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Education WEEk AMERICAN EDUCATION'S NEWSPAPER OF RECORD * © 2015 Editorial Projects in Education * $4 Study: Twitter Fanned Debate On Standards Parents, Non-Experts Also Gained Bigger Voice on Common Core By Sarah D. Sparks Education battles on social media have a tendency to appear overblown, with furors over scandals and celebrity comments that explode and just as quickly flare out. But a new research project is teasing out the deeper philosophical disagreements about the future of American education on one of the seemingly most superficial social networks: Twitter. A website launched last week by the Consortium for Policy Research in Education, called #Common Core, gives results of research that uses samples from the 140-character messaging service to track and analyze the first major education policy struggle of the social media age, over the Common Core State Standards. Some 40 states have adopted the standards, but they are facing a backlash, with some states backing out of using them and others refusing to use tests designed to align with them. In its first report, issued last week, the project's researchers find social media has given a far bigger voice to parents and those outside of traditional education advocacy groups. But it has also led to the common core being used as a "proxy PAGE 14> VOL. 34, NO. 23 * MARCH 4, 2015 BREAKING NEWS DAILY Joseph Fox, a school resource officer in the Shelby County Sheriff's Department, wears a personal body camera while on duty at Southwind High School in Memphis, Tenn. A growing number of school-based police are being equipped with the recording devices. Police Body Cameras Surfacing in Schools By Evie Blad As law-enforcement agencies around DIGITAL DIRECTIONS Simulation Game On Slave Experience Provokes Questions By Benjamin Herold An award-winning, publicly funded digital learning game that asks middle school students to assume the role of a black slave in 1800s America is prompting debate about when and how to employ the power of interactive technology to teach about painful eras of history. In Mission US: Flight to Freedom, players inhabit the fictional character of Lucy King, a 14-year-old girl who is attempting to escape the Kentucky plantation where she and her family are enslaved. The free, Web-based game asks students to make choices that affect the game's trajectory, within the PAGE 16> A screen shot from Mission US: Flight to Freedom, the controversial digital learning game about U.S. slavery produced by WNET in New York City. the country begin using body cameras to monitor police interactions with the public, the chest-mounted recording devices are increasingly making their way into public schools. The devices, about the size of a pager, have been a centerpiece of police-reform proposals since a Ferguson, Mo., police officer shot and killed unarmed teenager Michael Brown last summer, an event marked by conflicting accounts from bystanders. The use of body cameras in schools has been welcomed by some, but it has also sparked privacy concerns from some districts and civil rights groups. "People tend to be on their best behavior when they know they're being recorded," said Bill Vaughn, the chief of police in Johnston, Iowa, where the 6,700-student district's two school resource officers now wear body cameras. The cameras provide objective evidence for use in criminal proceedings, including those involving students, Mr. Vaughn said, and they could help refute or prove accusations of officer misconduct. Encouraged by widespread public support, new legislation, new government grants, and a proposal by President Barack Obama to help police agencies buy 50,000 body cameras, municipal police departments around the country have started equipping officers with the devices, typically prioritizing officers who don't use vehicles with onboard recording equipment. In many cases, that means school resource officers are now wearing the cameras, sometimes after very little consultation between the police departments that employ them and the schools where they work. And recently, the 215,000-student Houston district's police department has begun to gradually outfit all its officers with body cameras. "These cameras will serve as a vital tool to better monitor school environments, evaluate school incidents, and ensure our PAGE 15> Tracing Hillary Clinton's K-12 Record Decades of Policy Work Leave Trail for Rivals to Sift, Critique By Alyson Klein As the first lady of Arkansas back in the 1980s, Hillary Rodham Clinton spearheaded an effort to bring rigorous public school courses to all corners of that state. As a U.S. senator from New York, she pushed for prekindergarten expansion nationally, before the issue caught political fire. And, as a presidential candidate in 2008, she clashed with her chief rival, then-Sen. Barack Obama, on tying teacher pay partly to students' test scores. Ms. Clinton hasn't yet declared her candidacy for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2016, much less provided a point-by-point plan on how she might look to shape education policy as president. But almost a year before the first primary, she is widely seen as the presumptive favorite for her party's nomination should she choose to run, even as potential alternatives such as Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, former Virginia Sen. Jim Webb, and former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley stand in the wings. That dominance contrasts with a wideopen prospective Republican field that includes at least one prominent likely contender, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, who is closely identified with education issues. Although Ms. Clinton's most recent public office, U.S. secretary of state, kept PAGE 20> Boys-Only Programs Raise Legal Concerns By Corey Mitchell The American Civil Liberties Union and a District of Columbia council member are questioning the legality of plans for an allboys public high school that they say may violate federal protections meant to ensure equality for young women. The proposed school in Washington is part of a $20 million initiative announced by District of Columbia Mayor Muriel E. Bowser and the city's schools chancellor, Kaya Henderson, to boost academic achievement and graduation rates among black and Hispanic boys. Dozens of big-city districts are ramping PAGE 12> Stan Carroll/The Commercial Appeal/Zuma

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Education Week - March 4, 2015

Study: Twitter Fanned Debate On Standards
Police Body Cameras Surfacing in Schools
Tracing Hillary Clinton’s K-12 Record
Boys-Only Programs Raise Legal Concerns
DIGITAL DIRECTIONS: Simulation Game on Slave Experience Provokes Questions
Education Week - March 4, 2015
News in Brief
Report Roundup
Rewrite of Framework for AP U.S. History Raises More Hackles
Blogs of the Week
Chicago’s Emanuel Forced Into Runoff
N.Y. Study Finds More Top Students Hired as Teachers
Deeper Look at Suspension Data Pinpoints Big Disparities
House Wrestles With Bill to Rewrite No Child Left Behind Act
Partisan Winds Loom For Some GOP Governors
Blogs of the Week
State of the States
PAUL T. HILL & ASHLEY JOCHIM: Beyond Chartering
MATTHEW MUENCH: Making ‘Innovation’ Live Up to Its Hype
JOHN MANNES: The Fault in Our School Boards
TopSchoolJobs Recruitment Marketplace
DAVID FINLEY: Teacher Tenure: An Innocent Victim of Vergara v. California

Education Week - March 4, 2015