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4 EDUCATION WEEK n JANUARY 9, 2013 n NEWS IN BRIEF School Reform Group Closes National Office The Public Education Network has announced plans to close its national office in Washington after 21 years of working to ensure all children—especially minority and disadvantaged children—have access to quality education. But pen’s network of independent local education funds will continue working with school districts and communities in highpoverty areas. The national office closed last month because its original goals have been met, and there’s no longer an “economic climate” to support such a membership organization, according to Amanda Broun, pen’s former senior vice president. The funds were created with support from the New York-based Ford Foundation in 1983 as a response to the landmark “A Nation at Risk” report to help reconnect the public with local schools. Pen was formed in 1991 as a successor to that network. Pen and its independent organizations have worked to “affect policy, engage the public, and ensure that all children graduate ready for college and career,” Ms. Broun said. —GINA CAIRNEY for the disproportionate layoffs. Those schools have been located on the city’s west and south sides, where many African-American teachers work. The lawsuit seeks a moratorium on turnarounds and the implementation of alternatives Chicago’s turnaround program was the a model for the federal School Improvement Grants, under which “turnaround” is one of the four allowable options. —STEPHEN SAWCHUK Online-Privacy Rules For Children Revised The Federal Trade Commission has approved revised rules that spell out the types of information that cannot be collected from children without their parents’ permission, an action meant to address privacy concerns in the constantly evolving era of smartphones, tablets, social media, and apps. The new policies, announced last month, seek to close loopholes that the agency says allow websites and online services to gather information improperly from students and turn it over to third parties. One significant change clarifies that the types of “personal information” that can’t be culled without parents’ approval include location information, photos, and videos. The agency, which seeks to protect consumers and curb deceptive and anti-competitive practices, also modified the rules so that they apply to “persistent identifiers,” that can reveal information about users over time and across different websites and services. Those identifiers include ip addresses and mobile device id s, which can be used by marketers to build profiles of children. —SEAN CAVANAGH THE HUMAN TREE: Bronx Preparatory Charter School student Pablo Flores experiments with an exhibit at the new National Museum of Mathematics in New York City. The museum, which opened last month, is designed for students ages 8 to 13, and curators have given the place a playground feel. Appeals Court Backs Parents in Spec. Ed. Placement A Colorado school district must reimburse the parents of a student with learning disabilities as well as emotional and behavioral difficulties for the costs of the student’s enrollment at an out-of-state residential facility, a federal appeals court has ruled. Under the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, parents who unilaterally place a child with disabilities in a private school may win reimbursement from their local school district if the district failed to provide a free, appropriate public education, and certain other conditions are met. At particular issue in the case decided Dec. 28 is whether a district may be liable for such reimbursement when a child’s educational and mental-health needs are closely intertwined and the residential placement is addressing both needs. A panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit, in Denver, ruled 3-0 in favor of the parents of a girl described in court papers as having severe emotional and mental-health needs. In 2008, her parents clashed with the 84,000-student Jefferson County district over her education plan under the idea before enrolling her at a residential facility that charges $9,800 per month, court papers say. The district rejected the parents’ request for reimbursement because it viewed the student as being hospitalized out of state and thus not a responsibility of the district. After an administrative-hearing officer ruled for the parents, the district filed a federal lawsuit. A federal district court held that the school district must reimburse the costs except for those medical expenses involving a licensed doctor. The school district’s appeal to the 10th Circuit court prompted a friend-of-the-court brief from the National School Boards Association and the state school boards’ groups for five of the six states in the circuit: Colorado, Kansas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Utah. (Wyoming is the sixth state.) The parents drew the support of the Obama administration, with the U.S. Department of Justice filing a friend-of-the-court brief that was also signed by a lawyer for the U.S. Department of Education. While residential placements can be costly, the federal brief in Jefferson County School District v. Elizabeth E. said, “the very small number of children for whom residential placement is the least restrictive environment are among the most vulnerable and historically underserved children in need of idea services.” —MARK WALSH Chicago Union Decries Black Teachers’ Layoffs The Chicago school system’s recent rounds of layoffs have disproportionately affected AfricanAmerican teachers, the Chicago Teachers Union alleges in a class action filed late last month. Even though black teachers make up less than 30 percent of the teaching force, they were hardest hit by the layoffs, the lawsuit states. For example, of the 347 tenured teachers laid off in 2012, 51 percent were African-American. In the lawsuit filed Dec. 27, the union says that the district’s “turnaround” efforts, which involve the replacement of up to every teacher in a school so designated—and sometimes the conversion of the school into a charter—are to blame Seth Wenig/AP Zuckerberg Donates $500M for Ed., Health Facebook founder and ceo Mark Zuckerberg has announced he will donate $500 million of his compa- CORRECTION: Quality Counts 2013 Labels for pie charts illustrating expulsion and suspension data by race/ethnicity in the 2009-10 school year were transposed on Page 13 of Quality Counts 2013, which accompanies this issue of Education Week. The correctly labeled charts appear here. The U.S. Department of Education’s overall data set includes 42 million students in about 72,000 schools. Black students were overrepresented in disciplinary actions schools took in the 2009-10 school year. 7 2 3 24 Race/ethnicity HISPANIC BLACK WHITE OTHER TOTAL Expulsions 17,250 29,955 23,755 1,175 72,135 Suspensions 885,210 1,315,035 1,424,555 102,485 3,727,285 51% 18 All Students in the Data Collection 33 24 42% 38 24 35% SOURCE: Education Week analysis of U.S. Department of Education data Expulsions Out-of-School Suspensions NOTE: Figures in pie charts may not total 100 percent because of rounding.

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Education Week - January 9, 2013

Education Week - January 9, 2013
State Lawmakers Gear for Action On Broad K-12 Issues Menu
INDUSTRY & INNOVATION: Teachers Seek Specialized Peer Networks
Shootings Revive Debates on Security
Student-Press Ruling Resonates From 1988
News in Brief
Report Roundup
FOCUS ON: INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE: IB Supporters Tout Program’s Links With Common Core
INDUSTRY & INNOVATION: Federal Effort Aims to Bridge Ed. Tech., Learning Sciences
U.S. Students Exceed International Average, But Lag Some Asian Nations in Math, Science
New Global Results Spark Questions On Finland’s Standing
Head Start Gains Found to Fade By 3rd Grade in Latest Study
Testing Group Selects Exam to Gauge ‘College Readiness’
State Chiefs Pledge Teacher Prep, Licensing Upgrades
Blogs of the Week
Post-Tragedy, Difficult Choices Loom
At Sandy Hook, Grim Day Unfolds
Legal, Logistical Concerns Seen In Call to Arm Adults
Tragedy Sets Off Fresh Debate Over Federal Gun-Policy Role
Advocates Worry Shootings Will Deepen Autism’s Stigma
K-12 Aid Outlook Murky, Despite ‘Cliff’ Deal
District Race to Top Winners Split $400 Million Pot
Policy Brief
Top State Ed. Positions Turn Over as Year Ends
CAROLYN LUNSFORD MEARS: After the Tragedy, What Next?
DAVID YOUNG & J.B. BUXTON: Language Education We Can Use
W. JAMES POPHAM: Formative Assessment’s ‘Advocatable Moment’
TopSchoolJobs Recruitment Marketplace
JEFFREY R. HENIG: Reading the Future of Education Policy

Education Week - January 9, 2013