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A Nation at Risk: 30 Years Later—See Commentary, Pages 22-23 Education Week VOL. 32, NO. 29 • APRIL 24, 2013 ▲ AM E R ICAN E DUCATION’S N EWS PAPE R OF R ECOR D • © 2013 Editorial Projects in Education • $4 BREAKING NEWS DAILY Union Sues Over Basis Of Appraisal In a step some experts think could fuel similar moves elsewhere, a teachers’ union has for the first time sued over the specific measures used to calculate teachers’ contributions to student learning. The National Education Association, on behalf of three affiliates of its Florida chapter and seven teachers, last week filed suit against the Florida education department. They contend that some teachers are being judged against students or subjects they don’t teach, in violation of their constitutional rights. The groups seek a federal court injunction against a Florida law that outlines teacher-evaluation procedures, and against three districts’ specific implementation policies. If granted, it would essentially throw out evaluation results from the 2011-12 school year, and for future years until a new system could be devised. “The state-approved formula for measuring student growth on [the state standardized tests] is being stretched far beyond the limited purposes for which it was designed,” the suit argues. Florida’s education commissioner, Tony Bennett, is named as a defendant in the suit, along with the state school board and the school boards of PAGE 15> In San Antonio, Pre-K Initiative Sets Steep Goals Ted Jackson for Education Week By Stephen Sawchuk TRADING INSIGHTS: Hannah Sadtler and Derek Roguski coordinate the New Teachers’ Roundtable, aimed at helping newcomers. New Teachers Search for Place in New Orleans By Jaclyn Zubrzycki New Orleans Derek Roguski and Hannah Sadtler came to New Orleans in 2008 through Teach For America. The competitive program provided five weeks’ training and helped place them in schools, and both young teachers were eager to learn to teach and help the city’s students. But they quickly found that they had more questions than answers about the schools they were in and the challenges they encountered. “We found ourselves in these classrooms with no training for what we were doing there and no connection to our students’ cultures or communities. We’d expected that would be somehow part of the process of becoming teachers in New Orleans,” said Ms. Sadtler, who grew up in Massachusetts. So when their two-year teaching commitments ended, the pair founded the New Teachers’ Roundtable, a support group that hosts discussions and story circles in which new teachers start to understand their experiences and roles in this city’s history and schools. The frustrations Ms. Sadtler and Mr. Ro- guski felt are not unique: With growing numbers of charter schools, increasing ranks of recruits to alternative-certification programs like Teach For America and tntp (formerly the New Teacher Project), and proliferating turnaround efforts that remove a school’s entire staff, many urban schools are bringing in teachers who are younger, more diverse, and less experienced than the ones they replaced or others in their cities. But this sea change in personnel is particularly evident here in the Crescent City, where PAGE 14> By Julie Blair San Antonio Most Texans would rather sell a favorite horse than vote for a tax hike that promises bigger government. Yet San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro has not only persuaded his constituents to spend $248 million to pay for an unusual and ambitious preschool program for poor 4-year-olds, but he’s also going to open doors in August—a mere nine months after people asked for it. The city partnered with seven of the 15 local school districts within its borders to launch the “Pre-K 4 SA” program since the November election that authorized a tax increase for preschool programs. Mr. Castro aims to deliver what he deems are gold-standard academics to 22,400 children over eight years in addition to intensive professional development for staff members and extenPAGE 12> FOCUS ON: CAREER READINESS When Public Mission Meets Private Opportunity This special report, a follow-up to our 2012 report “Accelerating Innovation,” examines the complex relationship between the private and public sectors in K-12 education. It is part of an Education Week commitment to following the education industry and new approaches to schooling that also includes an Industry & Innovation channel on See the pullout section opposite Page 14. States Seek High School Pathways Weaving Academic, Career Options By Stephen Sawchuk Every student at Wheeling High School takes a full academic courseload. But many of the graduates of this 2,000-student school in Wheeling, Ill., also emerge with significant experience in a career field. Those interested in health careers, for example, can work with studentathletes in the school’s athletic-training facility, earn a Certified Nursing Assistant credential, and intern at a nursingcare facility. They have the option of taking electives in Advanced Placement Psychology or sports medicine. But in the mind of the school’s principal, it’s the career exposure that matters most, whether a student ends up a doctor or physical therapist. “There’s no dead end. There’s a significant experience to help kids figure out if this is really what they want to do,” Principal Lazaro Lopez said. The Wheeling model represents one of the options that Illinois and a number of other states are taking steps to replicate. The arrangement is a highly complex PAGE 16>

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Education Week - April 24, 2013

Education Week - April 24, 2013
Union Sues Over Basis of Appraisal
In San Antonio, Pre-K Initiative Sets Steep Goals
New Teachers Search for Place in New Orleans
FOCUS ON: CAREER READINESS: States Seek High School Pathways Weaving Academic, Career Options
News in Brief
Report Roundup
PARCC Proposes Common-Core Test Accommodations
Some States Seek GED Alternative as Test Price Spikes
Blogs of the Week
DIGITAL DIRECTIONS: Online Socialization Is Hot Topic Among Researchers
Overhaul of the E-Rate Seen as a High Priority by FCC Commissioner
Comments Weighed on Vending Machine, ‘A La Carte’ Proposals
Corralling Local Support Still a Challenge
FOCUS ON: CAREER READINESS: Swiss Academic, Career Paths Designed to Cross
Obama’s Proposed Fix on Student Loans Ruffles Allies
Head Start Officials Tight-Lipped on Which Centers to Lose Aid
Policy Brief
Legislative Briefs
School Safety Legislation: A Tally by State
LAUREN BLAIR ARONSON: Advice to TFA From a Former Insider
TopSchoolJobs Recruitment Marketplace

Education Week - April 24, 2013