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Education Week
VOL. 38, NO. 3 * SEPTEMBER 5, 2018

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White House Ties
In Question for
Hispanic Officials
Couple Lead Amid Uncertainty for
Federal Programs for ELL Students
By Corey Mitchell

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Brittany Hosea-Small/The San Francisco Chronicle

the FBI later arrested him on a charge of
second-degree "terroristic threatening."
In the weeks to come, administrators at two
high schools in the 42,000-student district
would find students carrying loaded handguns-one of which injured the boy who'd
smuggled it into a classroom when he accidentally shot himself in the hand.
Both students claimed they had no intent
to use the weapons at school.
Now, educators in Fayette County face a
challenge districts around the country are

Aimee Viana sat next to President Donald
Trump in February 2017, joining a panel of
parents and teachers gathered for a White
House listening session with newly appointed
Education Secretary Betsy DeVos.
That West Wing meeting foreshadowed a
12-month period in which Viana, who introduced herself to Trump as a parent and former
educator from Cary, N.C., and her husband,
José Viana, landed high-profile roles as political appointees in the Trump administration.
The Vianas-the Miami-born children of
Cuban immigrants with ties to influential
Trump boosters-now lead a federal office and
initiative designed to create educational opportunities for immigrants and Hispanic children,
whom, according to the Pew Hispanic Center,
now represent a quarter of the nation's public
school students.
Just three months after the listening session, Trump appointed José Viana as an assistant deputy secretary at the U.S. Department
of Education, where he oversees the office of
English-language acquisition and a $60 million budget.
The following February, the education secretary installed Aimee Viana as the executive
director of the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics, where she's
charged with coordinating efforts to address
the needs of the nation's nearly 13 million Hispanic students.
The Vianas assumed their new duties at a
time when their respective offices face uncertain futures.
The White House initiative has not convened

Students Sofia Valdez, left, and Sophia Portolese, wear clothes that were once banned at Alameda High School in Alameda, Calif., one of many
schools whose dress-code policies are in the news this year. Alameda High now allows students to wear ripped jeans and midriff tops. PAGE 6

Safety Burden Looms at Start of New School Year
By Evie Blad
Emmanuel Caulk was at a conference for
superintendents when he learned that 17
people had died in a school shooting in Parkland, Fla., Feb. 14.
Amidst shock and sadness, the news
sparked the same reaction from Caulk, the
superintendent of the Fayette County, Ky.,
district, as it did from all of the administrators at the event: Could this happen in my
"The question of whether that could hap-

pen here was quickly answered for our
community again, and again, and again,"
Caulk said.
Two days later, a student left a tip on the
district's anonymous threat-reporting system
that a classmate "owns a gun and constantly
talks about killing himself/shooting up the
School administrators quickly contacted
local police, who entered the student's home
and found an AR-15 rifle and 500 rounds of
ammunition. After interviewing other teenagers about the student's reported threats,


Complex Equation
For School Quality


A broad range of factors go into weighing how well
the nation's schools are living up to their responsibility
to ensure that students are on track academically and
prepared to take their place in a complex, ever-changing
This third and final installment of Quality Counts 2018
digs deeply into test scores, high school graduation rates,
and other data that focus on the student achievement
piece of that picture. In addition, the report analyzes a
wealth of socioeconomic and educational data that chart
the trajectory toward success in each of the states and for
the nation as a whole.
On both measures, the country receives middling
grades on preparing students for school and life. But the
data also show that states have wide differences on how
they're meeting these important goals.

Christopher Capozziello for Education Week

Does frequent testing
tell us what we need to know
about student progress?

Preschool teacher Leesandra Arreaga plays with children at the Charles B. Tisdale Early
Learning Center in Bridgeport, Conn. The state has shown a notable increase in its preschool
enrollment, based on data compiled by the Education Week Research Center.

Newest data show modest
progress among states.

Start to Finish
Policymakers focus efforts on
the beginning and end of a
student's academic path.

Grading Map
View each state's Chance for
Success performance.

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