K12 Headlines

10/13/2014

10/13/2014

Mavericks in Education Florida launched a network of charter schools more than five years ago, drumming up publicity with prominent pitchmen and pledging to turn dropouts into graduates. Many of the company's schools have been investigated and asked to return public dollars. Three have closed.

10/13/2014

In America, black students are five times more likely than their white peers to have to walk through metal detectors into school, according to the National Center for Education Statistics. Hispanic students are more than twice as likely.

10/13/2014

A new update to Schoology’s iOS mobile application streamlines instructor grading and workflows with the ability to annotate assignments within the Schoology app. It also includes a new grading workflow.

10/13/2014

This year, in addition to celebrating the Italian explorer who crossed the Atlantic in 1492, students in Portland Public Schools will honor the indigenous people who lived in the Americas long before “Columbus sailed the ocean blue.”

10/13/2014

A new collaboration with Khan Academy will enhance teacher and student access to personalized instructional resources linked to student scores from Northwest Evaluation Association's Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) assessment. Teachers can use RIT scores from MAP and MAP for Primary Grades to identify instructional resources in math via Khan Academy.

10/13/2014

The district settled a federal complaint saying that it failed to stop the harassment of black and Somali students at one of its high schools during the 2012-13 school year. The district is required to take action in 13 different areas and submit monitoring reports to the Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights.

10/10/2014

10/10/2014

The skin-tight, low-cut clothes worn by some students in schools can disrupt the educational atmosphere for both girls and boys. School teachers are the people held accountable for educating tomorrow’s productive workforce and engaged citizenry. Stop giving them yet another impediment to reaching this goal.

10/10/2014

The city's public high school enrollment rose to almost 12,500 for the 2014-2015 academic year, an increase of about 10 percent from a year earlier, according to newly released records. Ninth grade in particular saw gains, which could indicate even more growth in the future. None of the two dozen schools lost more than about 25 students.

10/10/2014

The Kennewick School Board will ask for $89.5 million to help pay for five schools and various other projects as part of a proposed bond measure this winter. It would pay for two new elementary schools, a rebuilt elementary school and two new middle schools. The bond also would pay for other building improvements and land for future schools.

10/10/2014

Richard Matkin begins to close out four decades in public education with his last three years spent leading the Plano district's 53,000 students as superintendent. Matkin will retire effective January 30, 2015.

10/10/2014

Craig Witherspoon will resign his position as Birmingham City Schools' superintendent, effective December 31, 2014. Witherspoon has worked as Birmingham superintendent for four and a half years.

10/10/2014

The New Jersey city's board of education has named Silvia Abbato as the district's new superintendent. She stepped in as acting superintendent after the school's chief, Stanley Sanger, retired in June. Abbato formerly served as assistant superintendent of schools for curriculum and instruction for 11 years.

10/10/2014

The state government needs to resolve teachers’ health care benefits through a statewide plan covering all 500 public school districts. Taking benefit disputes off the table with a plan mandating teacher contributions and a wide array of benefit options would save money and minimize funding disparities among districts.

10/10/2014

A three-year contract was awarded to K12 Inc. to provide the academic curriculum for Pennsylvania's Agora Cyber Charter School commencing in the 2015-2016 school year.

10/10/2014

Quintron Systems, Inc.'s access control system, AccessNsite, has been installed districtwide in Kettering City Schools system by Copp Integrated Systems. The district needed to replace and upgrade perimeter doors with electrical systems integration for access control and video surveillance, as well as a new intercom communication system.

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