Education Week - February 18, 2015 - (Page 1)

PULLOUT SECTION: Education Week's Calendar of Events & Professional Development Directory, Opposite Page 16 Education WEEk AMERICAN EDUCATION'S NEWSPAPER OF RECORD * © 2015 Editorial Projects in Education * $4 VOL. 34, NO. 21 * FEBRUARY 18, 2015 BREAKING NEWS DAILY New Venture To Evaluate Technology Schools Will Test Products By Sean Cavanagh Dr. Amanda Porro prepares to administer a measles vaccination to Sophie Barquin, 4, as her mother, Gabrielle Barquin, holds her during a visit to the Miami Children's Hospital last month. A recent measles outbreak is prompting states to re-examine vaccination requirements. Measles Outbreak Cues Action on Vaccine Rules By Evie Blad A measles outbreak linked to California's Disneyland has thrust concerns about the spread of preventable illnesses into the spotlight once again, causing policymakers and public-health officials to re-examine how and why families are allowed to opt their children out of vaccines required for school attendance. As the illness spread this month, leaders in some states, including California, proposed limiting or eliminating so-called philosophical or belief-based exemptions-broad policies, in place in 19 states, that allow families to avoid vaccination. "We knew this could happen. It's not a surprise," Catherine Martin, the director of the California Immunization Coalition, said of the spread of measles in her state. The organization has supported efforts to eliminate nonmedical exemptions from the state's vaccine policies. "We're trying to really use it as a teachable moment," she said. At the national level, U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., said he planned to introduce a bill that would offer incentives for states to require parents to be informed by a doctor about the risks before refusing vaccinations for their children for nonmedical reasons. Between Jan. 1 and Feb. 6, there were 121 reported cases of measles in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Many of those cases were linked to visits to Disneyland in Anaheim, Calif., in December. While a majority of those affected are PAGE 13 > An ambitious new commercial project aims to use the combined might of private investment and academic research to rigorously test educational technology products and share the results with schools and colleges hungry for objective information on which products best meet their needs. The Jefferson Education Accelerator will give ed-tech companies the ability to have their products tested in K-12 districts and in colleges through independent reviews-and potentially, be given an imprimatur of evidence-based success that they can market to districts attempting to make sense of a burgeoning and often bewildering array of such products. In return, the accelerator will receive equity in the businesses that pass muster, an arrangement intended to produce monetary returns to sustain the project. The Curry School of Education at the University of Virginia is helping advise the accelerator, which will operate as a commercial entity with its own, independent corporate structure. As part of the arrangement, Curry PAGE 1 > States Shedding Power to Adopt Class Materials By Catherine Gewertz DIGITAL DIRECTIONS Schools Weighing Access To Social-Media Passwords By Benjamin Herold State lawmakers and school district officials are again wrestling with questions about schools' authority to access and monitor students' social-media accounts. But their attempts to proactively address such issues as cyberbullying and student safety have been more likely to result in controversy and complaints than any clear resolution. Take, for example, the Triad Community Schools, located in southwestern Illinois. In response to the recent passage of two state laws, schools in the 3,700-student district sent home a letter last month stating that "your child may be PAGE 12 > Those Opposing Restraint and Seclusion Gain New Traction With State Legislatures By Christina A. Samuels After years of sometimes-disappointing efforts in Congress, activists-including advocates for people with disabilities-are finding state legislatures fertile ground for fighting against the practice of restraint and seclusion in schools. In recent weeks, Virginia lawmakers have voted in favor of regulations that would restrict the behavioral-modification tactics, replacing what had been "informational" guidance that placed no mandate on schools. Other states that have imposed restrictions recently include Hawaii, Massachusetts, and Ohio. More than 20 states have restrictions around restraint and seclusion for all students, according to one advocate's tally. "In varying levels, there's probably some PAGE 22 > Carson Luke, 14, who has autism, ended up with broken bones at age 10 when staff at a Virginia school tried to muscle him into a seclusion room after an outburst. His mother, Heather, shared the story widely. States are increasingly giving up a long-standing source of their power over education by allowing school districts to choose the instructional materials they use in the classroom. The shift in authority has taken shape little by little, mostly in the past four years, as one state after another has modified or thrown out its procedures for adopting textbooks and other kinds of print and online learning resources. Only 19 states are now considered "adoption states"-states that review textbooks and other resources and create lists of "approved" materials-by the Association of American Publishers. Only a few years ago, the aap's list included 22 states. That modest decline doesn't tell the whole story, however. Among the remaining 19 adoption states, some of the biggest and most PAGE 10 > Matt Roth for Education Week Joe Raedle/Getty

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Education Week - February 18, 2015

Schools Weighing Access To Social Media Passwords
Education Week - February 18, 2015
Measles Outbreak Cues Action On Vaccine Rules
States Shedding Power To Adopt Class Materials
Those Opposing Restraint and Seclusion Gain New Traction With State Legislatures
New Venture to Evaluate Technology
News in Brief
Report Roundup
Global Skills Study Finds U.S. Millennials Trailing
Broad Foundation Puts Urban Schools Prize On Hold Indefinitely
Blogs of the Week
FCC Plan for ‘Net Neutrality’ Addresses Schools’ Needs
Calif. Districts Seeking $1 Billion To Fund Testing Mandate
Obama, Congress Set to Clash On FY16 Budget
GOP in Driver’s Seat as Congress Tackles NCLB Rewrite
NCLB-Waiver Renewal Gears Up; Duncan Holds Weakened Hand
Blogs of the Week
State of the States
FRANK D. LoMONTE: Don’t Silence Young (Female) Journalists
KAREN HAWLEY MILES: Why Annual State Testing Makes Cents
JANE HIRSCHI: ‘Hands in the Dirt’ Learning
TopSchoolJobs Recruitment Marketplace
GILLIAN McGOLDRICK: When Morality and Law Trump School Tradition

Education Week - February 18, 2015