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Inside a School for Males of Color
"Raising Kings: A Year of Love and Struggle at Ron Brown College Prep," is a three-part
audio series that documents the birth of a public high school for young men of color in
Washington, D.C. For more than a year, Education Week and NPR explored how the school is
trying to solve one of the most intractable challenges in K-12 education: low achievement for
District officials announced this summer that
schools that hadn't filled all their teaching positions
by Oct. 15 would be assigned educators from the
"absent-teacher-reserve" pool. The district has said
it expects to fill 300 or 400 vacancies that way.
The move has caused upheaval, with critics accusing the district of instituting "forced placement"
of teachers and putting unfit people in front of students. The district disputes those claims.
The statistics for black males are as sobering as they are well-known. They are
disproportionately suspended or expelled. They are among the least likely to graduate from
high school and go on to college. And they are more likely than any other group to be
Upending those outcomes is Ron Brown's central mission, and the school is betting big on a
robust-and radical-array of efforts. Among them: Single-gender education, a "CARE team"
of professionals focused on the social-emotional needs of students, a restorative justice
approach to dealing with misbehavior, high academic expectations, and a faculty that is
predominantly black men-a rarity in public schools.
Philadelphia Mayor Makes Moves
To Retake Control of School District
Mayor Jim Kenney of Philadelphia has taken
steps to regain control of the city's struggling public
school system after 16 years of state oversight.
Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf, a fellow Democrat,
supports local control. So the commission that now
governs the nation's eighth-largest school system is
expected to be dissolved by the end of the school year
and be replaced by a mayor-appointed school board.
Philadelphia schools face a $100 million deficit in
the next fiscal year and project a $1 billion deficit by
fiscal year 2022. More than a third of the district's
students have been siphoned off by charter schools.
Kenney wants the city to cover the deficit as well as
some capital improvements.
Here are some of the educators and students that Education Week and NPR followed in the
school's first year, which was marked by trials and triumphs.
Arizona Misallocates Millions of Dollars
In Federal Special Education Funding
The Arizona education department has uncovered
an error in federal funding allocations that led to
millions of dollars intended for special education
programs being allocated to the wrong schools.
The department underallocated $15.2 million in
Individuals with Disabilities Education Act funding,
it wrote in a letter to districts and charter schools.
An audit in 2015 also found $14.3 million was overallocated, affecting about 400 charters and districts.
Though the error was initially identified in 2015, a
department spokesman said the extent of the problem was not clear until recently.
The latest discovery follows a glitch resulting in hundreds of district and charter schools receiving more federal funding for low-income students than they were
entitled to while others received far less.
the schools superintendent
of the Meade County,
S.D., district, has been
appointed South Dakota's
secretary of education.
He replaces Melody
Schopp, who resigned
last month after six years
in office. Kirkegaard is
currently the president
of the state's board of
Connecticut District to Require Course
In Ethnic Studies for Graduation
High school students in Bridgeport, Conn., will be
required to take a course in African-American studies, Latin-American studies, or perspectives on race
to earn a diploma, reports the CT Post. The prerequisite will take effect as of the 2021-22 school year.
The school board unanimously approved the new
requirement last month, making the district one of
just a few in the country that have raised ethnicstudies courses above the status of an elective.
The rise in ethnic-studies courses came about,
in part, as a response to the shutdown of a popular Mexican-American course offered in schools
in Tucson, Ariz. The Tucson school board dropped
the course after the state schools chief at the time
threatened to withhold $15 million in state funding,
arguing that it violated state law.
Vermont Takes Lead in Recognizing
'Ultimate' (Frisbee) as Varsity Sport
"How do we change
their narrative? The
foundation of our
[school] culture is love.
We have to do a lot of work around the
mental health and their self-esteem. We
can't perform in the classroom if we don't
address that first."
Vermont is now the first state in the country to
recognize "ultimate"-the game that started as Ultimate Frisbee-as a high school varsity sport.
The committee that oversees high school sports in
the state, the Vermont Principals Association, unanimously approved ultimate this month as a varsity
sport starting in the spring of 2019.
Ultimate is played on a field slightly smaller than
a football field by teams of seven. Players pass a disc
down the field until a teammate catches it in the end
zone. If the disc is dropped, it is turned over to the
other team. The game is widely known as Ultimate
Frisbee, but the trademarked toy name is not officially used for the sport.
on restorative justice:
"In their birthright,
they deserve to be
expected to be great,
so when you make a
mistake, what should
have happened? How
could you have done better? Let's try to
pull that greatness out of you as opposed
to saying, 'You did wrong, let me hit you, let
me put you away.' "
on high academic
been told they were smart peeked behind the
screen, versus 41 percent of the children who
had been praised for their performance and
40 percent of those who had not been praised.
"Linking the Timing of Career and Technical
Education Course-Taking With High School
Dropout and College-Going Behavior"
Taking career and technical education
classes in high school increases students'
odds of graduating on time but doesn't improve their chances of enrolling in college,
finds a new study in the American Educational Research Journal.
Researchers tracked a cohort of about
10,000 students from 2002 to 2006, starting
when the students were 10th graders and
following up as they moved into their first
couple of years after high school.
A yearlong career-tech-education course
taken anytime during high school decreased
the odds of dropping out by 1.2 percent for
each course, the study finds. Each course
taken in grades 11 or 12, however, reduced
students' dropout risk by 1.6 percent.
"Persistent Gaps: State Child-Care Assistance
Federal funding for state-administered
child-care-assistance programs has declined
since 2001, leaving many low-income families
struggling to find child care, finds a study by
the National Women's Law Center.
It found a family of three with an income
200 percent of the federal poverty level could
not qualify for child-care aid in 36 states.
Moreover, five states-Florida, Massachusetts, Mississippi, North Carolina, and
Texas-had more than 20,000 children on a
waiting list for child-care assistance.
"Eligiendo Escuelas: English Learners and
Access to School Choice"
Families of English-language-learner students in Houston are less likely to take advantage of the district's school choice options
than other students' families, finds a study
from Rice University's Kinder Institute for
During the 2011-12 academic year, 1 in 3
English-learner elementary students enrolled
in a nonzoned school, versus roughly 46 percent for both former ELLs and those who were
never classified as ELLs. High school participation gaps were larger: 18 percent of Englishlearners attended nonzoned schools compared
with more than 43 percent of former ELLs and
"School has to come
first. ... If you leave
high school and you
still make a 600 on the
SAT, nobody cares how
much you were loved."
on belonging at
"When you look
looks the same ...
every single person inside this school that
sets them aside from everybody else."
To listen to the series
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Education Week - November 15, 2017
Education Week - November 15, 2017
E-Schools Adapting to Transgender Students’ Needs
In Florida, Laissez-Faire Approach to Monitoring Private School Vouchers
New Survey Details Effect of Inclusion on Teaching Time
Are States Changing Course On Teacher Evaluation?
News in Brief
Teaching Parents the Right ‘Questions to Ask’ in Schools
Rising Food Allergies A Challenge for Schools
GreatSchools Expands Its Ratings on Schools
Study: Do Parents Need a Reason To Go School Shopping?
SNAPSHOT: Single-Gender Education
New Mexico Offers Teachers A Seat at Policymaking Table
Repercussions for K-12 From Democratic Election Gains
GOP Tax Plans Could Affect K-12 Aid, Teachers’ Pocketbooks
A One-Year Scorecard for Trump On K-12 Campaign-Trail Promises
A Primer on the Teacher Tax Break
Emily Phillips Galloway, Paola Uccelli & Christina Dobbs: The Power of Precise Language
Adam Urbanski, Tom Alves & Ellen Bernstein: Without Teacher Input, Ed. Reform Is Doomed to Fail
William Sterrett: Time Is a Principal’s Most Limited Resource
TopSchoolJobs Recruitment Marketplace
Elaine Weiss & Christopher T. Cross: Education’s Golden Rule
Education Week - November 15, 2017 - Are States Changing Course On Teacher Evaluation?
Education Week - November 15, 2017 - Cover2
Education Week - November 15, 2017 - 3
Education Week - November 15, 2017 - Report Roundup
Education Week - November 15, 2017 - 5
Education Week - November 15, 2017 - Teaching Parents the Right ‘Questions to Ask’ in Schools
Education Week - November 15, 2017 - Rising Food Allergies A Challenge for Schools
Education Week - November 15, 2017 - GreatSchools Expands Its Ratings on Schools
Education Week - November 15, 2017 - Study: Do Parents Need a Reason To Go School Shopping?
Education Week - November 15, 2017 - SNAPSHOT: Single-Gender Education
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Education Week - November 15, 2017 - 12
Education Week - November 15, 2017 - 13
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Education Week - November 15, 2017 - New Mexico Offers Teachers A Seat at Policymaking Table
Education Week - November 15, 2017 - 18
Education Week - November 15, 2017 - GOP Tax Plans Could Affect K-12 Aid, Teachers’ Pocketbooks
Education Week - November 15, 2017 - A One-Year Scorecard for Trump On K-12 Campaign-Trail Promises
Education Week - November 15, 2017 - A Primer on the Teacher Tax Break
Education Week - November 15, 2017 - Adam Urbanski, Tom Alves & Ellen Bernstein: Without Teacher Input, Ed. Reform Is Doomed to Fail
Education Week - November 15, 2017 - William Sterrett: Time Is a Principal’s Most Limited Resource
Education Week - November 15, 2017 - Readers React
Education Week - November 15, 2017 - 25
Education Week - November 15, 2017 - TopSchoolJobs Recruitment Marketplace
Education Week - November 15, 2017 - Cover3
Education Week - November 15, 2017 - Elaine Weiss & Christopher T. Cross: Education’s Golden Rule