Education Week - August 19, 2015 - (Page 1)

SPECIAL SECTION: Education Week's Calendar of Events, Opposite Page 26 Education WEEk VOL. 35, NO. 1 * AUGUST 19, 2015 AMERICAN EDUCATION'S NEWSPAPER OF RECORD * © 2015 Editorial Projects in Education * $4 BREAKING NEWS DAILY KATRINA 10 YEARS Public Schools in New Orleans The Re-Education Of New Orleans The City Bets Big on School Choice W Stories by Corey Mitchell, Arianna Prothero, & Denisa R. Superville Photography by Swikar Patel hen the levees broke 10 years ago-drowning New Orleans in the disastrous wake of Hurricane Katrina-the ruptures set off a cascade of profound changes to public schooling that have never before been seen in a single American city. As the floodwaters receded, leaving a scattered population preoccupied with survival, the state of Louisiana took over most of the city's schools, many of which had been chronically failing for years. All the teachers were fired. And a new class of educators moved in, kicking off the rapid and steady march to what exists now: A city with no neighborhood schools. A city of charters. A city of sometimes bewildering school choice. Believers in the new way say it's for the best: Graduation rates have ticked up. More kids are going to college. And achievement on state tests has grown. But, skeptics counter, there are casualties of such progress: School closures that leave families stranded. Languishing special education students. And a growing class of young black men who never finish school and don't have jobs. A decade after this radical reshaping of public education-billed by its proponents as the best hope for saving a singular American city from its near-death experience-there are fundamental questions still in search of answers. Has the post-Katrina K-12 system delivered on its promise of high-quality schools for all of New Orleans' children, the vast majority of them poor and black? And how do we judge if it has? See Pages 14-21 OTHER NEWS: Principals Band Together Education Week's Video Move AP U.S. History Revised Accountability's Next Wave A new panel of early-career principals share candid views on the job's challenges and provide strategies and support to one another. The newspaper extends its reach with the acquisition of the TV production company Learning Matters. The 2015 revisions to the AP U.S. History framework may still be drawing fire, but historians mostly seem satisfied. States are getting more of a say in the shape of their school accountability systems. What will they do with it? > PAGE 6 > PAGE 8 > PAGE 9 > PAGE 22

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Education Week - August 19, 2015

Education Week - August 19, 2015
News in Brief
Report Roundup
Rookie Principals’ Group Sheds Light on Early-Career Challenges
Education Week Acquires Television Production Company
Historians See AP U.S. History Revisions as ‘Evenhanded’
Handcuffing of Students Reignites Debate On Use of Restraint
Study Casts Doubt on Impact of Teacher Professional Development
Teachers Use Minecraft to Fuel Creative Ideas, Analytical Thinking
Blogs of the Week
Education Stakes Are High in Ky., La., and Miss. Governor Races
Accountability 3.0: What Will State Systems Look Like?
Budget Deadline Could Put Education Programs at Risk
Blogs of the Week
TopSchoolJobs Recruitment Marketplace
How Do We Help Students With Mental-Health Issues Return to School?
Lessons From Successful School Improvement Grants
2005: In the Wake of Hurricane Katrina
Do We Need Quality Assurance for Teacher Feedback?

Education Week - August 19, 2015