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formation about what is being taught in the classes.
He said that the ban was "not for a legitimate
educational purpose, but for an invidious discriminatory racial purpose and a politically partisan
Questioning of Superintendent's Raise
Leads to Arrest of Louisiana Teacher
The arrest of a Louisiana teacher who spoke
out against her superintendent's raise at a school
board meeting has ignited online outrage, including death threats against the superintendent, his
staff, and his family
The local prosecutor said he won't pursue
charges against Deshia Hargrave, who questioned
the salary increase of $30,000 for Jerome Payau
at a time when teachers in the Vermilion Parish
district hadn't received a raise in 10 years.
Video of last week's meeting shows that Hargrave
addressed the superintendent directly after raising her hand to speak and being recognized. After a
verbal exchange, school board members beckoned to
a police officer, who confronted Hargrave, ordering
her to get her things and go.
Moments later-after briefly leaving the view of
any cameras-she was on the hallway floor with
her hands behind her back, being handcuffed and
complaining that the officer was hurting her. -AP
the CEO of the Chicago district
resigned last month, amid allegations
that he repeatedly lied to investigators
during an ethics probe and tried to
cover up an investigation into legal
His resignation took effect Dec.
31, a day after the district's
inspector general released a report
recommending his termination.
Claypool came to the nation's thirdlargest district in July 2015, shortly
after then-CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett
resigned and was later charged
and convicted in connection with a
the superintendent of the Los Angeles
school district, has announced that
she will retire by the end of June.
She began a medical leave for cancer
treatment in the fall.
In 2016, King took over as the leader
of nation's second-largest district,
where she has worked for more than
three decades, starting as a middle
school math and science teacher.
Finalists Named for Top Prizes
In Teaching, Administration
Finalists for both the 2018 National Superintendent and National Teacher of the Year have
AASA, the School Superintendents Association,
bestows the award on the superintendent, while
the Council of Chief State School Officers honors
the winning teacher.
The superintendent finalists are: Wendy Robinson of the Fort Wayne, Ind., schools; David
Schuler of Township High School District 214 in
Arlington Heights, Ill.; Mary Sieu of the ABC Unified schools in Cerrito, Calif.; and Mike Winstead
of the Maryville, Tenn., district.
The teacher finalists are: Amy Andersen, an American Sign Language teacher at Ocean City High in
Ocean City, N.J.; Kara Ball, an elementary teacher
for the Department of Defense schools at Camp
Lejeune in Jacksonville, N.C.; Jonathan Juravich,
an art teacher at Liberty Tree Elementary in Powell, Ohio; and Mandy Manning, who teaches English
and math to immigrant and refugee students at the
Newcomer Center at Ferris High in Spokane, Wash.
-COREY MITCHELLE & MADELINE WILL
the chancellor of the New York
City schools, has announced her
Fariña, 74, said she will stay on until a
replacement can be found.
She has served as the leader of the
nation's largest school district for
the past four years. Previously, she
worked as a teacher, principal, and
community superintendent in the
Impact on K-12
By Andrew Ujifusa
The federal tax overhaul signed into law by
President Donald Trump late last month-
contains some big implications for K-12, including shake-ups to how state and local taxes
are treated, changes to college-savings plans
that let them be used for private school, and
JAMES LYNN WOODWORTH,
School funding in states and districts might
get shaken up:
a quantitative-research analyst at the
Center for Research on Educational
Outcomes, or CREDO, at Stanford
University's Hoover Institute, has
been appointed to the top post at
the National Center for Education
Statistics by President Donald Trump.
He'll serve a six-year term as
commissioner, ending in June 2021.
Before going to the conservative think
tank, he was a distinguished doctoral
fellow in the Department of Education
Reform at the University of Arkansas.
Woodworth also spent 11 years as a
public school teacher in Arkansas.
That's because the tax bill changes how
deductions for state and local taxes work. In
short, it imposes a new, $10,000 annual cap on
those deductions. Supporters argue it will rein
in state and local tax rates they say are too
high. But critics say it could lead to stagnant
or reduced state and local funding for K-12.
The teacher tax-deduction roller coaster
ended where it started:
The initial measure introduced in the
House would have eliminated the $250 deduction educators can take for spending their own
money on classroom supplies. Teachers and
principals argued it was unfair to toss that
benefit, even though it wasn't a particularly
big one in the grand scheme of things. The deduction will cost an estimated $210 million in
federal revenue in 2017. The Senate looked
to double the deduction to $500. The final bill
kept the deduction at $250.
Saving for private school choice just got
easier-at least for some:
SCIENCE: ARE YOU IN YOUR ELEMENT?
Three out of 4 Americans recall enjoying their science classes, finds a new study by
the Pew Research Center, based on a nationally representative survey of 5,000
adults nationwide. By contrast, only 58 percent said they had liked math classes.
than in other industrialized nations, concludes a study of data from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development.
The study in the journal Health Affairs finds that from 2001 to 2010, the
mortality rate for infants was 76 percent higher than in 19 comparable
OECD countries, including the United
Kingdom, Canada, and Japan. The
rate for children and teenagers was
57 percent higher.
While infant and child mortality has
declined across all countries in the past
50 years, it has fallen more slowly in the
The researchers said access to health
care and education could explain some
of the difference, particularly for infants
and young children. Among 15- to 19-yearolds, the risk of dying from gun homicide
was 82 times higher in the United States
than in comparable countries.
Liked labs and hands-on learning experiences
Easy to see how they would be useful in future
Found them easy
Felt they belonged in these classes
Had a lot of outside support to help them
Found them hard
New rules for school and construction:
Not easy to see how they would be useful in future
Felt they didn't belong in these classes
Disliked labs and hands-on learning experiences
Didn't have enough outside support
SOURCE: Pew Research Center
The revised tax law creates a new wrinkle
for 529 college-savings plans, which are taxadvantaged. It lets parents use them for K-12
expenses, including private school choice, as
well as postsecondary costs. It also puts a
$10,000 cap per account on the money people
can set aside for K-12 in these plans.
U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos
and others have applauded the move. But
others argue it will mainly help wealthier
parents who can afford to set money aside
and those already sending their children to
In a last-minute twist, the Senate parliamentarian ruled that the slice of this provision that allowed 529-plan dollars to be spent
on home schooling violated a rule of the chamber. The home-schooling provision ended up
being dropped from the final bill.
The final changes end what are known
as qualified school construction bonds and
Qualified Zone Academy Bonds, which are
tax-advantaged tools that can help reduce
total capital costs for schools-the latter are particularly important to charter
schools. However, charter advocates have
praised the new tax code for preserving Private Activity Bonds, which provide special
financing for some projects.
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Education Week - January 17, 2018
Education Week - January 17, 2018
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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