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Shah, Nirvi – Education Week, 2013
President Barack Obama's announcement last week of a wide-ranging anti-violence plan in response to the Newtown, Connecticut, school shootings comes as many districts are adopting new and sometimes dramatic measures--including arming teachers and volunteers--intended to prevent similar tragedies in their own schools. School safety experts warn…
Descriptors: United States History, Elementary Secondary Education, School Safety, Weapons
Sparks, Sarah D. – Education Week, 2013
Boosting early retirement in cash-strapped districts does not hurt students' math and reading scores, according to new studies released at the American Economic Association meeting, but pension-incentive programs may cost schools some of their most effective teachers. Separate studies of teachers in California, Illinois, and North Carolina paint a…
Descriptors: Teacher Effectiveness, Experienced Teachers, Teacher Retirement, Incentives
Robelen, Erik W. – Education Week, 2013
With common standards in science set to be finalized in March, states will soon face the dilemma of embracing them as their own or going their own way, raising the question of how common the Next Generation Science Standards will ultimately prove to be. The 26 "lead state partners" helping to develop the K-12 standards have agreed to…
Descriptors: Science Education, Elementary Secondary Education, Academic Standards, State Standards
Gewertz, Catherine – Education Week, 2013
As the common core is brought to life in classrooms this year, some English/language arts teachers are finding themselves caught in a swirl of debate about whether the new standards require them to cut back on prized pieces of the literary canon to make room for nonfiction. A recent spate of news reports has ignited a new wave of anxiety about the…
Descriptors: State Standards, Nonfiction, Guidance, Language Arts
Sparks, Sarah D. – Education Week, 2013
Poverty, neglect, or family stress can make it especially difficult for young children to develop the self-discipline and habits of mind they will need to succeed in the classroom and beyond. Armed with research and a commitment to the whole child, Washington state has transformed the way its agencies work together and in partnership with…
Descriptors: Disadvantaged Youth, Stress Variables, Family Problems, Poverty
Sparks, Sarah D. – Education Week, 2013
Children who enter kindergarten with a small vocabulary don't get taught enough words--particularly, sophisticated academic words--to close the gap, according to the latest in a series of studies by Michigan early-learning experts. The findings suggest many districts could be at a disadvantage in meeting the increased requirements for vocabulary…
Descriptors: State Standards, Reading Instruction, Vocabulary, Emergent Literacy
Ujifusa, Andrew – Education Week, 2013
Opponents of the Common Core State Standards are ramping up legislative pressure and public relations efforts aimed at getting states to scale back--or even abandon--the high-profile initiative, even as implementation proceeds and tests aligned with the standards loom. Critics of the common core have focused recent lobbying and media efforts on…
Descriptors: State Standards, Educational Testing, National Curriculum, Private Sector
Maxwell, Lesli A.; Klein, Alyson; Samuels, Christina A.; Casey, Diette Courrege; Shah, Nirvi; Sawchuk, Stephen; Molnar, Michele; Zubrzycki, Jaclyn; Adams, Caralee; Davis, Michelle R.; Sparks, Sarah D.; Robelen, Erik W. – Education Week, 2013
In an environment of tight resources, tough academic challenges, and increasingly stiff competition from new education providers, smart leadership may matter more than ever for the success of America's school districts. Against this backdrop, "Education Week" introduces the first of what will be an annual "Leaders To Learn…
Descriptors: Superintendents, School Districts, Social Networks, Discipline
Zubrzycki, Jaclyn; Cavanagh, Sean; McNeil, Michele – Education Week, 2013
As the number of charter schools continues to grow, one facet of their autonomy--the ability to set and enforce independent disciplinary standards--has raised difficult questions about whether those schools are pushing out students who pose behavior or academic challenges and how their policies affect regular public schools. Research on the issue…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Charter Schools, Discipline, Discipline Policy
Fleming, Nora – Education Week, 2013
Luis Carlos Ayala treks up and down hilly driveways in a local neighborhood on a recent weeknight, going door to door to deliver his short campaign spiel and a flier. Even though the 18,650-student Pasadena Unified district serves a locale of more than 202,300 residents, Mr. Ayala aims to reach voters in an area of only 28,900 for this race, as a…
Descriptors: Minority Groups, School Districts, Voting, Ethnic Diversity
Cavanagh, Sean – Education Week, 2013
Efforts to promote an evolving area of study--entrepreneurship in education--are taking hold in graduate schools across the country, as universities craft programs and courses focused on cultivating school leaders and private-sector developers capable of bringing new ideas, and possibly new products and technologies, to schools. University faculty…
Descriptors: College Faculty, Administrators, Entrepreneurship, Elementary Secondary Education
Zubrzycki, Jaclyn – Education Week, 2013
A growing number of school districts--including large ones like those in Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, and Hawaii--have become recent converts to new principal-evaluation systems that tie school leaders' appraisals to student test scores. As of this school year, student achievement accounts for 40 percent to 50 percent of principals' evaluations…
Descriptors: Principals, Educational Improvement, Administrator Evaluation, Evaluation Methods
Maxwell, Lesli A. – Education Week, 2013
The price tag to win a seat in this week's primary election for the Los Angeles school board climbed to unprecedented levels, as a massive influx of outside cash has turned a local campaign into a national showdown pitting the long-standing influence of teachers' unions against the expanding imprint of deep-pocketed education activists. The high…
Descriptors: Boards of Education, Governing Boards, Board Candidates, Political Campaigns
Ujifusa, Andrew – Education Week, 2013
As states consider increases to K-12 spending amid better economic conditions, governors on opposite sides of the partisan divide are proposing significantly different plans and arguments for the best ways to use new education aid. Two prime examples: Minnesota and Ohio, a pair of Midwestern states with chief executives intent on pumping more…
Descriptors: Educational Finance, Elementary Secondary Education, State Aid, Funding Formulas
McNeil, Michele – Education Week, 2013
Even though 34 states and the District of Columbia have No Child Left Behind Act waivers in hand, many of them are still negotiating with the U.S. Department of Education over their teacher evaluation systems--a crucial component if they want to keep their newfound flexibility. More than six months after waiver recipients turned in their…
Descriptors: Teacher Evaluation, Federal Legislation, Federal Programs, Federal Regulation
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