K12 Headlines

4/20/2015

4/20/2015

Indiana student achievement will most likely diminish as public education loses money to voucher schools—and because the state cannot regulate curriculum at private schools that accept vouchers, taxpayers are subsidizing “education of uncertain quality,” a national think tank reports.

4/20/2015

Amid growing concern that such practices can cause serious injury and even death in K-12 classrooms, the proposed policy prohibits school districts from using chemical restraints, such as sedatives or other medications, or mechanical restraints like straps, harnesses and ties.

4/20/2015

There's an underlying problem with PARCC regardless of its effectiveness, some parents and teachers say — in the weeks it took schools to administer the tests, students' daily learning was continually interrupted in some schools.

4/20/2015

Drawp for School has been released in the Chrome Web Store. Also available on theiTunes App Store and Google Play, Drawp for School is a creation app with a built-in collaboration platform and automatic distribution, collection and storage of assignments in the proprietary Drawp cloud.

4/17/2015

4/17/2015

Six schools want special permission from the state to hire teachers not certified in the subject they're teaching. It's one of the ideas the Coalition of Innovative School Districts thinks will improve Kansas schools.

4/17/2015

The Ann Arbor Public Schools Board of Education voted to ban dangerous weapons, including guns, from school buildings and property. Under a new policy, a weapon such as a gun in a school constitutes an emergency.

4/17/2015

E-cigarette use among high school students increased from 4.5 percent in 2013 to 13.4 percent in 2014. Among middle school students, the rate rose from 1.1. percent in 2013 to 3.9 percent in 2014. The 2014 National Youth Tobacco Survey also found that e-cigarette use has surpassed that of every other tobacco product.

4/17/2015

FLIR Systems, Inc.'s new FLIR TCX thermal mini bullet camera is now available. The security camera combines 24/7 high-contrast thermal video and high-performance built-in video motion detection.

4/17/2015

WIN Learning, developers of the WIN Career Readiness System, and Nepris, a cloud-based platform connecting STEAM professionals with teachers and their students, have entered into a strategic partnership. The first stage will focus on connecting teachers who are using the recently launched WIN Math program with Nepris’ industry professionals.

4/17/2015

The enhanced MimioProjector 280 line from Mimio now offers educators three options: the conventional non-interactive 280 model, the pen-based interactive 280I model and the new touch-enabled 280T model. The 280I allows for the simultaneous use of up to 10 simultaneous touch points.

4/17/2015

Charter school lotteries are fixed. Even when operators entice lottery participation, voluntary entry skews the composition of charter populations. Charter lotteries should instead include every student within a district or zone. Such a fix would maintain the power of school choice while providing all the opportunity to make that choice.

4/17/2015

Robert Avossa, the superintendent for Georgia's Fulton County Schools, has been named as the Palm Beach County school district's new superintendent. He will replace Superintendent Wayne Gent, who is leaving in July to head St. Lucie County's public schools.

4/17/2015

Unless empirical studies confirm a sound relationship between performance on Vermont's Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium test and critical and valued life outcomes (college and career-ready), test results should not be used to make consequential funding judgments about schools and students.

4/17/2015

A measure to give additional funding to K12 education got bipartisan approval from the Senate Education Committee. With nearly 11,000 new students expected in the state system next year, the funding will amount to $269 more per student.

4/17/2015

Former Oakland, Calif., school superintendent Anthony Smith has been selected as Illinois's new superintendent of education. He replaces current Superintendent Christopher Koch, who is one of the longest serving state superintendents in the nation.

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