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BRE AKING NEWS DAILY
For DACA Leaves
Dreamers on Edge
By Corey Mitchell
Efforts to Help Affected
Students Mostly Fall Short
By Corey Mitchell
Until recently, a white banner had hung near the
entrance to Dobbs Elementary School, an artifact
from a time the Atlanta school district hopes to bury.
The sign heralded test scores from 2007-08, a year
when some of Dobbs' educators were found to have
cheated on state tests, as part of a criminal conspiracy
that sunk the careers of dozens of educators and altered the education of tens of thousands of students.
The banner is emblematic of a problem still plaguing the school system: Years after the largest K-12
school cheating scandal in U.S. history, the district
and community have struggled to move on.
Of the 11 former educators convicted, many are still
appealing their convictions, hoping to clear their records, if not their names.
A former Dobbs principal, Dana Evans, is among
them. Even as legal fees have drained her retirement
accounts and she struggles to find work, she insists
she is innocent.
"I'm trying to figure out a meaningful way to take all
of this and turn it into something good," Evans said in
an interview. "And I haven't been able to do that yet."
Evans is not the only one.
Two programs designed to help students affected by
DANA EVANS is a former principal
at Atlanta's Dobbs Elementary
School and was one of 11 educators
convicted on state charges in
connection with the cheating case.
She's still fighting to clear her name.
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Swikar Patel/Education Week
President Trump, Congress, and the federal courts continue to joust over immigration, as the future of the nearly 800,000
young immigrants known as Dreamers-
many who teach, work, and learn in public
schools-hangs in the balance.
Last week's decision by a federal judge
to block President Trump's effort to shut
down the Deferred Action for Childhood
Arrivals-a program that shields some
young immigrants from deportation-is
the latest twist in a saga that has repeatedly jostled its recipients between hopeful
Halting Trump's plans to end DACA on
March 5, the ruling by Judge William Alsup
of the Northern District of California opens
the window for 15,000 immigrants whose
DACA status had expired to renew the permits that allow them to legally work and
stay in the country. The ruling came amid
active, bipartisan discussions between Congress and the White House on how to craft
a long-term solution, casting a new layer of
uncertainty for Dreamers.
On Friday, Trump rejected the latest bipartisan proposal to save DACA, questioning
why the U.S. would want an immigration deal
that granted protection for people from Haiti
and some nations in Africa. His statements-
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QUALITY COUNTS 2018 Grading the States
Education Week's annual state-by-state assessment of public
education paints a portrait of middling performance overall with
patches of high achievement, along with perennial struggles to improve
on the part of states mired at the bottom.
What lessons do top performers offer other states looking to move the
needle? How are states working to overcome structural disadvantages
holding them back? And what can the nation as a whole do to break
through roadblocks to school improvement?
Dive deeper into this year's Quality Counts grading report, including
state-specific and national scores on a range of academic, funding, and
socioeconomic factors that shape America's public schools. It's the first
of three data-driven Quality Counts packages this year exploring
distinct aspects of the performance of America's public schools.
Dan Koeck for Education Week
Stuck in Neutral
FUNNY BONE: Fourth grader Sameern Malcom bends a vinegar-soaked turkey bone in
a health class demonstrating the value of bone calcium at Washington Elementary School
in Valley City, N.D. The school earns kudos for sticking with programs such as nutrition,
physical education, and the arts that sometimes lose out to budget pressures.
State of the States
Assess each state's performance on
key indicators, include grading.
Takeaways from states in the upper
rank of this year's report.
Hurdles abound in moving the nation's
school system off the "C" track.
States that face daunting hurdles
can still notch gains in key areas.