K12 Headlines

6/18/2015

6/18/2015

Instead of consolidating the school with another aging school, the board has decided to rebuild its Fred P. Hall Elementary School with $20 million in state aid. The rebuilding process will involve asking Portland voters to approve the project at a citywide referendum in 2016.

6/18/2015

Schools are safer now that the city of Bridgeport is in charge of their security. But city management has not led to cleaner school buildings, a report concluded of the 2-year-old arrangement. The management merger puts the police department in charge of school security and the city facilities department in charge of school repairs.

6/18/2015

Two controversial sectors of Ohio's $1 billion charter industry, online and dropout recovery schools, were excluded from calculations of the performance of the agencies overseeing charters this year, even though the schools serve thousands of students and receive millions in state tax dollars.

6/18/2015

Newark Memorial High School in California is the first school in the country to be equipped with ShotSpotter technology — gunfire-sensing microphones that alert police to the location of the shots. The hope is that it can get police to the scene of an active shooter in time to prevent a school massacre.

6/18/2015

Federal education officials have given Pine Ridge School $218,000 to help students and teachers in their recovery from a string of student suicides and attempted suicides in recent months on the Indian reservation where the school is located.

6/18/2015

Even though Massachusetts' public schools consistently rank at or near the top in the nation for performance on NAEP math and reading exams, the state has nonetheless struggled with how to improve chronically low-performing districts like the one in the impoverished former mill town of Lawrence.

6/18/2015

Xchange Technology Group's education-focused business unit, Partstock Computer, is being rolled into BlueRange Technology, the company’s full-service IT provider and reseller. BlueRange Technology works with hardware and software manufacturers such as Lenovo, HP, Dell, Acer and Microsoft.

6/18/2015

Lexia Learning released the myLexia App for Apple Watch app, which is the educator interface for Lexia Reading Core5. It delivers real-time schoolwide, classroom and individual student skills data, norm-referenced performance measures and actionable lesson plans.

6/18/2015

Mayor Bill de Blasio signed a bill into law that will require the city to release demographic data every year related to individual grade levels and programs within schools, including gifted and talented and dual-language programs.

6/18/2015

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder signed a $54.5-billion state budget that includes modest spending increases for education. The lowest-funded school districts in the state will get an increase of $140 per pupil, while the highest funded districts will receive around $70 more per student.

6/18/2015

Teachers and others in the Neshoba County School District continue to voice support for $23.4 million in construction funding approved for a new high school and football stadium, among other facilities on newly purchased land adjacent to the campus.

6/17/2015

6/17/2015

Rhode Island's law allowing citizens with concealed carry permits to carry guns on school property is inconsistent with the state’s otherwise prudent school-safety regulations. Yet firearms are banned in government buildings. Should not our children, in their schools, be afforded the same protections?

6/17/2015

The cost of Indiana’s private school voucher program jumped from $16 million to $40 million during the past school year, according to a new report released by the Department of Education.

6/17/2015

Struggling schools will learn in early July if they're in danger of having a state-approved receiver oversee their turnaround, according to regulations approved by the state Board of Regents. Rules for a new system for evaluating the state's teachers and principals were also passed.

6/17/2015

The $1.26 billion budget for the 2015-16 school year, approved by the Ohio district's board of education, is no longer a one-page document, a common feature of school district budgets in Ohio. In past years, under the now-rescinded hands-off form of management used by the board, the district’s budget was largely left up to the superintendent’s discretion.

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