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BLOGS School Districts' Electoral Maps Within Scope of High Court Ruling | THE SCHOOL LAW BLOG | The U.S. Supreme Court held unanimously last week that states and local jurisdictions-including school districts-may use total population to draw their electoral districts, rejecting an argument that the "one person, one vote" principle required them instead to draw lines based on voter population. "As the framers of the Constitution and the Fourteenth Amendment comprehended, representatives serve all residents, not just those eligible or registered to vote," Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg wrote for six members of the court in Evenwel v. Abbott (Case No. 14-940). "Nonvoters have an important stake in many policy debates-children, their parents, even their grandparents, for example--, have a stake in a strong public education system-and in receiving constituent services, such as help navigating public-benefits bureaucracies." The April 4 decision rejected a challenge brought by a group of Texas voters, backed by a conservative group, to the state Senate redistricting map after the 2010 census that drew district lines based roughly equally on total population, including nonvoters and even noncitizens. The challengers said the state Senate districts "grossly malaportion" the citizen-voting-age population, with the result being that there are voters or potential voters in some districts whose votes are worth as much as 1½ times those in other districts, which violated the one-person, one-vote principle established by the high court in the landmark 1964 case of Reynolds v. Sims. The method favored by the challengers would tend to boost the electoral power of rural voters and diminish that of urban areas. Thus, the case held PRINT AD implications for the representation of children's interests in state legislatures. The principles also apply to elected school boards that have singlemember voting districts. Her opinion was signed by Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. and Justices Anthony M. Kennedy, Stephen G. Breyer, Sonia Sotomayor, and Elena Kagan. Justices Clarence Thomas and Samuel A. Alito Jr. both wrote separately.  -MARK WALSH officials that had been respecting their students' gender identity without any problem called parents to say that their children would be forced out of the single-sex facilities that match their gender identity," the suit says. The U.S. Department of Education has held that Title IX's protections against sex discrimination also apply to gender identity, a claim that some states have contested. -EVIE BLAD N.C. Law Curbing Restroom Access Subject of Lawsuit Seize 'Opportunity' Under ESSA, Ed. Secretary Urges State Chiefs RULES FOR ENGAGEMENT | A group of advocacy organizations has filed a federal lawsuit in an attempt to stop a new North Carolina law that includes restrictions on which restrooms transgender students can use in public schools. That law-introduced, passed, and signed into law in a whirlwind one-day special session late last month-prohibits local LGBT anti-discrimination ordinances, like one set to go into effect in Charlotte, and requires public agencies and public schools to set policies limiting access to multistall restrooms. Under those policies, patrons and students will be required to use the restroom that corresponds with the biological sex indicated on their birth certificates, even if that sex differs from their gender identity. The suit, by Lambda Legal, the American Civil Liberties Union, the ACLU of North Carolina, and Equality North Carolina, claims that the law violates the equal protection clause of the 14th amendment to the U.S. Constitution and Title IX, putting the state's schools at risk of losing the more than $4.5 billion in federal education funding that North Carolina is expected to receive this year. After the enactment of the new law, "some school | STATE EDWATCH | In a wide-ranging talk, U.S. Secretary of Education John B. King Jr. last week told an audience of state superintendents to move swiftly and methodically to build new school accountability systems under the recently passed Every Student Succeeds Act. "This is a tremendous opportunity for us to think differently about how we define educational excellence," he said at the annual legislative conference of the Council of Chief State School Officers in Washington. For an hour King fielded questions from state chiefs about how to prepare for the transition to the next presidential administration, the testing opt-out movement, and the ESSA regulation and approval process. He encouraged states to start convening task forces to identify and intervene in struggling schools and provide supports for poor and minority students, English-language learners, and those with disabilities. "Make sure parents, civil rights communities, employers, higher education people are at the table on decisionmaking," King said. Among the questions to ask, he said: "How do we ensure accountability systems are broadened but still focused on equity?" -DAAREL BURNETTE II | THE POWER OF DATA AND DIGITAL RESOURCES: REGISTRATION IS FREE! Boosting Science Achievement Through Informed Instruction LIVE OR ON-DEMAND Thursday, April 14, 2016 2 to 3 p.m. ET webinar/ScienceAchievement In this webinar, our guests will provide an understanding of the role of digital resources in assessment and how they can be used to drive engagement, authentic understanding, and incremental gains in K-12 science. GUESTS MODERATOR BARBARA REINERT AMY GENSEMER Curriculum science specialist, PreK-12, Scottsdale Unified School District, Ariz. LUIS SOLANO Associate superintendent, curriculum & instruction, Collier County Public Schools, Fla. 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Education Week - April 13, 2016
N.Y. Flip-Flop Affects Policy In Key Areas
Students Help Shape Measures Of ‘Soft Skills’
Kasich’s K-12 Record
Can Latin Build Young Vocabularies?
DIGITAL DIRECTIONS: FCC ‘Lifeline’ Effort Expanded to Bridge the Digital Divide
News in Brief
Report Roundup
Study: Tracking Not an Issue For Career-Tech-Education
San Diego Strives to Close Gap In Access to Advanced Courses
High School Coursework Seen Falling Short
Blogs of the Week
Fee-Payer Issue Still Alive, Despite Close Call for Unions
As First Education Secretary, Shirley M. Hufstedler a Pacesetter
ESSA Negotiators Dig Into Regulatory Details
Shield From Deportation Threat To Get Day at High Court
State of the States
Blogs of the Week
JONATHAN LASH: Buildings, Blocks, and Experience
ZOE WEIL: You Are What You Teach
HAROLD O. LEVY: How Should Schools Purchase Technology for the Classroom?
TopSchoolJobs Recruitment Marketplace
PAUL KIHN: The District Is Dead. Long Live the District.

Education Week - April 13, 2016