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folded into the RSD. The state this
year set up a competitive grant that
would allow district administrators
overseeing schools in the state's bottom 5 percent to select from a slate
of turnaround consultants, charter
operators, and curriculum providers.
Awards are to be announced later
Michigan: The legislature this
year disbanded its state-run turnaround district after a long-standing dispute over the powers of the
state and the effectiveness of the
takeover process. The Education
Achievement Authority was established in 2012 and, at its height,
ran 15 schools. The Detroit school
board now operates the remaining
schools, three of which are run by
Nevada: This school year, the state
took over its first two schools as part
of its Achievement School District,
established by the legislature in
2015. One of the schools, an existing
charter school, was taken over by
Democracy Prep, a New York Citybased charter school operator. The
state's law allows for the district to
absorb up to six schools a year.
Rebecca Feiden, director of the
Nevada ASD, said in order to build
district and community support,
the state's department of education
has scrutinized potential charter
providers' ability to engage with the
community and take over existing
schools. In addition, the state education department is advocating the
legislature allow for parents whose
children are in the bottom 10 percent
of schools to petition for state intervention of low-performing schools.
"This is not about finding one solution, It's about finding the one that
works in that context, " Feiden said.
North Carolina: This week, the
state is expected to announce a list
of schools eligible to be taken over
by the state, said Drew Elliot, the
North Carolina education department spokesman.
The legislature established the
district in 2016, but the takeover
process has stalled as Democratic
Gov. Roy Cooper has been in a legal
dispute with lawmakers over the
powers of the Democratic-controlled
state board of education and the Republican state superintendent.
The state's process allows for the
district to choose whether to shutter the school or give the reins to
the state, which can run the school
directly or hand the school over to a
charter school operator.
Tennessee: After federal Race
to the Top funding ran out, the
Achievement School District this
summer laid off more than half its
staff. And last year, after stagnant
enrollment numbers, the KIPP charter school network shuttered one of
its schools operating in the district.
The district has been in a longstanding legal dispute with the Shelby
County school district over student
records, which buildings are eligible
for school takeover, and where charter
operators can recruit from.
Shelby County has operated its own
innovation zone that has historically
outperformed the ASD. That's fueled
a movement at the state capital to
lengthen the time that districts have
to improve their own schools before
the state intervenes, and it sparked a
new initiative in Chattanooga where
the state is working with the local
school district to establish turnaround
strategies for its schools.
President's Youngest Son
Joins Back-to-School Crowd
By Alyson Klein
As millions of students start the 201718 school year, their ranks will include
Barron Trump, the president's youngest
son, who heads off to a private school in
the Washington suburbs.
Barron, 11, remained in New York
City even after his father became president to finish out the school year at the
Columbia Grammar and Preparatory
School in Manhattan. But this fall, he'll
start classes at St. Andrew's Episcopal
School in Potomac, Md. In fact, Sept. 5
was the scheduled first full day of the
school year, according to St. Andrew's
Historically, schools that have taken on
the task of educating presidential children have had to consider things like
student privacy and security. So how
well will Barron-and the school-adjust
to the new arrangement?
Richard Jung, the executive director of the Association of Independent
Schools of Greater Washington, expects
the school will do everything to ensure
that Barron's experience is as normal as
That seems to be what happened
when the Clinton and Obama families
sent their daughters to Sidwell Friends
School, a Quaker school with campuses
in the District of Columbia and suburban Maryland. (The Obamas are sticking
around the nation's capital so that Sasha
Obama, their younger daughter, can finish her education there.)
There may have been an "extra charge"
in the air at Sidwell when Chelsea Clinton and the Obama children enrolled,
Jung said. But ultimately, "the kids did
very well," he said.
people?' " Montgomery said. "It didn't seem like
good policy to us."
Supporters of school choice, though, applauded the program. Adam Peshek, the
director of education choice for the Foundation for Excellence in Education, said the
program will benefit low-income and special-needs students who aren't getting their
needs met by public schools.
Critics, however, have said tax-credit scholarship programs in other states usually end
up benefitting wealthier families.
The number of Illinois students who will
benefit from the program could vary depending on the size of the individual scholarships,
which will be drawn from a maximum fund
of $100 million. Bedrick estimates that up to
20,000 students will benefit, or about 1 percent of the statewide student population.
Lawmakers have estimated that the number
will be closer to 6,000, according to news reports.
choice proposals, including charter schools.
Peshek said when state legislatures next
reconvene, there will likely be additional
tax-credit-scholarship legislation proposed.
"If you look at the number of tax-credit
scholarships enacted, ... more than half of
them have been created in the last six years,"
he said. "There's a growing interest in these
programs. We're getting at least one or two a
year from states."
And the passage in Illinois proves that
states don't need a "perfect political situation"
to pass this sort of choice program, Peshek
said. He pointed to places like Florida, where
a tax-credit-scholarship program was initially
a Republican initiative but has gained support
from some Democratic legislators, who have
voted on subsequent expansion measures.
"Ten years from now, people will look back
and find it hard to believe that this wasn't [considered] a win-win for everyone," Peshek said.
More to Come?
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A recent nationally representative publicopinion poll from Education Next, a journal published by Stanford University's Hoover Institution, found that tax-credit-scholarship programs
command the highest level of support among all
A spokesman for St. Andrews' declined
to comment. Sidwell Friends also declined to comment.
St. Andrew's likely will be looking for a
way to personalize Barron's experience-
because that's what the school does for
all its students, Jung said.
St. Andrew's website highlights its
connection with Research Schools International, which is led by faculty at the
Harvard Graduate School of Education.
The school also partners with the
brain-research team at Johns Hopkins
University. St. Andrew's is known for its
Center for Transformative Teaching and
Learning, which helps tailor instruction to students' individual learning
needs, whether they are high achievers
or in need of more academic support.
St. Andrew's graduates often go on to
Ivy League colleges, according to its
"St. Andrew's is set up to make adjustments for individual kids. It wouldn't be
unique to Barron" and his status as the
son of a president, Jung said. "It's a hallmark of the school."
St. Andrew's is particularly interested
in training its teachers on brain science
and how it can be applied in the class-
room, he said. "They really walk the
walk on this."
And he thinks the school is just far
enough removed from Washington to
allow Barron to get a break from the pressures of being the first kid. "I'm very, very
happy for the boy," he said.
St. Andrew's has about 580 students,
according to its website, making it a medium- to large-sized private school for the
Washington area. The student-teacher
ratio is 6-to-1, a lot lower than the national
average of 16.1-to-1 in 2013, according to
the National Center for Education Statistics. And tuition at St. Andrew's runs from
$23,490 for prekindergarten to $40,650 for
So far, the Trump family seems to
have put a premium on Barron's privacy,
which is not so different from how the
two most recent presidents with minor
children-Bill Clinton and Barack
Obama-handled the challenge of raising a child in the White House.
"Presidential parents such as the Clintons and Obamas have worked to ensure
that their children are given secure, private space within the [White House] as
well as opportunities to interact openly
but privately with peers inside and outside the building and (where possible) in
school," said Edward G. Lengel, the chief
historian for the White House Historical
Association, a nonprofit.
In recent years, presidential children
have attended area private schools. But
that wasn't always the case, Lengel
said. Quentin Roosevelt, Charlie Taft,
and Amy Carter all attended District of
Columbia public schools. And President
John F. Kennedy's family turned the
White House solarium into a classroom.
Their own children attended school there
alongside the children of other government officials.
The Kennedys "were the only first
family to use this as an actual schoolroom adhering to the regulations and
academic requirements of D.C. public
schools," Lengel said.
The need for privacy was part of the
reason the Kennedys choose to homeschool their children in the White House,
Lengel said. But that, too, wasn't necessary until relatively recently.
"Until the 20th century, presidential
children lived very much in the public
eye and without much attention to security," Lengel said. "By the mid-20th
century and beyond, however, security
for presidential families became a roundthe-clock affair, and as media scrutiny
increased, privacy became nearly impossible outside the actual confines of the
St. Andrew's won't be working alone in
protecting Barron's privacy and security,
said Lengel's colleague, Evan Phifer, a
"Balancing privacy, education, and security is an effort that incorporates cooperation between schools, first families,
and Secret Service," he said.
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Education Week - September 6, 2017
Education Week - September 6, 2017
Teachers Carve Out a Place in the Curriculum For LGBT History
Learning to Teach Via Virtual Reality
Rule Targets District Bias In Spec. Ed.
Hurricane Takes Heavy Toll on Schools
News in Brief
State Educational-Leadership Initiatives In Budget ‘Pickle’
New Tool Alerts Teachers When Students Give Up on Test
DIGITAL DIRECTIONS: Mobile Devices Put Education In Hands of Syrian Refugees
LGBT Curricula Spreads Slowly
Tweaking School Turnarounds
After Fierce Fight, Illinois Enacts Tax-Credit Scholarship Program
President’s Youngest Son Joins Back-to-School Crowd
Sarah M. Stitzlein: How to Define Public Schooling in the Age of Choice?
Q&A With Jack Schneider: What Makes a School Good? It’s More Than Test Scores
READERS REACT: Have SAT Accommodations Really Gone Too Far?
TopSchoolJobs Recruitment Marketplace
Chris Elmendorf & Darien Shanske: We Need Better Education Data
Education Week - September 6, 2017 - Hurricane Takes Heavy Toll on Schools
Education Week - September 6, 2017 - 2
Education Week - September 6, 2017 - 3
Education Week - September 6, 2017 - News in Brief
Education Week - September 6, 2017 - 5
Education Week - September 6, 2017 - State Educational-Leadership Initiatives In Budget ‘Pickle’
Education Week - September 6, 2017 - New Tool Alerts Teachers When Students Give Up on Test
Education Week - September 6, 2017 - DIGITAL DIRECTIONS: Mobile Devices Put Education In Hands of Syrian Refugees
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Education Week - September 6, 2017 - 13
Education Week - September 6, 2017 - LGBT Curricula Spreads Slowly
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Education Week - September 6, 2017 - After Fierce Fight, Illinois Enacts Tax-Credit Scholarship Program
Education Week - September 6, 2017 - President’s Youngest Son Joins Back-to-School Crowd
Education Week - September 6, 2017 - Sarah M. Stitzlein: How to Define Public Schooling in the Age of Choice?
Education Week - September 6, 2017 - Q&A With Jack Schneider: What Makes a School Good? It’s More Than Test Scores
Education Week - September 6, 2017 - Letters
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Education Week - September 6, 2017 - TopSchoolJobs Recruitment Marketplace
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Education Week - September 6, 2017 - Chris Elmendorf & Darien Shanske: We Need Better Education Data
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