Here's what we're reading by EWA members.
A Look into the Future
Benjamin Herold of Education Week gives readers a look into what could be the future of K-12 education through an interview with Max Ventilla, the CEO of the startup AltSchool, which “represents the most aggressive, far-reaching foray into the world of big data and analytics that the K-12 education sector has seen to date.”
‘Teachscape’s Tangled Tale’
Tony Wan of EdSurge covers the end of an era for Teachscape, which will close this month amidst a lawsuit for the rights to its popular “Framework for Teaching” rubric. The site, which included a suite of teacher observation and evaluation tools, along with a library of 170 online courses and more than 1,500 videos, has been sold to Frontline Technologies.
Nevada School Board Violates Open Meeting Law
Trevon Milliard of the Reno Gazette-Journal reports that the Washoe County School District broke the law when it first tried to hire a superintendent last March without notifying the public. The school board has agreed to a settlement in lieu of prosecution.
Support, Not Suspension
Laura Isensee of Houston Public Media goes inside a school in this story on support circles, a form of restorative justice used in student discipline.
Parents Learn to Fight Truancy
Sari Lesk of the Stevens Point Journal writes about a new program that teaches parents tactics to use when their children try to get out of going to school. This initiative comes at a time when the district has seen an increase in its truancy rate, particularly in the upper-grade levels.
Fight Over Fees
Nan Austin of The Modesto Bee breaks down the U.S. Supreme Court case Friedrichs v. the California Teachers Association over fair-share union fees.
Evie Blad of Education Week examines the requirement in the new Every Student Succeeds Act that calls for states to incorporate nonacademic factors, such as student engagement, into their accountability systems.
Graduation Attire Under Fire
Lisa Philip of The Baltimore Sun reports that a move toward gender-neutral caps and gowns in the Howard County school district — where boys and girls previously wore different colors of the traditional commencement garb — has sparked a debate. Some parents seem to prefer the old traditions, while others feel it’s a step in the right direction to make transgender students feel more comfortable at school.
Louis Llovio of the Richmond Times-Dispatch looks at the ”one constant” of the last 15 years at Petersburg Public Schools: “turnover.”
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