K12 Headlines

7/31/2015

7/31/2015

Three districts are embroiled in a court battle over the opening of a new charter school in Woonsocket in what is shaping up to become a major flashpoint in the state’s ongoing battle over education reform.

7/31/2015

NewSchools Venture Fund has launched NewSchools Ignite, an education technology accelerator that will support entrepreneurs tackling gaps in K12 education technology. Its first initiative will be focused on science and engineering technologies and digital tools that enhance science learning.

7/31/2015

Hot dogs and fruit juice would disappear from Boston school menus this fall, and chicken breasts and fish would often replace chicken nuggets under proposals by the School Department and a community advisory council to provide students with healthier dining options.

7/31/2015

The Pierre School District's board passed an amendment requiring home and private-school students to take at least one course through the school district to participate in an extracurricular activity.

7/31/2015

The new Age of Compulsory School Attendance law, which was signed into law in 2012, has now raised the compulsory school attendance age to 17. In 2017, the age will be raised again, to 18.

7/31/2015

Underprivileged schools with higher levels of black students were more likely to use criminalized discipline, such as suspension, expulsion, or referral to law enforcement. With white students, it was more likely that schools searched for solutions through medical attention or psychological intervention, according to data from 60,000 schools in 6,000 schools districts.

7/31/2015

While the latest provisions of an ongoing tax cap won’t take effect until the 2016 school year, the state schools boards association says schools are starting to worry now. The state’s tax cap limits increases in property taxes to 2 percent or the rise in inflation, whichever is lower.

7/31/2015

Mark Sutton, who was dismissed as Selma USD superintendent earlier this year, is now superintendent at Central USD. He replaces superintendent Mike Berg, who is retiring after spending about a decade in administration.

7/31/2015

To support educators in teaching basic coding skills, Wonder Workshop developed a new version of its Blockly touch app. Through drag-and-drop programming and diverse puzzles, the app’s new content brings coding to life during STEM instruction.

7/31/2015

The Texas district has named the Pampa ISD superintendent as its only finalist. David Young previously served as Midway ISD's assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction.

7/31/2015

Members from the Michigan district voted to hire Nathaniel McClain as the new superintendent. He’s a former principal at Arthur Hill high school and is currently the assistant superintendent.

7/31/2015

The delay in getting a budget approved isn’t just a problem of political dysfunction. It has serious consequences for funding public education. Local school leaders have no firm idea of how many teachers or support staff they can hire or if teaching assistants will be covered until the level of state funding is set.

7/31/2015

The assumption that disadvantaged students will go to college underprepared doesn't have to be the norm. While it's too early to definitively state whether or not the Common Core is improving student achievement, early adopters are showing great promise.

7/31/2015

If kids ask you why they have to learn Algebra 2, how many of you can give a productive answer? Not most of us. If a student cannot see how something is applicable to their lives, they tune out. The Burbank school system is trying out a program this year dedicated to showing students how math actually applies to life.

7/31/2015

North Carolina’s second-largest school district has selected Edgenuity as the district’s primary online and blended learning solution. Edgenuity will provide access to its full curriculum and offer blended learning, instructional services, initial credit and credit recovery to the district’s 78 secondary schools.

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