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School Police May Once Again
Acquire Military Equipment
President Donald Trump last week rescinded
Obama-era restrictions on local police agencies'
ability to acquire surplus equipment from the U.S.
Department of Defense, a change that clears the
way for school police to once again obtain military
equipment through the program, known as 1033.
School district police agencies in at least 22 states
used 1033 to acquire such equipment before the
rules went into effect, public records show.
Those rules prohibited the transfer of tracked
armored vehicles, bayonets, grenade launchers,
large-caliber weapons, and ammunition to local
law-enforcement agencies. While they allowed
qualifying local agencies to acquire other equipment from the Pentagon, they prohibited such acquisitions by police departments that exclusively
serve K-12 schools.
New Mexico's acting
secretary of education
since June, has been
of the post.
A former middle school
social studies teacher
in Miami and Boston,
Ruszkowski arrived in
New Mexico in April 2016
to oversee the state
policies and academic
priorities, school grades,
He previously worked for
the Delaware education
In Calif. Charged With Corruption
A former Southern California school superintendent who made more than $600,000 in a year has
been charged with a dozen counts of corruption.
The charges were filed last week against Jose
Fernandez, who drew the massive compensation package despite overseeing just a handful of
schools in the Centinela Valley school district.
Three years after his firing, Fernandez was
people in each state living in child-care deserts.
Hispanic and Native American families were
the hardest hit groups; more than 60 percent
live in child-care deserts.
In areas with few child-care options, the
study found that mothers are 3 percentage points less likely to be employed than in
communities with more child care available.
-SARAH D. SPARKS
"Pathways After High School: Evaluation of the
Urban Alliance High School Internship Program"
Mentoring young men of color using professional work experience can significantly
boost their likelihood of graduating from high
school and going on to college.
That's according to the Urban Institute's final
evaluation of the Urban Alliance High School
Internship program, which combines collegeand-career mentorship with six weeks of pro-
jobs after graduation. The department also has
halted student-loan forgiveness in cases of possible fraud, causing a backlog of some 65,000
Announcing the appointment of Julian Schmoke
Jr., a former associate dean at DeVry University, as
head of agency's enforcement unit, the department
cited his experience in higher education and said
"he ensured the delivery of a quality education to
students" at DeVry.
Congressional Democrats said the decision underscores the administration's close ties to the forprofit sector, pointing to Trump University, President
Donald Trump's for-profit school which was sued for
fraud. The American Association of State Colleges
and Universities and the advocacy group Student
Debt Crisis also criticized the appointment.
The department defended its decision, saying
that Schmoke served only in an academic capacity at DeVry and was not involved in admissions,
recruitment, or corporate administrative activities.
City workers drape a tarp over the statue of Gen.
Robert E. Lee in Charlottesville, Va., to symbolize
the city's mourning for Heather Heyer, killed
while protesting a white-nationalist rally.
charged with six counts of conflict of interest,
three of misappropriation of public funds, two of
grand theft, and one of embezzlement. Prosecutors say he manipulated the school board and
its policies to dramatically increase his pay and
unlawfully created supplemental retirement programs to benefit himself.
The Daily Breeze, the local newspaper, won a
2015 Pulitzer Prize for uncovering Fernandez's
earnings and methods.
Few College-Bound Students
From Los Angeles Earn Degrees
Too few graduates of the Los Angeles school
district are earning a college degree, concludes research released last week.
About 70 percent of graduates enroll in two- or
four-year colleges, but only 25 percent graduate within six years. Because of the time lag and
the slow release of data, the most recent six-year
tracking is for seniors who graduated in 2008. But
numbers for later years appear to be following the
same trend line.
District officials collaborated with researchers from the University of California, Los Angeles, and Claremont Graduate University on the
study. Even while it was underway, for instance,
the district used preliminary results-and a plan
for improvement-to apply for a $17 million state
grant that is coming its way.
-TRIBUNE NEWS SERVICE
fessional career-skills training and a senior-year
internship for middle-achieving students.
The internship program increased all participants' comfort in filling out college and financial-aid applications. Young men who had
taken part in the internship program were 23
percentage points more likely than those in
the control group to attend college, 78 percent
versus only 55 percent for men in the control
group. Participating men also were 21 percentage points more likely to have earned an associate degree or still be enrolled in a third year
of college three years after high school.
But the program had high attrition overall,
and girls seemed to fare equally well with or
without the supports.
"Dual Credit Education in Texas: Interim Report"
Dual-enrollment courses have become a
popular way for states to boost college ac-
cess for traditionally underserved students.
But over time, minority and low-income students may become less likely to take those
classes than their white and more-affluent
peers, finds the RAND Corp.'s interim report of an ongoing evaluation of dual-credit
programs in Texas
Dual-credit enrollment soared 650 percent between 2000 and 2015 in Texas, but
from 2011 to 2015, the dual-credit enrollment gap between low-income and wealthier students grew 1 percentage point, with
a 13 percent enrollment rate for low-income students and 23 percent for moreaffluent students.
African-American students were 5.9 percentage points less likely than their white
counterparts to choose dual-credit programs
from 2000 to 2006, and 9.3 points less likely to
choose those courses in the last three years of
the study. Patterns were similar, though less
pronounced, for other racial-minority groups.
In the Aftermath
Since violence erupted in
Charlottesville, Va., districts around
the country have taken action-or are
contemplating such-to rid themselves
of the vestiges of the Confederacy.
Some officials say their actions
were long in the works, while others
acknowledge that the deadly violence in
Virginia during clashes between white
supremacists and protesters spurred
them to act, or not. The Associated Press
has been following such developments.
Missouri | An elementary school in
Columbia, Mo., is considering removing
all references to Lee from its name in
the wake of the deadly attack. The school
originally was named for Lee in 1904.
Twenty-five years ago, it became Lee
Expressive Art Elementary School, with
the Lee standing for "learn, explore,
Colorado | The national debate over
Confederate statues has spread to a small
high school in northern Colorado whose
mascot is called the Rebel and wears a
costume resembling a Civil War military
uniform. Weld Central district's position
is that the mascot is a symbol of Weld
Central High School pride, not racism.
Superintendent Greg Rabenhorst said
he has received a handful of calls from
parents and alumni, mostly in favor of the
mascot. An online petition supporting the
mascot had more than 1,100 signatures
last week. Another asking for a change
had only about 30.
North Carolina | The Durham, N.C.,
district has revised its dress code to
ban the Confederate flag, Ku Klux Klan
symbols, and swastikas. Durham, home
to Duke University, is where protesters
toppled a Confederate statue in front of
the old courthouse Aug. 14 following the
melee in Charlottesville. The school board
also voted to remove the name of Durham
industrialist and philanthropist Julian
Shakespeare Carr from a middle school
building, which once housed an all-white
high school. Carr, a Civil War veteran, had
spoken about the purity of the AngloSaxon race and detailed how he beat an
African-American woman because she
had insulted a white woman.
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
Education Week - September 6, 2017 - 9
Education Week - September 6, 2017 - 10
Education Week - September 6, 2017 - 11
Education Week - September 6, 2017 - 12
Education Week - September 6, 2017 - 13
Education Week - September 6, 2017 - LGBT Curricula Spreads Slowly
Education Week - September 6, 2017 - 15
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
Education Week - September 6, 2017 - 21
Education Week - September 6, 2017 - TopSchoolJobs Recruitment Marketplace
Education Week - September 6, 2017 - 23
Education Week - September 6, 2017 - Chris Elmendorf & Darien Shanske: We Need Better Education Data
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