Education Week - April 20, 2016 - (Page 4)

NEWS IN BRIEF BIKING FOR A CAUSE Vergara Ruling Overturned By Calif. Appeals Court Black, Latino Parents Vexed About School Expectations A majority of African-American and Latino parents report that they want higher expectations for their children and better teachers in public schools, where they believe there are racial inequalities and funding disparities, according to a national poll released last week by the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, a national coalition of 200 organizations. About 90 percent of the poll's participants said expectations for low-income children should be as high or higher than for other students. And while some 80 percent rated their own children's schools positively, they had higher opinions about schools where students are mostly white. Also, about one-third of African- | TRANSITION | Jay Westcott Max Eden, formerly the education policy program manager at the American Enterprise Institute, has become a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute. His work has appeared in scholarly and popular outlets such as the Journal of School Choice, the Encyclopedia of Education Economics and Finance, The Washington Post, and U.S. News and World Report. Eden also was a researcher at the Ethics and Public Policy Center. Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP A California appeals court last week reversed a trial court's 2014 ruling in the landmark case Vergara v. California that the state's job-protection laws for teachers had produced unconstitutional inequities in the education of poor and minority students. The plaintiffs in the case had failed to prove sufficiently that the laws governing such matters as tenure, dismissal, and seniority "inevitably cause a certain group of students to receive an education inferior to the education received by other students," in violation of the state constitution's equal protection guarantee, the appellate court held. The unanimous April 14 decision by a three-judge panel instead placed blame on the "counterproductive hiring and placement practices" of district administrators. The plaintiffs are expected to appeal to the California Supreme Court. For updated coverage, follow the Teacher Beat blog at www.  -EMMANUEL FELTON Dr. William Begg, who tended to some of the Sandy Hook Elementary School victims in an emergency room the day of the mass killings in Newtown, Conn., arrives on Capitol Hill in Washington, last week with "Team 26" cyclists riding from the school to the nation's capital. Organizers said the four-day journey aimed to honor victims of gun violence, to raise awareness of the public-health crisis of gun violence, and to support legislation to reduce such violence. American and one-quarter of Latino participants said that schools "are not really trying" to educate black and Latino students.  -SARAH TULLY Delaware Lawmakers Eye All-Mail School Elections State lawmakers are considering a bill mandating that all school elections in Delaware be done by mail. The bill was introduced after some lawmakers received complaints last year about a successful school district tax referendum. The complaints included allegations of duplicate voting and concerns that the balloting coincided with "family-fun nights" at schools serving as voting precincts. Supporters of the bill say it would help eliminate the potential for improper electioneering and increase voter participation. -ASSOCIATED PRESS L.A. District Must Pay $7.1 Million to Charter The Los Angeles Unified School District must pay $7.1 million to a San Fernando Valley charter school for failing to provide it with rentfree classroom space. Districts are required to share classrooms and other facilities with charter schools, but, for three years, Ivy Academia Entrepreneurial Charter did not get enough space for its 1,100 students. In his ruling, arbitrator John Zebrowski said that the district's failure to comply with the law harmed children because it forced the charter to use some money intended for educational programs to lease a building, which was inferior to what it would have received from the district. A lawyer representing the district said it didn't have the space during the years that it did not comply. He also pointed to a criminal case against two of Ivy Academia's leaders. -TRIBUNE NEWS SERVICE 4 | EDUCATION WEEK | April 20, 2016 | In Lawsuit, Detroit Blames State for Financial Woes ance counselor," and did not breach student confidentiality. -MARK WALSH The Detroit school board has filed a federal lawsuit against Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder, alleging that his state-appointed emergency managers have failed to adequately address the district's financial troubles, crumbling school buildings, and academic deficiencies. The suit notes declining enrollment and an ongoing scandal that has more than a dozen former administrators facing charges in a bribery and kickback scheme. Also named in the suit are at least three of the emergency managers that have run the Detroit schools. It also names former Chicago schools CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett, who pleaded guilty last year to receiving money and benefits from her former employers in exchange for steering no-bid contracts worth more than $23 million to them. She once served as Detroit's chief academic officer.  -COREY MITCHELL New Miss. Law Eliminates Election of School Chiefs N.H. Court Backs Counselor On Abortion Advice With little more than two months remaining in the academic year, 139 teacher vacancies-out of 8,443 positions-remain open across Philadelphia schools, resulting in thousands of students' being taught by uncertified teachers. To help those students who did not have a regular teacher for more than one-third of the school year, the district will offer summer classes. City Councilwoman Helen Gym asked the district to audit its hiring practices. -TNS New Hampshire's highest court has ruled that a district must reinstate a high school guidance counselor whose contract was not renewed after she clashed with her principal about how to handle a student's desire to terminate her pregnancy. Demetria McKaig, who was abiding by the 15-year-old girl's wishes, and the principal of Farmington High School, disagreed about telling the girl's mother. McK aig consulted with the American Civil Liberties Union and passed some information to it about the girl. Later, she received a notice of nonrenewal. The supreme court found that she was not insubordinate, had "acted consistently with policies and practices applicable to her role as guid- Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant last week signed into law a bill that changes all public school superintendents to appointees. The measure eliminates the election of school superintendents in all districts. Fifty-five of the state's 144 districts elect their superintendents. The new law requires their school boards to appoint superintendents after their current terms end. Mississippi School Boards Association spokesman Paul Chamblee says elections meant superintendents could only be local residents who had to both be qualified and decide to run for the position. He says the new law gives school boards more options to find the best candidate. -AP Phila. Teacher Vacancies Spur Summer Classes Officer Who Body-Slammed Student Fired in San Antonio The San Antonio district has fired Joshua Kehm, a school resource officer seen body-slamming a 12-yearold girl face first on the ground in a video that spread online. In the video, fellow students repeatedly ask the girl if she is OK after she is slammed to the ground, making a noise as she makes contact. Various media have reported that the officer was responding to reports of a fight, but the district has not provided details of what led to the incident. The district referred an investigation of the officer's actions to a "thirdparty law-enforcement agency," it said. An administrative investigation continues on what led to the confrontation, the district said. -EVIE BLAD University Math Workshop For Would-Be Teachers Flops A University of Arizona effort to encourage high school seniors to become math teachers has fallen flat because teachers are reluctant to recommend their own career. Last year, more than two dozen students were referred to the program, but only five showed up. Melissa Hosten, the co-director of the university's Center for Recruitment and Retention of Mathematics Teachers says some previously supportive teachers told her they couldn't recommend the profession in part because of measures the state legislature is considering. -AP CORRECTION An article in the April 13, 2016, issue of Education Week mischaracterized the end of the Pearson testing company's contract as the administrator of New York state's standardized tests. The contract expired in December, and the state chose last summer not to pursue a renewal, instead choosing another vendor to administer the tests. The article also incorrectly described what the tests are called. They are known at the high school level as Regents exams and at the elementary and middle school levels as the state's English/language arts and mathematics tests.

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Education Week - April 20, 2016

Education Week - April 20, 2016
Charters Help Alums Stick With College
Cruz’s K-12 Agenda: Pro-School Choice, Anti-Common Core
National Count of Special Education Students Shows Uptick
New Online Tool Expands Access To School Climate Measurements
Table of Contents
News in Brief
Report Roundup
Caution Urged on Measuring Social-Emotional Skills
Studies Affirm Role of Emotions In Students’ Transitions
DIGITAL DIRECTIONS: Needs for ‘Resourcefulness,’ Equity Probed in Maker Ed.
Digital Divide Evolves in Fla. Schools, Study Finds
Ind. Scholarship Law Aims to Entice Top Students Into Teaching
Blogs of the Week
Testing Issues Generate Heat in Legislatures
Sparks Fly as Congress Reviews ESSA Rulemaking Process
MATT GANDAL: Are We Serious About the Goal Of College and Career Readiness for All?
ADAM LAATS & HARVEY SIEGEL: Teaching Evolution Is Not About Changing Beliefs
Q&A With StoryCorps’ Dave Isay
TopSchoolJobs Recruitment Marketplace
CHARLOTTE DANIELSON: It’s Time to Rethink Teacher Evaluation

Education Week - April 20, 2016