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NEWS IN BRIEF U.N. Panel Urges Changes To U.S. Discipline Policies Principal Killed Saving Students From Moving Bus An Indianapolis elementary principal who was fatally struck by a school bus had managed to push as many as 10 children to safety, estimated a teacher who witnessed the incident. Debbie Thie said she was standing on a sidewalk outside the school in front of a line of buses. As students filed out, she saw a bus, which had a driver aboard, heave forward toward the children. Two 10-year-old students were injured, and Principal Susan Jordan was killed in what authorities believe was an accident. Jordan had been principal at Amy Beverland Elementary School for 22 years. -ASSOCIATED PRESS Oklahoma Board Approves Common-Core Replacement Oklahoma's state school board has approved new standards for public school students that focus, in English, on such skills as phonics, cur- Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP A panel of experts convened by the United Nations has recommended changes to school discipline in the United States, including the removal of police from schools and equitable treatment of black youths. The U.N. working group of experts on people of African descent visited a handful of American cities last month, hearing testimony from experts and advocacy groups about equity concerns in such areas as criminal justice, housing, and education. Among those testifying was a South Carolina student who was arrested for protesting her classmate's violent arrest. Included in the recommendations is a call to revisit school security policies and to abolish school policing. The group also urged the repeal of misdemeanor laws such as the "disturbing schools" law that led to the South Carolina student's arrest; the prohibition of physical restraint and seclusion of students in schools; and more counseling for mental-health issues. -EVIE BLAD sive writing, basic grammar, and writing research papers; and in math, on counting money, patterns, ratios, and proportions. The standards replace the Common Core State Standards that state lawmakers repealed amid concerns by mostly grassroots conservatives that it was an attempt at a federal takeover of state education. The common-core standards focus on higher-order thinking skills. The proposed new standards, which are to go into effect at the start of the 2016-17 school year, must be approved the legislature. -AP Computer Glitch Throws Off New York Principals' Scores New York state education officials, citing a computer glitch, have ordered a recalculation of job-performance "growth" scores given to thousands of principals and schools based on results of student testing last spring. Officials described the impact of the computer error as small-affecting about one-half of 1 percent of more than 40,000 educators who received state performance ratings for the 2014-15 school year. In most cases, the error threw off the scores by no more than 1 point, they added. State officials attributed the dataprocessing error to the American Institutes for Research, a Washingtonbased nonprofit organization. 4 | EDUCATION WEEK | February 10, 2016 | Young girls wait their turns to fist-bump President Barack Obama, who greeted students and other guests after speaking at the Islamic Society of Baltimore last week. It marked his first visit to an American mosque at a time when Muslim-Americans say they're confronting increasing levels of bias in speech and deeds. He condemned "inexcusable political rhetoric." REPORT ROUNDUP -TRIBUNE NEWS SERVICE La. Governor Scraps Suit Against Administration Gov. John Bel Edwards is ending Louisiana's lawsuit against President Barack Obama's administration over the Common Core State Standards. Edwards' predecessor, Republican Bobby Jindal, filed the federal law- Turmoil Over Building Conditions Escalates for Detroit District Criticized for his handling of teacher sickouts and building conditions in Detroit's troubled public schools, Darnell Earley has decided to step down from his job as the state-appointed emergency manager for Michigan's largest district. Earley told Republican Gov. Rick Snyder last week that his last day would be Feb. 29. Snyder is pushing for the GOP-controlled legislature to provide funding to help close the district's $515 million operating debt and transition the district, which has been under emergency management for nearly seven years, back to some form of local control. Democratic lawmakers, who oppose the emergency-manager law, had called for Earley's resignation because of the rolling teacher sickouts over complaints about the district's decaying facilities and wrecked finances. The sickouts forced dozens of Detroit schools to close intermittently in recent months. WELCOMING ALL Teachers have also complained that Earley, 64, has not responded quickly enough to their concerns. More complaints emerged last week when district officials blocked the environmental experts hired by the Detroit Federation of Teachers from investigating possible mold growth, water damage, and other problems. A district spokeswoman said the union did not provide it with enough notice. She also said allowing the inspectors inside could complicate the district's efforts to make building repairs, which it said it was actively working to address. Repairs already have been made to water-damaged ceiling tiles, broken windows, and peeling paint at some schools. Meanwhile, the state's Senate education committee last week voted to make it easier to rule that a sickout is an illegal strike and to punish the teachers and districts that participate. -ASSOCIATED PRESS & TRIBUNE NEWS SERVICE CURRICULUM TRENDS "The 2016 National State of Financial and Economic Education" Fewer states are requiring students to study economics, according to a survey from the Council for Economic Education. The Council has conducted a biennial survey of states' economics and financial literacy offerings since 1998. The latest one found that between 2014 and 2016, Louisiana and Wyoming dropped a requirement that students take economics in order to graduate. The news is sunnier for financial literacy: Over the same time period, Hawaii, Illinois, New York, and Rhode Island added financial literacy to their academic standards, while Wyoming and Montana dropped the subject. But the overall number of states requiring a financial literacy course held steady at 17. Twenty states now make economics a graduation requirement, down from 22 in 2014. -JACLYN ZUBRZYCKI CHILD DEVELOPMENT "Promotion of Positive Parenting and Prevention of Socioemotional Disparities" A study in the February issue of the journal Pediatrics suggests pointing parents to the positive aspects of their parent-child interactions can reduce the stress of mothers in poverty and improve their children's cognitive development and behavior. At birth, 675 children and their mothers from low-income, mostly Latino families were randomly assigned to either a control group of standard pediatric visits, a "building blocks" group that received monthly newsletters on parenting and toys, or the Video Interaction Project, a 30-minute session on top of their regular check-ups. The VIP parents were videotaped playing with and reading to their children at each session. A child development specialist reviewed the tape with the mom, pointing out positive interactions and ways to build on missed opportunities. The child received a book or toy; the

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Education Week - February 10, 2016

Education Week - February 10, 2016
Federal Trade Regulators Target Brain-Training Product Claims
In States Hungry for Teachers, Policy Menu Expands
PARCC Scores Lower On Computer Exams
Equipping Parents on Spec. Ed.
News in Brief
Report Roundup
In Chicago, Schools’ Financial Crisis Deepens Divisions
Advocates’ Report Hits States For Overtesting, Other Policies
Blogs of the Week
Digital Directions: Partnership Boosts Data Privacy
Kindergarten: Less Play, More Academics (infographic
‘Proficiency’ Bars on State Tests Are Seen Heading Upward
Views Clash On K-12 Law Rulemaking
Blogs of the Week
Ed. Dept. CIO Grilled By Oversight Panel
State of the States
America’s ‘Edu-Masochism’
I’m Tired of ‘Grit’
Why Small Steps Are Better for Small Schools
TopSchoolJobs Recruitment Marketplace
In Low-Income Schools, Teachers Need Guidance

Education Week - February 10, 2016