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NEWS IN BRIEF
Miss. AG Sues Google Inc.
Over Student-Data Privacy
California Mulls Curriculum
To Teach About 'Fake News'
Teachers in California may soon
have a new curriculum to teach-one
to help students recognize fake news.
Two bills introduced by Democratic lawmakers call for the state to
develop curriculum that teaches students how to evaluate online news,
reports the Los Angeles Times.
One bill would require curricula
that include "civic online reasoning"
so students can learn to tell the difference between news that informs
and news that misleads. A separate
bill asks the state education board to
come up with a media-literacy curriculum framework.
Recent studies show that many
teenagers struggle to determine the
credibility of what they read online.
of bullying and fear in classrooms.
"Our children suffer when we
deny that educational inequities
exist and when we refuse to invest
sufficient time, resources, and effort
toward holistic and systemic solutions," the deans, numbering 175,
Detroit Teachers, District
Agree on School Repairs
Detroit's teachers' union and the
city's school system have agreed to
a settlement following complaints
of mold, vermin, and other buildingmaintenance issues at schools.
The agreement this month calls for
an oversight committee to ensure that
building-repair requests are handled
promptly. The deal also requires the
district to generate monthly mainte-
nance reports. The deal was approved
last month by the school system's
The union sued last year as the
district faced rolling teacher sickouts over building conditions and
Fla. High Court Tosses
A bitter feud over Florida's largest private school voucher program
ended last week when the state supreme court declined to hear a lawsuit challenging a program used by
nearly 98,000 schoolchildren.
Florida has several voucher
programs in place, but the one
the Florida Education Association challenged extended vouchers
chiefly to low-income families who
use them to send their children to
private and religious schools. The
vouchers are funded by corporations, which in turn receive tax
The union's suit argued that the
program violated the state constitution by creating a parallel education
system and by directing tax money
to religious institutions.
Justice Dept. Probe Cites
Improper Force in Schools
Chicago police officers have
used inappropriate force against
students and failed to set proper
guidelines for using stun guns in
schools, a U.S. Department of Justice investigation has found.
Those findings, released this
month, were part of a broad investi-
Ed. Dept. Pulls Plug on Controversial ESSA Spending Proposal
Education Deans Send
Message to Administration
Education deans from across
the country have sent a message to
the Trump administration: Uphold
the role of public education in our
Education Deans for Justice and
Equity-a recently formed alliance
of current and former deans of colleges and schools of education-
released a "Declaration of Principles,"
in partnership with the National
Education Policy Center, a nonprofit
research center. The deans write that
they are "seriously concerned" by
President Donald Trump's rhetoric
that has reportedly led to an uptick
The fight over spending rules for the Every Student Succeeds Act has ended with now-former U.S.
Secretary of Education John B. King Jr. withdrawing a proposed regulation for a section of the law
known as "supplement-not-supplant." The rule had
strong backing in the civil rights community, but
angered state chiefs, advocates for districts, and
Republicans in Congress.
The proposal-withdrawn by the Obama administration just two days before it left office-was all
but certain to be tossed by a GOP-backed Congress
and the Trump administration.
In explaining the department's decision last
week, Dorie Nolt, a now-former spokeswoman for
the agency, didn't mention that looming threat.
The department simply ran out of time to write a
strong regulation, she said.
The department's draft rule, released in August,
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gation of the Chicago police department. The investigation also flagged
an example of the department inadequately investigating a complaint
by an 8-year-old student who said
a school-based officer "grabbed the
girl by her hair, swung her around,
and choked her while breaking up a
fight in a school hallway."
"CPD's pattern or practice of excessive force also includes subjecting children to force for noncriminal
conduct and minor violations," the
Miss. Waives Elections
For New Superintendents
Under a new Mississippi law, local
school boards can appoint replacements for elected superintendents
who resign in the next three years.
The law was prompted by the
Dec. 31 resignation of the Webster
County superintendent, who had
three years left in his term. Without
a change in state law, the county
would have paid about $50,000 for a
special election to fill the job.
Mississippi has some elected and
some appointed school superintendents. A law enacted last year
makes this the final term for the 55
elected ones. Beginning in 2020, all
superintendents will be appointed
by local school boards.
John Terhune /Journal & Courier via AP
Google's commitment to studentdata privacy is again under scrutiny,
this time over allegations that the
company is violating a state consumer-protection law.
Mississippi Attorney General Jim
Hood filed a lawsuit earlier this
month alleging that Google's policies and practices regarding online
tracking of students remain unclear, despite the company's public
pledge to not collect and use student data for commercial purposes,
such as targeting advertisements to
The suit seeks to force Google to
be more transparent about its free,
web-based G Suite for Education
service, used by tens of millions of
students worldwide, including more
than half of the roughly 500,000
K-12 students in Mississippi.
"Through this lawsuit, we want
to know the extent of Google's data
mining and marketing of student
information to third parties," Hood
said in a statement.
Hood previously sought to investigate whether the company was aiding illegal music pirating and drug
sales, an effort the company said
was part of a smear campaign coordinated by Hood's financial backers.
In a letter to Mississippi superintendents, the attorney general asked
schools to preserve evidence that
could be relevant to the state's suit.
Evan Breder jumps
teacher Kristy Delp
while executing a
an Ollie at Mintonye
in Lafayette, Ind.
Breder, a professional
performed a variety
of tricks to explain
the basics of physics
would have pushed for districts and states to make
sure they were spending roughly the same amount
of money-including for teachers' salaries-in
schools that serve a sizeable population of poor students and in less-poor schools.
Civil rights advocates applauded the secretary
for trying to fix what they saw as a long-standing
problem when it comes to making sure students in
poverty get their fair share of resources. But advocates for districts and states said the regulation
would have been nearly impossible to comply with
and could have led to unintended consequences, including forced teacher transfers.
If the department had put through a final rule on
the issue, it would very likely have been subject to the
Congressional Review Act, a law that allows Congress
to strike down new regulations that it disagrees with.
5th Grader Removed
After Parents Petition
After parents in Riverside County
petitioned an elementary school to
expel a 5th grader who drafted a list
of classmates' names labeled as a "kill
list," officials in the California district
will not allow the student to return.
Riverside Unified Superintendent
David Hansen said last week that
the student won't be back at Lake
Mathews Elementary in the 201617 school year. An investigation determined no one was in danger.
The student had been expected to
return to school Jan. 18 after serving a
two-day suspension, but dozens of parents complained and signed a petition
saying they wouldn't send their children to the school if the boy returned.
Hansen did not say where the student will be educated.
Part of Math Homework
A Pennsylvania high school is
apologizing after students were
given a math homework assignment
that asked which family member
had sexually assaulted a girl.
The question provided a math
formula and asked: "Angelou was
sexually abused by her mother's ___
at age 8, which shaped her career
choices and motivation for writing."
Pennridge High students needed
to use the formula before deciding
whether the answer was boyfriend,
brother, or father.
The Pennridge district said the assignment was "downloaded from a
website that allows teachers around
the world to share educational resources." Officials said steps have
been taken to make sure it never
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Education Week - January 25, 2017
Black Students Most Likely To Be Arrested at School
Crossroads for K-12 Policy With Trump Now at Helm
News in Brief
Spec. Ed. Enrollments Rise
Coalition for Essential Schools To End Its 33-Year Run
DIGITAL DIRECTIONS: Faster, Cheaper Tech for Schools Noted
Study of i3 Flags Issues For School Innovators
Q&A: She Recorded Classmate’s Arrest, Then Got Arrested, Too
Nominee to Head Ed. Dept. Grilled on Potential Business Conflicts
DeVos Takes Hot Seat In Confirmation Quest
State of the States
Trump Calls Nation’s Schools ‘Flush With Cash,’ Failing
JACK MARKELL: How ESSA Could Change Education for the Better
BRIAN GILL & JENNIFER LERNER: Accountability Should Add Up To More Than Test Scores
KAREN LEWIS: Betsy DeVos and Rahm Emanuel: Two Sides of the Same Coin
TopSchoolJobs Recruitment Marketplace
JULIE FLAPAN & JANE MARGOLIS: Stop Scapegoating and Start Educating
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Education Week - January 25, 2017 - BRIAN GILL & JENNIFER LERNER: Accountability Should Add Up To More Than Test Scores
Education Week - January 25, 2017 - KAREN LEWIS: Betsy DeVos and Rahm Emanuel: Two Sides of the Same Coin
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