October 11, 2017
Education Week, Vol. 37, Issue 08
School Climate & Safety 5 Things to Consider Before Posting Cops in Schools
School resource officers can be an asset to communities, but only with the right training, writes educator John Rosiak.
School Climate & Safety Why This Juvenile-Court Judge Worries About School Resource Officers
Overreacting to student misbehavior can aggravate matters and even push students to drop out, notes Steven C. Teske.
Student Well-Being Budget Tangles Ensnare Key Early-Childhood Programs
Congress let the popular Children's Health Insurance Program and a home-visiting program expire at the end of the fiscal year and faces bipartisan pressure to fund them.
Law & Courts Ruling Sends Kansas Back to Square One on K-12 Funding
The ruling striking down the state's school aid formula reignites years of fighting over how to assure an 'adequate' and 'equitable' public education.
Early Childhood Kindergarten Assessments Begin to Shape Instruction
Schools are looking for ways they can use the kindergarten entry tools to tailor classroom practices with children's academic, social, and physical development needs in mind.
Classroom Technology Hacked Twitter Accounts a New Headache for Schools
Recent incidents represent a convergence of issues that are increasingly bedeviling K-12 systems: inappropriate social media use and cybersecurity threats.
School Climate & Safety Shootings Claim Educators' Lives
The deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history occurred last week when a gunman opened fire at an outdoor country-music festival in Las Vegas, killing at least 58 people and injuring hundreds of others. At least eight who died were educators or school-based personnel.
Education Authorities Probing Possible Tainting of Flutes Given to California Districts
State and federal officials are investigating how batches of plastic flutes believed to be contaminated with semen were distributed in the spring to schools in Southern California.
Equity & Diversity Calif. Panel Adopts History Texts With LGBT-Inclusive Themes
California has moved a step closer to approving a set of social studies textbooks in grades K-8 that includes discussion of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals.
School Climate & Safety Delaware Loosens Zero-Tolerance Policy Involving Most Weapons in Schools
Local schools boards in Delaware have been given more discretion in how to handle incidents involving students bringing weapons other than guns to school.
Teaching Profession Lion's Share of Ohio Districts Rank No Teachers as 'Ineffective'
About 94 percent of Ohio school districts did not rate a single teacher as "ineffective," the lowest rating on the state's four-rung teacher-evaluation scale, according to the 2016-17 state report card.
Teaching Profession Lawmakers Relax Requirements for Teaching in Illinois Schools
Illinois lawmakers and officials have in recent years eliminated some key requirements would-be teachers needed to get licensed, allowing applicants to bypass some coursework and exams before heading straight to the classroom, a Chicago Tribune analysis has found.
School Climate & Safety Seizures of Weapons in N.Y.C. Schools Increase by Nearly Half, Police Say
The number of weapons seized in New York City schools has risen nearly 50 percent so far this year, the city's police department said last week.
Classroom Technology First Online Charter School in Indiana to Close After Years of Failing Grades
Indiana's first full-time online charter school will shut down at the end of the school year—a rare occurrence for an online charter even with continually failing grades.
Law & Courts Appeals Court Strikes Down Rules for Speakers at Board Meetings
A federal appeals court last week struck down a Georgia district's policy limiting public input at its board meetings, ruling that the policy gave "unbridled discretion" to the superintendent in a way that could lead to censorship of potential critics.
School Climate & Safety Storm Recovery Remains Painful as Texas, Florida Schools Reopen
Educators in Florida and Texas still face a heavy lift as students and staff return to schools in communities devastated by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma.
Every Student Succeeds Act No State Will Measure Social-Emotional Learning Under ESSA. Will That Slow Its Momentum?
States heeded cautions from advocates and researchers that measures of students' social-emotional skills for school accountability would be unreliable and unusable.