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ing within the previous week, found Felmlee and co-author Robert Faris, an associate professor of sociology at the University
of California, Davis. Of those, almost 6 percent were purely victims, 9 percent acted
as aggressors, and about 2 percent were
When it comes to dating, young people
often harbor resentments after a breakup,
and they may take out these feelings on
an ex-partner through cyber aggression,
Felmlee said. They may also think they
can win back a previous boyfriend or girlfriend, or prevent them from dating someone else, the researcher added.
The study also found that lesbian, gay,
bisexual, transgender, and queer youths
were four times as likely as their heterosexual peers to be victims of cyberbullying.
Freshman Austin Funk
high-fives Rockingham County
Sheriff Bryan Hutcheson,
right, as he enters Broadway
High School in Broadway, Va.,
last week. About 100 local
leaders, elected officials, and
businesspeople lined the
entryway to greet students on
the first day of school.
Founder of Pa. Online School
Admits to Federal Tax Fraud
The founder and former CEO of
an online public school that educates thousands of Pennsylvania
students pleaded guilty last week to
federal tax fraud. He acknowledged
he siphoned more than $8 million
from the Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School through for-profit and
nonproﬁt companies he controlled.
Nicholas Trombetta, 61, said he
had used the money, among other
purposes, to buy a Florida condominium for $933,000, pay $180,000
for houses for his mother and girlfriend in Ohio, and spend $990,000
more on groceries and other items.
The school, founded in Midland in
2000, had more than 11,000 students
across the state when Trombetta was
charged three years ago. It still has
more than 9,000.
"Science That Matters"
It's hard to be one of only a few students of
your race in a science ﬁeld, but new research
suggests the possibility of helping your own
community can spur students to become
Researchers at California State University,
Long Beach, and San Diego State University
tracked 249 incoming freshmen science majors in California. They found that among
ﬁrst-generation college students, those who
came in with a strong belief that science
could be used to help their communities were
more likely to see themselves as scientists
The study was part of a special issue on encouraging more diversity in STEM fields in
the journal CBE-Life Sciences Education, published by the American Society for Cell Biology.
-SARAH D. SPARKS
"Use and Perceptions of Mobile Applications
and Technologies by Those Interested in
"Toxic Ties: Networks of Friendship, Dating,
and Cyber Victimization"
Special education teachers are more likely
than general education teachers to use
mobile apps with their students, but are not
receiving enough formal training on the use
of mobile technology for instructional purposes, a report says. It was released last
week as part of a new initiative examining the role of mobile technology in special
The SpedApps project, created by the Research Center for Educational Technology at
Kent State University in Ohio, also features a
website that reviews apps developed to reach
special education students, as well as two apps
The likelihood of cyberbullying is about
seven times greater between current or former friends or dating partners than between
young people who don't know each other, a
The research led by Diane Felmlee, a professor of sociology at Pennsylvania State University, focuses on 800 students in grades
8-12. It is published in the September issue
of Social Psychology Quarterly.
About 17 percent of students surveyed
were aggressors or victims of cyberbully-
La. Private Schools Take
Students Without Funding
The waiting list for students
hoping to attend private schools
through Louisiana's voucher program has been cut nearly in half,
after schools agreed to take in more
students without certainty they'll
get state funding.
The state education department
announced last week that the
voucher waiting list had dropped
from 362 students to 187.
Private schools that took the additional students are taking a risk
they may not get reimbursed. Most
of the schools are in Orleans and
Texas charter schools, on average, appear
to negatively affect students' future earnings, according to a working paper by two
The study also found that attending a "no
excuses" charter school, which is described
as having stricter rules, uniforms, and longer
school days and years, was linked to higher
test scores and four-year college enrollment,
but not to higher earnings.
Other types of charter schools, however,
stumble on all three study measures: hurting test scores, four-year college enrollment,
Researchers Will S. Dobbie of Princeton
University and Roland G. Fryer Jr. of Harvard University used data from the Texas
Education Research Center to track students
from kindergarten through college and into
the workforce. They compared charter middle and high school students with students
who had attended the same noncharter elementary schools and then continued into
regular secondary schools.
"Charter Schools and Labor Market
created by researchers working on the initiative. The project is funded in part by AT&T.
The report highlights results from a survey
of 683 general and special education teachers, therapeutic professionals (like intervention specialists, school psychologists, and
occupational therapists), parents of specialneeds students, and administrators. The researchers also reviewed peer-reviewed studies on mobile technology and its use with
special education students.
-MICHELLE R. DAVIS
WHERE THE STEEPEST
INCOME DIVIDES ARE
More than 33,500 district
boundaries were examined to
ﬁnd the biggest economic gaps
between neighboring districts.
The 50 most-segregating borders
were in 14 states. Some of the
circles at left cover more than
Judge Rules Against Detroit
Over Teacher Sickouts
A judge has ruled against the Detroit school district in its lawsuit
against two teachers involved in
teacher sickouts. The district failed
to meet its burden of proof and interpreted a state law in a way that
is "offensive to fundamental rights
of free speech," the judge said.
The decision closes a case that
began in January; saw the number of
defendants drop from 28 to two; and
cost the state, which picked up the
district's legal tab, about $320,000.
The district had accused teachers
Steve Conn and Nicole Conaway of
illegally encouraging the sickouts
that closed dozens of schools earlier
this year. Both have been outspoken
critics of state-appointed emergency
management of the district.
District Hot Spots Identified for Economic Segregation
"Fault Lines: America's Most Segregating School District Borders"
The nation's most economically segregated school districts
are highlighted in a report released last week by EdBuild,
a nonproﬁt organization that studies school funding issues.
The study looks at student-poverty rates between adjacent
districts. Researchers examined more than 33,500 district
boundaries to see where the biggest income disparities were
between neighboring districts in the United States.
The 50 most-segregating borders were found in just 14
states, many of them in the Rust Belt. Ohio has the most,
with nine in all, while Alabama has six such district lines,
according to the report.
But the most economically segregating district boundary
was between Grosse Pointe and Detroit schools in Michigan,
according to EdBuild's analysis. The poverty rate in Grosse
Point is 6.5 percent compared with 49.2 percent in Detroit.
And the median household income in Grosse Point is $90,542
a year versus $26,087 for Detroit.
Birmingham, Ala., school boundaries with two neighboring
districts was next on the report's list.
The report follows on the heels of signiﬁcant attention to school
segregation by income as well as race this year. The share of
high-poverty and racially isolated schools has grown in recent
years, according to a U.S. Government Accountability Ofﬁce report released in May.
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Education Week - August 31, 2016
Education Week - August 31, 2016
Calls to Halt Charters Stir Friction
Head Start Benefits Underscored
Efforts to Boost Teacher Diversity Seen Falling Short
Digital Directions: 1-to-1 Computing Under Microscope in Maine Schools
News in Brief
Back to School: Taking the Public’s Pulse
U.S. State Department Tackles Gender Gap in Stem Participation
Act Scores Dip as Participation Swells
Are Poor Students More Ready for Kindergarten?
Teacher-Tenure Battles Continue After Vergara
Judge Blocks Guidance on Transgender Rights
Reading the Tea Leaves in Advance of Essa Funding Rules
Q&A: With Christopher Emdin
Q&A: Talking K-12 With a Force in the House Gop
Howard Fuller: The Naacp Has It Wrong
Milton Chen & Jonathan B. Jarvis: 100 Years Old, Our National Parks Are the Best Outdoor Classrooms
Topschooljobs Recruitment Marketplace
David E. Dematthews: The Principal as Community Advocate
Education Week - August 31, 2016 - Digital Directions: 1-to-1 Computing Under Microscope in Maine Schools
Education Week - August 31, 2016 - 2
Education Week - August 31, 2016 - 3
Education Week - August 31, 2016 - News in Brief
Education Week - August 31, 2016 - Report Roundup
Education Week - August 31, 2016 - Back to School: Taking the Public’s Pulse
Education Week - August 31, 2016 - U.S. State Department Tackles Gender Gap in Stem Participation
Education Week - August 31, 2016 - Are Poor Students More Ready for Kindergarten?
Education Week - August 31, 2016 - Teacher-Tenure Battles Continue After Vergara
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Education Week - August 31, 2016 - Reading the Tea Leaves in Advance of Essa Funding Rules
Education Week - August 31, 2016 - Q&A: Talking K-12 With a Force in the House Gop
Education Week - August 31, 2016 - Howard Fuller: The Naacp Has It Wrong
Education Week - August 31, 2016 - Milton Chen & Jonathan B. Jarvis: 100 Years Old, Our National Parks Are the Best Outdoor Classrooms
Education Week - August 31, 2016 - 20
Education Week - August 31, 2016 - Letters
Education Week - August 31, 2016 - Topschooljobs Recruitment Marketplace
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Education Week - August 31, 2016 - David E. Dematthews: The Principal as Community Advocate
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