ASBJ - October 2015

October 2015

Education Evolution

When Barbara Morgan was a second-grade teacher in McCall, Idaho, 30 years ago, she took a shot. A long shot. She joined more than 10,000 teachers applying for NASA’s Teacher in Space program, vying for spot on the space shuttle Challenger. She beat the odds by being chosen as Christa McAuliffe’s backup. Despite the tragedy, she was determined to “get some stardust” on her. In this issue’s cover story, “Mission: Space,” read about Morgan’s extraordinary journey.

Articles on school security also are featured. In “Security Checkpoint,” we explore how school security has changed since the tragedy at Newtown three years ago. Our Electronic School columnist Glenn Cook provides tips on how schools can safeguard student data privacy while still making data-driven decisions in “Privacy Protection.”

On the Cover

Mission: Space
Kathleen Vail
Teacher-turned-astronaut Barbara Morgan inspires students to explore their open-ended future.


Every Child Achieves
Del Stover
The new rewrite on NCLB could mean less federal overreach and fewer unfunded mandates for public schools.

Security Checkpoint
Dennis Pierce
Three years after Sandy Hook, the horrific tragedy spurred schools to intensify security efforts.

Pushing the Limits
Rick Maloney
School boards have constraints— but you can and must overcome them.


Kathleen Vail, Thomas J. Gentzel,
John Tuttle

Electronic School
Public Advocacy
Seeking Counsel

Explore the latest education trends.

Q&A: Get Connected
Ron Skinner, director of NSBA’s National Connection, answers questions about the program that connects school boards and districts to a national network.<

Urban Advocate
The latest from the Council of Urban Boards of Education (CUBE).

Online Only Articles

Share Your Success
Nominate your district for a Magna Award.


Barbara Morgan, former NASA astronaut, sat down with American School Board Journal in Boise, Idaho to talk about her life, STEM education and public schools.


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