In the News: 12/12-12/16

December 16, 2016 02:37 PM
by / Topics: Improving Family Engagement

Here’s a snapshot of this week’s family engagement news:

Tools and Resources

New Help for States that Want to Bolster Principals
As state education officials set agendas for K-12 under the Every Student Succeeds Act, a new guide and a research review are being released this week to help them figure out how best to elevate school leadership through the law.

Relationship Building

What do parents think of their children’s schools?

Charter parents report more extensive communications with their children’s schools than district and private school parents.

Race and Equity

Final Rule Released on Identifying Racial Bias in Special Education

The U.S. Department of Education released a final rule that creates a standard approach that states must use in determining if their districts are over-enrolling minority students in special education compared to their peers of other races.

As Other Districts Grapple With Segregation, This One Makes Integration Work

While most white parents are pleased with this New Jersey district’s effort to diversify schools, some parents — both black and white — complain that the district is too ready to help its struggling Spanish speakers at the expense of their English-speaking peers.

Why are Seattle Public Schools still so segregated?
A magnet school participating in the Seattle Public Schools’ “Highly Capable Cohort (HCC)” program disproportionately enrolls white students in the HCC program while students of color overpopulate the regular program.

The reason America’s schools are so segregated – and the only way to fix it

A bill has been introduced in the New York City Council calling for a formal study of the causes — and remedies — of racial segregation in public schools. However, some believe the effort is misguided.

Research

DC Releases 2016 School Equity Reports

The District of Columbia released its School Equity Reports for the 2015-16 school year which evaluates several measures of school equity including, but not limited to, enrollment, discipline, and student achievement.

It Turns Out Spending More Probably Does Improve Education

New, first-of-its-kind research suggests increased funding in the districts’ low performance schools may contribute to educational improvements.

This school isn’t just about academics. The emotional and physical health of kids matters too.
A school participates in the Schools of Opportunity, which seeks to close opportunity gaps through 11 research-proven practices and not standardized test scores (which are more a measure of socioeconomic status than anything else).