Issues

October 4, 2017

Education Week, Vol. 37, Issue 07
Education Letter to the Editor Textbooks Are Too Dull
To the Editor:
I just read the Education Week story "Watchdog Group Gives Passing Grade to 3 Literature Series" (Sept. 13, 2017). It touches on a subject that has a mighty impact on our schools: textbooks. The very word is a synonym for dull and dreary. How has that happened?
October 4, 2017
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U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos sits down with students at the Science Focus Program/Zoo School in Lincoln, Neb., as part of her “Rethink School” tour.
U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos sits down with students at the Science Focus Program/Zoo School in Lincoln, Neb., as part of her “Rethink School” tour.
Nati Harnik/AP
Federal DeVos Expounds on Policy In One-on-One Interview
The U.S. Secretary of Education spoke with Education Week in a wide-ranging interview during the secretary’s recent “Rethink School” tour
Alyson Klein, October 4, 2017
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U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos cheers with Eastern Hancock students during a high school football game between Eastern Hancock and Knightstown in Charlottesville, Ind.
U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos cheers with Eastern Hancock students during a high school football game between Eastern Hancock and Knightstown in Charlottesville, Ind.
Darron Cummings/AP
Federal Scenes From DeVos' 'Rethink School' Tour
The education secretary sought to shine a spotlight on promising educational approaches in a trip that took her to six states.
Alyson Klein, October 4, 2017
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School & District Management DeVos Gives Schools Options on Handling of Sexual Assault
The education secretary said higher ed. and K-12 officials need clarity around how to protect due process rights of those who are accused of sexual assault.
Evie Blad, October 4, 2017
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Classroom Technology RAND Researchers Make It Clear: Personalized Learning Is Difficult to Do
The schools in a recent study faced numerous hurdles in turning personalized learning principles into classroom realities, but there were signs of progress.
Benjamin Herold, October 4, 2017
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High school senior Sarah Murray, left, undergoes an ultrasound conducted by Nichole Ebener, center, at Perry Memorial Hospital in Princeton, Ill. Murray and fellow Princeton High School senior Ellise Piper, right, were participating in a career internship program at the hospital.
High school senior Sarah Murray, left, undergoes an ultrasound conducted by Nichole Ebener, center, at Perry Memorial Hospital in Princeton, Ill. Murray and fellow Princeton High School senior Ellise Piper, right, were participating in a career internship program at the hospital.
Chris Yucos/NewsTribune/AP-File
College & Workforce Readiness Growing Number of States Embrace Career Education
Over the last year and a half, states have stepped up their focus on career and technical education with a spate of new laws and policies.
Catherine Gewertz, October 4, 2017
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Teacher’s aide Valarie Person works with 6th graders from left, Dehvin Lowe, Chloe Bales, and Sean Thompson, at Brooklyn Urban Garden School, an independent charter in New York City.
Teacher’s aide Valarie Person works with 6th graders from left, Dehvin Lowe, Chloe Bales, and Sean Thompson, at Brooklyn Urban Garden School, an independent charter in New York City.
Alex Flynn for Education Week
Assessment Independent Charter Schools Aim to Elevate Their Status
Supporters of independent charter schools want to get back to the charter movement's roots: creating schools that serve as education laboratories.
Arianna Prothero, October 4, 2017
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Special Education Researchers Probe Connections Between Math, Reading Difficulties
Students with dyslexia often struggle with math fluency as well, and scholars at a recent conference put a spotlight on some of the possible connections.
Christina A. Samuels, October 4, 2017
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Teacher Preparation Are Selectivity and Diversity Competing Goals for Teaching?
Educators and experts debated strategies to attract the best and brightest into teaching while also creating a more demographically diverse teaching corps at a conference in Washington last month.
Madeline Will, October 4, 2017
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Teaching Profession States Simplify Rules for Out-of-State Teachers
It's hard to transfer a teaching license from state to state, but 11 states have made it a little easier.
Liana Loewus, October 4, 2017
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Law & Courts Report Roundup Juvenile Justice
Students who get involved with the child-welfare or juvenile justice systems can be particularly at risk of falling off track academically, but interventions that bring in community supports can help buffer them, finds a new American Youth Policy Forum report.
Sarah D. Sparks, October 3, 2017
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Accountability Report Roundup Early Education
Child-care centers in North Carolina improved and parents sought out higher-rated centers, according to a new paper on the state's quality-rating and improvement system.
Christina A. Samuels, October 3, 2017
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Families & the Community Report Roundup Parent Involvement
Poor and wealthier families get involved at school differently, according to new data from the 2016 federal Parent and Family Involvement in Education Survey, a nationally representative study of 14,000 parents of children in K-12 public, private, or home schools.
Sarah D. Sparks, October 3, 2017
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Education Funding Report Roundup Teacher Pay
In an attempt to make wages fair and transparent, are salary schedules creating other types of inequities? That's the case made by a new report by the Brookings Institution.
Brenda Iasevoli, October 3, 2017
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Assessment Report Roundup High School
When students experience a rough freshman year of high school, they usually don't recover from it, finds a new study by the University of Chicago's Consortium on School Research.
Stephen Sawchuk, October 3, 2017
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School & District Management Obituary Obituary
William F. "Bill" Goodling, a former teacher, principal, and superintendent who became one of the most influential members of Congress on education policy during his 13 terms in the House of Representatives, died Sept. 17 at his York, Pa., home.
Mark Walsh, October 3, 2017
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School Climate & Safety News in Brief Anthem Protests,Teachable Moment
If the past is any indicator, public schools are about to offer a big learning opportunity about the First Amendment, sparked by tension between President Donald Trump and professional athletes over game-day protests surrounding the national anthem.
Evie Blad & Stephen Sawchuk, October 3, 2017
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Law & Courts News in Brief School Coaches Could Face Liability for Student-Athlete Concussions
A federal appeals court has ruled that coaches or other school personnel may be liable when they expose student-athletes to further harm by having them return to play after a suspected concussion.
Mark Walsh, October 3, 2017
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Federal News in Brief Education Secretary Lands at Bottom of Favorability Ratings in Poll
A public-opinion survey released last week reported that 28 percent of those polled have a very or somewhat favorable view of U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, while 29 percent have a very unfavorable view of her.
Andrew Ujifusa, October 3, 2017
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School Climate & Safety News in Brief N.Y.C. Student Kills Classmate, Wounds a Second During History Class
A high school student who police said felt bullied by two classmates attacked them with a switchblade during history class last week, killing one boy and gravely wounding another, police said.
The Associated Press, October 3, 2017
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College & Workforce Readiness News in Brief Good Common-Core Test Scores in S.D. Get Automatic Entry Into College
South Dakota will guarantee students automatic admission to state colleges and universities based on their scores on the Smarter Balanced assessment.
Catherine Gewertz, October 3, 2017
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Student Well-Being News in Brief Minn. Board Says It's Not Required to Report Teachers' Sexual Misconduct
The board that has authority over teaching licenses in Minnesota says it's not legally obligated to report allegations of teachers' sexual misconduct or inappropriate behavior to law enforcement.
The Associated Press, October 3, 2017
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Teaching Profession News in Brief Citing Discrimination, Teachers Sue Florida Over Bonus Program
The Florida Education Association and seven teachers are suing their state and all 67 public school boards, charging that a performance-based teacher-bonus program discriminates against black and Hispanic teachers and those older than 40.
October 3, 2017
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Federal News in Brief Former Obama Officials Launch Legal Group to Challenge DeVos
A group of Obama administration officials is starting a legal-aid organization to challenge the Trump administration's policies on student lending and civil rights.
The Associated Press, October 3, 2017
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Standards News in Brief Despite Controversy, Most States Continue to Use Common Core
Most of the states that first endorsed the Common Core State Standards are still using them in some form, despite continued debate over whether they are improving student performance in reading and math.
The Associated Press, October 3, 2017
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Education Funding News in Brief Trump Wants Education Department To Direct $200 Million to STEM
President Donald Trump is calling on the U.S. Department of Education to put a new focus on STEM education, especially computer science education—even as his budget seeks to scrap federal grants that schools can use for those programs.
Alyson Klein, October 3, 2017
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BRIC ARCHIVE
Raul Arias
Curriculum Opinion How to Assess Arts Education—And Why You Should
Arts instruction and understanding the creative process can help prepare students for 21st-century challenges, write Emily Gasoi and Sonya Robbins Hoffmann.
Emily Gasoi & Sonya Robbins Hoffmann, October 2, 2017
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BRIC ARCHIVE
Raul Arias
Curriculum Opinion The Arts Need to Be a Central Part of Schooling
The research in favor of arts learning is stacking up, writes Johns Hopkins University’s Mariale Hardiman.
Mariale Hardiman, October 2, 2017
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BRIC ARCHIVE
Raul Arias
Curriculum Opinion There's Something Missing From STEM Learning
Including arts in science and math instruction promotes student creativity and job preparation, writes STEAM specialist Susan Riley.
Susan Riley, October 2, 2017
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