K12 Headlines

8/20/2014

8/20/2014

Teachers and administrators can ring in the school year with a new solution for managing Internet access with NetRef, an educational security system that safeguards all Internet access points. The multi-platform software empowers teachers to guide students by setting the boundaries kids need.

8/20/2014

Zach Marks and Grom Social, Inc. have teamed up with Florida Virtual School to launch a new app called Solar Skate. The mobile skateboarding game reinforces geometry concepts and is aimed at kids in 4th through 8th grades.

8/20/2014

The Los Angeles Unified School District announced a major change in the way students are disciplined for some offenses. School police will no longer issue citations for most campus fights, petty theft and other minor offenses, but instead refer students to counseling and other services.

8/20/2014

Learning Bird and edWeb.net will partner to support teachers making the print-to-digital curriculum transition with a new, free online professional learning community. The Digital Educator community will focus on discussing with educators and experts how to create, publish and share digital lessons to blend, flip and differentiate learning.

8/20/2014

A Wake County judge will rule this week on whether it's constitutional for tax money to be used to pay for tuition at private or religious schools. Taxpayer and teachers groups, as well as many of the state's 115 school boards, are challenging whether the state can spend public money on K12 tuition at private or religious schools.

8/19/2014

8/19/2014

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and the City Council are hoping to reverse some of the policies that led drivers to strike unsuccessfully 18 months ago. The Council is planning to vote to give $42 million to school bus companies to raise the salaries of experienced drivers who were forced to take pay cuts after the former mayor awarded a series of new bus contracts in the last years of his administration.

8/19/2014

Discovery Education has added 38 exclusive videos from Discovery Communications’ family of networks to its suite of digital resources. Educators can now integrate series from Discovery Channel, Science Channel, Animal Planet and American Heroes Channel into classroom instruction through Discovery Education’s digital education services.

8/19/2014

Rancho Minerva Middle School and Vista Innovation and Design Academy are among eight schools in the nation chosen to take part in Verizon Innovative Learning Schools, a program focusing on the greater use of mobile technology in education to enhance students' studies in the classroom and at home. The program will provide students and teachers with tablets and training.

8/19/2014

While absenteeism is usually considered a student matter, in San Francisco - and many other districts - the average teacher misses more school than the average child. If last year's numbers hold steady, the 4,100 teachers in the city, on average, will each be absent about 11 times this school year, four to five days more than a typical student.

8/19/2014

As Compton students head back to school, residents are expressing concern about a school board policy passed in July that allows campus police who pass an internal selection process to buy semi-automatic AR-15 rifles and carry them in their patrol car trunks while on duty.

8/19/2014

More than a year after Chicago Public Schools (CPS) closed nearly 50 schools for under-enrollment, there has been little progress on finding new uses for most of the now-empty buildings. CPS is bound by a promise district chief Barbara Byrd-Bennett made not to allow privately run charter schools into any of the buildings.

8/19/2014

For all the empty rhetoric during state elections over public school funding and demands for more money, a Cato Institute analysis provides a fresh perspective on the correlation between state spending and SAT scores over the past 40 years. There doesn't seem to be a correlation — certainly not one that suggests more money is the answer to improving student achievement.

8/19/2014

A new state law forbidding students from crossing the street to board a school bus may cost Ouachita Parish Schools $500,000 to $1 million for more fuel. That would be the case since parish school buses must plan a “double-run” down each side of a street to pick up students, which may also result in longer bus schedules and waits.

8/19/2014

The Tyler ISD officially named Marty Lane Crawford as the new superintendent of schools. Crawford has served as superintendent for the West ISD for six years.

8/19/2014

The Albuquerque Public Schools board voted to accept the resignation of embattled Superintendent Winston Brooks. Chief Operating Officer Ruben Hendrickson was named as acting superintendent, pending a decision to name an interim superintendent.

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