K12 Headlines

7/30/2015

7/30/2015

Controversy surrounds the Florida school district's decision to monitor students' and teachers' social media posts. The software program being used allows the school district to search thousands of posts on sites to hunt for keywords that might indicate potential dangers, including cyberbullying, suicide and crime.

7/30/2015

The eGrants system automates the entire grant life cycle for state and local education agencies, including improvement planning, allocation of funds, application entry, budgeting, approval, payments and various reporting functions for education grants.

7/30/2015

The city has agreed to amend how it calculates the amount of available space in school buildings, which are often shared by multiple schools. It has also agreed to consider bigger adjustments to the city’s school-space tally, like factoring in how many special-needs students a school serves when calculating how much space it requires.

7/30/2015

The additional programs brings the number of choice programs available up to 500 for the large Florida county's students. Wi-Fi on school buses is also on the list of new options for the new school year.

7/30/2015

The state has embraced online learning in a big way with the largest virtual school system in the country. Upward of 200,000 students take at least one online course, a surge driven by the 2011 Florida Digital Learning Act requiring at least one online course to graduate.

7/30/2015

A commissioned report reiterated the longstanding problem of racial disparities in student success in the distrct. The preliminary study included a few suggestions, such as hiring more minority teachers as well as more teachers of English as a second language.

7/30/2015

The state Department of Education refuses to release the 2013-14 graduation rates for 58 percent of the state’s public school districts and charter schools, mostly smaller ones. The department says that according to its legal interpretation, doing so would violate a state law meant to protect student privacy.

7/30/2015

First responders need to know how to get inside when responding to emergencies and where to go. However, 39 out of North Carolina's 115 districts failed to submit detailed digital blueprints of all their campuses to local and state emergency management officials by the June 1 deadline.

7/30/2015

A new report says voters should be more skeptical and engaged when it comes to construction bonds, arguing that California needs to slow down and rethink how it repays for them. Construction bonds in the state are creating massive amounts of debt that will take generations to pay off and are sometimes unnecessary.

7/30/2015

Students can flip through Classroom Atlas in its digital format, tap images and content to highlight and add notes to reference later.

7/30/2015

The North Carolina Supreme Court held true to the principle of "liberty and justice for all" by upholding the Opportunity Scholarship Program. This monumental decision liberates thousands of low-income children from being trapped in an inferior educational model.

7/30/2015

New Jersey's commercial real estate has been dramatically impacted by recent technological advances, to the point that many office buildings have been closed or demolished. Now – given the proliferation of online education and mobile communications – could the same be in store for our public schools?

7/30/2015

In the debate over testing in schools, under attack from both left and right of the political spectrum these days, the underlying question is too often missed: How do taxpayers, who fund the public schools, know the quality of the product?

7/30/2015

A group of elected Jefferson County officials are asking a judge to strike down as unconstitutional a new 1-cent county sales tax that replaces one that had exclusively gone towards paying off the county's $1 billion school construction program.

7/30/2015

A study committee set up by the state Senate is looking hard at how education local option sales tax funds are being used and how schools are being built.

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