K12 Headlines

10/7/2014

10/7/2014

Vicki Engbrecht will officially take over as superintendent in February 2015. The 38-year William S. Hart Union High School District employee will take over following the retirement of current Superintendent Rob Challinor.

10/7/2014

Schools in the suddenly robust Las Vegas community are so packed that 13 of them stay open 12 months a year. But the growth, if a welcome sign of economic vitality, is overwhelming the district. Teachers are scrambling to educate students without the classrooms they need and with no prospect of new ones being built any time soon.

10/6/2014

10/6/2014

In Jefferson County, after two weeks of student protests, the original language about patriotism was dropped from a proposal to change the district's AP History course curriculum. The school board stripped the most controversial language and then passed the resolution, which still creates a committee to review course materials.

10/6/2014

AB420 diverts students to in-school suspensions intended to help them. This kind of reform is necessary to improving positive outcomes of students and makes way for restorative justice practices. Teachers need to spend less time on disciplining students and instead work with counselors and supportive staff who can get to the root of the problem.

10/6/2014

When state legislators passed Wisconsin Act 35 — the concealed carry weapons law — they made it illegal for off-duty police officers to have weapons on school grounds. Now some Fox Cities schools are entering into agreements with local police departments to close what they see as a loophole.

10/6/2014

Despite criticism that the proceeds aren't enough to warrant the deals, the Penn-Harris-Madison School Corp. district is selling naming rights to some of its facilities to raise money. The money will be used to help buy iPads, train teachers and cover other costs.

10/6/2014

Florida school superintendents worry that thousands of children could be ready academically for the spring tests but will lack the computer skills to show what they know. Superintendents and others insist that the complex task of launching an entire new slate of computerized tests has been rushed, and that schools and students are far from ready.

10/6/2014

About 8 percent of today’s American teens suffer from some type of diagnosed anxiety disorder, according to the National Institute of Mental Health. As the number of teens who suffer from anxiety disorders continues to grow, mental-health care is increasingly part of school nurses' job descriptions.

10/6/2014

The proposed SB16 bill demands greater financial transparency from school districts. It phases in reductions to state aid over four years and prioritizes resources where there is greater student need. Let’s have a fair, thoughtful, rhetoric-free debate about Senate Bill 16, and remember that it should be about a quality education for all Illinois children, not squabbling over politics.

10/6/2014

A familiar workforce strategy is now being offered to high school students while addressing a crucial need in the labor market. Internships are not just for college students anymore. In Indiana, one-third of last year’s senior class in Noblesville earned school credit by serving an internship during the school day with a local business.

10/6/2014

Nearly nine in 10 Washington public schools, including some high-achieving campuses in the state’s most moneyed communities, have been relegated as failing schools under federal education law, requiring them to set aside 20 percent of their federal funding for private tutoring or to transport students to schools not on the failing list, if parents wish.

10/6/2014

A new 4.5-inch touchscreen device called VendScreen is now available that can be added to vending machines. In addition to accepting debit and credit card payments, VendScreen touchscreens display ingredients and nutritional profiles that are updated continuously from a cloud-based database. The devices can also be programmed to showcase the healthiest choices available.

10/6/2014

Mayfield City Schools chose Infinite Campus and the Campus Process Consulting service to conduct data analysis and review best practices for the district's new student information system (SIS).

10/6/2014

The CyberBully Hotline, an anonymous tip line provider for K12 districts, signed six new school systems, including Arizona's Page Unified School District #8 and Texas' Lubbock Independent School District and Mexia Independent School District.

10/3/2014

10/3/2014

One of Minnesota’s largest school districts, Saint Paul Public Schools, has adopted Capstone’s reading and research solution PebbleGo. The district will implement the four PebbleGo database modules (Animals, Earth and Space, Biographies and Social Studies) this fall in its 41 elementary schools.

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