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states, also disappointed analysts.
Its stock price plummeted from
more than $29 a share to about $19.
Thousands March in Favor
Of N.Y.C. Charter Schools
Thousands of charter school
supporters wearing neon-green
shirts that read “My Child. My
Choice” marched across the Brooklyn Bridge last week in a show of
strength directed at front-running
New York City mayoral candidate
Bill de Blasio.
A proponent of putting more
resources into traditional public
schools, the Democrat has said he
would not expand charters and
would charge rent to some operators.
Marchers—mostly parents, children, and their teachers—paraded
from Brooklyn to City Hall. —MCT
Hawaii Substitute Teachers
Must Wait for Back Pay
Hawaii won’t be able to pay 9,000
people back pay for their work as substitute teachers until March.
The teachers are owed the money
as 2005 court ruling said the state
underpaid substitutes by millions of
dollars from 2000 to 2005.
The attorney general’s office said
last week the court won’t finalize a
settlement agreement between the
parties until Dec. 16 or later. The
state will then be able to begin
what the attorney general’s office
called the “massive undertaking”
of calculating taxes and benefits,
preparing W-2 forms, and issuing
Corporal Punishment Use
Continues Decline in N.C.
The use of corporal punishment
in North Carolina’s public schools
continues to decrease, with students in six districts hit 184 times
in the most recent school year, says
a study released last week by a
Students in Robeson County are
hit the most, representing 76 percent
of the statewide total in the 2012-13
school year, Action for Children North
A spokeswoman for the Robeson
County schools said someone would
respond after reading the study.
In 2011-12, schools used corporal
punishment 404 times, down from
891 instances the previous year.
Two decades ago, almost all of the
state’s 115 districts used corporal
Spurs Backlash in Ky.
A directive issued last week by the
Kentucky High School Athletic Association telling high schools not to
conduct postgame handshakes in all
sports, following more than two dozen
physical confrontations the past
three years, has led to a backlash.
Commissioner Julian Tackett issued a clarification describing the
directive as a recommendation.
school graduation, and neighborhood segregation
and racial/ethnic disparities in schools. It follows
77,501 public school students who entered high
school in 2005.
The report notes, for example, that among those students who exceeded state standards in literacy in 3rd
grade, 90 percent graduated high school in four years,
compared to one in three students who failed to meet
the 3rd grade literacy standard.
“2013 Global Teacher Status Index”
The status of teachers varies widely across countries, according to a new survey, with educators in
China having the highest social standing of the 21
The study, conducted by the nonprofit Varkey
GEMS Foundation, based in the United Arab Emirates, surveyed 1,000 people in 21 countries and constructed a “global teacher status index” based on
the responses. The survey included questions about
how teachers are respected compared to other professions, whether parents would encourage their
children to become teachers, and how much (and
how) teachers should be paid.
China, Greece, Turkey, and South Korea, in
order, top the list of places where teachers are
most respected, while the United States ranks
ninth. Teachers have the lowest social status in
Israel, with Brazil, the Czech Republic, and Italy
not far ahead.
The survey also notes that average teacher pay is
highest in Singapore, at $45,755, and lowest in Egypt
at $10,604. The U.S. average was $44,917. —LIANA HEITIN
At least three districts, including
the state’s two largest, said they plan
to continue postgame handshakes.
Democratic Rep. Steve Riggs said
he plans to introduce a bill to remove the khsaa’s authority to fine
schools and athletic personnel. —AP
School Reminds Parents
Of ‘Tag’ Prohibition
An elementary school in Nashua,
N.H., has reminded parents and students that playing “tag” violates the
school’s longtime “no contact” rule
for recess games.
Principal Patricia Beaulieu recently posted a letter on Charlotte
Avenue Elementary School’s website
informing parents of the safety policies. In the letter, she said that while
“tag” may seem innocent enough, it
has been banned in many schools
because of injuries.
Bill Chisholm, the father of a 4th
grader, said the rules are unnecessary.
“No parent wants to minimize the injury of a child; however, there isn’t a
single childhood activity that any kid
could participate in that doesn’t have
the risk of injury,” he said.
Power Struggle Continues
Between Ind. Chief, Board
Indiana schools Superintendent
Glenda Ritz, a Democrat, said last
week she is wary of what she sees as
a broad effort by Republicans to strip
Her comments followed the first
meeting of a committee that was
Jim Rier, a 10-year veteran of the state education department
in Maine, last week was appointed the agency’s acting
commissioner. He has been overseeing day-to-day operations
at the department since the resignation last month of
Commissioner Stephen Bowen, who took a job with the
Council of Chief State School Officers. Mr. Rier started with
the department as its director of finance and operations and
was named deputy commissioner in 2011.
started, despite her objections, to
set new goals for the board. Tension
has grown between Ms. Ritz and
board members and lawmakers who
backed the overhaul pushed by former state Superintendent Tony Bennett and former Gov. Mitch Daniels,
Ms. Ritz campaigned against new
laws, including limits on collective
bargaining for teachers, school vouchers, and a school grading system.
Gop lawmakers earlier this year
shifted $5 million for staffing the
state board from Ms. Ritz’s office to
Alabama District Hires
The Birmingham, Ala., school district is going to pay a crisis-management company $35,000 to help navigate the school accreditation process.
The district was placed on probation
by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools in July and given
six months to address governance and
District officials have said infight-
ing among board members and the
superintendent puts the district at
risk of losing accreditation, which
could diminish the value of diplomas.
Officials from the company, Skye
Connect, said they will give the school
board a progress report, with a final
appraisal in mid-February.
Teachers Upbeat on Core
Nearly all teachers now know
about the Common Core State Standards, and 73 percent of math, English, science, and social studies teachers in adoption states say they are
enthusiastic about their implementation, finds a preview of a survey by
Scholastic and the Bill & Melinda
An article in the Oct. 9, 2013, issue
of Education Week gave an incorrect
affiliation for researchers testing a
new method to teach reason and argumentation in school science laboratories in Florida. The work is being
conducted by Florida State University.
“Education Pays 2013”
A college degree still provides a significant earnings bump to individuals, but the value has declined
slightly in comparison to those who only have a high
school diploma, a new study shows.
The study by the College Board underscores the
payoff from higher education and highlights other
benefits of a college degree.
In 2011, among 25- to 34-year-olds, having a bachelor’s degree or higher increased average earnings by
69 percent for men and 70 percent for women over
those individuals who only completed high school. By
comparison, in 2008, higher education led to a 74 percent income edge for men and 79 percent for women.
The report also acknowledges the debate over the
value of a college degree at a time when tuition and
student loan debt are growing, and the job market
“School Choice and School Performance in the New
York City Public Schools—Will the Past Be Prologue?”
A report on New York City schools draws a link between improvements in student achievement and the
district’s growing charter school sector.
Since New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg took
office in 2002, the number of charter schools in the
district has grown to 159 from 22, and about 60 new
regular public schools have opened each year, finds
the report by the Brown Center on Education at the
Brooking Institution, in Washington.
Workplace Skills of U.S. Adults
Found to Lag in Global Study
“Survey of Adult Skills”
A new international study shows that in key work-related
skills, U.S. adults don’t stack up well against those in other
The Program for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies, or piacc, examines 16- to 65-year-olds for a set of
skills deemed to be important for success in the working world,
and finds U.S. adults’ literacy, numeracy, and problem-solving
skills were below international averages. The study also showed
deep skills disparities within the United States, corresponding
to factors such as income, education, and health.
Only 12 percent of U.S. adults scored at the highest level of
proficiency in literacy, compared with 22 percent in Finland and
23 percent in Japan.
One age group stood out in the United States for a strong
comparative performance in literacy, though: older Americans.
Twelve percent of Americans ages 55 to 65 scored at the highest
proficiency level, while internationally only 5 percent of adults
in that age group did the same. In every other age group, the
United States approximated or lagged behind the international
In numeracy, the United States outscored only two countries—Italy and Spain—of the 23 in the study. Only 9 percent of
adults scored at the highest proficiency level. Six percent of U.S.
adults scored at the highest proficiency level on the piaac’s scale
for “problem-solving in technology-rich environments.”
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Education Week - October 16, 2013
Sequester May Linger, Some Fear
Parent-Sparked Charter Faces Challenge to Deliver
Pa. Texting Furor Shows Difficulties Facing IT Leaders
Educators Launch Startups; See Steep Learning Curve
News in Brief
Teachers Use Social-Emotional Programs to Manage Classes
Ind. Districts, AG File Suit Over Federal Health-Care Law
Hospital Partnership Provides Trainers for School Sports
Mass. Enterprise Targets Inadequate Preschool Facilities
Blogs of the Week
Tablet-Computing Initiatives Suffer Major Setbacks
Charter-Campaign Aftershocks Continue
Texas Race Flags Education Issues On 2014 Electoral Horizon
School-Related Cases Factor in Supreme Court’s First Week Back
Lights On, Nobody There As Ed. Dept. Weathers Shutdown
Blogs of the Week
KEVIN MEUWISSEN: Teachers as Political Actors
ANDRE BENITO MOUNTAIN: Easing Social Studies Through Turbulent Times
JUDY WALLIS: A Call to Teachers: Don’t Forget the Joy
TopSchoolJobs Recruitment Marketplace
DEBORAH STIPEK: Using Accountability to Promote Motivation, Not Undermine It
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