Education Week - October 25, 2017 - 1
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BRE AKING NEWS DAILY
A New Look,
Utility for State
ESSA Pushes for User-Friendly
Designs, Essential Information
By Daarel Burnette II
Consumers have long slapped state-issued
school report cards with a failing grade. Parents
and statisticians alike have lodged complaints
about their dizzying, colorless rows of data punctuated with jargon, clauses, and meaningless
Now, those much agonized-over and politically
fraught web portals for conveying how schools
stack up are set for a head-to-toe makeover, both
in how they look and the information they provide.
The Every Student Succeeds Act requires
states to visualize in an "easily accessible and
user-friendly" way plenty more data points than
was required under No Child Left Behind, including school-by-school spending, stats on teacher
and principal quality, school discipline rates, and
preschool, Advanced Placement and International
Baccalaureate offerings-all broken out by more
than 10 student subgroups.
In all, states will have to shove into its report
card an estimated 2,107 data points about its
public school system, the Council of Chief State
School Officers predicts.
It's an effort to break away from test dependency, paint a more "holistic" view of schools and
jolt local communities into adressing disparities
and lagging results.
But how to organize and visually display that
Gloria E. Colon, left, Glenda Ruiz, Rosa Rodriguez, and Ruiz's two sons, Josh Rivera, 6, and
Abdiel Rivera, 8, are using a classroom at Judith Avivas Elementary School in Utuado, Puerto
Rico (shown below), as their temporary home after Hurricane Maria destroyed their house.
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A Major K-12 Benefactor
Is Stepping Down.
Will His Impact Last?
By Francisco Vara-Orta & Arianna Prothero
Billionaire philanthropist Eli Broad is stepping away from day-to-day duties at the foundation that he and his wife founded, but his legacy
in reshaping how private money can influence
education policy and the politics around those
ideas will extend into the foreseeable future, experts say.
The 84-year-old Broad is the founder of the Eli
and Edythe Broad Foundation, based in Los Angeles. He's generated much national attention for
his outsized influence on the charter sector, shaping hundreds of school district leaders through
a training academy, some of whom continue to
lead the biggest systems in the country. His philanthropy has also energized school districts and
charters seeking the prestigious Broad Prize that
comes with a handsome cash award.
His departure, announced earlier this month,
now raises the question of whether the foundation
will be as aggressive on education issues now that
he is no longer at the helm.
"It's true: I'm retiring," Broad wrote on his official Twitter account. "I'm eager to spend time
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Education Leaders in Puerto Rico
Look to Rebuild, Reinvent Schools
By Andrew Ujifusa
San Juan, Puerto Rico
The school where Edmarie Díaz teaches in the Puerto Rican
town of Comerío is still standing. But so much of what she
counted on in life is gone.
As Hurricane Maria approached Puerto Rico over a month
ago, she knew her house, made of wood and zinc, wouldn't last
long in the storm.
"We left and took refuge in my parents' house," said Díaz.
"When I went back, I found that the roof wasn't there, everything was wet, there was too much damage, so I understood
that I had lost everything."
Puerto Rico's education leaders face two inseparable challenges.
They have the opportunity to recreate, and not just rebuild, the
U.S. territory's long-struggling school system. But as long as
teachers like Díaz and tens of thousands of Puerto Rican students
and their families go without basic necessities-a daily struggle
that will take weeks or months to resolve-a positive transformation for the island's schools might be crippled before it can even
start. Or never take place at all.
The storm shattered the island's feeble power grid and
ruptured its water supply. The 1,200 or so schools serving
Puerto Rico's 350,000 public school students went dark for
weeks and only a relatively small number have recently
started to reopen to serve basic, community needs by pro-
viding food and water, and hosting events such as readaloud activities.
The Category 4 hurricane hit Puerto Rico nine months into
the tenure of Secretary of Education Julia Keleher, a reformminded former Department of Education official and business
consultant whose specialties include large-scale project management. Since arriving, Keleher was driving to break up the
island's unified school district into more nimble units. Keleher
also sought to upend traditional classrooms and create new
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Photographs by Swikar Patel/Education Week