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Fleming, Nora – Education Week, 2013
School board members are struggling to interpret laws that govern where and how they do business now that as many conversations take place digitally as they do face to face. As online and digital interactions increase, so too does public concern that officials have more opportunities to violate state open-meetings and open-records laws meant to…
Descriptors: Boards of Education, Compliance (Legal), Meetings, Electronic Mail
Shah, Nirvi – Education Week, 2013
Hundreds of U.S. schools will supplement fire drills and tornado training next fall with simulations of school shootings. In response to the December shootings by an intruder at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, several states have enacted or are considering laws that require more and new types of school safety drills, more…
Descriptors: School Safety, Drills (Practice), State Agencies, School Security
Ujifusa, Andrew – Education Week, 2013
State lawmakers will attempt to tackle a range of issues in legislative sessions getting under way this month, from making common academic standards a reality and funding schools based on performance, to allowing armed teachers and staff members on school grounds. Their task may be complicated by the still small and spotty economic recovery in…
Descriptors: Academic Standards, State Aid, State Action, State Legislation
Cavanagh, Sean – Education Week, 2012
As state legislatures go to work this year, one of the overriding questions is whether 2012 will bring a reprise of last year's frenzied work on education--much of it shepherded by newly elected Republican majorities and governors--or whether elected officials will take a more deliberate and cautious approach. Last year, many governors and…
Descriptors: Legislators, State Legislation, Political Attitudes, Context Effect
Education Week, 2012
Virtual education is moving into that intersection where rising popularity meets calls for greater accountability. How the virtual education movement responds to those calls will have a significant impact on how it evolves in K-12 over the next five to 10 years. This report tackles this shift in the virtual education landscape. It examines the…
Descriptors: Electronic Learning, Blended Learning, Elementary Secondary Education, Online Courses
Davis, Michelle R. – Education Week, 2012
Two teenage girls were arrested in Florida and charged with cyberstalking after creating a fake Facebook page impersonating another student and using it to bully her. Students at an Indianapolis high school set up false Twitter accounts for their principal and tweeted offensive comments before the account was shut down. And at a Minnesota middle…
Descriptors: Bullying, School Safety, Profiles, Peer Relationship
Sawchuk, Stephen – Education Week, 2012
A strike last week by some 29,000 teachers in Chicago pushed long-simmering tensions over deeply divisive school improvement ideas--including changes in teacher evaluation and the takeover or closure of underperforming schools--into the national spotlight. A framework for a tentative agreement emerged last Friday, and the union's house of…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Standardized Tests, Unions, Educational Change
Maxwell, Lesli A. – Education Week, 2012
California is poised to become the first state to unmask the extent to which English-language learners (ELLs) languish in public schools for years without ever reaching fluency. Under a measure that received broad, bipartisan support from the legislature, the state education department would be required to break out and report data annually on…
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, English (Second Language), Limited English Speaking, English Language Learners
Robelen, Erik W. – Education Week, 2012
New laws in California have set the state on a course for some potentially significant changes to the curriculum, including a measure that revisits the matter of teaching Algebra 1 in 8th grade and another that revamps the state's textbook-adoption process and hands districts greater leeway in choosing instructional materials. The algebra-related…
Descriptors: State Standards, Algebra, State Programs, Grade 8
Cavanagh, Sean – Education Week, 2012
One of the most fundamental questions about charter schools--who should have the power to approve them--has re-emerged in force in a number of states. Florida, Georgia, and New Jersey have been the scene of debates this year over whether state or local authorities should have the final say on allowing charter schools within a particular district's…
Descriptors: Charter Schools, Boards of Education, School Districts, State Boards of Education
Education Week, 2012
When it comes to educational challenges, the nation's 12.1 million Hispanic schoolchildren face plenty: language, poverty, lower-than-average graduation rates for high school and college, and, more recently, a wave of laws targeting illegal immigrants that has made school seem like less of a safe haven for Hispanic students in some states. Yet, as…
Descriptors: Hispanic American Students, Academic Achievement, Cultural Differences, Educational Attainment
Fleming, Nora – Education Week, 2012
California legislators swiftly passed a budget bill last week aimed at sheltering school busing dollars from a midyear budget cut many districts and advocates said particularly hurt rural school systems, along with urban districts with desegregation plans. While the measure, which Gov. Jerry Brown was expected to sign into law, would restore $248…
Descriptors: Busing, School Buses, Rural Schools, Desegregation Plans
Cavanagh, Sean – Education Week, 2012
Whether they're organizing events, buttonholing legislators, or simply trading ideas and information, a growing number of "parent unions" are attempting to stake out a place in policy debates over education in states and districts, amid a crowded field of actors and advocates. As the term implies, some of these organizations see…
Descriptors: State Legislation, School Choice, Unions, Educational Change
Sawchuk, Stephen – Education Week, 2012
As the movement to overhaul teacher evaluation marches onward, an emerging question is splitting the swath of advocates who support the new tools used to gauge teacher performance: Who should get access to the resulting information? Supporters of typing teacher evaluations to student performance differ over whether individuals' results should be…
Descriptors: Teacher Evaluation, Access to Information, Disclosure, Legal Responsibility
Cavanagh, Sean – Education Week, 2011
A year ago, Republicans piled up record victories in state elections on promises that they would keep taxes low and cut government spending--including money going to education. Now, elected officials and other partisans are laying the foundation for arguments they will take to the electorate next year that depict the cuts delivered by many…
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Elections, Collective Bargaining, Taxes
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