August 30, 2017
Education Week, Vol. 37, Issue 02
Education Letter to the Editor Hire Retired Educators for Classroom Observations
In the article "Principals are Loath to Give Their Teachers Bad Ratings" Marilyn Boerke, a director of district talent development in Washington state, is quoted as saying, "If you haven't repeatedly gone into the classroom and given suggestions for improvements, it's not really fair to give a poor evaluation."
Education Letter to the Editor Unions Are Barrier to Better Teachers
To the Editor: Education Week Teacher blogger Nancy Flanagan recently wrote about how some states require a higher score on state certification tests for teacher-licensing exams—which makes it "unreasonably difficult" to get into teaching—while others eliminate licensing requirements to fill classr...
College & Workforce Readiness Public School Officials Are Artificially Inflating Graduation Rates. I've Seen It Myself
Fraudulent graduation practices give a false sense of educational progress, charges former New York City administrator Bernard Gassaway.
Early Childhood Delaying Child's Starting Age for School a Tough Call for Parents
New research suggesting that older kindergartners have an edge over their younger classmates complicates an already difficult decision.
Equity & Diversity Racial Discrimination Was Behind Ethnic-Studies Courses Ban, Judge Rules
A federal judge has ruled that Arizona's ban on ethnic studies courses was motivated by racial discrimination.
School & District Management The District Where Principals Run Their Schools—and Teach
Some educator attest to the benefits while other experts argue the double duty can't work in many schools.
School & District Management Teachers Working in DeVos Ed. Dept. Tread a Fine Line
Teacher ambassador fellows work hard to keep teachers' voices in the federal policy mix—even if the education secretary doesn't always heed their advice.
Every Student Succeeds Act An Unlikely ESSA Provision: Warning on Copyright Piracy
Language in the sweeping federal law—added at the urging of the film, music, and publishing industries—advises schools to get the message out about copyright laws.
Every Student Succeeds Act State Ed. Chiefs Have New Duties. But Does Their Pay Match Up?
Despite new ESSA-era responsibilities, many state schools superintendents earn much less than the heads of big local districts in their states, an Education Week salary review finds.
Every Student Succeeds Act State Superintendent Salaries: How Much Do They Make? (Explore the Data)
State superintendents in recent years have been given increased responsibilities, but in many cases their salaries have not kept pace. That's had implications for recruitment and retention.
Education Funding State Superintendents: What's in Their Hiring Deals?
The agreements for these high-profile jobs are often chock-full of sweeteners and performance incentives, as well as hard-nosed details about duties.
Families & the Community Student Protest Over Dress Code Leads to Parents' Arrest in Miss.
A protest over the dress code at a Mississippi high school has resulted in the arrest of some parents for trespassing.
School & District Management Unveiling New School, Maine's Governor Labels Teachers 'A Dime a Dozen'
Maine Gov. Paul LePage criticized traditional education while unveiling a new vocational school, describing classroom teachers as "a dime a dozen."
College & Workforce Readiness Beleaguered Ohio Online Charter School Wants to Take on Dropout Recovery
ECOT, Ohio's online charter giant that one study found produced more dropouts than any other school in the nation, is moving into the dropout-prevention line of business.
Special Education Incorrect Special Ed. Rules Listed on Vermont Website for Four Years
Officials at the Vermont education department say incorrect rules for special education services have been posted on the state website for four years.
Law & Courts Federal Appeals Court Rejects Appeal From Praying Coach
A Washington state high school football coach took advantage of his position when he prayed on the field after games and is not entitled to immediately get his job back, a federal appeals court ruled last week.
School & District Management Ferguson Superintendent Charged With Improper Use of Credit Card
The superintendent of the Ferguson-Florissant school district has been arrested on charges that he used a credit card belonging to his former North Carolina district without authorization.
School Climate & Safety Suicide Rates of Teenage Girls Reach Record 40-Year High
The rate of teenage girls who committed suicide is double what it was in 2007 and the highest in 40 years for that age group, according to newly released data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Law & Courts LGBT Group Sues Government for Records on Transgender-Guidance-Policy Shift
A prominent LGBT legal group has sued the U.S. departments of Education and Justice for records related to the agencies' decision to withdraw federal guidance on the rights of transgender students in public schools.
Classroom Technology Twenty-One Percent of Schools Offer Online-Only Courses
Twenty-one percent of U.S. schools offer courses that are entirely online, without any brick-and-mortar activities, and charter schools are much more likely than traditional schools to offer such courses.