July 19, 2017
Education Week, Vol. 36, Issue 37
Early Childhood Fierce Debate Over Sign-Language Use by Some Deaf Students
A new study suggests long-term use of sign language may hold back the speech and reading skills of children who use cochlear implants to create a sense of sound.
School & District Management Social-Emotional-Learning Researchers Gather Input From Educators
Educators and researchers are working together to shape the next phase of research around social-emotional learning and student engagement.
Student Well-Being Letter to the Editor Is Social-Emotional Learning a Hoax? Readers Respond
Checker E. Finn Jr.'s recent Commentary questioning the validity of social-emotional learning sparked an outpouring of responses from readers. Here’s what they had to say.
Equity & Diversity For School Improvement, Demographics Aren’t Destiny
Many "good" schools are just skating by on their students' privileged backgrounds and family resources, writes Karin Chenoweth.
College & Workforce Readiness Social-Emotional Learning
Programs that teach students how to recognize their emotions, solve problems, and form healthy relationships may continue to show positive benefits for students months or years after they complete them, concludes a new meta-analysis in the journal Child Development.
Ed-Tech Policy As Part of STEM Effort, Girl Scouts to Offer Cybersecurity Badges
The Girl Scouts of the USA will soon offer badges in cybersecurity for girls in grades K-12 as part of a growing national effort to bring technological skill and digital savvy to America's schoolchildren.
College & Workforce Readiness Most Republicans Have Negative View of Higher Education, Poll Finds
Republicans are becoming increasingly critical of the effect higher education is having on American life, with 58 percent saying colleges and universities exert a negative impact on the country, according to a study released last week.
College & Workforce Readiness Despite Ruling, Arizona Regents Offer In-State Tuition to Some Immigrants
Public universities in Arizona say they will continue to allow in-state tuition for young immigrants who came to the United States at an early age despite a recent court decision that threw it in doubt.
Classroom Technology Ohio's Troubled Online School Loses More Court Battles in Repayment Feud
In yet another legal blow, the Ohio Supreme Court last week rejected online school giant Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow's requests to block the state from collecting $60.4 million in overpayments for inflating its attendance.
School & District Management Settlement Expected to Send More Aid to Neediest Schools in Los Angeles
The Los Angeles school board has authorized the settlement of a lawsuit that would send more money to the district's neediest schools over the next three years for resources to improve African-American and Latino student achievement.
School & District Management In 11th Hour, N.Y. Legislature Extends Mayor's Control Over N.Y.C. Schools
In a special session, New York state's legislature has extended Mayor Bill de Blasio's control of New York City schools for two years.
College & Workforce Readiness 19 Attorneys General Sue Secretary for Delaying Rules Aimed at For-Profit Colleges
Democratic attorneys general from 18 states and the District of Columbia have sued U.S. Education Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos over her decision to suspend rules that were meant to protect students from abuse by for-profit colleges.
Federal Dozens of Democratic Senators Voice Concerns About DeVos and Civil Rights
Thirty-four Democratic senators have sent U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos a letter expressing their concerns with the direction of civil rights enforcement under her administration.
Federal Thousands of English-Learners Fall Short on Test of Language Skills
A scoring change to a widely used English-proficiency test has led to thousands of students being retained in classes for ELLs.
Every Student Succeeds Act States Bristle as DeVos Ed. Dept. Critiques Their ESSA Plans
The first round of federal feedback has some warning that federal officials are being too prescriptive in weighing how the states intend to put the Every Student Succeeds Act into effect.
College & Workforce Readiness What the Trump Administration Could Do to Improve Student Loans
The federal financial-aid process is too complicated for students. Here’s how to simplify it, writes a policy expert.
Teaching Profession NEA President: 'No Reason to Trust' Betsy DeVos
Lily Eskelsen García sat down with Education Week to talk about the National Education Association’s engagement with the U.S. secretary of education, the threat posed by a looming U.S. Supreme Court case, and the union’s new, tougher charter-school policy.
Student Well-Being As Schools Tackle Poverty, Attendance Goes Up, But Academic Gains Are Tepid
Flooding impoverished schools with health and social services is not new, but these so-called "community schools" initiatives are gaining steam in places like New York City. But is it an effective strategy for improving long struggling schools?