Issues

April 19, 2017

Education Week, Vol. 36, Issue 28
Every Student Succeeds Act Approved ESSA Plans: Explainer and Key Takeaways From Each State
Here's a breakdown of what states and the District of Columbia plan to do with their new flexibility under the Every Student Succeeds Act to set achievement goals and take other action in the area of school accountability.
April 21, 2017
IT Management Algorithmic Bias a Rising Concern for K-12 Ed-Tech Field
RAND researchers argue that it's important to raise awareness about the role that algorithms play in K-12 and other fields such as criminal justice and banking.
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IT Management Mobile Learning, Cybersecurity Are Top Priorites for Ed-Tech Leaders
Despite the recent scaling up of the open educational resources movement, the report also found a shift in district officials' preferences for proprietary digital resources.
Sarah Schwartz, April 18, 2017
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School & District Management Opinion How to Hire a Superintendent Who Will Stick Around
Here are five common pitfalls when hiring new district leadership and how to avoid them, writes Cathy Mincberg.
Cathy Mincberg, April 18, 2017
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Mathematics Statistics Lessons Get New Look in Early Grades
The subject's profile is rising in elementary schools, thanks to the common core and growing demand for statisticians.
Sarah D. Sparks, April 18, 2017
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Betty Rodriguez, right, comforts her granddaughter Giselle at a prayer service after a fatal school shooting in San Bernardino, Calif., that left a student and a teacher dead and another child wounded.
Betty Rodriguez, right, comforts her granddaughter Giselle at a prayer service after a fatal school shooting in San Bernardino, Calif., that left a student and a teacher dead and another child wounded.
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School Climate & Safety Calif. Shooting Redoubles Attention to School Security Protocols
The man who shot two students and his estranged wife in a special education classroom entered a San Bernardino, Calif., elementary school with approval from office staff, officials said.
Evie Blad, April 18, 2017
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Technical education instructor John Juckem leads a class in the newly built machine shop at Sheboygan North High School in Sheboygan, Wis.
Technical education instructor John Juckem leads a class in the newly built machine shop at Sheboygan North High School in Sheboygan, Wis.
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Budget & Finance Do Private Donations Reinforce School Disparities?
An Education Week analysis of three neighboring Wis. districts shows how private dollars help shape differences in public schools.
Francisco Vara-Orta, April 18, 2017
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Families & the Community How Parents Widen—or Shrink—Academic Gaps
Middle-class parents are more adept than low-income families at navigating the social networks that link their children to school opportunities.
Sarah D. Sparks & Alex Harwin, April 18, 2017
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High schoolers Jackson Laferriere, left, and Noah Lemoine fill out work sheets in teacher Natalie O’Brien’s civics class in North Smithfield, R.I. The state already collects school-level spending data.
High schoolers Jackson Laferriere, left, and Noah Lemoine fill out work sheets in teacher Natalie O’Brien’s civics class in North Smithfield, R.I. The state already collects school-level spending data.
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Every Student Succeeds Act ESSA Aims to Shine Brighter Light on Per-Pupil Spending
States and districts gird for the federal K-12 law’s new mandate for school-by-school spending data that can prove both complex and elusive.
Daarel Burnette II, April 18, 2017
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Tessa Horstmann, a tutor at Impact Academy at Orchard Lake, helps Ashton Ruiz learn to identify letters. The Lakeville, Minn., public school is among an estimated 115 teacher-powered schools that are operating in 18 states.
Tessa Horstmann, a tutor at Impact Academy at Orchard Lake, helps Ashton Ruiz learn to identify letters. The Lakeville, Minn., public school is among an estimated 115 teacher-powered schools that are operating in 18 states.
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School & District Management In Minnesota and U.S., Teacher-Powered Schools Take Root
Impact Academy at Orchard Lake is among a growing number of public schools where teachers have a say in what goes on, from the learning approach to staffing and scheduling.
Madeline Will, April 18, 2017
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Federal Opinion The Trump Budget Puts America's Students Last
Proposed Trump budget cuts would be devastating for low-income students and magnify summer learning loss, says Margaret McKenna.
Margaret McKenna, April 18, 2017
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Advice From a Formerly Homeless Youth: The first step in achieving educational equity for homeless students is to make them more visible, argues researcher Earl J. Edwards.
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Federal Opinion Advice From a Formerly Homeless Youth
The first step in achieving educational equity for homeless students is to make them more visible, argues researcher Earl J. Edwards.
Earl J. Edwards, April 18, 2017
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College & Workforce Readiness Report Roundup Black Teachers Make a Difference
Low-income black boys showed benefits from having a black teacher in grades 3 to 5.
Madeline Will, April 18, 2017
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School & District Management Report Roundup Music Education
A new study from the University of Maryland indicates that those who participated in K-12 music education are more likely to continue to be involved with the arts as adults.
Jaclyn Zubrzycki, April 18, 2017
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Teaching Profession Report Roundup Merit Pay
Teacher participation in a merit-pay program led to the equivalent of four extra weeks of student learning, according to a new analysis of 44 studies of incentive-pay initiatives in the United States and abroad.
Brenda Iasevoli, April 18, 2017
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School & District Management Report Roundup School Schedules
Starting the high school day a little later is associated with higher rates of attendance and ultimately graduation, finds a study in the April issue of the journal Sleep Health.
Marva Hinton, April 18, 2017
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Teaching Profession Report Roundup Teachers
In the past 25 years, the American teaching force has grown significantly, becoming less experienced but more diverse, a new analysis by the National Center on Education Statistics finds.
Sarah D. Sparks, April 18, 2017
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College & Workforce Readiness Letter to the Editor Academe Is Politically 'Out of Step' With the Nation as a Whole
To the Editor:
"[Frederick M.] Hess is overreaching when he argues that academe is 'unrepresentative of the nation as a whole,' " says Ron Wolk, the founding editor of Education Week, in a March 8 letter to the editor ("K-12 Scholarship's Leftward Tilt Is No Surprise and Not a Concern"). Wolk cites liberal Hillary Clinton's popular-vote victory. "It's more accurate to say that academe is out of step with the ultra-conservative minority that has moved further right as the world has changed," he says.
April 18, 2017
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School Climate & Safety Letter to the Editor Parents Need to Feel Empowered
To the Editor:
Kudos to Trise Moore and to the Federal Way public school system in Washington state for developing a community- and family-engagement model in schools that empowers parents to advocate for their children ("Giving Parents a Prominent Voice in Schools," Education Week, Feb. 22, 2017). It is heartening to not only learn about such programs, but to read that they are being used as models for other districts to emulate.
April 18, 2017
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Special Education Letter to the Editor When It Comes to Service Learning, Students Are Community Partners
To the Editor:
Thank you for shining a spotlight on service learning in the first-person piece by San Francisco teacher Kyle Redford ("How Can We Make Service Learning Less Self-Serving?," Education Week Teacher, Feb. 28, 2017).
April 18, 2017
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Education Funding News in Brief More Security for Secretary DeVos Adds Millions More to Costs
Government officials say that U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos requires additional security detail because of a threat to her safety and that it may cost up to $7.8 million through September to protect her.
The Associated Press, April 18, 2017
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School & District Management News in Brief Student-Newspaper Probe Leads to Principal's Resignation
An incoming high school principal has resigned in Kansas after student reporters investigated and raised questions about her credentials.
The Associated Press, April 18, 2017
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School Climate & Safety News in Brief Group Seeks Processed-Meat Ban in Two California Districts
An advocacy group last week sued the Los Angeles school district for serving hot dogs and other processed meats to students, arguing that they increase the risk of cancer.
The Associated Press, April 18, 2017
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Science News in Brief Climate-Change Skeptics Lobbying Science Teachers
The Heartland Institute, a libertarian think tank, is on a quest to deliver mailers to 200,000 teachers encouraging them to consider and teach explanations for global warming that reject humans' role in a changing climate, PBS's Frontline reports.
Jaclyn Zubrzycki, April 18, 2017
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Equity & Diversity News in Brief Transgender Supporters Survive Ballot-Box Challenge in Illinois
School board candidates who supported a plan to let a transgender student use the girls' locker room at a suburban Chicago school have survived an election challenge.
The Associated Press, April 18, 2017
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Federal News in Brief Evers Wins Re-Election as Wisconsin Schools Chief
Superintendent Tony Evers easily won a third term as Wisconsin's top education official over an underfunded conservative opponent dogged by questions over whether he broke state law by using a public school account to send campaign-related emails.
The Associated Press, April 18, 2017
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Equity & Diversity News in Brief U.S. Court Rules Title VII Covers Sexual Orientation in Workplace
Ruling in the case of an Indiana community college instructor, a federal appeals court has held that employment bias based on sexual orientation is covered by Title VII's prohibition against sex discrimination.
Mark Walsh, April 18, 2017
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Teaching Profession News in Brief Connecticut, New Mexico Relax Use of Test Scores in Teacher Reviews
Connecticut's state school board voted last week to prohibit the use of students' standardized-test scores in evaluating a teacher's job performance.
Emmanuel Felton, April 18, 2017
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Federal News in Brief New Federal Law Could Affect Students' Internet Privacy
President Donald Trump has signed into law a measure that critics say clears a path for internet-service providers to share and sell customers' web-browsing histories and other personal data, a decision that could have ramifications for student privacy.
Sean Cavanagh, April 18, 2017
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