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NEWS IN BRIEF Federal Review Sought For First Voucher Program A Wisconsin lawmaker is calling for a federal review of the long-standing Milwaukee voucher program. Democratic U.S. Rep. Mark Pocan has asked the U.S. Government Accountability Office to conduct a study comparing the city's voucher schools to its public schools. He wrote to an official last month asking the agency to scrutinize the program on areas such as academic achievement, special education services, and accountability practices. Mr. Pocan said that he would like to know the strengths and weaknesses of the 24-year-old program since other states are looking to expand their own voucher programs. -ASSOCIATED PRESS Obama Floats Proposal For Free Community College President Barack Obama has proposed a new federal-state partnership grant program that would make two years of community college free. The president was to formally unveil the proposal, called America's College Promise, at a community college in Knoxville, Tenn., late last week. The higher education proposal is modeled, in part, after the Volunteer State's Tennessee Promise, a program funded by the state lottery that provides tuition to high school graduates for any in-state community college program. In the first year of the Tennessee program, 57,000 students, representing almost 90 percent of the state's high school graduating class, applied for the program. White House officials said that under its proposal some 9 million students would be eligible for the program. -LAUREN CAMERA Appeals Court Upholds N.Y. Vaccination Rules A federal appeals court last week rejected a First Amendment challenge to New York state's PUSHING BACK Opponents of the Common Core State Standards wear stickers, wave signs, and cheer during a rally on the steps of the Capitol in Jackson against Mississippi's continued use of the academic standards. More than 100 opponents gathered for a meeting before the legislature opened for business last week. school vaccination law, saying it is well-settled that requiring vaccinations to attend school is within the "police power" of the states. A three-judge panel upheld a state regulation that permits officials to temporarily exclude from school students who have valid medical or religious exemptions from vaccination when there is an outbreak of a vaccine-preventable disease. The consolidated cases involved one mother who challenged the denial of a religious exemption for her child, while two other families that received such exemptions challenged the state rule that excluded their children from school during an outbreak of chickenpox. -MARK WALSH California District Sues City Over School Shooting The Taft Union High School District in California is suing the city of Taft, alleging breach WEATHER BOUND Johnny Brainard, a Park Elementary School 5th grader, carries his upright bass through the snow on his way to school last week in Casper, Wyo., where extreme winter weather caused school delays. Schools in many states in the Midwest, Northeast, and South also delayed or closed schools. of contract after a student shot another student at the school in 2013. According to the police, the assigned school resource officer could not get to the school on the day of the shooting because of severe weather conditions. No other officer was sent to the school to take his place, according to local news media. On the day in question, Bryan Oliver, then 16, allegedly entered the school with a shotgun and fired on his classmates. Student Bowe Cleveland was critically injured, and his parents have since sued the district for negligence. The district argues that the shooting could have been preREPORT ROUNDUP TEACHER RETENTION "Despite Reports to the Contrary, New Teachers Are Staying on Their Jobs Longer" An analysis of federal data estimates that the share of teachers who leave the profession after five years may be closer to 30 percent than the often-quoted statistic of 50 percent. Moreover, the rate of retention is similar for teachers in low- and high-poverty schools, Robert Hanna and Kaitlin Pennington of the Center for American Progress write in the analysis, released last week. Their study is based on an examination of the federal Schools and Staffing Survey from 2007-08 and its follow-up study, the Beginning Teacher Longitudinal Study. The authors also analyzed data from the 2011-12 SaSS and its follow-up. They estimate that, with both the 2007-08 and 2011-12 sets, about 70 percent of new teachers were still teaching after five years, including those at schools where 80 percent or more of the students were eligible for free and reduced-price school meals. -STEPHEN SAWCHUK SPORTS INJURIES "Benefits of Strict Rest After Acute Concussion: A Randomized Controlled Trial" A new study suggests there's no clinical benefit to extending the amount of strict rest for student-athletes after a concussion. For the study, published online in the journal Pediatrics this month, the authors enrolled 88 patients between the ages of 11 and 22 who came to the Children's Hospital of Wisconsin Emergency Department and Trauma Center within 24 hours of suffering a concussion. One group of patients was limited to strict rest for five days, and another followed the traditional, gradual return to activity after a day or two of rest. Among both groups, more than 60 percent of patients said their symptoms were resolved within 10 days. But it took three days lon4 | EDUCATION WEEK | January 14, 2015 | Dan Cepeda/Casper Star-Tribune/AP Rogelio V. Solis/AP

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Education Week - January 14, 2015

Education Week - January 14, 2015
Mandatory State Testing on Thin Ice
Feds Confront Doubts in Plan To Fix Tribal Schools
TFA-Like Corps Places Advisers In High Schools
DIGITAL DIRECTIONS: Pittsburgh Collaboration Seen as Model
News in Brief
Report Roundup
With Common Core, More States Sharing Test Questions
New Study Plan Set on Down Syndrome
Blogs of the Week
Growth of Md. Advising Program Runs Into Familiar Controversy
N.Y. Governor Aims to Flex Muscles On Education Policy
Head Start Partnerships to Provide New Resources, Standards for Day Care
State of the States
Blogs of the Week
FREDERICK M. HESS: The 2015 Edu-Scholar Rankings
How Does an Edu-Scholar Influence K-12 Policy?
TopSchoolJobs Recruitment Marketplace
WILLIAMSON M. EVERS: Exit, Voice, Loyalty—and the Common Core

Education Week - January 14, 2015