K12 Headlines

3/5/2015

3/5/2015

The free website is designed to entertain children up to 12 years old online through original content including picture books, animated stories, chapter books and audio books. The site is compatible with Android and Apple devices and new content is uploaded weekly and monthly.

3/5/2015

Kajeet recently partnered with CDW-G to help districts ensure that as they launch educational technology programs, all of their students also have internet for education at home and wherever else they need to do homework.

3/5/2015

In a distributed leadership model, no one person at the top of the hierarchy makes all the decisions that will affect the work lives of the adults in the building. When done well, it can create a community of people on the same page. And when teachers feel valued and trusted, they are more likely to trust and empower their students.

3/5/2015

The nonprofit online learning initiative is offering three new, free courses from the Smithsonian Institution — Objects That Define America, Rise of Superheroes and Their Impact on Pop Culture, and Teaching Historical Inquiry with Objects  which were developed with the National Museum of American History.

3/5/2015

This is the canary in the coal mine. Several big states have seen alarming drops in enrollment at teacher training programs. There's a growing sense that teachers have less control over their professional lives in an increasingly bitter, politicized environment. One possible path out of this crisis is to pay teachers more.

3/5/2015

The city's public schools will now observe two Muslim holidays, making the nation's biggest district one of the few to put Islamic holy days on its calendar. There will be no class for Eid al-Adha starting this September, while Eid al-Fitr will become a holiday for those in summer school starting in 2016.

3/5/2015

A recent No Kid Hungry survey found that 76 percent of public school teachers reported students coming to school hungry regularly. Schools that have explored making minor tweaks to their free breakfast programs - such as serving breakfast in the classroom so it feels less shameful - have reported increased participation in the program.

3/5/2015

California lawmakers are pushing to expand legislation on consent for sex to high schools, as part of ongoing efforts to combat sexual assault on college campuses. The recently adopted “yes means yes” bill establishes an affirmative consent standard for sexual assault investigations at all state colleges that accept public funds.

3/5/2015

Students in Miller and Pierce City will have four-day school weeks and Stockton also is considering a Tuesday through Friday schedule starting next school year. Districts explored the option as a way to save money, better engage students and keep quality teachers.

3/5/2015

The former Atlanta schools superintendent whose renown as an education reformer dissolved amid the ignominy of the nation’s largest test-cheating scandal, died of breast cancer at the age of 68.

3/5/2015

Portland Public Schools has slated 27 schools for facility improvement work this summer. The record-breaking $482 million bond in 2012 will ultimately cover building improvements at up to 67 schools.

3/5/2015

Since updated government-subsidized lunchroom guidelines went into effect in 2012, the percentage of students choosing fruit in the cafeteria increased from 54 in 2012 to 66 percent in 2014 and those eating the healthier entrees went from 74 to 84 percent.

3/5/2015

The biggest bond in Tulsa Public Schools history passed with about 85 percent approval. The Oklahoma district will have $415 million to spend on construction, technology, libraries and transportation.

3/5/2015

The emergency bill allowing Nevada school districts to issue 10-year bonds without voter approval passed the Assembly. The bill was a quick replacement for Senate Bill 119, which was stalled because of a provision to drop the prevailing workers wage for school construction projects requirement.

3/5/2015

The Senate committee approved legislation to allow districts to convert existing public schools to charter schools and authorize the establishment of up to 10 start-up charter schools in the state each year for at least five years. It would also exempt charter schools from several education laws, including teacher certification.

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