K12 Headlines

8/20/2015

8/20/2015

With a consultant recommending the construction of at least seven new schools at a cost more than $320 million million over the next decade, the Sarasota County School Board will vet funding options for acquiring land and building new schools.

8/20/2015

The North Carolina school district plans to open 13 new schools over the next three years; more than 40,000 new students are projected to join the school system by 2024.

8/20/2015

The Wichita school district is seeking nearly $1 million from the state’s extraordinary need fund for schools, citing a large number of refugees. The district expects about 220 refugees total who do not speak English and need help for post-traumatic stress syndrome, emotional handicaps and behavior issues from their experiences.

8/20/2015

SchoolDude launched MaintenanceEssentials Pro, a facilities management platform, and EventEssentials Pro, a facilities event and community use management platform. The two platforms leverage data and best practices from SchoolDude's 6,000 client and will enable institutions to communicate, collaborate and complete operational work more efficiently.

8/20/2015

Colorado’s successful experiment in marijuana legalization is bringing in millions of dollars of revenue per month while simultaneously benefiting schools and contributing to a drop in crime rates. A fifteen percent excise tax on wholesale marijuana sales is also only earmarked for school construction use.

8/20/2015

A newly amended bill would allow contractors whose “lease-leaseback” school construction agreements are declared illegal to keep their payments. The legislation is aimed at counteracting the impacts of a state appellate court decision in June that a construction contract issued by Fresno USD violated both competitive bidding and conflict-of-interest statutes.

8/20/2015

Because their contract classifies them as year-round employees, dozens of Boston Public Schools applied behavior analysis specialists who support students with special needs are spending two weeks sitting in a school cafeteria with little work to do as there are no students there needing services.

8/20/2015

Standardized school testing has run amok. Educators, parents, students and others who question its value for actual teaching and learning are leading a national revolt. In Illinois, public concern over high-stakes testing reached a fever pitch this year, resulting in a bill that would give parents a formal way to opt out of state tests.

8/20/2015

Lightspeed Systems has integrated RealVNC's VNC technology into its Classroom Orchestrator product, a classroom management solution designed to give teachers a centralized view of students’ screens.

8/20/2015

A new national poll found that 86 percent of Americans support the nutritional standards required by the law, which are aimed at providing schoolchildren with more fruits and vegetables and fewer foods high in calories and sodium.

8/20/2015

Several school systems and charter schools are offering virtual learning options as a way to attract home-schooled students, prevent dropouts and give students an easier way to balance lives that often involve working to help their families.

8/19/2015

8/19/2015

To inspire and prepare more students to excel in STEM and build a strong pipeline of teachers in these disciplines, we need new ways of approaching STEM education, and our efforts must involve everyone: states, districts, schools, tech developers, teacher prep programs and our best scientists, mathematicians and engineers all have roles to play.

8/19/2015

Body cameras in the schools are especially problematic. They allow school staff to invade student privacy at an increasingly intimate level—different than the overall monitoring of more open spaces. Body cameras present a real threat to students’ privacy and contribute to an environment in our schools of pervasive, intrusive surveillance.

8/19/2015

In addition to the original animated, professional development Good Thinking! series from the Smithsonian Science Education Center and FableVision Studios, PBS LearningMedia will offer the Shutterbugs: Wiggle and Stomp, Showbiz Safari, Bumper Ducks games and other digital series.

8/19/2015

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools expect 2,400 new students when school starts Monday, part of a trend that could mean even more new schools needed in the future. For the 2015-16 school year, the district is opening two new schools in addition to moving several schools to new buildings.

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