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the Massachusetts Institute of Technology $30 million to help improve the literacy skills of elementary
students across the nation.
The Reach Every Reader program will combine scientific research with methods of tracking and predicting students' reading abilities to develop a web-based
screening tool to identify kindergartners at high risk
of reading difficulties.
Chan called the five-year effort "a unique combination of cutting-edge education and neuroscience
Zuckerberg created Facebook while he was a Harvard student but dropped out. Chan graduated from
the Ivy League school in 2007.
Louisiana Supreme Court Upholds
Financing of Charter Schools
Louisiana's high court has ruled that the way
many of the state's charter schools are funded is
At stake in the case was funding for more than 40
charter schools in a state that has leaned heavily on
the charter school idea to turn around failing schools.
The central question was whether schools granted
charters by the state board, rather than a local school
district, were eligible to receive money allocated to
local school systems.
The lawsuit argued that it was unconstitutional
to fund schools overseen by the state with money
intended for local schools, regardless of where the
schools themselves are located. That argument was
initially rejected by a Louisiana district judge in
2015, before being overturned a year ago by a state
the new executive director
of the Council of Chief
State School Officers.
She had been serving as
the organization's interim
executive director, and
before that, as the group's
deputy executive director
for membership and
outreach for five years.
Her appointment marks
the first time a woman
will lead the CCSSO, the
group said. Miller was
also a deputy schools
superintendent in Idaho.
Former Baltimore County schools Superintendent
Dallas Dance has pleaded guilty to four counts of
perjury for failing to disclose nearly $150,000 he
earned from outside consulting jobs while running
the school system.
Most of the money came from a company that
landed an $875,000 no-bid contract less than a
year after Dance began his tenure leading the
112,000-student district, which excludes Baltimore city.
Prosecutors alleged that Dance lied on his financial disclosures between 2012 and 2015, claiming
he had no sources of income outside his superintendent's salary. An investigation uncovered that, during that time, several businesses paid him, including
"Early Learning in State ESSA Plans
Implementation Snapshot: How States Are
Using the Law"
Though the Every Student Succeeds Act
doesn't mandate much for early-childhood
education, a new report says states are embracing the first funding stream dedicated to
early-childhood education through the law's
new Preschool Development Grants.
The report, by the nonprofit advocacy
group the First Five Years Fund, notes 13
states plan to make early-learning initiatives
a part of their state accountability systems
Shortly before the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments in
Janus v. American Federation of State, County, and Municipal
Employees Council 31 last month, Staff Writer Madeline Will
examined what the court's decision might mean for the nation's
teachers' unions should the justices rule against so-called "agency
fees." Unions collect those fees from nonmembers to support
collective bargaining. Her Feb. 13 story, "Are Teachers' Unions on
the Brink of Demise," elicited a huge response from Education
Week readers, who, not surprisingly, fell on both sides of the
agency-fee issue and the state of the teaching profession in general.
MILLER has been named
Former Baltimore County Chief Pleads
Guilty to Perjury Tied to Kickbacks
just 19 percent want to go to a website to find
The survey includes responses from more
than 514,000 K-12 students, parents, and
educators from October 2016 to January
Topic of 'Agency Fees' Gets
Under Skin of Readers
The SUPES Academy, which secured the no-bid
contract with the school system. Dance owned a
consulting company and earned nearly $147,000
for outside work during that time.
School, 911 Employees on Leave
After Student Wanders, Drowns
A 14-year-old autistic boy who wandered away
from his New York school and apparently drowned
was marked as being in class by three school employees even though surveillance video shows him
getting off the school bus and walking away from
campus, authorities said last week.
Half an hour later, when Trevyan Rowe apparently wandered onto a highway bridge over the
Genesee River in Rochester, generating multiple
911 calls from alarmed motorists, dispatchers
failed to follow protocol and send water-rescue
crews, city officials said.
The boy's body was pulled from the river March 11,
after a three-day search.
Several school and 911 center employees have
been suspended pending an investigation.
Because Trevyan was not marked absent at the
beginning of the school day March 8, his mother
did not receive an automated notification and only
realized he was missing when he failed to return
home hours later. She reported him missing about
5 p.m., more than 10 hours after he was dropped
off at School 12.
under Title I, targeting disadvantaged students, while 15 states and the District of Columbia list early learning as a strategy for
school improvement within Title I.
A majority of states plan to use their Title
II professional-development funds to help
school leaders support educators working
with children age 8 and younger, and 38
states included early learning as part of
their Well-Rounded Education Initiatives
as part of Title IV of ESSA, which provides
grants for academic support and enrichment programs.
"High School Course Access and
Postsecondary STEM Enrollment and
High schools with a greater menu of science, technology, engineering, and math
classes did not produce students more likely
to declare a STEM major in college-or to
earn a degree in a STEM subject-than
their peers, concludes a new longitudinal
A working paper at the National Center for
Analysis of Longitudinal Data in Education
Research, or CALDER, analyzed records of
more than 140,000 students entering Missouri's four-year public university system,
and connected them back to the high schools
those students attended. Researchers found
for every one-unit increase in courses available per student, high school students' cumulative coursetaking in STEM barely budged.
What's more, students with more access to
STEM classes in high school were not more
likely to declare a major in a STEM field or
earn a degree in one.
The data also did not show any particular
impact for more STEM courses within high
schools with large numbers of students of
color, which tend to lack access to more rigorous coursework generally.
Me Smith: Why do teachers need a union? They work
for the government and are not treated poorly like
coal miners or steelworkers were in the late 1800s.
Jeremy Greene: It comes down to am I better with
or without a union? The answer is better [with]. Best
comparison: Catholic schools. Less pay, usually less
say, and less due process.
Will Kerns: I hope you followed the strike in WV
over the last week. They start a teacher at a wage
that allows them (if they have a family) to get food
stamps and probably other forms of assistance.
Yes, they needed a union.
Judy: A former teacher, I am center-right but was
always represented by far-left-leaning people.
Politics have no place in the classroom. They did
not pay me for that, and I resented being told who I
should vote for.
Guy: Who doesn't want a mafia with the ability
to bribe public officials representing you...retire
at 50...16 weeks vacation with various days for
professional studies...since you can't do that during
your 16 weeks of vacation. Paid more than the
average worker...retire 2 decades earlier...what isn't
Scare Crow: "Paid more than the average worker."
We are college-educated. The average worker did
not go to college. That's what is special about going
to college. It lifts you up-meaning you are not
dflier: I can't speak for all NEA or AFT state
affiliates, but in Illinois, not one nickel of fair-share
fees goes to political action. Instead, the fees go
to the legal representation and bargaining efforts
that locals are bound by law to provide to ALL
teachers-whether they are members or not.
48574: If that is true, why do we keep being told
union influence will go down if people can opt out of
those fees? If they really don't spend those fees on
political activity, it shouldn't make a difference to
the union's political influence.
worldhistoryteacher: It means with an agency fee,
more people opt to join a union. Case in point, one
place I worked did not have an agency fee. Had over
80 percent in the union. As part of negotiations,
agency fees were put in. Union membership jumped
to the high 90s.
Dale F: Those who choose NOT to be members have
no political voice in a collective bargaining unit. If
they were members, they can be as active as they
want to be. No one can influence a union's political
ideology if they aren't active.
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Education Week - March 21, 2018
Education Week - March 21, 2018
A Teachable Moment For 2nd Amendment
Student Walkout Taps Well of Anger, Sadness
Sick of Low Pay, More Teachers Prepare to Fight
News in Brief
N.D. Districts Can Substitute ACT For State Test
Study: Don’t Use ACT, SAT to Gauge School Achievement
Spreading Social-Emotional Learning Across All Schools
Educators and Finance Officers Team Up for Better Budgeting
Schools Struggle to Use Data To Get Better
Upcoming March Could Draw On Walkout’s Momentum
Walkout Takes Aim at Gun Violence
FACT SHEET: Students With Emotional Disabilities
Response to Shooting Begins to Take Shape
lorida Extends Private-School Vouchers to Bullied Students
Surprise W.Va. Teachers Strike Emboldens Activists Elsewhere
DeVos Still Challenged In Delivering Message
Shakeup in Office Overseeing Student Privacy Rights
MARY BETH TINKER: I Stand With the Students
FRANK LOMONTE: Student Privacy Laws Should Protect Students, Not School Officials
KIRSTEN BAESLER: Yes, Betsy DeVos, Our Schools Are Innovating
TopSchoolJobs Recruitment Marketplace
LAWRENCE BAINES & JIM MACHELL: The War on Teachers Comes to Oklahoma
Education Week - March 21, 2018 - Sick of Low Pay, More Teachers Prepare to Fight
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Education Week - March 21, 2018 - Contents
Education Week - March 21, 2018 - News in Brief
Education Week - March 21, 2018 - Report Roundup
Education Week - March 21, 2018 - N.D. Districts Can Substitute ACT For State Test
Education Week - March 21, 2018 - Study: Don’t Use ACT, SAT to Gauge School Achievement
Education Week - March 21, 2018 - Spreading Social-Emotional Learning Across All Schools
Education Week - March 21, 2018 - 9
Education Week - March 21, 2018 - Schools Struggle to Use Data To Get Better
Education Week - March 21, 2018 - 11
Education Week - March 21, 2018 - Upcoming March Could Draw On Walkout’s Momentum
Education Week - March 21, 2018 - Walkout Takes Aim at Gun Violence
Education Week - March 21, 2018 - FACT SHEET: Students With Emotional Disabilities
Education Week - March 21, 2018 - 15
Education Week - March 21, 2018 - 16
Education Week - March 21, 2018 - 17
Education Week - March 21, 2018 - lorida Extends Private-School Vouchers to Bullied Students
Education Week - March 21, 2018 - Surprise W.Va. Teachers Strike Emboldens Activists Elsewhere
Education Week - March 21, 2018 - Shakeup in Office Overseeing Student Privacy Rights
Education Week - March 21, 2018 - 21
Education Week - March 21, 2018 - FRANK LOMONTE: Student Privacy Laws Should Protect Students, Not School Officials
Education Week - March 21, 2018 - KIRSTEN BAESLER: Yes, Betsy DeVos, Our Schools Are Innovating
Education Week - March 21, 2018 - Letters
Education Week - March 21, 2018 - 25
Education Week - March 21, 2018 - TopSchoolJobs Recruitment Marketplace
Education Week - March 21, 2018 - 27
Education Week - March 21, 2018 - LAWRENCE BAINES & JIM MACHELL: The War on Teachers Comes to Oklahoma
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