Education Week - December 9, 2015 - (Page 1)

Education Week VOL. 35, NO. 14 * DECEMBER 9, 2015 AMERICAN EDUCATION'S NEWSPAPER OF RECORD * © 2015 Editorial Projects in Education * $ 4 BRE AKING NEWS DAILY On Horizon: NCLB's End, Duncan Exit Bill to Overhaul ESEA Undercuts Some Aspects Of Secretary's Legacy Doyle Maurer/Education Week By Andrew Ujifusa Students walk between classes at Collins Middle School in Fayette County, W.Va. The orange fencing stands between them and a building that closed in January because it was deemed unsafe for student occupancy. Similar closures have sparked debate in the county. School Facilities Fuel State-Local Tensions in W. Va. District By Daarel Burnette II Fayetteville, W.Va. After losing half their school system's K-12 students over a period of decades, residents of Fayette County, in the heart of this state's coal country, have long been fighting over which schools to close and which would get new facilities. So Michael Martirano, who took over as West Virginia's state superintendent in 2014, decided to solve the problem himself by proposing a plan that would shutter seven of the district's 18 schools and move most of its high school students into a new, $56 million facility. Because the district's academic resources are spread so thinly throughout the 600-squaremile county, students are failing state tests at an alarming rate, he said, and the outdated facilities, more than a half-century old, are at risk of caving in. Last winter, an engineer deemed many of the schools too hazardous for use, prompting the state to condemn parts of elementary and middle schools, some of which are still heated by coal. But Martirano has faced intense pushback from citizens of the county who say the state is attempting to fracture its tight-knit communities, send students on hours-long bus rides to unfamiliar neighborhoods, and saddle its taxpayers, mostly elderly and on fixed incomes, with a 15-year, $11 million loan they didn't ask for. A state agency that will vote next week on whether to help fund the plan has also expressed reluctance to support Martirano's proposal. "The people have not been listened to and they're very frustrated-and they should be," PAGE 19> YOUR ESSA CHEAT SHEET: See comprehensive highlights of the Every Student Suceeds Act. PAGE 17 Locked-Up Youths See Grim Prospects In Many States PAGE 14> By Denisa R. Superville DIGITAL DIRECTIONS Avondale, Ariz. While there's a growing consensus that K-12 students should learn some computer science, especially given the 1 million computing jobs that are expected to go unfilled by 2020, there's less agreement on how school districts can make that happen. The Chicago, New York, and San Francisco districts have committed to teaching computer science to students of all ages, but those systemwide programs are rolling out slowly. New York City, which plans to spend $81 million on the project, has a 10-year implementation timeline, for instance. But an elementary school district outside Phoenix has already gone full throttle with an essential element of computer science: programming, also known as coding. For the second year in a row, every kindergarten through 8th grade student here in the Avondale Elementary district is taking PAGE 10> Nick Cote for Education Week In Ariz. K-8 District, All Grades Learn Computer Programming By Liana Heitin At several points during the past year, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, who is stepping down Dec. 31 after nearly seven years in office, has said his biggest regret in the job is the amount of time he spent lobbying Congress early in his tenure to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. "This law's been broken for seven to eight years," Duncan said last month, at a forum hosted by The Wall Street Journal as a bill to overhaul the law was finally approaching the finish line. "Folks are trying to work now in a bipartisan way." That bipartisan process, though, has produced legislation-the Every Student Succeeds Act-that marks a big departure from what Duncan has championed, in particular from major elements of the Obama administration's approach to K-12 accountability. Case in point: The bill, which the House of Representatives passed last week by a vote of 359-64, would restrict Third grader Iyana Simmons works on a coding exercise at Michael Anderson School in Avondale, Ariz. The 5,600-student school system, outside Phoenix, is in its second year of teaching computer coding to students in grades K-8. The quality of schooling for tens of thousands of incarcerated juveniles falls far short of the education their peers receive in public schools, advocates say, raising major concerns about the prospects of one of the most vulnerable groups of students. Even as the number of incarcerated juveniles dropped significantly over the past decade, only 13 states provide students who are behind bars with the same types of educational and vocational services, including GED preparation, credit recovery, and postsecondary courses, that students in schools receive, a survey of juvenile-corrections agencies by the Council of State Governments Justice Center shows. In a report released last month, the council found that many states PAGE 12> 1

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Education Week - December 9, 2015

Education Week - December 9, 2015
School Facilities Fuel State-Local Tensions in W. Va. District
Locked-Up Youths See Grim Prospects in Many States
In Ariz. K-8 District, All Grades Learn Computer Programming
On Horizon: NCLB’s End, Duncan Exit
News in Brief
Report Roundup
In Math, Positive Mindset May Prime Students’ Brains
Parent-Driven Group Wields Influence On Dyslexia Issues
Blogs of the Week
Districts Struggle to Evaluate Pilot Projects for Ed Tech
High Court Showdown Looms Again On Race-Based Admissions
‘Promise’ Program Boosts Enrollment At Tenn. Colleges
House Approval of ESEA Overhaul Marks Rare, Bipartisan Agreement
Blogs of the Week
How Woodrow Wilson Shut the Door on K-12 Education for African- Americans
A Native American Parent Confronts a Pervasive NFL Slur
The Essence of Wrongheaded School ‘Reform’
TopSchoolJobs Recruitment Marketplace
Class, Interrupted

Education Week - December 9, 2015