K12 Headlines

8/19/2014

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

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

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

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.

8/18/2014

8/18/2014

FreshGrade announced it has secured $4.3 million in seed funding from education and venture capital firms: NewSchools Venture Fund, Emerson Collective, Accel Partners and Social Capital. Designed by developers in collaboration with teachers and parents, FreshGrade is a classroom engagement and real-time assessment resource for administrators, teachers and parents.

8/18/2014

The cash-strapped city school district will cut another $32 million in services to free up enough money to start classes on time, but massive layoffs still loom if state lawmakers don't approve a cigarette tax, officials said Friday.

8/18/2014

The clock is ticking on the first day of class, and Baltimore City school leaders are working against it, trying to fill nearly 200 vacant teaching positions.

8/18/2014

Under the new “Smart Snacks in School” nutrition standards, which took effect nationwide in July 2014, most foods sold in schools will have limited fat, calories, sugar and sodium.

8/18/2014

The Indigo Project has been developed, in collaboration with TTI Success Insights, to provide an assessment system that measures motivation, strengths and skills specific to an individual student. Indigo then matches this evaluation to an extensive database of higher-education programs and, when appropriate, potential employers.

8/18/2014

Students and parents start a new school year filled with hope - hope for a better year than last and hope for new successes. But the way our state currently assesses schools makes that target of success elusive.

8/18/2014

Newark City Schools was part of a pilot program, but statewide, Common Core takes full effect for the first time this fall, meaning its true effect on students' education is still hypothetical.

8/18/2014

Just three weeks before the start of the school year, the Buffalo Public School District laid off 63 teachers, as well as six deans of students.

8/18/2014

A recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling forbidding police from searching suspects' cellphones may inadvertently make schools less safe, some principals, school parents and students say.

8/18/2014

A new book argues that teaching is a craft anyone can learn. But there's a big difference between competence and excellence.

8/18/2014

The student population in Maine has been steadily decreasing over the past several decades, according to the state Department of Education. Now, four Maine high schools and two Maine colleges hope to recruit students from a country that, so far, has not typically sent many young people to Maine: Kazakhstan.

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