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| TRANSITIONS | service cuts, which led to some programs shutting down. The cuts eventually were restored, but Gov. Rauner's proposed budget for fiscal 2016 calls for more cuts within the agency. -ASSOCIATED PRESS Math Groups Criticize EdReports Book Reviews The Consumer Reports-style reviews of common-core instructional materials posted by are incomplete, contain errors, and misrepresent what's important in the common standards, two national groups of math educators contend. The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics and its sister group, the National Council of Supervisors of Mathematics, have written an open letter criticizing the methodology used by, which published its first round of curriculum reviews in March. Those reviews found that nearly all the math series evaluated failed to meet criteria for alignment with the Common Core State Standards. Executive Director Eric Hirsch said that his organization "will continue to make refinements." -LIANA HEITIN Education Funding Sends Minn. Into Special Session The Minnesota legislature is heading to a special session over education funding, after Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton vetoed a spending bill that he said was inadequate. Mr. Dayton rejected a last-minute budget compromise proposed by lawmakers that represented a $25 million difference between what the governor and the legislature desired. Minnesota becomes the second state this year, after Washington, to require a special session to reach a deal on how to spend money on public schools. The budget Gov. Dayton ultimately vetoed would have added $400 million for public schools. He said that amount was $171 million shy of what he wanted earmarked to create more slots for half-day preschool statewide. -ANDREW UJIFUSA Georgia Educator Named Assistant Principal of Year An assistant principal who was instrumental in turning around both academics and school culture at a Douglas County, Ga., high school has been named the 2015 assistant principal of the year by the National Association of Secondary School Principals. Jessica Ainsworth of Lithia Springs High School was lauded for using a federal school improvement grant to transform the school's culture and climate, according to the nassp. According to the the principals' group, reading-proficiency rates increased across all subgroups under Ms. Ainsworth's tutelage. For example, those rates for students with disabilities rose from 27 percent to 83 percent. Graduation, job-placement, and college-acceptance rates also improved. -D.R.S. MaryEllen Elia, a former superintendent of the Hillsborough County school system in Tampa, Fla., has been named the commissioner of public schools in New York state. She replaces John King, who left his position at the start of the year to become a senior adviser to U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. An upstate New York native, Ms. Elia had served since 2005 as Hillsborough's schools chief until she was fired in January. Criticism emerged during the months prior to her dismissal that she had created "a workplace culture of fear and bullying" and failed to pay sufficient attention to minority students, local media reported. Her supporters argued that she had overseen significant academic improvement in the district. R. Stephen Green, the superintendent of the Kansas City, Mo., district, will take the helm of the DeKalb County schools in Georgia, as of July 1. The DeKalb school board picked Mr. Green from a pool of more than 100 candidates compiled by search firm ProAct. The district severed its contract with ProAct's parent company, supes Academy, several weeks ago. The academy is dealing with a federal probe in Chicago tied to no-bid contracts with a firm for which the district's ceo once worked as a consultant. The Missouri Association of School Administrators selected Mr. Green as its 2015 superintendent of the year. He has led the Kansas City schools since 2012 and also has worked in Indiana, New Jersey, and New York. Joshua Starr, a former superintendent of the Montgomery County, Md., school system, will become the next leader of Phi Delta Kappa International this month. The news comes three months after he stepped down as Montgomery County schools chief after "failing to convince a majority of the school board that he was leading Maryland's largest school system in the right direction," The Washington Post reported. Mr. Starr had led the district since 2011. He also served for six years as superintendent in Stamford, Conn. The Arlington, Va.-based pdk International is best known for its flagship magazine, Kappan, and annual poll, conducted in partnership with Gallup, that gauges the public's attitudes on public schools. CORRECTION An article and a map on states' 3rd grade promotion requirements in the May 13, 2015, Education Week special report "Building Literacy Skills: The State of Reading Instruction in Grades K-3" included outdated information on Washington state. As of April 29, school districts no longer are required to retain 3rd graders who fail that state's reading exam. SHARING DISCIPLINE DATA In a national survey of college admissions officials and high school guidance counselors, researchers found that half of the guidance counselors share students' discipline records with colleges. 24% No, do not disclose study conducted by Nationwide Children's Hospital, in Columbus, Ohio, and published in the Journal of the American Medical Association last month. Suicide is among the leading causes of death for school-age children younger than 12, and rates are much higher for boys than for girls, the study says. -EVIE BLAD SCHOOL SECURITY "Public School Safety and Discipline: 2013-14" More schools reported training students for active shooter situations and using security cameras, electronic notification systems, and anonymous reporting tools in the 2013-14 school year than four years earlier, and the rate of violent incidents at schools fell during that time. In 2013-14, 70 percent of schools surveyed by the U.S. Department of Education reported drilling students on a written plan for school shootings, according to federal data released last month, the first update on many school safety factors since 27 people died in shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., in December 2012. That's compared to 51.9 percent of schools reporting having such drills on a similar federal survey given in the 2009-10 school year. -E.B. COLLEGE ACCESS "Benefits of the Denver Scholarship Foundation" A new evaluation of Denver's promise scholarship program estimates that every dollar spent on a student who graduates with support from the foundation yields nine times that amount in local, state, and federal taxes. The Pell Institute for the Study of Opportunity in Higher Education, based in Washington, and Development Research Partners of Jefferson County, Colo., released a study last month that determined the Denver Scholarship Foundation's work adds $6-8 million in additional earnings to the regional economy each year. The foundation, which blends private and public resources, provides college counseling at "future centers" in Denver's public high schools, gives about 1,600 college scholarships to qualified students each year, and offers ongoing counseling once students get to college. About 76 percent of scholars are persisting or have graduated since the program was established in 2006. -CARALEE J. ADAMS EARLY YEARS "Active Play Opportunities at Child Care" Preschool-age children at child-care centers need far more opportunities for physical activity, suggests a study published last month in the journal Pediatrics. The authors observed 98 children ages 3-5 at 10 Seattle-area child-care centers for at least four days between 2012 and 2014. All of the centers had schedules that called for at least 60 minutes of daily outdoor playtime, which coincides with recommendations for children of that age. The children wore accelerometers to gauge their exertion levels. Only 12 percent of the activities in an average day at these child-care centers were considered active play opportunities. Children were sedentary for 73 percent of their overall time, engaged in light physical activity 13 percent of their time, and involved in moderate-to-vigorous physical activity for the remaining 14 percent of the time. Their mean amount of moderate-to-vigorous physical activity was 55 minutes per day; 34 percent of children reached 60 or more minutes per day. -BRYAN TOPOREK EDUCATION WEEK | June 3, 2015 | | 5 26% In some cases 50% Yes, disclose SOURCE: Center for Community Alternatives Study: 'Permanent Records' Are Real "Education Suspended: The Use of High School Disciplinary Records in College Admissions" Colleges make "widespread" use of student disciplinary records in their admissions processes, according to a report set for release this week from a national advocacy group. The report-based on surveys of college admission officers and high school counselors around the country-found that 73 percent of colleges and universities collect high school disciplinary data, and that 89 percent of those use the information to inform their admission decisions. The report was prepared by the Center for Community Alternatives, a New York-based organization that advocates on behalf of students who have had court involvement. The organization frames the matter as a civil rights issue since students of color and students with disabilities face disciplinary action at disproportionately higher rates than their peers. The center calls on colleges to stop asking for disciplinary data on students and for high schools to stop providing it. -JAMAAL ABDUL-ALIM

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Education Week - June 3, 2015

Education Week - June 3, 2015
New S.C. Standards Ease Political Pushback
Summer-Job Demand Outstrips Opportunities
Districts Use Student Insights To Guide Policy, Practice
Charters Look Anew At Teacher Retention
With Common Core, Algebra Course Undergoes a Face-Lift
News in Brief
Report Roundup
PARCC Shortens Testing Time, Shifts to Later in the School Year
Ties Deepening Between Schools, After-School Providers
Parent Engagement on Rise As Priority for Schools, Districts
Charter Sector Challenged by Caliber of School Boards
DIGITAL DIRECTIONS: The E-Rate Overhaul in 4 Easy Charts
Studies Probe How Students Can Apply Math More Widely
NAEP to Gather Data on Grit, Mindset
Blogs of the Week
Teacher-Retention Data For Charters Still Murky
Stakes High for Bureau of Indian Education’s Overhaul
California Seeks Waiver on Use of Federal Title I Tutoring Money
Blogs of the Week
FRANCESCA STERNFELD: Necessary Lessons, Schools’ Critical Role in Reducing Family Violence
BENJAMIN RILEY: Can Teacher-Educators Learn From Medical-School Reform?
RANDI WEINGARTEN: States Should Ditch ‘Cut Scores’ on New Tests
TopSchoolJobs Recruitment Marketplace
TERRY B. GRIER: Creating a College-Bound Culture in an Urban School District

Education Week - June 3, 2015