District Administration November 2017 - 1

FirstTake
Recommended
Reading
Welcome to our
November issue. This
month the nation
honors its veterans,
and DA reports on
ways school districts
JD Solomon
are ensuring success
Editorial Director
for military families.
Faced with frequent
relocations and the stress of a parent
serving abroad and sometimes in a
war zone, children in military families
often need additional support at school.
Also in this issue, we examine the
transformation of the school library.
No longer a place dedicated to quiet
reading and research, today's library
may be the busiest, most exciting place
in the school. Our report details how
libraries are being transformed into
makerspaces, collaborative learning
commons, recording studios and other
innovative learning labs.
Our curriculum story this
month addresses ways that districts
are teaching students about the
world's religions without crossing
the line into religious teaching. We
also look at trends in career and
technical education, and examine
the outlook for enterprise resource
planning software in school district
management.
And elsewhere...
There's a new reality in the debate
over who gets to go to college, and it
focuses on rural, white students. To
read about the economic and cultural
challenges these young people face,
see "The Rural Higher-Education
Crisis" in The Atlantic. DAmag.me/
rural
Until next time,

Eye Openers
"It's unclear how aggressively the federal
Immigration and Customs Enforcement
agency will investigate school-age
immigrants going forward, but districts
may have to plan for the day that ICE
agents show up at a school."
-Ossining Schools Superintendent Ray Sanchez,
president of the Lower Hudson Council of School Superintendents in New York,
in "Schools concerned about undocumented students"
USA Today, DAmag.me/sanchez

Percent of Americans who are satisfied
with the quality of K12 education
In 2016:

43

47

% satisfied with their own children's education:

79

Global Ed News
Students slapped
CHINA: A middleschool teacher
who was caught
on video slapping
38 students has
been reprimanded
and suspended. The teacher was also
forced to apologize to all involved after
video of the incident-secretly recorded on a cellphone by a student-went
viral, drawing outrage from parents and
the community. The students were hit
after failing to recite traditional poems
properly. The teacher had formerly
taught for years in a more rural area of
the country and had just transferred to
the middle school this year.

Read more: DAmag.me/chna
www.DistrictAdministration.com

In 2017:

-GALLUP News, DAmag.me/gallup

Downsizing classes
FRANCE: Classes for
5- and 6-year-olds
have been reduced
to 12 students at
hundreds of French
schools where poverty is high and student
achievement is low. The initiative,
spearheaded by President Emmanuel
Macron during his recent election bid,
aims to improve education inequity by
allowing teachers to better focus on
fewer students-particularly foreignborn children for whom French is
a second language. Research has
shown the nation's education system
is currently geared to serve highachievers. Numbers have been cut in
more than 2,500 classes so far.

Read more: DAmag.me/frnc

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