Education Week - May 11, 2016 - (Page 4)

NEWS IN BRIEF Detroit Restructuring Plan Advances During Sickouts Michigan lawmakers were moving last week to advance a $500 million plan to restructure Detroit public schools by creating a new district-a vote intended to ease the concerns of teachers who had shut down the district for two days by calling out sick. Teachers staged the protest out of fear they might not get paid if the district runs out of money. The plan aims to ensure that the newly created district could spend more on academics if freed of debt payments. But lawmakers remain at odds over some issues. The House bill, for instance, would restrict labor contracts. -ASSOCIATED PRESS AASA, the School Superintendents Association, has launched an initiative to help women reach the superintendency earlier in their careers and persist once they are on the job. The AASA is still putting together the building blocks of the initiative, More Than A Power Lunch: Building Networks to Support and Advance Women in School Leadership, but officials say that they expected the program to benefit women who are both aspiring and current superintendents. The organization has assembled a team of 10 women from the K-12, education research, and business worlds who will serve as partners and mentors to those in the program. This team is expected to tackle some of the barriers women face in moving up the ranks and come up with a plan to address those issues. -DENISA R. SUPERVILLE Suicide Rate Triples For Girls Ages 10-14 Suicide rates across the nation are on the rise, according to new data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. But even though the numbers of suicides for children remain low compared with other populations, girls 10-14 had the highest growth of any group between 1999 and 2014. In that time, the rate of suicides for girls in that age group tripled- from 0.5 per 100,000 people to 1.5 per 100,000 people. For boys ages 10-14, the rate climbed from 1.9 per 100,000 people to 2.6. Among females ages 15-24, the rate grew from 3 to 4.6 per 100,000 people, and among males in that age group, it grew from 16.8 to 18.2 per 100,000 people, the data show. Suicide-prevention organizations say they have taken a new approach with schools in recent years, working to help teachers identify warning signs of suicide and mental-health issues at earlier ages. -EVIE BLAD Popular Math Text Found Unaligned to Common Core The most recent round of textbook reviews from show that Everyday Math, which is used Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP AASA Launches Effort To Boost Women Leaders 'DREAMING BIGGER' President Barack Obama, accompanied by U.S. Secretary of Education John B. King Jr., right, hosts 2016 National Teacher of the Year Jahana Hayes last week during a ceremony at the White House. Hayes is a social studies teacher at John F. Kennedy High School in Waterbury, Conn. Her passion for education stems from her own background. She was a teenage mother in high school and was witness to a "cycle of drugs, welfare, and abuse" in her family. Teachers "challenged me to dream bigger and imagine myself in a different set of circumstances," she wrote in her application. in about 200,000 classrooms around the country, does not meet the expectations of the Common Core State Standards. The newest reviews were released last week. Everyday Math, a particularly popular K-6 math program developed by the University of Chicago, did not meet the expectations for alignment at any grade level. Publisher McGraw-Hill called the review "incomplete, inaccurate, and misleading." also found that Math Innovations, a middle school curriculum by Kendall Hunt, did not meet expectations. Stepping Stones, by Origo Education, partially met expectations at some grade levels. Bridges in Mathematics performed quite well: The K-5 materials were found to be both aligned to the common core and easy to use at all grade levels. -LIANA HEITIN 4 | EDUCATION WEEK | May 11, 2016 | Ed. Dept. Seeks Reversal Of Transgender Actions The U.S. Department of Justice last week put North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory on notice that a new state law that forbids local antidiscrimination ordinances and restricts which restrooms transgender students can use at school violates the federal Civil Rights Act, The Charlotte Observer reports. The notice, which asks McCrory to remedy the situation by ensuring that the law will not be implemented, came on the same day that a group of Illinois parents and students sued the U.S. Department of Education over its position on transgender students. The suit challenges the federal agency's assertion that Title IX requires schools to allow students to access sex-segregated facilities based on their gender identity, even if it differs from their sex at birth. The suit appears to be the first federal challenge of the department's position on transgender students. -E.B. Changes Coming To National Spelling Bee After two straight years of ties, the Scripps National Spelling Bee is adding more sting: The championship rounds will last longer, and the words will be harder. The bee, now televised in prime time by ESPN, has exploded in popularity over the past two decades. And the spellers have gotten increasingly savvy. So instead of sticking to a list of 25 "championship words" selected weeks earlier, the final rounds could have as many as 75 words. And the organizers can choose harder words on the fly if the spellers don't appear to be struggling. Rewards will also be bigger for the May 24-26 championship. The first-place cash prize is rising from $30,000 to $40,000, while second place will now get $30,000 and third place, $20,000. -AP In Texas, Administrators Arrested for Cheating Five El Paso educators have been charged with scheming to defraud the federal accountability system and, in some cases, retaliating against co-workers who cooperated with the FBI's 5½-year investigation of the Texas school district. One of the administrators arrested was a former El Paso Independent school district associate superintendent, while the other four worked at Austin High School. Several have maintained their innocence. Two other former district administrators had been previously charged in the cheating scheme, which sought to falsely boost the school system's accountability scores by a variety of means, including preventing limited-English proficiency students from taking the test used by Texas to measure progress under the federal No Child Left Behind law. -TRIBUNE NEWS SERVICE Board Chairman Accused Of Cheating on GED Resigns The chairman of a Kentucky school board, who dropped out of high school at 17, has been accused by Kentucky state police of cheating on the GED exam. State police found surveillance video showing another person taking the test in the name of Dexter Smith, the Knox County school board chairman. The issue erupted when a local newspaper reported that the online school listed on Smith's diploma is an unaccredited "diploma mill," described by the Better Business Bureau as a scam. The Kentucky education department requires that school board members have a high school diploma or a GED. Police say Smith signed a statement declaring he met the requirements when he ran for office three years ago. He has since resigned from the board. -AP Reading Coaches to Be Put In All N.Y.C. Primary Schools As part of a larger equity-focused agenda announced by Mayor Bill de Blasio and Chancellor Carmen Fariña last fall, New York City will put one reading coach, on average, in every elementary school. The district is currently looking to hire about 100 reading coaches for this September, and officials are planning to fill all the positions by the 2018-19 school year. The coaches will train and support K-2 teachers in their schools. They'll receive intensive professional development over the summer to get ready for the role. The district is also pushing efforts to get all students taking Algebra 1 by the end of 9th grade and to require all schools to offer computer science courses. -L.H. Teacher Applications Flood Hawaii Schools Hawaii's education department has been inundated with thousands of applications from people all over the world after bringing attention to the state's teacher shortage, but officials say it has been frustrating to find that many

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Education Week - May 11, 2016

Education Week - May 11, 2016
Bungling Student Names: A Slight That Stings
Popularity of Ed Tech Often Not Linked to Products’ Impact
As ESSA Rolls Out, State Officials Vow To Hear Local Voices
Rich Districts Post Widest Racial Gaps
News in Brief
Report Roundup
Study Says Teachers Feel Stressed, Discounted
Amid Rocky Start, College-Access Coalition Hires First Director
Migrant Students Kept Out of Schools, AP Investigation Finds
Scores Decline for Low-Performers On 12th Grade NAEP
National Survey Shows Rise in Student Safety
Blogs of the Week
Education Funding a Key Factor In Illinois Budget Showdown
ESSA Paves Way for Deeper Access to Wealth of K-12 Data
Blogs of the Week
Relative Motion In Education
Education Policy Should Address Student Poverty
Quality Physical Education Is a Life Changer
TopSchoolJobs Recruitment Marketplace
‘People Support What They Create’: Stakeholder Engagement Is Key to ESSA’s Future

Education Week - May 11, 2016