SBOE Weekly EdLinks: 07/06/2018

By: Paul Negron, Public Affairs Specialist

Starting today, we are launching a weekly rundown of education local/national news and events here in the District!

Bowser Waited Until After The Primary to Find The Next Public Schools Chancellor | Washington City Paper

Student journalists at Wilson High’s Beacon look to build on high-profile year | DC Line

K-12 and the U.S. Supreme Court: Highlights of the 2017-18 Term | EdWeek
After a major term for K-12 education the year before, the U.S. Supreme Court had a more measured term in 2017-18.

The Largest Teachers’ Union Predicts a 14 Percent Membership Loss Over Two Years | EdWeek
The National Education Association is projecting a nearly 8 percent membership loss over the course of the next school year, along with a $28 million budget reduction, due to an adverse Supreme Court ruling.

New York, Virginia become first to require mental health education in schools | CNN
New York’s law updates the health curriculum in elementary, middle and high schools to include material on mental health. Virginia’s law mandates that mental health education be incorporated into physical education and health curricula for ninth- and 10th-graders.

Ohio teacher evaluations get an overhaul teachers like | Columbus Dispatch
Once again, Ohio teachers are going to face a new state-mandated evaluation system — but this time, most agree it’s a good thing. Ohio lawmakers have struggled for years to craft a teacher evaluation system that both teachers and administrators think is fair, not overly burdensome and actually furthers the goal of better classroom instruction.

Education by the Numbers: 9 Statistics That Have Made Us Think Differently About America’s Schools This Academic Year | 74
Even with a perpetual media carnival unfolding around the Trump presidency, and ahead of midterm elections that could result in an even more hectic news environment next year, the events of 2018 have been shaped to an extraordinary degree by America’s K-12 schools.

States Slow to Revamp Accountability Systems under ESSA | The Journal
Overall, states are still using the same large-scale student assessments that were in place before ESSA. For example, 44 states and the District of Columbia still give schools an overall score as a summative, accountability-based evaluation. States are also still using teacher evaluation systems that are “the same or slightly different versions” of the systems they had in place before ESSA.

Puerto Rico to Pilot New Student-Centered Funding System | US Dept. of Ed
U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos today announced that the Puerto Rico Department of Education (PRDE) will be the first to pilot new flexibility under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) to create a student-centered funding system. The model is designed to equitably allocate local, state and federal resources based on student needs.

Next Steps for Families at Duke Ellington School of the Arts | OSSE
The Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE) today moved forward with families at Duke Ellington School of the Arts who received a finding of non-residency after an OSSE investigation in May 2018. Families will receive new letters outlining the opportunity for administrative review and sharing more information about the details of their cases as well as options to provide further documentation.

The State Of D.C.’s Charter Schools | Kojo Show
In a year of upheaval in the D.C. public school system, what is the state of charter schools in our city? How do their graduation rates compare? And why is the waiting list so long? With Scott Pearson, Perry Stein, Ramona Edelin.

Four challenged D.C. schools are getting new principals. But do school leaders want to work here? | WaPo
The appointed principals — three of whom have long worked for the school system, and another who was the principal of a D.C. charter school — will be scrutinized as they take on the difficult task of bolstering academic outcomes on these campuses, where many students are starting high school several grade levels behind in reading and math.

Are dual-language programs in urban schools a sign of gentrification? | WaPo
D.C. Public Schools is considering expanding the dual-language program at Tyler to meet citywide demand, and that possibility has some parents worried the District intends to attract more upper- income families — and drive them out.

The Early Childhood Workforce Index 2018 | CSCCE

Upcoming School Open Houses
7/9: Grosso Education Town Hall Ward 1
7/11: Grosso Education Town Hall Ward 4
7/11: Supporting the School Principal’s Changing Role
7/11: Disciplined and Disconnected: Insights about Exclusionary Discipline from Youth and School Leaders
7/12: DC Data Summit
7/12: Supporting the School Principal’s Changing Role
7/16: Grosso Education Town Hall Ward 2
7/18: Grosso Education Town Hall Ward 7
7/18: 4th Annual Young African ConneXions Summit
7/24: Grosso Education Town Hall Ward 5
7/25: Grosso Education Town Hall Ward 3

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