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NEWS IN BRIEF
KIPP Co-Founder Fired Over
Sexual Misconduct Allegations
Nicki Kohl/Telegraph Herald via AP
Michael Feinberg, a co-founder of KIPP, the largest, and arguably most successful, charter school network in the country, has been fired over allegations
of sexual misconduct with a child, KIPP officials
wrote in a letter last week.
Feinberg was accused of sexually abusing a student
in the late 1990s, according to the letter that network
leaders wrote to the KIPP school community.
KIPP Houston Public Schools and an independent
law firm hired by the network investigated the allegations, which were found to be "credible." Investigators also uncovered evidence that Feinberg had
sexually harassed two KIPP employees.
Feinberg denies all allegations against him, said
his lawyer Chris Tritico.
While the statement from KIPP states that neither investigation initiated by the network was able
to definitively confirm that Feinberg abused a student, investigators did, however, "find the allegation
to have credibility."
Thousands of Chicago Students
Improperly Won Seats in Schools
Finding fault with a notoriously frustrating school
selection process, the Chicago district's watchdog
said in a report released last week that thousands of
students were improperly enrolled in hundreds of elementary schools last year because of loopholes, confusion over policies, or intentional disregard of rules.
Some schools used "cherry picking" to favor students, according to the audit analyzed by Inspector General Nicholas Schuler's office. Nonselective
schools improperly used academic benchmarks such
as test scores and grades to evaluate prospective students, the office said, and some schools "specifically
weeded out kids with histories of poor attendance."
The analysis concludes that an estimated 93
percent of the 421 schools audited had at least
one admissions "failure;" close to two-thirds of audited schools had at least 10 improper admissions.
-TRIBUNE NEWS SERVICE
Trump Team May Make Head Start, CHIP
A Hurdle for Green-Card Applicants
Lindsey Molzof, left,
pushes Nicole Pfeiffer,
both 6th graders,
in a two-person luge
contest in Dubuque,
Iowa. Thomas Jefferson
Middle School students
are participating in
their own Olympic
games during physical
education and wellness
The Trump administration is considering making
it more difficult for immigrant families to become
lawful permanent residents of the United States if
they use social services such as Head Start, the Children's Health Insurance Program, or food stamps.
Reuters and Vox first reported on the possibility.
Vox posted a draft of the proposal, which has not
been officially published. If it were to become a reality, however, it would mark a sharp departure from
current rules, which do not allow authorities to negatively evaluate a green-card applicant who uses most
taxpayer-funded public benefits.
The federal government has long been able to
deny permanent residency to a person deemed to
be a "public charge," or supported by the government. Generally, direct cash benefits-welfare-and
government-funded long-term care are considered
in those determinations. The draft regulation would
greatly expand the number of benefits considered to
be part of a public charge.
-CHRISTINA A. SAMUELS
More Students in the Florida Keys Need
Federal School Meals Since Irma
School officials in the Florida Keys say more
students are taking free and reduced-price meals
since Hurricane Irma.
Since Feb. 1, the Monroe County school district is running a $400-a-day deficit in its free
and reduced-price meals program as more than
half of all students are on free or reduced lunches
following Hurricane Irma, which struck five
Fifty-nine percent of Monroe County students are
now on the federal meals program. Before Irma, the
figure was in the 30 percent range. Of 8,171 students, 4,748 are eating for free.
Because the program is federal, it cannot acquire
debt and can't use any surplus funding to make up
Appeals Court Rules Mostly White City
Cannot Form Segregated District
A federal appeals court has ruled that the mostly
white city of Gardendale, Ala., cannot detach its
students from a racially mixed county school sys-
"Beyond the 30-Million-Word Gap: Children's
Conversational Exposure Is Associated With
Language-Related Brain Function"
Active conversations with adults do more to
boost young children's language development
than simply being exposed to more words, according to a new neuroscience study in the
journal Psychological Science.
Researchers at Harvard University and the
Massachusetts Institute of Technology used
functional MRI, or fMRI, to record brain activity in children as they listened to recorded stories. For two days before the story session, the
children's parents recorded everything spoken
to or around the children, and the researchers analyzed the resulting data to determine
the total words spoken by and to each child,
as well as the number of conversational backand-forth "turns" each child took with adults.
The researchers found children who had par-
ticipated in more back-and-forth conversations
showed greater brain activity during the reading session in the Broca's area, a brain region
associated with language processing. That difference held even after researchers controlled
for the children's IQ, socioeconomic levels, and
total vocabulary exposure or use. -SARAH D. SPARKS
"2017 AP Program Results"
The College Board, a nonprofit that oversees
Advanced Placement exams, found in its annual report that 1 in 4 students taking the
exams are from low-income backgrounds.
More than 22,000 schools now offer AP
courses, an all-time high.
Disparities remain in exam scores, however; a smaller proportion of black and
American Indian students in particular
scored at least a 3 on the exam, the level
that confers college credit.
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"Global Data Set on Education Quality
A new report by the World Bank puts
the results of much-publicized international tests-which many poor nations do not
take part in-on a comparable scale as regional exams commonly used by developing
Top-performing students in many nonindustrialized countries often perform worse
than the lowest-achievers in developed nations, the World Bank found. Overall, less
than 50 percent of students in developing
countries reach the minimum level of educational proficiency, compared with 86 percent
in wealthier nations.
The study uses a series of research methods
to link the test scores of countries taking part
in the Program for International Student Assessment and Trends in International Math
and Science Study with the scores of countries administering regional exams of their
students' educational progress. -SEAN CAVANAGH
"The Promises, Challenges, and Futures of
Some interventions designed to teach students to be more savvy about consuming media
show promise-but the fragmenting media
landscape is a far bigger problem than students
alone can address, no matter how well-educated
they are, argues a new report from the New
York City think tank Data & Society.
Among the issues raised: the need to better
understand the modern media environment,
which is heavily driven by algorithm-based
personalization on social-media platforms, and
the need to be more systematic about evaluating the impact of various media-literacy strategies and interventions.
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Education Week - February 28, 2018
Education Week - February 28, 2018
News in Brief
Computer Science for All: Can Schools Make It Happen?
Pressure to Graduate Failing Students Is Felt Nationwide
U.K. Curriculum Import Becoming Increasingly Popular
Missouri Tackles Challenge of Dyslexia Screening, Services
Lost Sense of School As a Safe Place
Grief and Rage Drive Students To Demand Changes to Gun Laws
A Florida City Forever Changed
Lockdown Drills Prompt Fear, Stress After Parkland
A Long Journey Ahead Seen For Survivors of Shooting
On Social Media, Teens Witness, Grieve, Organize
Legal Issues Loom for District In Shooting’s Wake
One State’s Dive Into K-12 Aid Figures
States Confront ESSA Mandate on Spending Transparency
Several Ed. Dept. Offices Target of Reorganization
Trump Seeks Ed. Dept. Budget Cuts
The Editors: What Should Betsy DeVos Prioritize?
Margaret Spellings: Higher Education
Marilyn Anderson Rhames: Teacher Quality
Karla Phillips: Personalization
Maddie Fennell: Leadership by Example
Shaun M. Dougherty: Career and Tech Ed
Mike Tenbusch : The ‘Have Nots’
Rafiq R. Kalam Id-Din II: Racial-Equity Agenda
Erin McGrath: Lack of Choice
TopSchoolJobs Recruitment Marketplace
Jerrod Wheeler: Impact Aid Is a Lifeline for Military-Connected Kids
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Education Week - February 28, 2018 - Report Roundup
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Education Week - February 28, 2018 - Computer Science for All: Can Schools Make It Happen?
Education Week - February 28, 2018 - Pressure to Graduate Failing Students Is Felt Nationwide
Education Week - February 28, 2018 - U.K. Curriculum Import Becoming Increasingly Popular
Education Week - February 28, 2018 - Missouri Tackles Challenge of Dyslexia Screening, Services
Education Week - February 28, 2018 - Lost Sense of School As a Safe Place
Education Week - February 28, 2018 - Grief and Rage Drive Students To Demand Changes to Gun Laws
Education Week - February 28, 2018 - A Florida City Forever Changed
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Education Week - February 28, 2018 - Lockdown Drills Prompt Fear, Stress After Parkland
Education Week - February 28, 2018 - A Long Journey Ahead Seen For Survivors of Shooting
Education Week - February 28, 2018 - Legal Issues Loom for District In Shooting’s Wake
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Education Week - February 28, 2018 - States Confront ESSA Mandate on Spending Transparency
Education Week - February 28, 2018 - Several Ed. Dept. Offices Target of Reorganization
Education Week - February 28, 2018 - Trump Seeks Ed. Dept. Budget Cuts
Education Week - February 28, 2018 - 21
Education Week - February 28, 2018 - Maddie Fennell: Leadership by Example
Education Week - February 28, 2018 - Erin McGrath: Lack of Choice
Education Week - February 28, 2018 - Letters
Education Week - February 28, 2018 - 25
Education Week - February 28, 2018 - TopSchoolJobs Recruitment Marketplace
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Education Week - February 28, 2018 - Jerrod Wheeler: Impact Aid Is a Lifeline for Military-Connected Kids
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