August 30, 2017

Education Week, Vol. 37, Issue 02
Education Letter to the Editor A Bridge Between Students and the Police
A blog post from earlier this summer poses interesting questions about whether students should be required to learn appropriate behavior when interacting with police.
August 29, 2017
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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."
August 29, 2017
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Education Letter to the Editor District HR Teams Need More Support
Education Week's inside look at a sampling of some states' teacher-evaluation ratings raises questions about the data and some observations about districts' capacity to properly evaluate teaching.
August 29, 2017
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Education Letter to the Editor Strategic Support for 'Unexpected' Schools
To the Editor: Karin Chenoweth's Commentary on the systems behind "unexpected" schools' success ("What 'Unexpected' Schools Do That Other Schools Don't," July 19, 2017) is right on target.
August 29, 2017
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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...
August 29, 2017
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Public School Officials Are Artificially Inflating Graduation Rates: Fraudulent graduation practices give a false sense of educational progress, charges former New York City administrator Bernard Gassaway.
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College & Workforce Readiness Commentary 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.
Bernard Gassaway, August 29, 2017
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College & Workforce Readiness Commentary Credit Recovery May Be Flawed, But It's Fixable
Eliminating credit recovery as a path to graduation would do more harm than good, writes one assistant superintendent.
Monique Darrisaw-Akil, August 29, 2017
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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.
Christina A. Samuels, August 29, 2017
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Protesters gather to support the Tucson Unified School District after Superintendent of Public Instruction John Huppenthal announced earlier this week that the district violated state law by teaching its Mexican-American studies program. A state audit contradicts Huppenthal’s finding, saying “no observable evidence was present to suggest that any classroom within the Tucson Unified School District is in direct violation of the law."
Protesters gather to support the Tucson Unified School District after Superintendent of Public Instruction John Huppenthal announced earlier this week that the district violated state law by teaching its Mexican-American studies program. A state audit contradicts Huppenthal’s finding, saying “no observable evidence was present to suggest that any classroom within the Tucson Unified School District is in direct violation of the law."
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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.
The Associated Press, August 29, 2017
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Dana McCauley, the principal of Crellin Elementary School in Oakland, Md., for 15 years, spends about three hours a day teaching in the K-5 school. Her teaching staff says McCauley’s double duty gives her a deeper understanding of what works in classrooms.
Dana McCauley, the principal of Crellin Elementary School in Oakland, Md., for 15 years, spends about three hours a day teaching in the K-5 school. Her teaching staff says McCauley’s double duty gives her a deeper understanding of what works in classrooms.
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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.
Denisa R. Superville, August 29, 2017
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Melody Arabo, a teacher at Keith Elementary School in West Bloomfield Hills, Mich., will be commuting back and forth this year between her job as a teacher ambassador fellow at the U.S. Department of Education and her home in Michigan—part of her commitment to representing her fellow teachers.
Melody Arabo, a teacher at Keith Elementary School in West Bloomfield Hills, Mich., will be commuting back and forth this year between her job as a teacher ambassador fellow at the U.S. Department of Education and her home in Michigan—part of her commitment to representing her fellow teachers.
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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.
Madeline Will, August 29, 2017
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Every Student Succeeds Act How States Will Slice ESSA's New Block-Grant Pie
Most will distribute their share of the $400 million flexible funding grant through a formula rather than a competition, which means many districts will just get a small portion.
Alyson Klein, August 29, 2017
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References to “copyright piracy” appear in ESSA sections focused on technology and parent outreach.
References to “copyright piracy” appear in ESSA sections focused on technology and parent outreach.
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.
Sean Cavanagh, August 29, 2017
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Education Funding Report Roundup Teacher Pay
Teachers who work at high-poverty schools and with mostly students of colorare paid less than their peers at affluent schools with mostly white students—but the disparity is worse than people think, argues a new paper from Bellwether Education Partners.
Liana Loewus, August 29, 2017
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Reading & Literacy Report Roundup Character Education
Children are more likely to learn and apply character lessons from books that feature human characters than from stories using humanlike animals, finds a new study in the journal Developmental Science.
Evie Blad, August 29, 2017
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Families & the Community Report Roundup Parent Involvement
Parents' engagement in infancy and toddlerhood can predict their children's academic skills in 5th grade, concludes a new study in the journal Applied Developmental Science.
Marva Hinton, August 29, 2017
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Equity & Diversity Report Roundup School Diversity
Educators show the same unconscious bias favoring white people as the general U.S. population and use slightly lower academic standards when evaluating black students, finds a new study in the latest issue of the British Journal of Educational Psychology.
Sarah D. Sparks, August 29, 2017
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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.
Daarel Burnette II, August 29, 2017
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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.
Francisco Vara-Orta & Daarel Burnette II, August 29, 2017
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.
Daarel Burnette II, August 29, 2017
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Families & the Community News in Brief 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.
The Associated Press, August 29, 2017
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School & District Management News in Brief 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."
The Associated Press, August 29, 2017
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College & Workforce Readiness News in Brief 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.
Tribune News Service, August 29, 2017
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Special Education News in Brief 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.
The Associated Press, August 29, 2017
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Law & Courts News in Brief 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.
The Associated Press, August 29, 2017
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School & District Management News in Brief 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.
Denisa R. Superville, August 29, 2017
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School Climate & Safety News in Brief 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.
Tribune News Service, August 29, 2017
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Law & Courts News in Brief 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.
Evie Blad, August 29, 2017
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Classroom Technology News in Brief 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.
Catherine Gewertz, August 29, 2017
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