K12 Headlines

11/26/2014

11/26/2014

The timeline for building a new Spanish immersion school in Sioux Falls might be in jeopardy because of a proposal by state lawmakers to put new limits on K12 capital budgets. Public school capital outlay funds would be capped under the terms of a proposal introduced last week by a legislative committee.

11/26/2014

With schools closed for the holiday, DA Daily is taking Thursday and Friday off. We will return on Monday with the latest news and opinion from across K12.

11/26/2014

The Culturally Responsive Classroom is a cross-cultural program offered to educators. Before participating, educators complete Berlitz's web-based self-reporting tool that compare's users' work style preferences against 56 national and regional cultural profiles.

11/26/2014

buncee released the new free iPad app Buncee for Edu, and revamped Buncee Pro, its original iPad app. Buncee for Edu allow students to create their own digital stories, presentations and other projects. The Buncee Pro iPad app has also been redesigned with a new user interface and features.

11/26/2014

The plan approved by Pittsburgh Public Schools' board runs from July 2015 through June 2018. Some changes were made to the original plan as a result of feedback, including increasing teacher-led professional development, providing more professional development on culturally responsive teaching techniques and more.

11/26/2014

Pennsylvania is one of only three states without a consistently applied school funding formula, which creates unfairness for students and disparities among school districts across the state. State officials must find an equitable method to distribute state funds for public education so that all students can have access to high-quality educational programs and services.

11/26/2014

Enrollment in Oregon charter schools set a new record last year, with 5 percent of Oregon public school students enrolled in one of the state's many and varied charter schools. Charter school enrollment has nearly doubled in the past five years, from 15,400 in 2008-2009 to 28,600 last year.

11/26/2014

For students with special needs, school can be a constant reminder of exactly how they are different socially and academically. Unified sports programs can change some of that, by putting all participants — special and regular education — in the same uniform and on the same field of play at the same time.

11/26/2014

For the first time in years, the New Jersey school district is reporting an on-time graduation rate of more than 50 percent for 2014. A total of 52.9 percent of students completed high school within four years, graduating on time in 2014, which district officials attribute to stability and staff.

11/26/2014

Chicago preschoolers who attended a full-day preschool program rather than a half-day had higher scores on measures of school readiness skills, including language, math, social development and physical health, researchers from the University of Minnesota reported.

11/26/2014

Education Market Research/Simba Information released a new report titled K-12 Enrollment by Subject/Course & Grade, 2014-15 School Year. The data shows that the highest enrollment courses include art and general music at the elementary level, and algebra and Spanish and biology at the senior high level.

11/26/2014

Amid long-running concerns that it’s too easy to become a teacher, the White House announced new draft regulations that could overhaul the way teacher preparation programs are held accountable for their graduates' performance.

11/26/2014

As the idea of universal pre-K moved to center stage in election season this fall, interest in high-quality pre-K as a school turnaround tool grows. Tragically, millions of children begin elementary school years behind their peers, and the SIG program — overhauled by the Obama administration five years ago — has not closed that gap.

11/25/2014

11/25/2014

Carrie Andrews, acting superintendent for the Cambrian School District, has been chosen to lead the district's five schools as its new superintendent. She came to Cambrian after working for the Campbell Union School District for six years.

11/25/2014

The Middletown Area School Board approved a bond refinancing proposal that could save Dauphin County Technical School around $1 million. The district could see lower tuition payments to the tech school in the near future.

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