K12 Headlines

12/22/2014

12/22/2014

Even in a best-case scenario, the Philadelphia School District faces a $30 million deficit for next year. And that's with asking for $309 million in new money from the city and state, and not planning on any teacher raises over the next five years.

12/22/2014

School districts across Oklahoma could recoup as much as $18 million in state aid for the current fiscal year, a revenue stream state Education Department officials say has been miscalculated annually for more than two decades.

12/22/2014

The goal of raising the state's graduation rate to 83 percent? Now officials want every student to graduate high school. Forget trying to boost test scores to where 60 percent of all students score proficient or higher by 2016. Now, the aim is that all students will score at a proficient or higher level on every single state test.

12/22/2014

Bill calls on the Department of Education to consider requiring middle and high schools to start their days after 8:30 a.m., as suggested by the American Academy of Pediatrics. Another bill would require the study to gauge potential negative effects of later start times on school districts.

12/22/2014

Several North Jersey districts have dropped midterms and finals—the motive is partly to regain instruction time as standardized tests take up more days each year. But school officials say they’re also looking at the larger issue of how to determine what students have learned.

12/22/2014

Promethean's ActivPanel, available in four sizes, enables up to 10 unique touches and includes built-in stereo speakers and ActivInspire Professional software.

12/22/2014

Charter Schools USA opened Leading Edge, a training facility with on-site trainings and virtual seminars to be used for charter school teachers, principals, assistant principals and staff.

12/22/2014

An unfortunate irony to emerge from our lackluster economic recovery is that even as millions of Americans remain unemployed or underemployed, too many employers are unable to find qualified candidates for open positions.

12/22/2014

Gov. Andrew Cuomo appears ready to push for sweeping changes to the state’s education system, with goals that include making it easier to fire low-performing teachers and increasing the number of charter schools.

12/22/2014

A report released last week by the Pew Research Center found that the income gap between the country's top 20 percent of earners and the rest of America has grown to its widest point in at least three decades.

12/22/2014

Idaho’s state Board of Education has unanimously endorsed legislation to set up a “career ladder” for Idaho teachers, phasing in substantial pay increases if teachers meet performance standards.

12/22/2014

Kentuckuy district has pushed to get fathers, grandfathers and other men into the classroom. Schools are seeing a decline in misbehavior as program helps the district reach kids from "fractured homes."

12/19/2014

12/19/2014

At 27 percent, Louisiana's rate of school-aged children living below the poverty line may explain some of the state's K12 education struggles. The national average rate of school-aged children in poverty is 21 percent, but just 10 out of the Louisiana's 64 parishes have a lower rate than that.

12/19/2014

The state released report cards and graduation rates for the 2013-14 school year. Graduation rates increased to an 11-year high of 76.1 percent, an increase of 0.5 percent over last year, and a rise of nearly 17 percentage points since 2003-04.

12/19/2014

Lipscomb University Senior Vice President Candice McQueen is Gov. Bill Haslam's pick to fill Tennessee's high-profile education commissioner position. McQueen will replace Education Commissioner Kevin Huffman, who announced last month plans to leave his post in January to return to the private sector.

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