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REPORT ROUNDUP single tribal school flexibility from the mandates of the No Child Left Behind Act. The waiver for Miccosukee Indian School in Florida looks different from the comprehensive flexibility the department has granted at the state and, in one case, district levels. The waiver will allow the school to come up with its own definition of adequate yearly progress. That doesn't mean Miccosukee necessarily gets wiggle room on other parts of the nclb law. The school is operated by the Bureau of Indian Education, which is under the U.S. Department of the Interior and generally serves students living on tribal lands. It serves just 150 students, but it's the only school dedicated to the Miccosukee Indian Tribe.  -ALYSON KLEIN such as shaking the tablet to simulate an earthquake, and a "mixed-reality" version that incorporated physical observation and interactive feedback. "Students learned five times more using the mixed-reality game, and also enjoyed the game significantly more," said researcher Nesra Yannier. Per-Pupil Spending Found to Rise a Bit "Public Education Finances: 2013" After a three-year dip, per-pupil spending on public prekindergarten-12 education inched upward again in 2013, according to a report released this month by the U.S. Department of Commerce. The report draws on data collected from responses to the 2013 Annual Survey of State and Local Government Finances, conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau to gather information on government finance activities. It finds that states vary widely in per pupil spending on schools, ranging from a low $6,555 a year in Utah to a high of $19,818 in New York. On average, annual per pupil spending nationwide was $10,700 in 2013, up 0.9 percent from 2012. Spending was heaviest in the Northeast, where all nine states exceeded the national average. More than 90 percent of the nearly $580 billion that school systems received came from state and local governments, and most of it was spent on instruction and support services, according to the report. The authors also cautioned that the data is limited by some inconsistencies, such as state educational agencies using different accounting handbooks. -JACOB BELL  PER-PUPIL SPENDING BY STATE IN 2013 n Less than $8,000 n $8,000 to $9,999 US AVERAGE $10,700 n $10,000 to $11,999 n $12,000 to $13,999 n $14,000 to $15,999 n $16,000 or more SPECIAL EDUCATION "Assessment Results for Students With Disabilities and ELLs With Disabilities" N.C. Court Rules in Favor Of Teacher Job Protections North Carolina lawmakers violated veteran teachers' constitutional rights by passing a law that would remove job protections they've earned, the state's court of appeals found last week. But the court rejected efforts to restore newer teachers' pathway to the protected job status. Under the 2013 law, legislators sought to move from a system that protected teachers from firing or demotion after they passed four years of probation and earned "career status." For more than four decades, veteran teachers were protected from firing or demotion except for a list of reasons that included poor performance, immorality, and insubordination.  -AP RI CT DC Charter School Leaders Convicted of Bribery An Ohio charter school superintendent and the school's board chairman were convicted last week of taking bribes from an education consultant in exchange for an unbid contract at a time when teachers were taking pay cuts. Prosecutors said Shane K. Floyd, the superintendent; Christopher D. Students with disabilities continue to score much lower than their peers on state tests, even as their graduation rates inch upwards, a new report finds. In 2012-13, students with disabilities scored from 32 to 41 percentage points lower than their peers on state tests, according to the report, released last month. The gap was lowest in elementary mathematics, and highest for middle school reading. The report, by the National Center for Educational Outcomes at the University of Minnesota, shows that gaps between students with disabilities and their peers have barely budged from 2006-07 to 2012-13. -CHRISTINA A. SAMUELS COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIPS "Analysis of the Impacts of City Year's Whole-School, Whole-Child Model on Partner Schools' Performance" Nev. Restricts Administrators From Joining Unions Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval, a Republican, last week signed into law a wide-ranging collective bargaining overhaul that prohibits school administrators who make more than $120,000 a year from joining a collective bargaining unit. It also makes it easier for superintendents to fire or transfer school principals during their first few years of employment. The measure requires administrators who aren't principals but are in unions to reapply for their jobs every five years. It also doubles the number of negotiation sessions required between a teachers' union and employer before calling in an independent arbitrator to reach an agreement. -AP -AUDREY ARMITAGE Martin, the board chairman; and Carl L. Robinson, who ran Global Eductional Consultants, were convicted of federal-programs bribery and conspiracy. Mr. Floyd and Mr. Martin were also convicted of making false statements to the fbi. The corruption case is tied to the former Arise Academy in Dayton. Prosecutors said Arise paid Global Educational Consultants for a consulting contract in 2008 when the school was unable to pay other vendors. Authorities said that, in exchange, Mr. Floyd and Mr. Martin got cash and other benefits. -AP CORRECTION An article in the June 3, 2015, issue of Education Week on efforts to develop measures of social-emotional factors for the National Assessment of Educational Progress incorrectly identified Chris Gabrieli's role in the project. Mr. Gabrieli, an adjunct lecturer with the Transforming Education project at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, is developing such measures for a separate project involving a coalition of California districts. Schools that participated in City Year's schoolwide programs in 22 cities were more likely to see overall improvements on their states' mathematics and English/language arts tests than similar schools that did not participate, according to a new report by Policy Studies Associates Inc. SOURCE: U.S. Department of Commerce, U.S. Census Bureau The study compared state test performance of schools which received tutoring, after-school enrichment, mentoring, and other services from City Year in a whole-school program, with local compariSCHOOL NUTRITION son schools matched on demographics and other "Hunger Doesn't Take a Vacation: Summer Nutrition factors. Status Report" City Year is a national nonprofit that hires youngadult AmeriCorps to spend a year working and runMore low-income children ate at federally sub- ning programs in high-poverty schools. sidized summer meals sites in summer 2014, conIn the study, schools working with the program tinuing a trend of growth in participation that were at least twice as likely as comparison schools started a few years before, a new report says. to show overall improvements in language arts in During July 2014, the Summer Nutrition Pro- 2011-12, 2012-13, and 2013-14, and in mathematics -SARAH D. SPARKS grams served nearly 3.2 million children-an in- in 2011-12 and 2012-13. crease of 215,000, or about 7.3 percent from July 2013-says the report, released by the Food Re- HIGHER EDUCATION search and Advocacy Center, an advocacy group. The programs grew to serve 16.2 percent of the children "The Impact of Guaranteed Tuition Polices on who participated in the National School Lunch Pro- Postsecondary Tuition Levels" gram during the 2013-14 school year, the report says. That figure was about 15 percent the previous year. Illinois' efforts to control costs for college students  -EVIE BLAD actually led to faster tuition increases, finds a study set to appear in the August edition of Economics Education Review. DIGITAL GAMES Since Illinois enacted its Truth-in-Tuition law in "Learning From Mixed-Reality Games: Is Shaking a 2004, the annual tuition rates at the state's 12 public Tablet as Effective as Physical Observation?" colleges and universities rose 26 to 30 percent more than increases in other states not subject to a guarYounger students get the most out of digital anteed tuition law, University of Illinois researchers learning games when the game combines elements found. of both the real and virtual worlds, finds new reIllinois' increase was 6 percent to 7 percent more search from Carnegie Mellon University. over four years than was typical for other colleges Researchers tested three different approaches to with similar missions and sizes. teaching simple physics principles through educaWhile the idea behind the law was to help families tional gaming to a group of 92 students ages 6 to manage costs, colleges often "frontloaded" tuition in8: a screen-based format; one with simple controls, creases to guard against inflation.  -CARALEE J. 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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Education Week - June 10, 2015

Education Week - June 10, 2015
Cleveland Embraces Social- Emotional Learning
Challenge of Co-Teaching A Special Education Issue
As Federal Grants Taper Off, Two N.C. Districts Tally Impact
DIGITAL DIRECTIONS: N.Y. ‘Open’ Content Going Nationwide
School Choice Supercharged In Nev. Statute
News in Brief
Report Roundup
Debate Persists Around Kindergarten Reading Standards
New York Expanding Dual Language to Help Its English- Learners
Schools, Students Hit Hard by California’s Historic Drought
Blogs of the Week
Massachusetts School Transforms Renovation Into Teachable Moment
Magnet Schools Found to Boost Diversity—But Only a Bit
Survey: Students Need More Than Academic Prowess
Education Policy Issues In Arizona Crossfire
Congress Appears Poised to Tackle Higher Education Issues
SIG Money Gives Principal Tools For Turnaround
Federal Aid Fuels Multi-Tiered Instruction
Additional Entrants Join Presidential Race
High Court Rules in Online Threat, Religious Rights Cases
A Movement Gains Momentum
What Teachers Are Saying
Parents Have a Civil Right To Question Testing’s Goal
Parents See Testing’s ‘Distorting Impact’
What Are the Policy Implications of the Opt-Out Movement?
TopSchoolJobs Recruitment Marketplace
An Early Opt-Out

Education Week - June 10, 2015