K12 Headlines

9/3/2014

9/3/2014

A year after hundreds more "Safe Passage" workers were hired to keep children from harm, an infusion of city money has allowed Chicago to increase the number of security guards from 1,200 to 1,300. Another $10 million from the state will mean 600 more workers will be lining the streets within the next several weeks.

9/3/2014

The Ohio city's board adopted a policy to officially bar school principals from making after-the-fact changes to grades on their own. Once the grading period ends, school administrators who want to change a student’s grade will have to fill out forms to justify the change, get permission from a central-office official and then have a district data worker make the change.

9/3/2014

The Grand Rapids Board of Education approved the proposal for the new Grand Rapids Public Museum School, planned for the 2015-2016 school year. In addition to the district and the Public Museum, the Museum School is a partnership with the city of Grand Rapids, Ferris State University/Kendall College, Downtown Grand Rapids Inc. and Grand Valley State University

9/3/2014

The creators of Reading Eggs have launched a new educational math application for iPad, iPhone and Android. Suitable for children aged five to 10, Eggy Times Tables features interactive activities and animations to teach young children essential multiplication skills.

9/3/2014

Gov. Jerry Brown filed an appeal of a ruling that struck down traditional job protections for teachers. California’s two largest teacher unions are expected to follow suit in the case of Vergara vs. California.

9/3/2014

Communication failures both within Seattle Public Schools and with parents of children with disabilities continue to undermine the district’s efforts to fix longstanding problems in special education. Seattle risks losing about $12  million annually in federal funds unless it fixes problems that include failures to update student learning plans and provide services consistently from school to school.

9/3/2014

The dropout prevention Early Warning System and Interventions Catalog from the state's department of education will be implemented in 35 Pennsylvania school districts and charter schools. The schools, located in 23 counties across the commonwealth, will start using the system during the 2014-2015 school year.

9/3/2014

In a study from Northwestern University, researchers looked at the impact of music education on at-risk children’s nervous systems and found that music lessons could help them develop language and reading skills. The study documents the influence of after-school music education on the brains of disadvantaged children, as opposed to affluent children receiving private lessons.

9/3/2014

Board members in Florida’s Lee County School District backtracked on their unprecedented decision to opt out of state standardized tests for the coming school year, less than a week after the initial decision.

9/3/2014

NGN, Parker FiberNet and ETC Communications launched a partnership to create the Education Exchange, a 3,600-mile, fiber optic network to connect schools across 30 north Georgia counties. The educational network allows more than 330 schools and facilities to share instructional material, textbooks, classroom resources and administration assets.

9/3/2014

Sally Ride Science's newest professional development course, STEM Connections to Common Core, offers training designed to help educators use classroom lessons in STEM to support specific Common Core State Standards.

9/3/2014

September 19-22, 2014
Kissimmee, Fla.

9/3/2014

September 30-October 3, 2014
Orlando, Fla.

9/2/2014

9/2/2014

With educators facing tough financial choices, having a full-time librarian is becoming something of a luxury in Chicago's more than 600 public schools. Instead, certified librarians are being reassigned across the district to English classrooms, world languages or to particular grade levels in elementary schools.

9/2/2014

This year, relying on a loophole in the union contract, school administrators in Boston are filling classroom posts with teachers of their own choosing, passing over internal candidates and hiring from outside the system if need be. With the opening of schools, more than 100 veteran teachers have no class assignments at all, sidelined despite a cost in salary and benefits of more than $10 million.

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