K12 Headlines

3/30/2015

3/30/2015

Parents with special-needs kids in Mississippi could soon use government vouchers to send them to religious academic institutions or secular schools, under a new bill approved by the state Legislature. Critics, however, say the bill is unconstitutional because it conflicts with the separation between church and state.

3/30/2015

A bill passed in the Tennessee House that temporarily would alter the amount that student test score growth impacts teacher evaluations as the state transitions to its new assessment, called TNReady. But first, lawmakers debated the merits of a system that grades teachers based on scores in subjects they don’t teach.

3/30/2015

Let teachers teach. Let school districts' time and financial resources now squandered on testing mania be put to true educational use. Let standardized tests resume their rightful role. And let's return decisions about education to professional educators.

3/30/2015

Lawmakers announced that they would come up with an extra $20 million for a handful of growing school districts to deal with serious overcrowding. Five school systems qualified for the extra dollars this year, but that could change during the next session, depending on individual construction needs.

3/27/2015

3/27/2015

Les Tubb had been the North Carolina district's interim superintendent since the board terminated former Superintendent Edward Pruden's contract in November. Tubb, who has been with Brunswick County Schools since 1975, has served the county as a principal, director of athletics and career technical education director.

3/27/2015

A move to clamp down on expensive building leases is among the latest changes to a bill that would overhaul state charter-school laws. In addition, a provision was removed that poorly performing schools could not change sponsors without approval by the Ohio Department of Education.

3/27/2015

For the second year in a row, the state legislature is reviewing a bill that would enable parents to initiate major reforms at a low-performing public school. The bill would enable parents of students enrolled in a public school in the bottom 10 percent to petition their local school board to reform their school.

3/27/2015

An amendment to an Indiana bill designed to overhaul the state’s process to try to improve schools that consistently rate a D or F removed a section that would have empowered the state to takeover entire school districts, not just individual schools.

3/27/2015

Tabtor's redesigned Tabtor app, currently available for download in iOS and Android versions, now features a more intuitive navigation structure and new gaming elements. The app features multimedia math tutorials and adaptive analytics.

3/27/2015

Staff and students of Swedesboro-Woolwich were unable to access computer programs, files and other network-related services for several days due to a ransomware malware attack. The attack has interfered not only with day-to-day academic activities, but also district email servers and the statewide PARCC test.

3/27/2015

The STEM Robotics Platform is designed specifically for classrooms, robotics labs and robotics training centers. Material handling and welding platforms are available and include robots that are speed-limited for enhanced student safety.

3/27/2015

When schools and the professionals who run them live or die by test scores, it should be no surprise when teaching to the test becomes a survival tactic. Rich, transformative, far-from-standardized experiences are what truly motivate and challenge children and deeply engage them in learning.

3/27/2015

Some of New Jersey's non-public high school football teams have gotten so good that some local public schools no longer want to play them. The state body that oversees high school sports is proposing to split the two high school football groups. Scheduling and restructuring may pose problems, but it would be preferable to mismatches and forfeits.

3/27/2015

Leland Stocker has been selected by the Montana district to serve as its new superintendent. Stocker is currently serving as the assistant superintendent and personnel director for Havre Public Schools.

3/27/2015

Calvin J. Watts, an assistant superintendent for Gwinnett County Public Schools in Suwanee, Ga., will be the Kent School District's next superintendent. He will succeed Edward Lee Vargas, who stepped down in October after six years in Kent to accept a nonprofit position.

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