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student growth, which can be measured in multiple
ways, including "value added" data from state tests.
An alternative method allows for only 35 percent
focus on student growth.
President Donald Trump recently tapped three men for top
posts at the U.S. Department of Education:
Delaware Loosens Zero-Tolerance Policy
Involving Most Weapons in Schools
Local schools boards in Delaware have been given
more discretion in how to handle incidents involving
students bringing weapons other than guns to school.
A bill signed late last month by Gov. John Carney moves away from a zero-tolerance approach
and gives school boards and charter school boards
more discretion on a case-by-case basis in deciding
whether to suspend a student for possession of a
deadly weapon other than a firearm.
The measure was prompted by the case of a Brandywine district student who was suspended for five
days in 2015 after two credit-card knives were found
in his backpack.
Calif. Panel Adopts History Texts
With LGBT-Inclusive Themes
California has moved a step closer to approving a
set of social studies textbooks in grades K-8 that includes discussion of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals.
The state's Instructional Quality Commission,
which reviews textbooks for their adherence to
state-developed curricular frameworks, approved 10
of 12 textbook series submitted late last month. It's
a major step in implementation of the state's 2011
FAIR Education Act, which requires history and social studies classes to include the contributions of
The law has been on the books for years, but many
districts seem to be unaware of it or dragging their
feet in preparing to implement it.
The state board of education must still approve the
books before they're made available for purchase by
Authorities Probing Possible Tainting
Of Flutes Given to California Districts
State and federal officials are investigating how
batches of plastic flutes believed to be contaminated
with semen were distributed in the spring to schools
in Southern California.
Officials believe 14 districts are possibly affected,
including ones in Saugus, the Newport Beach-Costa
Mesa area, and Fountain Valley.
Authorities are investigating a music teaching
TIM KELLY, a Michigan
would become the
assistant secretary for
career and technical
education with Senate
In that role, he would
oversee the $1 billion
Perkins Career and
program, which is due for
He chairs the Michigan
House panel that oversees
K-12 spending, as well as
a committee that deals
with K-12 policy. And he
has worked to expand
ZAIS, a former South
Carolina schools chief
and an opponent of the
Common Core State
Standards, has been
nominated to be deputy
As state chief, he tried to
persuade South Carolina
to dump the common
core and unilaterally
decided to scrap the
Smarter Balanced exams.
Zais was also a supporter
of school choice, and he
education about gun
rights. In addition, he
cut special education
Zais previously was the
president of Newberry
College in South Carolina,
and served in the U.S. Army.
JIM BLEW, the director
of Student Success
California, has gotten the
nod to lead the office of
planning, evaluation, and
Another big proponent
of expanding school
choice, he was the
of StudentsFirst, an
organization started by
Michelle Rhee, the former
District of Columbia
Before that, Blew was
the Walton Family
Foundation's director of
K-12 reform, advising
the foundation on how
to broaden schooling
options for low-income
GUADALUPE GUERRERO has been named superintendent of the
Portland, Ore., school system. He previously served as a high-level
administrator in San Francisco and as a principal in Boston. And he
taught in both districts.
The deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S.
history occurred last week when a gunman
opened fire at an outdoor country-music
festival in Las Vegas, killing at least 58
people and injuring hundreds of others.
At least eight who died were educators
or school-based personnel. Assistant
Editor Madeline Will noted their passing on
Education Week Teacher's Teaching Now blog.
JENNIFER PARKS, 36, was a kindergarten
teacher in Palmdale, Calif. She had taught
at Anaverde Hills School for three years.
"The students who were instructed by
her knew what it was to love learning as
Jennifer gave them the sense of wonder,
curiosity, and excitement about all they
did," the Westside Union district said.
SANDY CASEY, 34, was a special education
teacher at Manhattan Beach Middle
School in California.
"She's absolutely loved by students and
colleagues alike and will be remembered
for her sense of humor, her passion for her
work, her devotion to her students, her
commitment to continue her own learning
and taking on whatever new projects came
her way," Manhattan Beach Superintendent
Mike Matthews told ABC 7.
KELSEY MEADOWS, 28, was a substitute
teacher in Taft, Calif., at the same high
school she once attended.
"Kelsey was smart, compassionate, and
kind," Taft Union High School's Principal
Mary Alice Finn, said. "She had a sweet
spirit and a love for children."
LISA ROMERO MUNIZ, 48, was a discipline
secretary at a Gallup, N.M., high school.
The Washington Post interviewed a
woman who said Romero "was always
telling my granddaughter to stay out of
trouble and get somewhere and do the
specialist suspected of contaminating musical instruments with semen. The suspect has not been
A spokeswoman for the Orange County Health
Care Agency said last week that based on public information, "the situation does not present a health
District officials said they received the potentially
contaminated flutes in June through an independent
contractor's music-enrichment program called Flutes
Across the World.
SUSAN SMITH, 53, was the office manager
at Visa Fundamental Elementary School.
She had worked for the Simi Valley, Calif.,
district for 16 years.
"She had a great sense of humor. She
was very funny. She was great with the
children and with the staff," Jake Finch,
the district's spokeswoman, told The Post.
BILL WOLFE JR., 42, was the head wrestling
When it came to assessment, teachers were
much more skeptical: 30 percent of math
teachers and 31 percent of English/language
arts teachers did not support their state's
they do in person. For example, teenagers
used Snapchat and instant-message
platforms to both share daily moments and
reach out in times of stress. -SARAH SCHWARTZ
"Are the Qualities of Adolescents' Offline
Friendships Present in Digital Interactions?"
"Bilingual and Monolingual Adults Learning an
Additional Language: ERPs Reveal Differences
in Syntactic Processing"
Friendship is valuable to teenagers online
and off, finds to a new review of studies of
teenagers' virtual social interactions.
U n i v e r s i t y o f C a l i f o r n i a , I r v i n e,
researchers looked at six characteristics
of friendship: self-disclosure, validation,
companionship, instrumental support,
conflict, and conflict resolution. Based on an
analysis of 36 peer-reviewed studies of those
characteristics, the review found friendships
fulfill the same emotional needs online that
Bilingual people may be better equipped
to learn new languages than those who only
speak one language, finds a study in the journal Bilingualism: Language and Cognition.
Researchers monitored the brains of
bilingual Mandarin- and English-speaking
college students and students, who spoke only
English as they learned an artificial language.
By the end of the first day of training, bilingual
students' brains showed a brain-wave pattern
typically found when native speakers process
their language. Monolingual students' brains
only began to exhibit the brain-wave pattern by
the last day of training.
"Hispanic Dropout Rate Hits New Low, College
Enrollment at New High"
The high school dropout rate among Hispanic students is at an all-time low, says a
new study by the Pew Research Center.
In 1996, 34 percent of Hispanic students
had left high school before earning their diplomas, but by 2016, that number had fallen
to 10 percent, an all-time low, Pew reports.
The analysis, based on new data from the
U.S. Census Bureau, also found Hispanic
college enrollment rising. In 2016, 47 percent of
Hispanic students ages 18 to 24 were enrolled
in college, up from 35 percent a decade earlier.
coach at an elementary school in
Shippensburg, Pa. The father of two also
coached Little League.
Tony Yaniello, who coaches varsity
wrestling at Shippensburg High School,
told The Post that Wolfe made sure kids
had fun, but also taught discipline and the
rules of the sport.
TARA ROE, 34, was an educational assistant
in Alberta, Canada.
Loretta Hamilton, a neighbor of Roe's
parents, told Canada's CBC News that
Roe was passionate about her work in
JESSICA KLYMCHUK, 34, was an educational
assistant, librarian, and bus driver for a
Roman Catholic school in Alberta.
Betty Turbin, the superintendent of the
Holy Family Catholic Regional Division
said in a statement: "The scope of this
tragedy is worldwide, and we are feeling its
impact here at home."