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NEWS IN BRIEF
Rape Charges Dropped
Against Undocumented Students
Sexual assault charges will be dropped against
two undocumented immigrant students accused of
raping a 14-year-old girl in a bathroom stall at a
high school in Rockville, Md.-a case that stoked
the national debate on immigration.
The case captured the attention of the White
House, sparked fear among parents, and raised
questions about public schools' legal obligation to
educate students regardless of their immigration
status. It was cited by White House Press Secretary
Sean Spicer as an example of why President Donald
Trump is cracking down on illegal immigration.
The two students-both of them recent arrivals
to the United States from Central America-were
enrolled in a special program for English-learners
at the high school.
Boston Charter Educator Named
National Teacher of the Year
Former Chicago CEO
Sentenced to Prison
Former Chicago schools CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett has been sentenced to more than four years in
prison for her role in steering no-bid contracts to
an education consulting company in exchange for
kickbacks in a $20 million corruption scheme.
The sentence closes the final chapter in Byrd-Bennett's long education career, which started in New
York City. She served as a teacher, principal, and
regional superintendent there. She later worked as
the chief academic officer in Detroit and the superintendent in Cleveland.
Prosecutors charged that Byrd-Bennett colluded
with the owners of SUPES Academy and Synesi Associates-for which she previously worked as a consultant-to steer contracts their way in return for funneling money in her direction.
-DENISA R. SUPERVILLE
8th Graders' Arts Scores
Hold Steady on NAEP
On the first national assessment of students' performance in visual arts and music in eight years, girls,
suburban students, private schoolers, and higher-income students came out ahead of their peers.
Despite fears about dramatic cuts in recent years
to arts programs, students' overall scores and reported participation in the arts have remained about
steady since 2008, according to the National Assessment of Educational Progress arts assessment. It
sampled some 8,800 8th graders in public and private schools in late 2016.
Still, substantial differences and changes remain
among geographic areas, school types, and students'
family income levels and racial backgrounds.
victims and performing
a sobriety test during
the Code Prom event at
Marion High School in
Marion, Ind., last week.
The event was intended
to show the school's
juniors and seniors the
dangers of drunk driving.
PARCC, Smarter Balanced
Choose New Management
Jeff Morehead/The Chronicle-Tribune via AP
Sydney Chaffee, a 9th grade humanities teacher
at a small Boston charter school, has been named
the 2017 National Teacher of the Year by the Coun-
cil of Chief State School Officers.
Chaffee, a 10-year veteran, teaches at Codman
Academy Charter Public School, where she tries to
connect history and literature to help her students
learn from the past to make changes in the world.
The other finalists were Megan Gross, a special
education teacher in California; Athanasia Kyriakakos, a high school arts teacher in Maryland; and
Chris Gleason, a middle school music teacher in
The pool of minority teachers is growing at a faster rate than
the portion of either minority students or white teachers, finds a
study by Richard Ingersol for the Learning Policy Institute.
CHANGE IN U.S. STUDENTS AND TEACHERS,
1987-88 TO 2011-12
n Students n Teachers
Ohio Officials Turn Down
Charter School Grants
Ohio officials have declined $22 million out of $71
million in federal charter school expansion grants,
saying they don't think enough potential schools will
meet the high-performance ratings needed to qualify.
MORE TEACHERS OF COLOR
The PARCC consortium has chosen a new nonprofit to manage the business of maintaining and
administering its test: New Meridian Corp., a brandnew organization led by people from various strands
of the assessment world.
The announcement last month marks yet another
stage of transition for the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers, which
has lost most of its original state members. PARCC
leaders said the deal with New Meridian is an effort
to reshape the organization to respond best to states'
Meanwhile, the Smarter Balanced Assessment
Consortium-the other state group that won federal grants in 2010 to design new tests for the Common Core State Standards-announced that it has
switched fiscal agents. After three years of working with the University of California, Los Angeles,
Smarter Balanced will begin using UC-Santa Cruz's
Silicon Valley Extension in June to provide financial,
administrative, and human-resource services.
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"Teacher & Principal School Report"
Nearly all teachers and principals believe students
should have time for independent reading at school,
yet only about a third of teachers set aside time each
day for it, according to a recent survey by Scholastic.
A nationally representative sample of nearly
3,700 PreK-12 teachers, including several dozen
school librarians, and more than 1,000 principals
reported on student reading and access to books.
More than 90 percent of them agreed that "students
should have time during the school day to read a
book of their choice independently."
But just 36 percent of teachers said they were able
to make time for such reading every day. Nearly a
quarter of teachers say they never make time for it-
though it's important to note the question was asked
of teachers for all subjects and grade levels.
When independent reading occurs, students
spend an average of 22 minutes on the activity.
Asked about the primary barrier to independent
reading time, 9 out of 10 teachers cited "demands
of the curriculum."
-LIANA HEITIN LOEWUS
"The Demand for Teacher Characteristics in the Market
for Child Care: Evidence From a Field Experiment"
Having a bachelor's degree, a top-notch grade point
average, and a relatively high level of work experience
actually reduce the chance that a job applicant will be
called in for an interview with a child-care provider, concludes new research by Kent State and Arizona State
universities that used thousands of fictional résumés to
gauge child-care hiring practices in 14 large cities.
Fictional applicants with six months of experience
were called in for interviews more often than those with
two years of experience. Having a bachelor's degree was
no more likely to garner a callback than an associate
degree. And while having a GPA of 3.3 got more attention than a GPA of 2.8, an applicant with a GPA of 3.8
was slightly less likely to get a job interview than 3.3
GPA applicant. The researchers also found evidence of
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Pruning Dead-End Pathways In Career Tech. Ed.
Teachers Lace Academics With Relationship Skills
DIGITAL DIRECTIONS: Ed-Tech Leadership Hazy Under Trump
Parker Davis and Alina Lopez, right, talk about words and acts that cause happiness, in a 2nd grade classroom at Lincoln Elementary School in Oakland, Calif. Peer-to-peer conversations are part of an effort to build academic and social-emotional skills
Legislatures Tackle ESSA, Fiscal Issues
News in Brief
Record U.S. Graduation Rate Not Seen as Inflated
Obama-Era Nutrition Standards Loosened for School Meals
Mostly White Town Can Leave Diverse District, Court Says
Teacher Residencies Can Help Curb Shortages, Studies Say
Do Parents See Math as ‘Less Useful’ Than Reading?
Oregon GEAR UP Links Rural Students To Private Colleges
2017 Budget Deal Defers Fierce Fights on Education Aid
Trump Orders Hard Look At Federal Reach on K-12 Policy
Hurdles Remain for Calif. K-12 Funding Formula, Study Says
100 Days: How Three Presidents Stack Up on K-12
Rafiq R. Kalam Id-Din II: Black Teachers Matter. School Integration Doesn’t
By Robert W. Runcie & Antwan Wilson: How We Stopped Sending Students to Jail
Q&A With Peggy Orenstein: Let’s Talk to K-12 Girls About Sex
TopSchoolJobs Recruitment Marketplace
David Jacobson: A Purple Agenda for (Early) Education
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Education Week - May 10, 2017 - News in Brief
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Education Week - May 10, 2017 - Obama-Era Nutrition Standards Loosened for School Meals
Education Week - May 10, 2017 - Mostly White Town Can Leave Diverse District, Court Says
Education Week - May 10, 2017 - Teacher Residencies Can Help Curb Shortages, Studies Say
Education Week - May 10, 2017 - Do Parents See Math as ‘Less Useful’ Than Reading?
Education Week - May 10, 2017 - Oregon GEAR UP Links Rural Students To Private Colleges
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Education Week - May 10, 2017 - 2017 Budget Deal Defers Fierce Fights on Education Aid
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Education Week - May 10, 2017 - Hurdles Remain for Calif. K-12 Funding Formula, Study Says
Education Week - May 10, 2017 - 100 Days: How Three Presidents Stack Up on K-12
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Education Week - May 10, 2017 - By Robert W. Runcie & Antwan Wilson: How We Stopped Sending Students to Jail
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Education Week - May 10, 2017 - David Jacobson: A Purple Agenda for (Early) Education
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