K12 Headlines

9/2/2014

9/2/2014

Destructive eating habits are much easier to change as a youth. For some kids, a school lunch might be the only healthy meal they will have all day. If the government can sneak in a few vegetables, whole grains and unbleached wheat, it has a chance to lead to some positive lifestyle changes.

9/2/2014

Mike Waldrip has been hired by Coppell ISD as the district's new superintendent. Waldrip, a former deputy superintendent of administrative operations for Frisco ISD, replaces longtime leader Jeff Turner, who left to become executive director of the Texas Association of Suburban/Mid-Urban Schools.

9/2/2014

Discipline should be used to guide and teach, not push out and stigmatize. We need a paradigm shift in our nation’s schools that contextualizes discipline within learning and education — it is central to, not a distraction from, teaching. Our schools must invest in and implement alternatives to overly punitive discipline practices.

9/2/2014

The Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office is giving students the ability to communicate with authorities by scanning a bar code sticker that has been placed in all 18,000 student lockers in the county’s middle and high schools. Students can anonymously alert authorities if they suspect someone is dealing drugs or committing criminal acts or if they have any school safety concerns.

9/2/2014

According to a database compiled by Transparent California, more than 7,500 school district employees in San Diego County received six-figure compensation packages last year, including 4,600 teachers.

9/2/2014

As nearly 600,000 Oregon teachers and students start school, they will be faced this year with the new Smarter Balanced test covering reading, math, writing, listening, research and thinking skills. Test officials won't decide for months how high students will have to score to pass the exam, which will be given to students in grades three through eight and to high school juniors.

9/2/2014

A new suite of writing tools from Questia supports students in organizing and writing research papers. From Cengage Learning’s Questia.com, the new Questia Writing Center features support tools such as a topic and source generator, a thesis statement builder, and an outline creator and project organizer, among others.

9/2/2014

Kahrds is a new learning platform from VIP Learning that allows students, teachers and instructors to customize their own study sets. In addition to providing content, the users determine the subject and the level of each one of the study sets. The study platform then turns the entered information into games, flash cards and tests.

9/2/2014

Implementing year-round schooling will not only lead to minority students who are more engaged with their academics, but ones who come to rely on the consistency of their educational schedule and are more apt to stick with it.

9/2/2014

Few principals across New York state gave their teachers low scores in the 2012-2013 school year as they implemented a new evaluation system that calls for in-depth classroom observations. The difference between the top ratings on the observation-based evaluations​ and the low ratings on state and local tests is likely to spark a debate over what parts of an evaluation are the most accurate.

9/2/2014

The Washington Supreme Court will determine whether charter schools will be allowed in the state with a hearing scheduled for October. The new charter school law allows for about 40 charter schools to open during the next five years. This fall, the private school First Place will be the first charter school. A coalition of plaintiffs has sued the state, hoping to disallow schools such as First Place.

9/2/2014

Learning Bird released a new 3.0 version designed to improve user experience for teachers, students and parents. The new version features enhanced homepages, including the debut of a “Popular Lessons” section that showcases lessons users have rated positively.

9/2/2014

New Jersey's North Plainfield district has chosen West Milford Superintendent James McLaughlin as its new superintendent. McLaughlin will start his new position in January 2015.

8/29/2014

8/29/2014

West St. Paul-Mendota Heights-Eagan Area Schools (District 197) will be the first in Minnesota to implement the UNIFY assessment platform, part of the Performance Matters assessment and data management system. To begin, teachers in grades six through nine will use UNIFY to collaboratively develop and administer online assessments in mathematics.

8/29/2014

The state's largest school-voucher program, Tax-Credit Scholarship Program, is unconstitutional because it redirects taxpayer money to religious schools and creates a separate system of state-funded schools, according to a lawsuit filed by the teachers union and others.

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