K12 Headlines

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An attorney representing the Leon County School Board in a federal investigation into the district's construction practices said no evidence has been found that contracts were given to vendors based on political contributions or favors. However, the district did not properly document how and why contracts were awarded.

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In New York, the out-of-sight, out-of-mind ban of cellphones is enforced predominantly at schools with metal detectors—the same schools that could benefit the most from technology-friendly policies.

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States are ramping up student data privacy laws, with lawmakers in the 2014 legislative cycle passing 30 of 120 proposed bills aimed at protecting personal information. The most comprehensive law, passed in California, prohibits educational sites, apps and cloud services from selling or disclosing students’ personal information.

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November 21-23, 2014
Boston, Mass.

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December 4-6, 2014
Long Beach, Calif.

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San Diego, Calif.

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Chicago, Ill.

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As part of their class work, students in Washington Community High School’s new tech support internship class are working on school-owned equipment after receiving requests from staff. Four class pathways are available to students, include training for the A+ tech support certification.

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Montgomery County's board of education voted to remove any mentions of any religious holidays on the calendar next school year. The issue stemmed from the schools being closed for Jewish holidays but not for Muslim ones.

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Nearly 100 people, including elected officials and regional law enforcement officers, gathered to observe a simulated school shooting in a Methuen grammar school and see what "active shooter" technology could do to help police catch a gunman.

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Three dozen Recovery School District (RSD) charter schools are eligible to return to the control of the Orleans Parish School Board next academic year — more than double the number eligible this time last year. Last year, 17 eligible schools decided not to move to the auspices of the school board, and instead maintained their status under RSD governance.

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Scholastic launched Guided Reading Short Reads, a K6 resource for text comprehension, and Leveled Bookroom 3rd Edition, which focuses on leveled texts, assessments, and new technology tools for shared reading.

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A new Stanford study finds that some schools—based on their size, organizational structure, and academic climate—are more likely to foster cliques than others. The tendency to segregate is much more prevalent in large schools and schools that provide students with more academic freedom.

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Nearly 90 percent of schools of Iowa’s 338 school districts are making a change to an hours-based school year. Those school districts will now be in session for 1,080 hours instead of the standard 180 days.

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Fayette County Schools has teamed up Kajeet to provide mobile broadband coverage to students in the district’s Title I schools.

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