Education reporter Lindsey Foat brings you a curated reading list in the field of education every Friday.
1. Bill to expand spanking dies in Kansas House – KCTV5
This week a bill that would have eased restrictions on spanking was introduced, but died when the House Corrections and Juvenile Justice Committee refused to consider it. Rep. Gail Finney, a Democrat from Wichita, proposed the bill that would have allowed parents, teachers and caregivers to spank a child up to ten times with enough force to result in redness or bruising. Finney told KCTV5 that the bill was designed to restore parental rights. Kansas and Missouri are among 19 states that allow corporal punishment.
2. Wide-ranging student transfer bill passed by Mo. senate committee – KCUR
The Missouri Senate’s Education Committee combined nine bills Thursday that were related to school transfers and accreditation into one bill. One measure would require the State Board of Education to accredit individual schools instead of just the district as a whole. In addition, the bill would allow students to transfer from unaccredited schools to private, nonsectarian schools.
3. Mo. House panel hears bill to block education standards – Education Week
The Missouri House Committee on Elementary and Secondary Education heard a bill this week that would block the implementation of the Common Core reading and math standards.
4. Study finds high SAT and ACT scores might not spell success at college – PBS NewsHour
A major study out this week suggests that the standardized tests commonly required by college admissions are not accurate indicators of future academic success. Judy Woodruff spoke with William Hiss, the former dean of admissions at Bates College and lead author of the paper. Hiss said high school transcripts are better representation and hopes that de-emphasizing the SAT and ACT will open up the application process to more students.
5. Demand for computer science classes grows, along with digital divide – MindShift
Although projections suggest that in the next decade there will be 1 million more U.S. jobs in the tech sector than computer science graduates to fill them, few schools seem to understand computer science or how to bring it into the classroom. Nonprofits, like Code.org, and venture capitalists are stepping in to create tools for teaching kids as young as two basic coding concepts, but there is some concern over reaching underserved and minority students with computer science education.