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Teachers of English-Learners Feel Least Prepared for Common Core, Survey Finds
Education Week, August 14, 2014
Educators, in general, feel inadequately prepared for teaching the common core to students, but when it comes to teaching the more rigorous standards to their students who are still learning English, their confidence drops sharply, according to a new survey from the Education Week Research Center.

Slim Hope for ESEA Reauthorization, Say Education 'Insiders'
Education Week, August 14, 2014
The Elementary and Secondary Education Act will never be reauthorized. At least that's what 20 percent of education "insiders" surveyed by a Washington consulting group think.

One-third of Virginia’s schools could lack full accreditation as standards toughen
Washington Post, August 14, 2014
Nearly one-third of Virginia’s public schools will not earn full accreditation this fall after reading and science scores dropped precipitously on state-mandated standardized tests, according to state education officials.

Richmond Public Schools settles language-barrier complaint
Richmond Times Dispatch, August 13, 2014
Richmond Public Schools will eliminate language barriers and other obstacles that could have a “chilling effect” on the ability of non-English speakers to access city schools under the terms of a settlement of a discrimination complaint.

Can You Fight Poverty by Paying Kids to Go to School?
Politico, August 12, 2014
But these are different times, and a new kind of anti-poverty push, less a movement than a technocrat’s dream, is quietly being tested here, a modest experiment that could help redefine a static national conversation about how to deal with intractable poverty of the sort that not only has overwhelmed the old projects like Foote Holmes, but also afflicts even the shiny new places like Cleaborn Pointe. Three years ago, Gordon-Cole was one of 600 people (most of them single mothers) selected for the Memphis Family Rewards Program, a widely watched trial that provides cash incentives to poor parents and their high school-age children for completing tasks that seem, at first glance, absurdly second nature for middle-class families. A student who compiles an acceptable school attendance record gets $40 a month, showing up for an annual dental or medical check-up means a $100 check, grades are monetized ($30 for an A, $20 for B, $10 for a C) and taking a college entrance exam like the ACT gets you a $50 check. Parents are also rewarded: Adults get a $150 monthly bonus, up to $1,800 a year, simply for working full-time.

Diversity on the Rise Among TFA Recruits
Education Week, August 12, 2014
The focus on diversity is a deliberate move by the organization, which changed some of its recruiting techniques in order to have a more diverse pool of applicants. According to its figures, 47 percent of the new teaching corps received Pell Grants, which are meant for low-income college students; 33 percent are actually coming from graduate school or with professional experience, and 22 percent identify as African-American.

Districts split on high school math choices
EdSource, August 12, 2014
In moving to the Common Core State Standards this year, California school districts had to choose between serving up high school math as one big stew or as the curricular equivalent of separate courses. That option has created strong, sometimes passionate disagreements among parents and teachers who argue that a blended or “integrated” approach offers a clearer method of instruction and those who prefer sticking with a familiar sequence of courses. The latter group includes high-achieving districts in Silicon Valley.

State gets grant to help give low-income students access to AP courses
Charleston Daily mail, August 12, 2014
According to Kids Count data, about 25 percent of the student population in West Virginia lives below the poverty line. However, another indicator of level of need, according to the data, is the number of students who qualify for free or reduced-price school meals, which is nearly 53 percent.

Schools brace for up to 50,000 migrant kids
USA Today, August 11, 2014
Schools across the USA are bracing for as many as 50,000 immigrant children who would start school this fall, most of them unaccompanied by their families.

STEM: Where Are the Girls??
Middle Web, August 10, 2014
Even if women don’t go into STEM, they need a foundation of STEM knowledge and practices to participate in a healthy 21st century democracy. We need to fix this problem, but before we can come up with a solution, we need to answer an important question: Why aren’t there more girls or women in STEM courses and fields? In other words, what’s the problem?

Parent-Student Education Needed for Homeless Families, Studies Say
Education Week, August 10, 2014
A strong relationship with parents can make the difference in whether homeless students thrive in spite of their disadvantage.

How Delaware should test special needs students
Delaware Online, August 10, 2014
Parents must pay attention, and demand effective education for their children. Presently, public education doesn't meet these needs.

White Students No Longer to Be Majority in School
ABC News, August 9, 2014
Inside, giggling grade-schoolers who mostly come from homes where Spanish is the primary language worked on storytelling with a tale about a crocodile going to the dentist. The children and their classroom at the Mary D. Lang Kindergarten Center, near both mushroom farms and the borough's bucolic red-brick downtown, are a subtle reminder of America's changing school demographics.

State releases first performance scores for school districts
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, August 9, 2014
In response to a Right to Know request, the state Department of Education has released school district academic performance scores that the governor had wanted to use to determine how schools spend state block grant money.

2 Virginia schools blamed for restraining students
Richmond Times Dispatch, August 7, 2014
The U.S. Department of Education has concluded that two Virginia schools denied students with emotional disabilities the right to a free, appropriate public education by frequently subjecting them to seclusion and physical restraint.

Gov. Corbett Advances $265 Million to Help Philadelphia District
Education Week, August 6, 2014
Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett has committed to advancing $265 million to help the financially strapped Philadelphia school district open schools on time.

Multigenerational Programs Aim to Break Poverty Cycle
Education Week, August 5, 2014
It’s part of rising national interest in multigenerational approaches to reduce poverty and improve student achievement, based on mounting evidence that parents’ and children’s educational and life trajectories are inextricably linked. More than 60 percent of American children live in families whose highest educational degree is a high school diploma or less, according to a new report by the Baltimore-based Annie E. Casey Foundation. While that is an improvement over 2008 levels, parents are often not advancing their education fast enough to keep up with rapidly growing job requirements.

Recasting At-Risk Students as Leaders
Education Week, August 5, 2014
Nearly 100 students were invited to join a new leadership committee. The students were all potential dropouts, mainly because of their high absentee rates. The staff worked hard to "rebrand" the program from yet another don't-drop-out lecture to a unique opportunity. The key to making this work was to impress upon the selected students that they were on the committee not to help themselves, but to help other struggling students. They would be the team that would help reshape their school and possibly their entire district.

How We Can Strengthen Schools Serving Low-Income Children
Education Week, August 5, 2014
Changes in the American economy pose enormous challenges for America's public schools and the dream of socioeconomic mobility for low-income families.

Pittsburgh school board approves revised code of conduct
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, August 5, 2014
In a special meeting Monday, the board of Pittsburgh Public Schools approved changes to the Code of Student Conduct that are aimed at replacing zero tolerance with more discretion, incorporating ideas from a student-proposed bill of rights, and explicitly providing protection for students for sexual orientation and gender identity expression.

D.C. charter school educates parents alongside children
Washington Post, August 3, 2014
The images in the book were bright and the words simple, but many of the women in the classroom hesitated as they sounded out each sentence.

Summer STEM camp kids feed on curiosity
Delaware Online, August 2, 2014
Instead of requiring someone to manually shift the machine to meet changing winds, why not write a program that rotates them to capture the maximum amount of energy?

15 Strategies for Placing Excellent Teachers in High-Need Schools
Education Week, August 1, 2014
In July, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan announced his department’s new Excellent Educators for All initiative, which seeks to ensure that students in high-need schools have equitable access to effective teachers.

White House Symposium Addresses Family-Engagement Practices Nationwide
Education Week, August 1, 2014
Family-engagement methods intended to involve parents in their children's education far beyond the annual parent-teacher conference took center stage at a White House event July 31 that drew representatives from the research and philanthropic communities, as well as Obama administration officials.

D.C. students’ proficiency rates inch upward on annual city tests
Washington Post, July 31, 2014
Average student proficiency rates on the District’s annual standardized tests inched up in 2014, increasing 1.4 percentage points in math and less than one percentage point in reading, results that city leaders called steady-if-slow progress in improving academic prospects for the District’s children.

Poverty Has Spread to the Suburbs (And to Suburban Schools)
Education Week, July 31, 2014
More Americans are living in poverty in the suburbs than in urban or rural areas, a dramatic demographic shift that has occurred since 2000, a new report by the Brookings Institution finds. It's a finding that won't be a surprise to plenty of suburban superintendents, who've seen that residential change reflected in the enrollment makeup of their schools.

District releases school-by-school DC CAS results
Washington Post, July 31, 2014
D.C. officials released summary results of annual standardized tests Thursday morning, but just as interesting to many parents and policymakers are the results of individual schools.

Year-Round Schooling: How It Would Help Minorities
Education Week, July 29, 2014
In my previous two posts, I've emphasized the need for all American K-12 schools to transition to a year-round school calendar. I've highlighted and debunked the most common arguments against year-round schooling and called for educators to stand behind a push to shift to a more consistent school calendar that maximizes student learning. Perhaps one of the strongest arguments in favor of year-round schooling however is the boost it would give to minority and other traditionally disadvantaged groups.

My son has been suspended five times. He’s 3.
Washington Post, July 24, 2014
Black children represent 18 percent of preschool enrollment but make up 48 percent of preschool children receiving more than one out-of-school suspension, according to the study released by the Education Department’s Office for Civil Rights in March.


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