnel industry experts into teaching career and technical education, finds a new study of state career-tech education teachers, led by Advance CTE, a group that represents state and district officials in career-technical education.
Catherine Gewertz, January 10, 2017
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Early Childhood Report Roundup Early Childhood Education
Head Start education sites look uniform on paper, but dig beneath the surface and you find substantial variation from state to state in program quality, percentage of eligible children enrolled, and teacher salaries.
Christina A. Samuels, January 10, 2017
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Special Education Report Roundup Homeless Students
After years of deepening child poverty, new federal data show a sharp rise in the number of homeless students who also have disabilities or limited English proficiency.
Sarah D. Sparks, January 10, 2017
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School & District Management Report Roundup Computer Science
A new report by the Southern Regional Education Board, or SREB, provides states with a road map to improve computer science education.
Marva Hinton, January 10, 2017
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School & District Management Report Roundup Civic Education
Every state in the country requires students to take courses in social studies or civics in order to graduate high school. But only 37 states require students to take or demonstrate proficiency on tests in these subjects, and just 17 include social studies or civics proficiency in accountability systems, finds a new report from the Education Commission of the States' National Center for Learning and Civic Engagement.
Jaclyn Zubrzycki, January 10, 2017
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IT Management Ransomware Attacks Force School Districts to Shore Up—or Pay Up
Schools are being hit with a form of malware that locks away computer files unless they can be restored from backups or a ransom is paid.
Leo Doran, January 10, 2017
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School Climate & Safety News in Brief Mich. Schools Can Ban Guns, State Appeals Court Rules
Michigan public schools can ban guns from their premises, the state appeals court ruled last month, rejecting a challenge by gun rights groups and parents who are licensed to carry firearms.
The Associated Press, January 10, 2017
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Education Funding News in Brief N.Y. Gov. Pushes Free Tuition for Most of State's Students
Hundreds of thousands of New York students would be able to attend college for free under a proposal announced by Gov. Andrew Cuomo to make state universities tuition-free for residents earning $125,000 or less.
Tribune News Service, January 10, 2017
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School & District Management News in Brief Buffalo School Board Seeks to Remove Trump Supporter
A school board in upstate New York has voted to hire a law firm in an effort to remove a Donald Trump supporter for the board member's racist comments about President Barack Obama and his wife.
The Associated Press, January 10, 2017
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Every Student Succeeds Act News in Brief Trump Taps GOP Ed. Adviser for White House Policy Post
Rob Goad, a one-time top aide to Rep. Luke Messer, R-Ind., will serve as the education policy point person on the White House Domestic Policy Council under President-elect Donald Trump.
Alyson Klein, January 10, 2017
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Education Funding News in Brief Pa. School District Not Liable for Charter-Teacher Pensions
In a precedent-setting ruling, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court said a school district is not liable for paying pension contributions that a closed charter school failed to make to a state pension fund for teachers.
Tribune News Service, January 10, 2017
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Every Student Succeeds Act News in Brief District Leaders Protest State A-F Grading Mandates for Schools
District administrators in Alabama and Texas are protesting the A-F report cards mandated by their state legislatures, which force the states' education departments to evaluate their schools and school districts with letter grades.
Daarel Burnette II, January 10, 2017
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Law & Courts News in Brief Senate Education Committee Gets Three New Members
The U.S. Senate education committee will have three new members during the 115th session of Congress, including the Democratic nominee for vice president in 2016 and two freshmen senators.
Andrew Ujifusa, January 10, 2017
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Teaching Profession News in Brief Ind. Performance-Pay Plan Benefits Well-to-Do Districts
Teachers in some of Indiana's wealthiest school districts will get the largest share of $40 million in performance pay that the state made available this year for high-performing educators, with urban districts seeing much less.
The Associated Press, January 10, 2017
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President Barack Obama prepares to sign the Every Student Succeeds Act, on Dec. 10, 2015. The administration took office with an ambitious agenda on K-12 issues, fueled by federal aid to help the nation recover from the recession.
President Barack Obama prepares to sign the Every Student Succeeds Act, on Dec. 10, 2015. The administration took office with an ambitious agenda on K-12 issues, fueled by federal aid to help the nation recover from the recession.
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Every Student Succeeds Act Obama's Legacy on K-12 One of Bold Achievements, Fierce Blowback
The president entered office in 2009 with education a top priority, scoring game-changing policy wins in some areas before hitting stiff headwinds in his second term.
Alyson Klein, January 10, 2017
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