Issues

September 13, 2017

Education Week, Vol. 37, Issue 04
BRIC ARCHIVE
Getty
School Climate & Safety Opinion A Teacher's Struggle With Student Anxiety
As anxiety diagnoses soar among students, do teaching methods need an upgrade? wonders one veteran high school teacher.
Christopher L. Doyle, September 12, 2017
5 min read
Every Student Succeeds Act Senate Bill Blocks Trump, DeVos on K-12 Cuts and School Choice
After-school programs and money to hire and train teachers win a reprieve in a bill moving through the Senate, but voucher and public school choice proposals aren’t so lucky.
Alyson Klein, September 12, 2017
4 min read
Special Education Legal Tangle Ensnares Case Involving Georgia Special Education Facility
A Justice Department lawsuit alleging that students were sent to segregated and inferior programs is on hold while an appeals court weighs whether the government can file such cases.
Christina A. Samuels, September 12, 2017
4 min read
Curriculum Do High School Literature Series Make the Grade?
A Consumer Reports-style review dissects six major textbook series used in America's high schools. Read how they fared.
Stephen Sawchuk, September 12, 2017
4 min read
Ed Gillepsie The Republican candidate for governor of Virginia backs more school choice, greater autonomy for teachers, and cracking down on under-performing schools.
<b>Ed Gillepsie</b><br> The Republican candidate for governor of Virginia backs more school choice, greater autonomy for teachers, and cracking down on under-performing schools.
Federal K-12 Policy at Play as Two States Pick Governors This Year
The New Jersey and Virginia contests may offer some clues to how education issues may factor into 2018's busy election year, when 36 governors' seats are up for grabs.
Daarel Burnette II, September 12, 2017
5 min read
School & District Management Coding, Robotics, Makerspaces Poised to Grow in Schools, Report Says
Researchers consulted 61 education and technology experts to forecast the five-year impact of emerging technologies in K-12 schools.
Sarah Schwartz, September 12, 2017
3 min read
BRIC ARCHIVE
Peter Hoey
School Climate & Safety Opinion Don't Stifle Conflict in the Classroom
Students need to learn how to hash out an argument rather than pick a side, argues author Alfie Kohn.
Alfie Kohn, September 12, 2017
4 min read
BRIC ARCHIVE
Getty
College & Workforce Readiness Opinion How Do I Prepare My Students for Jobs That May Soon Disappear?
The rise of automation endangers future job prospects—and makes the work of educators that much harder, writes one teacher.
A.M. Hangan, September 12, 2017
2 min read
Education Letter to the Editor Parent Advocate Responds to Testing Critique
To the Editor:
As a parent and advocate, I want to get to the heart of Miriam Kurtzig Freedman's recent Commentary ("Have SAT Accommodations Gone Too Far?," Aug. 30, 2017): test validity. What are these tests intended to measure? Many dyslexic students, including my own son, lack the effective ability to decode words but not to comprehend when given effective access to the text. My son only received the necessary accommodation of having the test read aloud after a costly and lengthy battle with the College Board.
September 12, 2017
1 min read
School Climate & Safety Report Roundup Student Wellness
Preschoolers don't eat enough healthy foods or get enough exercise, according to a new study by the Cincinnati Chidren's Hospital Medical Center.
Marva Hinton, September 12, 2017
1 min read
Mathematics Report Roundup Mathematics
Helping students to categorize different types of word problems can help elementary-age students tackle a common challenge in math class, according to a new analysis of 21 studies in the journal Review of Educational Research.
Sarah D. Sparks, September 12, 2017
1 min read
Assessment Report Roundup Charter Schools
A new study finds lasting, positive effects for students who attend KIPP's prekindergarten program and then go on to enroll in one of the charter school network's elementary programs.
Marva Hinton, September 12, 2017
1 min read
School Climate & Safety Report Roundup Chronic Absenteeism
When a large number of students miss school regularly, it affects learning for everyone, even the kids who show up, a new analysis says.
Evie Blad, September 12, 2017
1 min read
Education Correction Correction
A Q&A in the Sept. 6, 2017, issue of Education Week, "What Makes a School Good? It's More Than Test Score," misstated the date of Jack Schneider's previous Commentary, published in 2013. It noted also that he had more than one child and that the Somerville, Mass., district had rec...
September 12, 2017
1 min read
College & Workforce Readiness News in Brief People Putting Less Faith in Four-Year Degrees, Poll Finds
Americans are increasingly doubting the value of a four-year college degree, according to an NBC/Wall Street Journal poll. The poll still tilts in favor of the bachelor's degree, but by the slimmest of margins: Only 49 percent of the 1,200 adults surveyed think that a four-year degree is worth the cost beca...
Catherine Gewertz, September 12, 2017
1 min read
School Climate & Safety News in Brief Colorado Beefs Up Programs and Staff to Prevent Student Marijuana Use
Colorado has given 42 school districts and charter schools a combined $9.2 million to hire people and craft programs to keep marijuana out of the hands of students.
The Associated Press, September 12, 2017
1 min read
Teaching Profession News in Brief Chance the Rapper to Honor Educators With Annual Awards Show
Forget movie stars and pop artists—Chance the Rapper wants to honor educators. The Grammy-winning artist from Chicago announced this month that he would organize the inaugural Twilight Awards, "highlighting teachers, parents, principals, and students who convey leadership."
Madeline Will, September 12, 2017
1 min read
School & District Management News in Brief New Jersey Set to Return Control of Public Schools to Newark
Two decades after seizing control of the school system in Newark, New Jersey was expected to return the 40,000-student district to local control this week. Gov. Chris Christie said that the state board of education was to vote this week to make it official. The state took over the district in the mid-1990s, citing y...
The Associated Press, September 12, 2017
1 min read
Teacher Preparation News in Brief New York Charter Authorizer Proposes In-House Teacher Certification
A major charter school authorizer in New York state is pushing to allow teachers at its charters to teach without earning a master's degree or passing certification exams, requirements that other public school teachers must meet.
Brenda Iasevoli, September 12, 2017
1 min read
Ed-Tech Policy News in Brief Idaho Pays $3.5 Million to Settle FCC School Broadband Claims
Idaho has repaid the Federal Communications Commission $3.5 million as part of a settlement with the federal agency over claims that the state misused more than $14 million by putting it toward an illegally awarded contract.
The Associated Press, September 12, 2017
1 min read
Federal News in Brief Commission Issues Final Report on Nation's Data Collection
The Commission on Evidence-Based Policymaking issued its final report last week, calling for Congress and the White House to modernize the country's infrastructure for collecting and protecting data.
Sarah D. Sparks, September 12, 2017
1 min read
School Climate & Safety News in Brief New York City Students Begin Getting Their Lunches for Free
New York City's public schools started offering free lunch to every student when the new school year started last week.
The Associated Press, September 12, 2017
1 min read
School Choice & Charters News in Brief Ariz. Petitioners Get Go-Ahead to Take Universal Voucher Issue to Voters
Opponents of Arizona's new universal private school voucher program last week succeeded in blocking the law until voters can weigh in next year, barring a successful court challenge or an outright repeal of the new law by the state legislature.
The Associated Press, September 12, 2017
1 min read
School Climate & Safety News in Brief DeVos Actions on Title IX, Sex Assaults Could Affect K-12 Schools
U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos announced last week plans to revise Obama-era civil rights guidance on Title IX and sexual assault, a move that could affect elementary and secondary schools.
Evie Blad, September 12, 2017
1 min read
Hadar Harris
Hadar Harris
Education News in Brief Transition
Hadar Harris, a human-rights lawyer, is the new executive director of the Student Press Law Center.
September 12, 2017
1 min read
School Climate & Safety Report Roundup Student Well-Being
Aside from Chicago, smaller cities lead the country in the rate of shootings among people younger than 18.
The Associated Press, September 12, 2017
2 min read
Houston Independent School District Superintendent Richard Carranza, right, and HISD Board of Education President Wanda Adams hug while surveying damage from Hurricane Harvey floodwaters at A.G. Hilliard Elementary School.
Houston Independent School District Superintendent Richard Carranza, right, and HISD Board of Education President Wanda Adams hug while surveying damage from Hurricane Harvey floodwaters at A.G. Hilliard Elementary School.
Erich Schlegel for Education Week
School Climate & Safety Texas' Educators Tally the Steep Costs of Harvey
Houston education officials estimate it will cost $700 million to repair and replace schools damaged by Hurricane Harvey.
8 min read
Furniture is piled up outside Houston’s Thompson Intermediate School. Students are moving to another campus while the Pasadena, Texas district fixes the flooded school.
Furniture is piled up outside Houston’s Thompson Intermediate School. Students are moving to another campus while the Pasadena, Texas district fixes the flooded school.
Erich Schlegel for Education Week
School Climate & Safety Children's Trauma Lasts Long After Disasters, Studies Show
Long-running research on Hurricane Katrina and the Joplin, Mo., tornado suggest that Texas schools will be dealing with Harvey's aftereffects for years.
Sarah D. Sparks, September 8, 2017
4 min read
Berenice Oliva, a DACA recipient, is a sophomore at Trevecca Nazarene University in Nashville, Tenn. Oliva earned a college scholarship from Equal Chance for Education, a group that grants financial support to DACA-protected students.
Berenice Oliva, a DACA recipient, is a sophomore at Trevecca Nazarene University in Nashville, Tenn. Oliva earned a college scholarship from Equal Chance for Education, a group that grants financial support to DACA-protected students.
Joe Buglewicz for Education Week
Equity & Diversity With Rollback of DACA, 'Dreamers' in U.S. Schools Prepare for a Fight
With the Trump administration's order to rescind Obama-era protections for undocumented immigrants brought to the U.S. illegally as children, students and educators directly affected say they will mount a fight to win permanent legal status.
Corey Mitchell, September 7, 2017
6 min read