Education Week - January 17, 2018 - 4
NEWS IN BRIEF
Governor Pitches 'Investigator General'
To Root Out Corruption in Md. Schools
Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan last week proposed
establishing the post of "investigator general" to root
out what he described as corruption, mismanagement, and ineptitude in some of the state's school
In Hogan's vision, the investigator would have
subpoena power, the authority to summon people to
public hearings, and a bully pulpit. The investigator
would be an independent watchdog, appointed by
a bipartisan political committee, and housed in the
state education department. The state legislature
would have to endorse the move.
The Republican pointed to allegations that Baltimore County's top leaders failed to disclose they were
paid contractors of a company awarded hundreds of
millions in school technology contracts, as well as to
a mold problem in Howard County schools, and to
alleged grade-tampering in Prince George's County.
Teacher Loraine Wilson,
in red, helps bundle up
they wait to be picked
up from Lakewood
Elementary School in
Baltimore. The recent
cold spell exposed the
poor state of buildings
in the district, where
nearly half the schools
experienced water and
heating problems, and
some eventually were
closed, amid much
-TRIBUNE NEWS SERVICE
Justice Department Probing Ethics Policy
Of National College-Counseling Group
The U.S. Department of Justice is investigating
whether the ethics policy of a national college-admissions group violates federal antitrust law.
Inside Higher Ed reported the investigation into
the National Association for College Admission
Counseling. The Justice Department has been requesting information from people at NACAC, and
at some colleges, who were involved in writing an
updated version of NACAC's ethics policy last year.
The publication obtained a copy of the Justice
Department's letter to NACAC, which says that
the inquiry focuses on a possible agreement "to restrain trade among colleges and universities in the
recruitment of students."
In its biweekly newsletter to members-college
counselors at high schools and admissions counselors at colleges and universities-NACAC said, "At
present, we know little about the scope and intent
of the inquiry, but we are cooperating fully to pro-
vide all requested documents."
It wasn't immediately clear which sections of the
policy caught the Justice Department's attention.
The overall aim of the policy is to safeguard students in the admissions process. -CATHERINE GEWERTZ
#MeTooK12 Launches to Spotlight
Sexual Harassment in Schools
A small organization has launched a #MeTooK12
campaign with the hope of harnessing the massive
media coverage of sexual harassment and assault
in the workplace to spark a conversation about the
problem of sexual violence in public schools.
Stop Sexual Assault in Schools said in announcing the campaign that it wants to encourage student victims of such sexual violence to share their
stories. The organization also hopes "secondary
victims," including friends and family members of
those who have been assaulted, will share how the
problem affects the greater school population.
While celebrities and politicians have rallied to
the cause of women speaking out about sexual harassment at work under the hashtag #MeToo, sexual violence at schools has received less attention,
the organization says.
Appeals Court Knocks Down Challenge
To 8-Year-Old Fla. School Funding Case
A Florida appeals court has shot down a lawsuit
over public school funding, saying it raises "political
questions" that cannot be answered by judges.
The suit had contended that a lack of funding has
been damaging to minority and poor students.
But in its ruling, issued last month, the appeals
court maintained that the state constitution does
not include a way for judges to determine if Florida
had violated its "paramount duty" to provide for a
"high-quality system of free public schools."
The ruling is another victory for the GOP-controlled legislature and other top state officials who
had spent at least $4 million defending the state
since the lawsuit was first filed in 2009.
Federal Judge Blocks Arizona
From Banning Ethnic Studies
A federal judge has blocked an Arizona law that
led to the shuttering of a popular Mexican-American history course in the Tucson school district.
Judge Wallace Tashima late last month declared
the law unconstitutional, putting an end to state
education officials' efforts to restrict ethnic-studies
programs or to require district officials to provide in-
"Revenues and Expenditures for Public
Elementary and Secondary Education: School
American taxpayers spent close to $649 billion on their K-12 schools in 2015. That's according to a new survey released by the National Center for Education Statistics.
Spending is up 3 percent from the $628 billion
the country spent in fiscal 2014, according
to the Jan. 9 report. (That does not include
facilities costs.) For context, America spent
$601 billion on its military in 2015.
The detailed school revenue gathered
from all 50 state education agencies showed
* State and local governments provide the
bulk of K-12 funding. In 2015, they spent
$594 billion, or 91 percent of K-12 revenue.
* States spent on average $12,903 per
student. But that ranges dramatically. New
York spent on average $20,744 per pupil,
while Utah spent $6,751.
* Schools' biggest costs were salaries and
wages. In 2015, states spent $459 billion, or
80 percent of their money went to paying pensions and salaries.
-DAAREL BURNETTE II
"The Impact of Providing Performance
Feedback to Teachers and Principals"
Providing extra feedback for teachers and
principals may help boost student achievement
in math, says a new federal study.
Researchers from the American Institutes of
Research, on behalf of the federal Institute of
Education Sciences, randomly assigned teachers in more than 100 elementary and middle
schools across five states-including 1,000
math and English teachers-to either their
usual professional development or additional
observations and feedback in the areas of class-
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room practice, student growth, and principal
The sessions were brief, about 45 minutes
each. Yet after the first year, researchers found,
students in participating schools performed
better on state math tests than those in schools
that did not provide additional feedback for
staff members. The gains were equal to about
four extra weeks of learning.
-SARAH D. SPARKS
"Mindset Shifts and Parent-Teacher Home Visits
The home-visit model enlists teachers to visit
their students' families two times a year. The
first visit is to build relationships with the family. On the second visit, teachers offer strategies
that parents can employ to help their child learn.
Across the four major urban districts that were
studied, the families who participated in the program reported being more comfortable around
teachers and school staff members than those
who did not.
And the participating educators said their assumptions and prior perceptions had changed
after visiting their students' families at home.
When teachers visit students and parents at
home, it can change their assumptions and biases and foster stronger school-home relationships.
That is one of the findings in the first report
from an ongoing, multicity study commissioned
by the research firm RTI International and
Johns Hopkins University for Parent-Teacher
Home Visits, a national network.
"Child Mortality in the U.S. and 19 OECD
Comparator Nations: A 50-Year Time-Trend
Infants and children younger than 19 are
at greater risk of dying in the United States
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QUALITY COUNTS 2018: Grading the States
Cheating Scandal in Atlanta Casts Long Shadow
Unknown Fate for DACA Leaves Dreamers on Edge
News in Brief
Ed. Dept. Finds Texas Suppressed Spec. Ed. Enrollment
How Classroom Location Matters In Teacher Collaboration
How Much Reform Is Too Much? Teachers Weigh In
Students Thrive When They See Purpose In Their Learning
K-12 Districts Advised on Rights in Post-‘Net Neutrality’ Era
What’s on the Runway for Trump, Congress on Education?
Year One: K-12 Presidential Scorecards
States Slow in Adopting ESSA’s Testing Flexibility
At Halfway Mark, Congress Faces Pile of Education Issues
K-12 Key Topic for State Legislators
Patrick J. Wolf: Four Sound Practices for Public Debate
DATA: Which 2018 RHSU Edu-Scholars have the greatest social-media influence?
Pedro A. Noguera: How to Decide When Your Voice Is Necessary
DATA: Where are the Edu-Scholars?
Robert Kelchen: Some Cautions for Junior Scholars (and Their Institutions)
DATA: Percentage of 2018 RHSU Edu-Scholars with Twitter accounts
Diana Hess: Scholars, Don’t Overstep Your Expertise
TopSchoolJobs Recruitment Marketplace
Frederick M. Hess: When Public Scholarship Gives Way to Bombast and Bluster
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Education Week - January 17, 2018 - News in Brief
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Education Week - January 17, 2018 - Ed. Dept. Finds Texas Suppressed Spec. Ed. Enrollment
Education Week - January 17, 2018 - How Classroom Location Matters In Teacher Collaboration
Education Week - January 17, 2018 - How Much Reform Is Too Much? Teachers Weigh In
Education Week - January 17, 2018 - Students Thrive When They See Purpose In Their Learning
Education Week - January 17, 2018 - K-12 Districts Advised on Rights in Post-‘Net Neutrality’ Era
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Education Week - January 17, 2018 - Year One: K-12 Presidential Scorecards
Education Week - January 17, 2018 - States Slow in Adopting ESSA’s Testing Flexibility
Education Week - January 17, 2018 - K-12 Key Topic for State Legislators
Education Week - January 17, 2018 - DATA: Which 2018 RHSU Edu-Scholars have the greatest social-media influence?
Education Week - January 17, 2018 - DATA: Percentage of 2018 RHSU Edu-Scholars with Twitter accounts
Education Week - January 17, 2018 - Diana Hess: Scholars, Don’t Overstep Your Expertise
Education Week - January 17, 2018 - Letters
Education Week - January 17, 2018 - TopSchoolJobs Recruitment Marketplace
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Education Week - January 17, 2018 - Frederick M. Hess: When Public Scholarship Gives Way to Bombast and Bluster
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