K12 Headlines

8/12/2014

8/12/2014

A new Virginia measure seeks to protect student privacy and restrict companies' ability to use students' data. The proposl puts Virginia among the dozens of states, along with the federal government, stepping into a complex fight over new technologies, big business, public education, security and privacy rights.

8/12/2014

The Kansas National Education Association filed a lawsuit asking a judge to declare unconstitutional a new law that strips teachers of a right to a hearing before they are fired.

8/12/2014

Gov. Tom Corbett announced that the state's department of education is expanding its 2014-2015 Governor's Expanding Excellence School Mentoring Grant program. This initiative is designed to create a culture of innovation and achievement in Pennsylvania's public schools to increase student achievement.

8/12/2014

Local school leaders are reacting to the first statewide assessment of bullying at public schools. The report stated that there were more than 9,000 cases of bullying during last school year in Indiana. Verbal incidents accounted for 44 percent, 21 percent were physical and the rest were electronic threats and social shunning.

8/12/2014

A new state law prohibits students from crossing the street to catch a school bus. Some Louisiana public school systems say they have already addressed safety issues on busy highways. They say the new law, aimed mainly at urban schools, would cost more money and keep students on the bus longer in rural areas where bus stops are located on interior, residential streets.

8/12/2014

A Cincinnati charter school threatened by a lack of funding will not reopen for this upcoming school year, forcing hundreds of parents to scramble to find a new school for their children.

8/12/2014

More than a quarter of Michigan's charter school authorizers are "at risk" of being suspended, the Michigan Department of Education announced. Department officials said that 11 authorizers may not be allowed to open new schools because of low academic performance and problems with contract transparency.

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For the first time ever, U.S. public schools are projected to have more minority students than non-Hispanic whites. Non-Hispanic white students are still expected to be the largest racial group this year at 49.8 percent. But, according to the National Center for Education Statistics, minority students, when added together, will now make up the majority.

8/11/2014

The 2,800-student Fort Thomas Independent Schools district joins a small but growing number of school districts across the country — mostly wealthy districts that can afford to forfeit the money — that have dropped out of the federal program in the wake of stricter nutritional standards.

8/11/2014

School ratings, released by the Texas Education Agency, show that about 9 percent of public schools across Texas fell short of the targets. The Houston ISD, despite its progress compared to last year, had nearly twice the rate of low-performing schools as the state average.

8/11/2014

The Vermont Education Department announced that 97 percent of Vermont schools missed federal performance goals and called the ever-increasing No Child Left Behind standards a mission impossible.

8/11/2014

A new report from Alliance for Quality Education and Opportunity Action states high-need schools in New York have missed out on a disproportionate amount of cash during the past several years compared with school districts in wealthier areas. The report says, in addition to being behind on the alleged $5.9 billion it owes to schools, the state owes 2.3 times more to high-need schools than wealthy ones.

8/11/2014

An Indianapolis Star study of all 50 state high school athletic associations shows that Indiana's stance on transfers falls in the middle compared to both the toughest and most lenient restrictions. But the process, in comparison to other states, can be construed as murky or confusing and at times leaves the association open to second-guessing.

8/11/2014

Learning A–Z, a Cambium Learning Group, Inc. company, is merging its two Headsprout software products, Headsprout Early Reading and Headsprout Reading Comprehension, into one comprehensive K5 online reading program.

8/11/2014

Roadtrip Nation and Hobsons have partnered to launch a college and career exploration curriculum for students in grades 6-12. The Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) Commitment to Action around CGI America initiative targets markets with large at-risk, low-income, minority populations, historically high dropout rates, and the highest student-to-counselor ratios.

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