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NEWS IN BRIEF Federal Rules on Open Internet Allowed to Proceed Over Objections An appeals court decision will allow federal rules that supporters say protect a free and open Internet to go forward-over the objections of telecommunications providers. A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals refused last month to postpone Federal Communications Commission policies on "net neutrality," despite a request for delay sought by the U.S. Telecom Association. The judges said the request had not met the "stringent requirements" for a delay. The legal fight over the rules, however, will continue. Some organizations feared that schools' access to free online academic materials and video could get relegated to second-class status if telecoms were allowed to create fast and slow lanes. -SEAN CAVANAGH The College Board has offered to waive the fee for nearly half a million students affected by a printing error in the sat administered June 6 if they want to retake the exam in October. Following last month's administration, the College Board reported it would not score two sections of the sat after it was discovered that the test booklet indicated a time limit of 25 minutes for some math and reading sections, while the manual and script gave the correct time of 20 minutes. The New York Daily News reports that a Long Island student is suing the College Board and the Educational Testing Service for unspecified monetary damages. In addition, two New York high school students have started a petition to allow for a retest. -CARALEE ADAMS Licensing Group Unveils Ethics Code for Teachers A newly released code of ethics for teachers could help provide some clarity across the mishmash of state rules. The National Association of State Directors Rich Pedroncelli/AP College Board Waives Fee For Retake of the SAT NO VACCINATIONS, NO SCHOOL California Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de León holds Joshua Fulmer, 3 months, as he congratulates state Sens. Richard Pan, center, and Ben Allen after their bill requiring all California students to be vaccinated, barring medical reasons, was signed by Gov. Jerry Brown last week. The measure, which was in response to a measles outbreak in Disneyland last year, gives California one of the toughest vaccination laws in the country. of Teacher Education and Certification last year convened a task force to draft the code, with support from the University of Phoenix, the Educational Testing Service, and the National Network of State Teachers of the Year. Unlike with other professions, every single state has its own measures for teacher misconduct. The hope is that a common framework will serve as a basis for standards of conduct to be "consistently and similarly established, adopted, and enforced, and that professional educators can internalize regardless of where they practice."  -STEPHEN SAWCHUK Newark to Regain Control of Schools After two decades under state control, the Newark district in New Jersey will return to local governance by the end of the 2015-16 school year. The announcement by Gov. Chris Christie and Newark Mayor Ras Baraka came late last month, a week after state education officials announced that Newark Superintendent Cami Anderson was stepping down by July 8. Her replacement is Christopher Cerf, | TRANSITIONS | | OBITUARIES | Jacqueline Woodson has been named the Young People's Poet Laureate by the Poetry Foundation. The $25,000 title is given to a living writer in recognition of a career devoted to writing exceptional poetry for young readers. The position aims to promote poetry to children and their families, teachers, and librarians over the course of its two-year tenure. Ms. Woodson is the author of more than 30 books for children and young adults and has won numerous awards, including the National Book Award. Marva D. Collins, a legendary educator known for fostering expectations of excellence for children raised in the poor neighborhoods of Chicago, died last week at age 78. Ms. Collins began her teaching career in Chicago, but soon became disillusioned with the public school system. So she cashed out her $5,000 pension and started her own school, an independent institution called Westside Prep designed to provide rigorous instruction to disadvantaged students. As the pre-K-8 school grew, so too did Ms. Collins' fame. In 1981, her story was the subject of a madefor-television movie. Thousands of people visited the school to find out her secret of eliciting high achievement from students who, on paper, would not be expected to succeed. Ms. Collins caught the attention of President-elect Ronald Reagan's transition team, but she turned down an offer to become U.S. secretary of education. In 2004, she was awarded a National Humanities Medal. Westside Prep closed in 2008, as families were unable or unwilling to pay the $5,500 annual tuition. Ms. Collins moved to Hilton Head, S.C., to organize training programs for educators, The New York Times reported. -CHRISTINA A. SAMUELS Mark R. Nelson has been appointed executive director of the 20,000-member Computer Science Teachers Association. Prior to his new role, Mr. Nelson worked for eight years at the National Association of College Stores. He was also an assistant professor and lecturer at several higher education institutions. Ryan Wise has been selected as the new state schools chief in Iowa. Upon state Senate confirmation, he would replace Brad Buck. Mr. Wise, who began his education career as a high school history teacher, currently is the state's deputy education director. 4 | EDUCATION WEEK | July 8, 2015 | a former state education commissioner. The troubled Newark school system has been under state control since 1995, with the community agitating in recent years for the right to run the school system. Ms. Anderson, who led the district since 2011, was the target of many critics. Some parents and students boycotted the first week of school last year, largely a protest against her school reform plan and other concerns. And this year, student protesters camped out in a district building asking both for Ms. Anderson to meet with them and for her to resign. -DENISA R. SUPERVILLE Ronald Thorpe, the president and ceo of the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, died last week after a battle with lung cancer. He was 63. Mr. Thorpe had led the National Board since 2011, ushering in significant changes designed to increase the profile of the organization's flagship advancedcertification program and bolster teachers' professional status nationally. A well-known and energetic presence in the K-12 field, he worked as an education advocate for more than 40 years. He served as vice president for education at the New York public television station wnet. He also held senior leadership roles at the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, the Rhode Island Foundation, and the Wallace Foundation. Early on, Mr. Thorpe worked at Phillips Academy Andover in Massachusetts, first teaching and then serving as assistant to then-headmaster Theodore R. Sizer, a well-known education reform leader whom Mr. Thorpe credited with shaping his views. When Mr. Thorpe took over as head of the National Board, the organization's status had been waning for several years. He decreased the cost of certification and made the process more accessible for teachers.   -LIANA HEITIN

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Education Week - July 8, 2015

Education Week - July 8, 2015
Nev. Moves to Split Clark Co. District
Crazy Quilt of State Responses To Cries of Overtesting
Common Core Trickles Into All States
Advocates Scrutinize Head Start Proposals
Supreme Court To Decide Case On Union Fees
News in Brief
Report Roundup
Ed. School Critic Levine, MIT Partner to Launch Teacher-Prep ‘Lab’
Ariz.’s 20-Year-Old ELL Case May End, But Debate Rages On
Spelling—en Español—Catches On, With Bees in Multiple States
Blogs of the Week
ISTE Conference Examines How Tech Is Reshaping Education
Budgets, Testing Issues Took Legislative Stage
States Struggle With How to Ensure Good Teachers in All Schools
K-12 Issues Fall Within Suite of Recent High Court Rulings
In States, Plenty of Talk But Incremental Action on Early Ed.
Lengthy Floor Debate Looms for U.S. Senate Over ESEA Rewrite
Fresh Entrants in GOP’s Quest For White House
House, Senate Appropriations Bills Would Cut Back Ed. Dept. Funding
What We’ve Learned From a Longer School Day and Year
The Illusion of Closing The Achievement Gap
The ‘Power’ of Adversity
TopSchoolJobs Recruitment Marketplace
Education Scholars: Challenging Racial Injustice Begins With Us

Education Week - July 8, 2015