K12 Headlines

4/13/2015

4/13/2015

Latino voters consider California's standardized tests an important measure of student growth and school performance, according to a new poll that shows the state's largest minority group also feels strongly about teacher accountability and investing additional dollars in public education.

4/13/2015

Wisconsin school districts are increasingly turning to referendums to exceed the revenue caps imposed by the state — in many cases to cover basic operating expenses.

4/13/2015

During her four years as Secretary of State and the last two years giving speeches and promoting her memoir, “Hard Choices,” she has said little about education issues.

4/13/2015

Kids who receive early childhood education are more likely to read at grade level, less likely to repeat a grade or require special education, more likely to earn a high school diploma, less likely to become teenage parents, require public assistance, abuse drugs or end up in jail.

4/13/2015

There is urgency in today’s highly global, competitive economy to address the crisis in education and workforce preparation, and a critical opportunity to capitalize on the hours beyond the school day to prepare students for college and promising careers.

4/13/2015

One big change is that district leaders will not have the leeway to decide how teachers are rated; perhaps that change will avoid any disparities between students testing poorly and teachers rated highly.

4/10/2015

4/10/2015

Changes to the Michigan Public School Employee Retirement System that passed the Michigan Legislature in 2012 are constitutional, according to the state's top court. Several unions challenged the portions of the law that increased the amount all public school employees have to contribute to their pensions in order to keep getting benefits.

4/10/2015

The number of students waitlisted to attend a charter school next school year increased by 18 percent this year to 8,526 in Washington, D.C. Demand is particularly high for specialty programs, such as foreign language and Montessori schools, as well as preschool.

4/10/2015

Seattle's First Place Scholars Charter School has until early next week to respond to concerns that educational requirements are not being met. State officials are not happy with the extent to which the school teaches the English language, the school's financial viability and its overall educational plan.

4/10/2015

Researchers at the Florida Institute for Human and Machine Cognition have released a new version of CmapTools to the Apple App Store. CmapTools empower users to create and share knowledge models represented as concept maps.

4/10/2015

New health and physical education courses from cFitness Academy are being offered through Edgenuity’s Instructional Services. Online and blended physical education, health and career options for students in grades K12 are provided.

4/10/2015

The disparities that exist in school discipline policy disproportionately impact students of color, children with disabilities and LGBTQ youth. Yet the federal government continues to offer funding to states to place police officers in schools while providing proportionately less funding to implement alternative positive discipline practices.

4/10/2015

The Florida Legislature sent to Gov. Rick Scott a bill that would scale back high-stakes testing in public schools. The measure eliminates some exams, reduces how much weight test scores carry in teacher evaluations and limits to 45 hours the time students can spend on testing each school year.

4/10/2015

While previous efforts have died in the Legislature, bipartisan support for substantive anti-bullying legislation is looking better this year. Developing strategies to wipe out bullying is one important step in getting our youths through an intense stage of their lives. We all need to invest in this endeavor.

4/10/2015

The professional hockey club is creating a high school hockey league, which will play its inaugural season in 2015-16. Current Kings broadcaster and former player Jim Fox will serve as the league’s commissioner. The Kings will also subsidize helmets, jerseys and practice jerseys free of charge.

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