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20 EDUCATION WEEK n APRIL 3, 2013 n Marriage Arguments Hit Children’s Issues Supreme Court weighs same-sex unions Washington Concerns about the well-being of the children of gay parents took a surprisingly significant role in last week’s historic U.S. Supreme Court arguments over same-sex marriage. “There are some 40,000 children in California ... [who] live with same-sex parents, and they want their parents to have full recognition and full status,” Justice Anthony M. Kennedy said during the March 26 arguments over California’s Proposition 8, a 2008 ballot initiative that removed the right of same-sex couples to marry in that state. “The voice of those children is important in this case.” But reflecting his own, as well as the court’s, divisions over the issue, Justice Kennedy also said: “There’s substance to the point that sociological information [about the effects of same-sex marriage] is new. We have five years of information to weigh against 2,000 years of history or more.” The oral arguments in Hollingsworth v. Perry (Case No. 12-144)—one of two cases on the subject heard by the court last week—did not veer into the socalled education rationale that Proposition 8 proponents put forth at the time of its adoption: that legalizing same-sex marriage would force the public schools to teach that such unions were the same as traditional marriage. That issue had animated lowercourt proceedings and some of the briefs in the case. (See Education Week, March 27, 2013.) Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP By Mark Walsh ‘Uncharted Waters’ The arguments last week suggested that the high court was not prepared to issue a sweeping decision that would require recognition of same-sex marriages in all 50 states. “The problem with the case is that you’re really asking ... for us to go into uncharted waters,” Justice Kennedy, who has written the court’s last two major rulings expanding gay rights, said to Theodore B. Olson, the lawyer for two gay California couples who challenged Proposition 8 and won lower-court rulings that it violates the equal-protection clause of the U.S. Constitution. Education WEEk Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr. said proponents of same-sex marriage “want us to step in and render a decision based on an assessment of the effects of this institution which is newer than cellphones or the Internet.” In separate arguments on March 27 in United States v. Windsor (No. 12-307), the justices weighed a challenge to the federal Defense of Marriage Act, the 1996 law that defines marriage for federal purposes as only WEBINAR between a man and a woman. There were fewer references to the children of same-sex parents in that case. In the Proposition 8 case, U.S. Solicitor General Donald B. Verrilli Jr., arguing on the side of same-sex-marriage proponents, noted that when the Supreme Court considered Loving v. Virginia, a 1967 decision that struck down laws barring interracial marriage, one argument advanced by Virginia was Demonstrators chant outside the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington last week as the court heard arguments on California’s ban on same-sex marriage. Educators are watching the case for its implications for schools and families. > In this webinar, two experts with direct experience in introducing and developing school-system blended-learning initiatives will address the infrastructural challenges involved in such projects, offering lessons learned on PROJECT SCOPE, TECHNOLOGY IMPLEMENTATION, PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT, and CURRICULUM INTEGRATION. They will also explore possible future directions for blended-learning models. GUESTS: GREG KLEIN, director of blended learning, Roger’s Family Foundation JUDY IVIE BURTON, president and chief executive officer, Alliance CollegePublic Schools, Los Angeles MODERATOR: REGISTRATION IS FREE! Anthony Rebora, managing editor, Education Week Teacher Friday, April 12, 2013, 2 to 3 p.m. ET RefiningBlendedLearning LIVE OR ON-DEMAND Sponsored by: where learning clicks

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Education Week - April 3, 2013

Education Week - April 3, 2013
Test Rules Differ Between Groups for Special Ed.
Consortia Struggle With ELL Provisions
FOCUS ON: ASSOCIATIONS: Leadership Shifts in Changing Field
Safety Plan for Schools: No Guns
Access to Common Exams Probed
News in Brief
Report Roundup
Gaps Found in Access to Qualified Math Teachers
DIGITAL DIRECTIONS: 3-D Printing Classes In a Virginia School Attract Global Visitors
Arizona Weighing ‘Performance Funding’ For Schools
L.A. ‘Incubator School’ to Teach Startup Tactics
Blogs of the Week
Cantor Raises Profile on Schooling Issues
Calif. Districts’ Waiver Bid Heads to Review Phase
Policy Brief
Congress Tweaks Special Education Funding Mandates
Marriage Arguments Hit Children’s Issues
ROBIN LAKE & ALEX MEDLER: Do Charter Schools Serve Special-Needs Students? The Answer Is Complicated
ARTHUR H. CAMINS: Assessing the Impact Of New Science Standards
LAURIE BARNOSKI: School Leaders: Make Sure Your Teachers Don’t Lose Heart
TopSchoolJobs Recruitment
DAVID BERNSTEIN: It’s Time to Mainstream Progressive Education

Education Week - April 3, 2013