K12 Headlines

1/14/2015

1/14/2015

The state Education Department has agreed to improve its enforcement of school safety after a state audit found that seven schools in New York failed to report cases of violence, sexual offenses and bullying.

1/14/2015

Bridgeport Public Schools expanded its partnership with myON to strengthen Connecticut district's literacy program to its 37 schools serving over 21,000 students.

1/14/2015

West Virginia's Council on STEM has issued its final report, with recommendations on how to fill the estimated 25,000 high-tech jobs opening up in the state by 2018. About 4,000 of those jobs can be filled by high school graduates, meaning the state must improve its K12 education system to give students solid foundations for STEM careers.

1/14/2015

President Barack Obama has proposed the Student Data Privacy Act, which would prohibit technology firms from profiting from information collected in schools as teachers adopt tablets, online services and internet-connected software.

1/14/2015

Nearly 25,000 students from 47 schools across 14 communities will benefit from funding through the Digital Connections Partnership Schools Grant, a matching state grant program that increases access to digital learning by strengthening school districts' technology infrastructures.

1/14/2015

Socorro CSD is working with the New Mexico Tech Distance Education program to offer more high school students in rural areas access to college-level courses such as pre-calculus and other mathematics disciplines.

1/14/2015

A $1.3-billion iPads-for-all program in Los Angeles schools was plagued by lack of resources and inadequate planning for how the devices would be used in classrooms and, later, how they would be evaluated, according to a federal review.

1/14/2015

California Gov. Jerry Brown sold a $6 billion tax increase to voters in 2012 by promising that nearly half of the money would go to bolster public schools. Critics argued that much of the new revenue would wind up in California’s severely underfunded teacher pension system. They were right.

1/14/2015

Pueblo City Schools high school students could soon be able to earn certification in career fields such as welding, computer applications, culinary arts and health care by the time they graduate under a new proposal by district leaders.

1/14/2015

The state Recovery School District has got to stop misplacing things. The sprawling nature of the district, which oversees 64 charter schools in New Orleans, Baton Rouge and Shreveport, is a challenge. But after years of critical state audits, officials should have been able to figure out how to tag and track equipment.

1/13/2015

1/13/2015

A bill introduced to the State Legislature would seal relevant records in a school district employee’s file should that employee be charged with a crime in district court. The records would become publicly available after the criminal complaint against the employee was resolved.

1/13/2015

Teachers don't have to be firearms experts or take sides to lead a discussion about guns. It's enough to create an atmosphere of trust that encourages students to speak their minds and listen with respect. It's time to stop treating guns as a taboo subject.

1/13/2015

School-construction and home-building groups launched an effort to qualify a $9 billion school bond for the November 2016 ballot, only days after Gov. Jerry Brown released a budget plan that minimized the state’s role in paying for building new classrooms and modernizing existing ones.

1/13/2015

With all of the standardized testing in Georgia today, teachers are spending more time proving they’re doing their jobs than being allowed to do them. With frozen pay schedules, we’re also at the point where we can’t offer teachers competitive salaries. Simply put, we’re losing our ability to recruit and retain top talent.

1/13/2015

A contentious Wisconsin bill has been introduced outlining how to hold publicly funded schools accountable for student performance, including creating a new state board that would issue strict penalties to schools that don't improve.

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