K12 Headlines

7/2/2015

7/2/2015

A hefty payment to the pension fund for Chicago Public School teachers is forcing changes that will include curtailing elementary school sports and 5,300 coaching stipends and cutting network offices and teacher development programs. The district's property tax levy could also go up about $200 million.

7/2/2015

A leadership module has been added to BrightBytes' Clarity platform. Created in partnership with McREL International, the module is based on McREL's research about the leadership practices that have the largest impact on student outcomes.

7/2/2015

To help make tablets more classroom ready, Educational Resources created its EdRedi application to enable classroom teachers to intuitively supervise and control their students’ name-brand devices — such as the Acer Iconia 10.1 tablet, the first EdRedi-enabled device.

7/2/2015

The new Discovery Education Science Techbook is designed specifically to help teachers transition to the Next Generation Science Standards framework. It includes content such as video, audio, text, interactives with hands-on activities and virtual labs.

7/2/2015

Edgenuity MyPath, a supplemental instruction program in mathematics and reading, will soon incorporate Scantron assessment data to deliver personalized learning plans to students. MyPath can be used for intervention, grade-level support, or academic enrichment through individualized learning paths.

7/2/2015

The Arlington School Board voted to include gender identity and expression to its nondiscrimination policies for hiring teachers and other employees.

7/2/2015

Across the nation, there has been greater scrutiny of Confederate symbols and tributes with 28 public schools in Texas named after Confederate leaders. Many of those school names are decades old. But many of those schools’ populations represent the new Texas – with nonwhites making up more than half of their students.

7/2/2015

In his most recent inspection of city school buildings, Philadelphia City Controller Alan Butkovitz once again found unsanitary and dangerous conditions. Visits to 20 schools turned up water leaks, missing fire extinguishers, mold, unsanitary bathrooms and more.

7/2/2015

The state Department of Education has decided to appoint a chief executive officer to oversee day-to-day operations of Winchester's schools for at least the next two years because they suffered from "egregious lack of fiscal oversight."

7/2/2015

A bill to curb construction noise within 75 feet of public and private schools to less than 45 decibels during school hours is being pushed by some New York City Council members concerned about the effect on learning. It is facing resistance from the building industry, which sees the bill as impractical.

7/2/2015

The Anchorage School District is having one of its busiest summer construction seasons in almost a decade. About $170 million worth of projects are taking place this summer, ranging from parking lot improvements to major renovations.

7/2/2015

Florida plans to give teachers up to a $10,000 bonus based on how the teacher scored on the SAT or ACT. What does a teacher's score on a college entrance exam 10 or 20 or more years ago have to do with their current performance in a classroom?

7/2/2015

The U.S. Supreme Court agreed to decide the constitutionality of compulsory union dues being challenged by 10 California public school teachers. The teachers have $1,200 a year deducted from their paychecks to pay the association not only for its union representation, but also for union political activity to which the plaintiffs object.

7/2/2015

We should be testing the bottom 25 percent of each class by a vision specialist who does two exams — not just at 20 feet but also for reading difficulties at 16 inches. The cost would be compared to money saved in teaching and the sequence for poor readers of remedial reading, dropping out, committing petty crime, going to prison and recidivism.

7/2/2015

Gov. John Kasich has decided that math and English PARCC testing will no longer happen in the state. The proposed bill bans the state from spending any money on the testing. Instead, Ohio students will be tested on Common Core standards once a year, at the end of the year, with an American Institutes for Research assessment.

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