K12 Headlines

5/26/2015

5/26/2015

Virginia's Fairfax County Public School Board adopted a $2.6 billion budget for the next school year, which is an increase of $53.9 million. It will also allow for small pay increases of 0.62 percent for all employees.

5/26/2015

A new version of the Conductor digital communication system has been released to handle campus-wide intercom, paging, control and emergency response using the school’s LAN. New features include better disaster recovery, device discovery, map-based point-and-click paging, and a more elegant control station for the front office.

5/26/2015

Preschoolers may not be getting enough exercise while attending preschool, according to a new study. Instead of participating in physical activities for the recommended 120 minutes per day, children were receiving just 48 minutes a day to run and play during preschool hours.

5/26/2015

Critics are criticizing legislators after the state's budget committee passed a surprise motion last week that would allow private, home-schooled and online charter students to participate in public school district athletics and activities.

5/26/2015

Due to school district consolidations, Iowa now has 122 fewer districts than it did in 1965. Most district mergers point to the central challenges that rural Iowa schools face today: low revenue through property taxes and state aid, transportation costs and the problem of maintaining staffing and class offerings when enrollment declines.

5/26/2015

Tennessee in 2013 ranked eighth nationally for its high school graduation rates. With 86.3 percent of Tennessee high school students currently graduating on time, the state isn't far from reaching the U.S. goal of 90 percent by 2020, according to a new report.

5/26/2015

The Alabama superintendent is leaving his current position to return to his previous role as principal of Rockwell Elementary School.

5/26/2015

Albuquerque Public Schools' school board voted to hold back the $1.4 million reimbursement they owed the state education department for this spring's PARCC testing costs after audience members at the meeting voiced opposition to PARCC and the new teacher assessments that are partially based on them.

5/26/2015

The 29-school Texas district selected FileWave to manage systems and devices for its approximately 20,000 Mac and Windows machines and 5,000 mobile devices.

5/26/2015

Information in Action, a new K5 teaching resource published by Scholastic, provides educators with a suite of professional learning materials, including four complete model units at each grade-level to help students integrate reading, writing and research to create, present and launch projects.

5/26/2015

Pension costs account for a quarter of the Illinois’ operating revenues, are rising by at least $1 billion a year and are squeezing dollars that could be used for education, human services and other vital programs. Over the past decade, the state has been taking more and more Title 1 funds to pay teacher pensions instead of aiding low-income students.

5/26/2015

The best educational systems in the world set high standards for students and then let teachers decide how to get there. Teachers are given time to collaborate and design curriculum to fit their students. Standardized tests are given sparingly and used for the purpose they were intended, to help the student.

5/26/2015

Hundreds of Newark students walked out of classes to protest policies of the city's top schools official, who was appointed by the state to overhaul the struggling education system. Superintendent Cami Anderson's plan calls for some schools to be consolidated or shut, charter schools expanded and some students shifted to schools far from home.

5/26/2015

Michigan's Lakewood Board of Education voted to hire Alto Elementary School Principal Randy Fleenor as the district's new superintendent. Current Superintendent Michael O'Mara is retiring.

5/26/2015

The Isle of Wight School Board voted to hire James Thornton, currently the head of a rural Virginia school district, as the new Isle of Wight County Schools superintendent. He will replace current Superintendent Katrise Perera.

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