K12 Headlines

7/29/2014

7/29/2014

The East Baton Rouge Parish school system will be providing free lunch to its almost 42,000 students, including thousands who in the past had to pay for their meals. The school district plans to take advantage of a new federal initiative that allows public schools in high-poverty areas to provide free meals to all students without families having to fill out individual forms.

7/29/2014

Tom Siler is the new superintendent of the South Carolina district's 16 schools. His selection as superintendent-elect was announced last week, setting the stage for him to assume oversight of classrooms in mid-2015.

7/29/2014

Warren County Public Schools signed an agreement to utilize GuideK12's geovisual analytics software to change district alignments to effectively accommodate the rise in schools’ student populations. The distict's plan is to realign and redistribute the grade levels at all the district’s middle schools to include the sixth grade.

7/29/2014

Dawn Pro Audio has released T100 Complete, an all-in-one kit including Dawn’s T100 Series 100w full-range loudspeaker, microphone, tripod stands, all necessary cables, and illustrated quick-start guide, prepackaged into a custom-made rolling case.

7/29/2014

Radio Engineering Industries launched a low profile, recessed camera that only extends an inch from the ceiling and creates a safe passenger zone. Historically, cameras mounted in school buses have protruded several inches from the ceiling creating a serious risk of head impact by passengers.

7/29/2014

Many areas of the country barely pay teachers more as they gain experience, according to a new report by the Center for American Progress. This problem might be contributing to high teacher turnover rates and keeping educators out of the middle class.

7/29/2014

Schools have come and gone over the years around Seattle's downtown core. The Seattle School District is trying to create an elementary school for many of the 1,000 children living close to the area, potentially making the school the first downtown campus in decades.

7/29/2014

The cost of school-related spending – including pen-and-paper supplies, electronics and other school fees – has increased by 20 percent in just one year, far outpacing wage increases and the rate of inflation, according to Huntington Bank's annual Backpack Index.

7/29/2014

Statistics from the Virginia Alcoholic Beverage Control Board show for the Roanoke Region, the number of underage alcohol citations spikes when school gets back in the fall.

7/29/2014

Whitmore Lake High School Principal Tom DeKeyser will be the district's next superintendent as of January 1, 2015. Superintendent Kim Hart is retiring from the district in December after a 33-year career in education and seven years in the role.

7/29/2014

Tyler ISD has named Marty Crawford as the lone finalist for its open superintendent position. He has served as the superintendent of schools for the West ISD for six years.

7/29/2014

The state’s unfunded liability in its two major public pension systems, those that cover government employees as well as public school teachers, is an economic nightmare. It’s been a ticking time bomb for more than a decade. Now it’s about to explode, wreaking havoc on school budgets across the Commonwealth and leaving school districts — and in turn property owners — holding the bill.

7/29/2014

Boston's school department has offered no evidence that incidents of bullying or other misbehavior have increased enough to warrant audio and video surveillance of students on school transportation. Yet the school system is equipping its 750 yellow school buses with microphones and cameras. It’s an initiative that unnecessarily infringes on private conversations.

7/29/2014

Rockwood Summit High School will launch a new center to help students better understand renewable resources and further achieve in math and science. The Monsanto Education Center for Sustainable Solutions, which will be housed on the high school's campus, will allow students to plant crops and see how corn and soybeans become renewable sources for fuel.

7/29/2014

Limited cellphone usage is now permitted at Dorchester District Two high schools. The new policy allows high school students to use their cellphones at specific times during the day.

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