Education Week - October 4, 2017 - 4
NEWS IN BRIEF
Trump Wants Education Department
To Direct $200 Million to STEM
Mitchell Pe Masilun/The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette/AP
President Donald Trump is calling on the U.S. Department of Education to put a new focus on STEM
education, especially computer science education-
even as his budget seeks to scrap federal grants that
schools can use for those programs.
The White House wants U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos and her team to steer more competitive-grant money, some $200 million, from programs like the Education Innovation and Research
fund toward recipients that have a science, technology, engineering, and math focus.
Ironically, though, the administration's proposed
budget for fiscal 2018 eliminates one of the main federal programs in the department that districts can
use for computer science: the Student Support and
Academic Enrichment Grants, which can be used for
health, safety, arts, technology programs, and more.
Congress didn't take the administration up on its
suggestion to scrap the program, but lawmakers
aren't seeking to fund it at the level federal law recommends.
Despite Controversy, Most States
Continue to Use Common Core
Most of the states that first endorsed the Common
Core State Standards are still using them in some
form, despite continued debate over whether they are
improving student performance in reading and math.
Of the states that opted in after the standards
were introduced in 2010-45 plus the District of
Columbia-only eight have moved to repeal the
standards, largely because of political pressure from
those who saw the common core as infringing on
local control, according to Abt Associates, a research
and consulting firm.
Twenty-one other states have made or are making revisions, mostly minor ones, to the guidelines.
Illinois, for instance, kept the wording while changing the name. And last month, New York moved to
revise the standards after parents protested new
tests aligned to the common core, but much of the
structure has been kept.
Ernest G. Green, one
of the Little Rock Nine,
speaks during the
ceremony marking the
60th anniversary of the
integration of Central
High School in
President Bill Clinton
also spoke, reminding
those gathered that
much work remains
Former Obama Officials Launch
Legal Group to Challenge DeVos
A group of Obama administration officials is starting
a legal-aid organization to challenge the Trump administration's policies on student lending and civil rights.
The National Student Legal Defense Network says
it will join with state attorneys general and advocacy
groups to sue on behalf of students defrauded by forprofit colleges or who have faced discrimination.
U.S. Secretary of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos
has halted two Obama-era regulations aimed at protecting students from fraud by for-profit universities.
And DeVos has frozen review of tens of thousands of
student-loan discharge applications.
month, contends that the program excludes teachers who took the college-entrance exams before
1972, because they were not ranked by percentile
then. Only 44 percent of teachers who received a
bonus in 2015-16 were 40 or older, although 64 percent of "highly effective" teachers were in that age
group, the complaint says.
Citing Discrimination, Teachers
Sue Florida Over Bonus Program
Minn. Board Says It's Not Required
To Report Teachers' Sexual Misconduct
The Florida Education Association and seven
teachers are suing their state and all 67 public
school boards, charging that a performance-based
teacher-bonus program discriminates against black
and Hispanic teachers and those older than 40.
The program, which started in 2015, is meant to
reward Florida teachers who are rated "highly effective" on their evaluations. But state legislators
mandated that teachers who applied for the bonus
also had to submit their own SAT or ACT scores-
some dating back decades-which need to be in the
80th percentile or higher.
The federal complaint, which was filed last
The board that has authority over teaching licenses in Minnesota says it's not legally obligated
to report allegations of teachers' sexual misconduct
or inappropriate behavior to law enforcement.
In a review of public records and interviews with
law enforcement, KSTP-TV found the Minnesota
Board of Teaching failed to report at least 17 teachers accused of such allegations dating back to the
1980s. The board conducts internal investigations
and determines what qualifies as criminal behavior.
"The specifics behind some of this conduct often
may reflect unacceptable and unprofessional behavior and/or boundary violations, but do not constitute
COLLEGE EXPECTATIONS FOR FIRST-GENERATION STUDENTS
New federal data show only 20 percent of first-generation college students earn bachelor's
degrees by age 25, versus 43 percent of students whose parents went to college.
"The Predictive Power of 9th Grade GPA"
"Scrutinizing Equal Pay for Equal Work Among
EDUCATIONAL EXPECTATIONS IN 10TH GRADE
When students experience a rough freshman
year of high school, they usually don't recover
from it, finds a new study by the University
of Chicago's Consortium on School Research.
Researchers tracked eight cohorts of Chicago high school freshmen, from the entering
classes of 2006 to 2013-more than 187,000
students in all. They found that a student's
freshman grade point average closely predicted GPA in 11th grade. It also predicted
whether students graduated high school,
enrolled in college, and whether they would
remain in college after one year, with A- and
B-level students generally doing better than
students with lower GPAs.
Freshman GPAs were twice as predictive of
students' outcomes as scores from standardized tests taken by Chicago students in 9th and
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SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education
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In an attempt to make wages fair and transparent, are salary schedules creating other
types of inequities? That's the case made by a
new report by the Brookings Institution.
Teachers' salary schedules are so rigid
in their reliance on education attainment
and experience to determine pay increases
that they inadvertently end up creating pay
gaps between teachers in wealthy areas and
those who teach in poor areas, the analysis
argues. For example, suburban and wealthy
districts tend to employ more experienced
teachers, and those teachers are being compensated for that experience. Potentially,
that means that schools with higher needs,
where turnover is higher, are getting inexperienced-and less highly paid teachers.
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Education Week - October 4, 2017
Education Week - October 2, 2017
States Are Making It Easier To Transfer Teacher Licenses
Union Fees Again Reach High Court
Education Advisers Say White House Has Ignored Them
News in Brief
Independent Charters Aim to Elevate Their Status
In Devastated Puerto Rico, Reopening of Schools Is Far Off
Are Selectivity and Diversity Competing Goals for Teaching?
Teachers Found to Miss More Work In Regular Schools Than in Charters
Math, Reading Hurdles Drawing Joint Scrutiny
Growing Numbers of States Embrace Career Education
DIGITAL DIRECTIONS: From Theory to Practice, Hurdles for Personalized Learning
New SAT Results Hard to Gauge
K-12 Budget Woes Dog States As School Year Advances
DeVos Expounds on Policy In One-on-One Interview
DeVos Gives Schools Options On Handling of Sexual Assault
Watch List: High Court, 2017-18 Term
Scenes From DeVos’ ‘Rethink School’ Tour
State ESSA Plans: One-Stop Guide
Arts Education: A Look Ahead Researchers, professors, and practitioners make their case for the future of the discipline
Susan Riley: The ‘A’ in STEAM Completes the Puzzle
Jay P. Greene: Arts Integration Is a Sucker’s Game
Howard Gardner & Ellen Winner: We Still Have So Much More to Learn
Emily Gasoi & Sonya Robbins Hoffmann: For the Future, Arts Assessment Is Indispensable
TopSchoolJobs Recruitment Marketplace
Mariale Hardiman: Asking the Right Questions for a Creative Future
Education Week - October 4, 2017 - Education Advisers Say White House Has Ignored Them
Education Week - October 4, 2017 - 2
Education Week - October 4, 2017 - 3
Education Week - October 4, 2017 - Report Roundup
Education Week - October 4, 2017 - 5
Education Week - October 4, 2017 - Independent Charters Aim to Elevate Their Status
Education Week - October 4, 2017 - In Devastated Puerto Rico, Reopening of Schools Is Far Off
Education Week - October 4, 2017 - Teachers Found to Miss More Work In Regular Schools Than in Charters
Education Week - October 4, 2017 - Math, Reading Hurdles Drawing Joint Scrutiny
Education Week - October 4, 2017 - Growing Numbers of States Embrace Career Education
Education Week - October 4, 2017 - DIGITAL DIRECTIONS: From Theory to Practice, Hurdles for Personalized Learning
Education Week - October 4, 2017 - New SAT Results Hard to Gauge
Education Week - October 4, 2017 - 13
Education Week - October 4, 2017 - DeVos Expounds on Policy In One-on-One Interview
Education Week - October 4, 2017 - DeVos Gives Schools Options On Handling of Sexual Assault
Education Week - October 4, 2017 - Watch List: High Court, 2017-18 Term
Education Week - October 4, 2017 - 17
Education Week - October 4, 2017 - Scenes From DeVos’ ‘Rethink School’ Tour
Education Week - October 4, 2017 - 19
Education Week - October 4, 2017 - State ESSA Plans: One-Stop Guide
Education Week - October 4, 2017 - 21
Education Week - October 4, 2017 - Susan Riley: The ‘A’ in STEAM Completes the Puzzle
Education Week - October 4, 2017 - Jay P. Greene: Arts Integration Is a Sucker’s Game
Education Week - October 4, 2017 - Emily Gasoi & Sonya Robbins Hoffmann: For the Future, Arts Assessment Is Indispensable
Education Week - October 4, 2017 - Letters
Education Week - October 4, 2017 - TopSchoolJobs Recruitment Marketplace
Education Week - October 4, 2017 - 27
Education Week - October 4, 2017 - Mariale Hardiman: Asking the Right Questions for a Creative Future
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