Education Week - March 9, 2016 - (Page 1)

Education Week VOL. 35, NO. 23 * MARCH 9, 2016 AMERICAN EDUCATION'S NEWSPAPER OF RECORD * © 2016 Editorial Projects in Education * $ 4  Eyeing Trump Through Lens Of K-12 Issues BRE AKING NEWS DAILY DIGITAL DIRECTIONS Candidate's Statements Weighed In Lieu of Firm Policy Specifics Education advocates and policy analysts are contemplating the possibility of a Donald Trump presidential administration-and, in many cases, having trouble bringing the picture into focus. With a few exceptions, the real estate developer and front-runner in the Republican race for the White House has steered clear of concrete talk about education policy, instead focusing his campaign on issues such as illegal immigration and international ION trade. That's left experts and obT C E EL servers to try to fill in the blanks where they can. Over the course of his public life, Trump has addressed education issues with differing degrees of specificity. For example, in his 2000 book The America We Deserve, Trump expressed skepticism about the influence of teachers' unions on public schools, as well as support for a variety of school choice programs. "Education reformers call this school choice, charter schools, vouchers, even opportunity scholarships. I call it competition-the American way," Trump wrote. Since he began running for president last year, Trump has made one position he holds on education very clear: He despises the Common Core State Standards and has repeatedly pledged to get rid of them. In a recent video his campaign Preston Gannaway/GRAIN for Education Week By Andrew Ujifusa 2016 PAGE 19> Weighted Lotteries To Integrate Charters Hit Roadblocks FACEBOOK'S SCHOOL PARTNERSHIP: Facebook engineers Ben Alpert, Adam Seldow, and Lucy Zhang (standing left to right) talk with students at Everest Public High School in Redwood City, Calif. Facebook is partnering with the Summit Public Schools, a charter network that includes Everest, to design personalized learning software. Read more about Summit's partnership with Facebook online at Facebook CEO Bets on Personalized Learning By Benjamin Herold Developing new software for K-12 schools. Investing in hot ed-tech startups. Donating tens of millions of dollars to schools experimenting with fresh approaches to customizing the classroom experience. All are part of a new, multi-pronged effort by Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, pediatrician Priscilla Chan, to use their massive fortune to reshape public education with technology. "We think that personalized learning makes sense," Zuckerberg told Education Week in an exclusive interview last week. "We want to see as many good versions of this idea as possible get tested in the world." In December, the couple announced they will eventually give 99 percent of their Facebook shares-worth an estimated $45 billion-to a variety of causes, headlined by the development of software "that understands how you learn best and where you need to focus." The move set off seismic rumbles in both education and philanthropy. First, it signals a notable shift away from the long-dominant philosophy behind the na- tional movement to improve education, which focuses on expanding charter schools, using standardized-test scores to hold educators accountable, and weakening the influence of teachers' unions. In 2010, Zuckerberg closely aligned himself with such strategies, giving $100 million to a top-down effort to remake the struggling school district in Newark, N.J. Six years later, that work is widely regarded as a failure, and Zuckerberg is charting a new path. The result is the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative LLC, a limited-liability corporation that also embodies a major shift underway in the PAGE 10> By Arianna Prothero PAGE 9> Classroom Lab Helps Researchers Study Learning in Natural Setting By Sarah D. Sparks Pullman, Wash. Ramsey Itani and a handful of other students from Pullman District 267 are wired, in every sense of the word. While their class at first appears to be just a basic row of computer desks, the students in it look like extras from a mad-science movie. As 1st grader Ramsey puzzles over a computer-coding exercise, a Karate Kid-style headband over his forehead records his brain activity, triggering flares of yellow and orange splotches on a purple band on a computer monitor behind him. His classroom neighbor adjusts a blood pressure sensor on her wrist as she types, and in the next row, a 3rd grader peers at her work from beneath a set of eye-tracking goggles. Pullman special-assignment teacher Laura Grant comes over to help, wearing a sensor on her cheek that monitors her stress levels. The classroom is part of the Educational Neuropsychology Laboratory at Washington State University here. The brainchild of an interdisciplinary team supported by the National Science Foundation, the $200,000 lab- believed to be the only one of its kind in the United States-is designed to PAGE 12> Jerome Pollos for Education Week While many of the nation's public schools remain stubbornly segregated by race and income, charter schools are well-positioned to buck that trend: Untethered from neighborhood boundaries, they can draw students from across a city. But the charter movement-fueled in part by high-profile networks geared strictly toward serving inner-city, low-income students-has mostly fallen short of creating schools that are more integrated than their traditional school counterparts. Even for charters built on a mission of serving a diverse mix of students, it can be hard to balance enrollment, especially in fast-gentrifying urban areas. To counteract that trend, some charter school leaders and advocates are championing a broader use of weighted lotteries, a mechanism that can give certain groups of students-such as those from low-income families or Englishlanguage learners-a better chance of getting into a school. Currently, only a handful of First grader Ramsey Itani listens to a teacher at the Educational Neuropsychology Laboratory in Pullman, Wash., while hooked up to a functional near-infrared spectroscope.

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Education Week - March 9, 2016

Education Week - March 9, 2016
Classroom Lab Helps Researchers Study Learning in Natural Setting
Weighted Lotteries to Integrate Charters Hit Roadblocks
Eyeing Trump Through Lens Of K-12 Issues
Weighted Lotteries to Integrate Charters Hit Roadblocks
News in Briefs
Report Roundup
Standard Rule Sought on Flagging Bias in Special Education
College Board Bars Test-Prep Companies From SAT Debut
Blogs of the Week
Weighted Lotteries to Integrate Charters Hit Roadblocks
Ed. Secretary Nominee Enjoys Collegial Hearing
Tennessee District Perseveres Amid Online Testing Woes
Congress Mulling Federal Footprint as ESSA Rolls Out
Testing Stumbles Prompt Legislation in Affected States
S.D. Makes Move to Lose Label Of State With Lowest Teacher Pay
Online Exams’ Rough Rollout Piques Anxiety
S.D. Governor Vetoes Limits on Transgender Access to Restrooms
MICHAEL V. MCGILL: Making the Most of ESSA
DAVID C. BANKS: Black History Is Not Just About February
MICHAEL MAGEE: The Diversity Crisis for Education’s Leading Roles
TopSchoolJobs Recruitment Marketplace
T. ROBINSON AHLSTROM: ‘Amusing Ourselves to Death’: Where Is Education?

Education Week - March 9, 2016