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Weekly News Round-Up for December 8th
posted by: Melissa | December 08, 2017, 06:30 PM   

Each week, AAE brings its members a round-up of what’s happening in education. From big, eye-catching headlines to the stories most papers overlook, we find the news our members really want to see. This week, we cover yet another school shooting, plus other news.

Deadly Shooting in New Mexico School: A shooting inside a New Mexico high school killed two students and the gunman. The shooting started during first period, and the principal announced a lockdown on the intercom, giving many students and teachers the ability to hide. The motive behind the shooting remains unclear.

Indiana Approves New Graduation Requirements: On Wednesday, Indiana education officials approved additional requirements for graduation in Indiana high schools. Most of the people who testified before the board about the changes opposed the plan, which requires to students to either demonstrate employability using work projects or by receiving test scores high enough to attend college. Opponents believe that the rigorous requirements will cause a drop in graduation rates.

Associated Press Article Stirs Controversy: Earlier this week, the AP ran an article claiming that charter schools were driving re-segregation. Charter proponents denounced the article immediately. The article based its analysis on the fact that charter schools are more likely than district schools to have 99 percent minority population. Critics point out that this is not because of anything that the charters are doing, but is a result of charter schools mainly being built in highly segregated neighborhoods, and when you compare charter schools to district schools in the same neighborhoods, that disparity disappears.

Missouri Raises Criticism by Firing Education Commissioner: Last week, the Missouri State Board of Education fired Education Commissioner Margie Vandeven in a 5-3 vote. The move is being criticized as being politically motivated and orchestrated by the governor’s office, pointing to a quickly orchestrated shake-up in the board’s members.

Stanford Study Measures School Effectiveness: New research from Stanford University refocuses how we look at school effectiveness. The research moves beyond looking at pass rates for standardized tests and instead measures how many academic years growth students make during a single school year. The study found, for example, that during five years of attending school, Chicago students received six years’ worth of education, despite performing below the average. While in Anne Arundel County in Maryland, students didn’t learn nearly as much, despite consistently scoring above average in tests. The study has implications for how state’s measure effectiveness moving forward. You can see all of the results on Stanford’s website.

Happening Elsewhere:

State education finance systems take center stage

Schools dive into Computer Science Education Week

Schools for deaf, blind feel effects of teacher shortage

Colorado school board scraps long-fought voucher program

Oregon expands career tech education with 10.3 million in grants for 205 schools

Disability rights advocates call for Texas to halt education data mining contract

Alabama school report cards get delayed again

New York City’s initial bid to reduce teacher reserve falls far short of goals

Teacher tries unusual move to slow drivers outside of school

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