Education Week - February 17, 2016 - (Page 1)

Education Week VOL. 35, NO. 21 * FEBRUARY 17, 2016 AMERICAN EDUCATION'S NEWSPAPER OF RECORD * © 2016 Editorial Projects in Education * $ 4  BRE AKING NEWS DAILY DIGITAL DIRECTIONS BEYOND BIAS Countering Stereotypes in School Letting Students Work From Home Adds Policy Twist Third installment in a yearlong series By Benjamin Herold Edmund D. Fountain for Eduction Week Park Ridge, N.J. Chrissell Rhone speaks with Gage Harrison, a student at the Picayune Center for Alternative Education in Picayune, Miss. After teaching for 10 years in a school system with an ample supply of black teachers, Rhone is now the only African-American teacher in his workplace. Preservice Programs Seek To Head Off Teacher Biases By Stephen Sawchuk High school senior Darius Miller has felt singled out all week. A lunchroom monitor called him out for being rowdy but ignored his white teammates. He was asked to comment on civil rights in a history class in which he's the only black student. Finally, after being shushed in last period for talking out of turn, he erupts. He stomps out, muttering, "Why are you always picking on me?" Now he's sitting across a table from the teacher who scolded him. In the real world, what she says in the next five minutes can mean the difference between a relationship salvaged and one that deteriorates. Fortunately, this is actually a sophisticated simulation, not life, and "Darius" is Hasan Clayton, a Vanderbilt University graduate student who moonlights as an actor. The "teachers" he interacts with in this scenario are education students in Nashville, Tenn. Clayton's performance aligns to a set of carefully crafted protocols. Often, he explains, candidates playing the "teacher" role will deny the issue of race as a factor in their Black Male Teachers a Rarity PAGE 12 > By Corey Mitchell When Hurricane Katrina swept through New Orleans, Chrissell Rhone lost lots: his home, his job, and the sense of security that came from teaching alongside people who looked like him. The storm forced Rhone to pack up and leave New Orleans, where an ample supply of black educators populated the city's classrooms. He settled just 45 miles northeast, in Picayune, Miss., a town of 11,000 near the MississippiLouisiana border, and is now the lone black teacher at the district's alternative education center and among only a handful of black male educators in a district where a majority of students are white As a result, the past decade of Rhone's 20-year career has taken a shape that differs from the first. He went from a place Creating a single-enrollment system for district and charter schools is touted by many K-12 policymakers and researchers as a way to streamline and make more equitable the school application process in cities fragmented by school choice. But getting buy-in from parents can be another story-one that's currently playing out on both sides of the country. Both Boston and Oakland, Calif., have proposed plans to combine all district and charter schools into a single application process, and Rural Districts Put on Hot Seat By Daarel Burnette II application form for all or most public schools in a city. Families submit their top choices, and a computer uses an algorithm to match students to schools based on family preferences and available seats. So far, four cities-Denver, the District of Columbia, Newark, N.J., and New Orleans-use this approach. Denver and New Orleans were the first cities to jump on board in 2012, although for somewhat different reasons. Denver officials wanted to simplify the application process for parents as the number of school choices exPAGE 13 > PAGE 19 > PAGE 9 > PAGE 8 > in both cities, proponents are facing pushback from some parents. In Boston's case, the issue is getting lumped in with larger concerns over funding and an effort to increase the number of charters in Massachusetts. "I think we have a very sound public policy that could die on politics," said Rachel Weinstein, the chief collaboration officer with the Boston Compact, a partnership among Boston's district, charter, and Roman Catholic schools. A common-enrollment system, also called single or universal enrollment, provides one Consolidation Fight Erupts in Vermont Consolidating rural school districts with sparse enrollment is a complicated-and contentious-process that can unfold over several years. Case in point: Vermont, where the issue has been roiling the local and legislative landscape for a year now. Amid rising education costs for a rapidly dwindling student population, that state's legislature last year passed a law aiming to reward residents of districts willing to consolidate with a series of tax breaks-and to significantly increase the local homesteadtax rate on those districts that stay independent and spend beyond a series of caps set by the state. The state-which spends an average of $18,000 per student, the highest rate in the nation-has more than 280 districts, serving just 80,000 students. At least 79 of those districts have fewer than 100 students, and one district has just 19. By 2018, the state legislature hopes the In Cities With Choice, Single-Enrollment Systems Hit Hurdles By Arianna Prothero A growing share of the U.S. labor force works from home, and some tech-savvy school districts are taking note. The local high school in this upscale suburb, for example, recently held its first "virtual day," allowing most of its 561 students to log in to school from the comfort of their bedrooms or kitchen tables. "The main reason we're doing this is to prepare students for life after high school," said Principal Troy Lederman. "Almost every college has some type of online or virtual course, and a lot of companies now tell employees they can work remotely, so we are exposing students to that." The strategy-currently being used by a handful of schools in Alabama, Minnesota, and New Jersey-represents a new twist on established trends in digital learning. For more than a decade, districts have offered online courses, given students their own computing devices, and embraced "blended" classrooms that merge face-to-face and computer-based instruction. In recent years, states such as Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio, and Pennsylvania have approved laws that allow schools to leverage those technologies via e-learning days in response to health

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Education Week - February 17, 2016

Education Week - February 17, 2016
Preservice Programs Seek To Head Off Teacher Biases
Black Male Teachers a Rarity
Consolidation Fight Erupts In Vermont
In Cities With Choice, Single- Enrollment Systems Hit Hurdles
DIGITAL DIRECTIONS: Letting Students Work From Home Adds Policy Twist
News in Brief
Report Roundup
Q&A: Principals Urged To ‘Shadow’ Students
Study: Showing Standout Work To Students Can Backfire
U.S. Manages to Reduce Share Of Low PISA Scores— in Science
Blogs of the Week
Lawmakers Pledging to Keep Close Eye on ESSA Implementation
Obama Budget Doubles As Policy Document
Blogs of the Week
Five-State Study Examines Teaching Shifts Under Core
Kansas High Court Strikes Down Stopgap Aid Formula
State of the States
Increased Accountability of Teacher Prep Gives Equity the Back Seat
Self-Care Is the Educator’s Core Standard
Beware the Racist Subtext Of Children’s Books
TopSchoolJobs Recruitment Marketplace
Dispatch From Flint, Mich.: Our Water Crisis Is a Crisis of Trust

Education Week - February 17, 2016