K12 Headlines

3/2/2015

3/2/2015

A recent state ruling barred the Southwest Licking Local School District from using portable door barricades to stop potential school intruders. School officials had appealed to the state board after the county building department said the small devices were a violation of state building code.

3/2/2015

As students get ready to take Florida's new standardized test, many school leaders insist the transition is too fast and the increasing reliance on computers could hurt student grades.

3/2/2015

The leader of the Alabama Senate prefiled a bill to authorize charter schools in the state. The legislation would cap the number of some categories of charter schools for five years, exempt them from most state education laws, and establish a state board to review them.

3/2/2015

Jefferson County Schools and Gardendale City Schools have been asked by the state superintendent to forge a local separation agreement. The two school systems began mediation after negotiations for Gardendale's separation from Jefferson County came to an impasse.

3/2/2015

As part of a new partnership, CTL and Securly are launching the CTL Education Chromebook with Securly to help school IT administrators meet CIPA compliance requirements. It offers a dashboard summary of student activity and a full audit trail of websites students have either visited or been blocked from accessing.

3/2/2015

Top Republican officials in Kansas who hope to eliminate a budget deficit while sustaining personal income tax cuts are working on a plan to overhaul the state's system for funding public schools in a way that would prevent unanticipated demands for new spending.

3/2/2015

Although Kentucky school boards are allowed to raise property tax rates enough to produce 4 percent more revenue each year without being subject to recall by voters, fewer districts have done so since the 2007-08 school year, according to an analysis of state data.

3/2/2015

Although a bill that could allow guns in public schools and other government buildings has already passed the House, the Senate Education Committee advanced the bill with an amendment that said school trustees or other governing bodies can decide whether they will allow the firearms.

3/2/2015

The Washoe County School Board has violated the Nevada law for the second time in less than a year, according to a finding of the Nevada Attorney General's Office.

3/2/2015

The House Education Committee recommended a bill that would allow a district with a student population that is below 350 for two consecutive years to request a waiver if the district is not in academic, fiscal or facilities distress or on probation for accreditation violations.

3/2/2015

What if we focused on developing integrated approaches in which schools and nonprofits not only shared space, but also shared expertise, planning, decision-making power, successes and failures? There is an opportunity to offer more to children by aligning operations and service delivery to save resources for organizations and communities.

3/2/2015

A bill that would tie school funding to attendance, not enrollment, is well-intentioned, but it runs the risk of penalizing school districts for circumstances beyond their control. It follows the familiar pattern of state-ordered requirements without funding to implement them.

3/2/2015

Brook Forest Voices has created the BFV Audiobook Connection for public and private schools, a service designed to allow schools to offer audiobooks by streaming audio or on CD.

2/27/2015

2/27/2015

With voucher enrollment growing dramatically, it’s worth considering how long the public school system can remain in place. At the same time lawmakers are preparing to shift dollars from public schools serving students from poverty to wealthier school districts, they also are preparing to steer millions more to private schools.

2/27/2015

A controversial bill that would extend a bond rollover program to address pressing school construction needs in Clark County ran into tough questioning in an Assembly committee. The bill would allow the rollover for 10 years without requiring voter approval and also exempt school construction projects from the state prevailing wage law.

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