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4 EDUCATION WEEK n JUNE 12, 2013 n NEWS IN BRIEF Spellings to Head Bush Foundation Margaret Spellings, who served as U.S. secretary of education under President George W. Bush, has been hired as the president of the foundation named after her former boss. Ms. Spellings was White House domestic-policy adviser when the No Child Left Behind Act was crafted early in Mr. Bush’s tenure, then shepherded its implementation while leading the U.S. Department of Education during his second term. In her new job, which she will begin in September, she will oversee all activities of the Dallasbased George W. Bush Foundation, including leadership of the George W. Bush Institute and collaboration with the National Archives and Records Administration, which operates Mr. Bush’s presidential library and museum. After leaving the Cabinet in 2009, Ms. Spellings founded a Washington consulting firm that provides strategic guidance to nonprofits and private companies. She is also the president of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation. —NIRVI SHAH Student-Loan Plans Fall Short in Senate Interest rates on new student loans are likely headed higher after the U.S. Senate failed last week to advance proposals to keep them from doubling July 1. Dueling measures would have kept interest rates on some student loans from moving from 3.4 percent to 6.8 percent, although separate Republican and Democratic proposals each failed to win the 60 votes needed on procedural votes. The failure means that unless law- makers can find a rare bipartisan agreement, students are likely to face higher rates on new subsidized Stafford student loans this fall. Top Democrats and Republicans on the Senate education committee expressed frustration with the inability to pass a plan.—ASSOCIATED PRESS U.S. Officials Take Up Student Mental Health U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius launched a “national conversation” on mental health at the White House last week. As a part of the event, President Barack Obama and Mr. Duncan again appealed to Congress to find more than $200 million to pay for more counselors, social workers, and psychologists, and other services in schools. The administration launched the new website, which carries tools and information about mental health, signs of mental illness, and how to get help. Mr. Obama emphasized that mental illness is often incorrectly linked to violence. —N.S. Schools Adding Time To Teach the Arts Some expanded- learningtime schools are now using their longer school days not just for Court Rules District Not Liable in Student Bullying Perpetrator was allowed to return to school, despite previous assaults A Pennsylvania district cannot be held liable for the bullying of a high school student by one of her peers, even though school officials readmitted the perpetrator after she had been found delinquent and continued to bully the victim, a federal appeals court ruled last week. The full U.S. Court of Appeals for the 3rd Cir- cuit, in Philadelphia, expressed sympathy for the victim and her family but said that because of well-established precedents, they could not prevail under two distinct theories in holding the district and one of its administrators legally responsible. The court held 9-5 that despite compulsory education laws, the school did not have a “special relationship” with its students that would give rise to a duty to protect them from harm from other students. And it ruled that legal injuries to the victim were not the result of actions by administrators under a “state-created danger” theory of liability. The case involves Brittany Morrow, who in early 2008 at Blackhawk High School in Beaver County, Pa., became the target of bullying from a schoolmate that included “racially motivated” threats and physical assaults, court papers say. The perpetrator was charged in juvenile court with assault, making terroristic threats, and harassment. She was ordered to have no contact with Ms. Morrow. The perpetrator was allowed to return to the school. In fall 2008, she allegedly boarded Ms. Morrow’s school bus and threatened her, and later assaulted her at a football game. The Morrows sued the Blackhawk school dis- trict and an assistant principal for violations of their 14th Amendment substantive-due-process rights, seeking damages that weren’t specified in the 3rd Circuit’s opinion. A federal district court dismissed the suit, rul- ing that a 1992 3rd Circuit precedent that is well known in education law circles (D.R. v. Middle Bucks Area Vocational Technical School) established that there is no special relationship between public schools and their students. The district court also rejected the state-created danger theory. —MARK WALSH additional instruction in mathematics, reading, and other core subjects, but for arts education, according to a report released last week by the Boston-based National Center on Time & Learning. The report, which received support from the Wallace Foundation, profiles five schools that serve mostly low-income students. The schools prioritized arts education when they redesigned their schedules. In addition to extra time for the arts, appropriate staffing and resources have been dedicated accordingly, the report says, as the schools see the arts as valuable to improving student engagement in school as well as achievement in other subjects. (The Wallace Foundation also helps support coverage of arts education and expanded learning time in Education Week.) —NORA FLEMING Data-Use Training Urged for Teachers Schools have a wealth of stu- dent data, thanks in part to longitudinal-data systems that states have put in place to comply with federal and state requirements, but teachers are just beginning to learn how to use that information effectively, a report says. The report by the New America Foundation, a Washington think tank, looks at federally funded professional-development programs in Delaware and Oregon that are training teachers on using data to improve their instruction. It says the initiatives are models that can inform other states in implementing programs.” The authors write that many of the data points available to teachers “are not the rich, informative THE CLASS OF 2013 Chiawana High School Principal Teri Kessie, left, celebrates with Wenndy Artiga, the senior class president, following graduation ceremonies for the class of 2013. It is the first class to attend all four years at the school in Pasco, Wash. metrics necessary to help educators design targeted student educational plans.” —LIANA HEITIN Consortium Releases Online Practice Tests The Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium, one of two major groups of states designing tests matched to the Common Core State Standards, has released sets of online sample test questions for grades 3-8 and 11 in English/language arts and math, the two subjects covered by the standards. Included in the mock-up test are constructed-response, selected-response, and technology-enhanced items, as well as performance tasks, or extended-length activities that ask students to apply skills and knowledge to “real world” problems. The new tests will be given online in participating states during the 2014-15 academic year. —SEAN CAVANAGH Conn. to Pay Costs For New Sandy Hook Connecticut lawmakers are setting aside up to $50 million to help the town of Newtown build a new Sandy Hook Elementary School. The money was tucked into a bonding bill that passed last week, the final day of the legislative session. It’s among municipal grants for infrastructure projects and programs, including planning, property acquisition, site preparation, and construction. Last month, a Newtown task force voted to demolish the school, where 20 children and six educators were killed in December, and erect a new building on the site. Gov. Dannel P. Malloy said the state left it up to the town to de- Paul T. Erickson/The Tr-City Herald/AP

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Education Week - June 12, 2013

Education Week - June 12, 2013
DIGITAL DIRECTIONS: Obama Plan Champions E-Rate Fixes
States Seek Flexibility on Testing
FOCUS ON: SCHOOL LEADERS: Chicago Initiative Aims to Upgrade Principal Pipeline
Questions Arise About Algebra 2 For All Students
Year-End Exams Add Urgency to Teaching
News in Brief
Report Roundup
Race on to Ready N.Y.C. Teacher Reviews
Districts Turning Summer School Into Learning Labs
Preschools Aim to Better Equip Low-Income Parents
After Early Progress, SIG School Struggles To Improve
Progress, Persistence Seen in Latest Data on Bullying
INDUSTRY & INNOVATION: ‘MOOC’ Plan Could Spawn Dual-Enrollment Courses
Virginia Joins Ranks of States Creating State-Run Districts
Blogs of the Week
NCLB Bills Split Over Federal Role in K-12
Policy Brief
States Fold Teaching Into Preschool Rating Factors
Peer Review Quietly Put On Hold For State Assessment Systems
State Opposition Jeopardizes Common-Core Future
OP EDUCATION: Are New Teachers Ready to Teach?
EDWARD CROWE, MICHAEL ALLEN, & CHARLES COBLE: A Good Time for Progress in Teacher Prep
JULIE GORLEWSKI: Teaching Toward Utopia
TopSchoolJobs Recruitment Marketplace
OTIS KRIEGEL: ‘You’ll Get the Hang of It’

Education Week - June 12, 2013