K12 Headlines

11/10/2014

11/10/2014

A new bibliography maker for students, teachers, researchers and scholars has been released by Researchomatic. The citation generator can be accessed from Researchomatic’s website, without any charges.

11/10/2014

Google Play for Education has teamed up with Interstellar and Google Certified Teachers to launch a new program for middle and high school students to explore mathematical, scientific and literary concepts discussed in the Interstellar film. Over 20 lesson plans created by Google Certified Teachers are available.

11/10/2014

The rescue plan for struggling schools that Mayor Bill de Blasio unveiled on Monday needs to be fleshed out in greater detail before it can be fully appraised. But it is already clear that the plan — which involves giving failing schools support services and seeing how that turns out — might not be sufficient to remake the city’s lowest-achieving, most-dysfunctional schools.

11/10/2014

Given the choice for the first time, the vast majority of Iowa school districts are now counting the school year in hours, not days.

11/10/2014

The de Blasio administration said on Friday that it would require the entire staff at two of New York City’s lowest performing schools to reapply for their jobs next year, the result of a deal with the teachers’ and principals’ union that came just before a state deadline.

11/10/2014

A growing number of families nationwide are enrolling their children in immersion schools, where half to all the curriculum is taught in a language other than English. There are over 1,000 language immersion schools in the country.

11/10/2014

More than two years after the state took over Inglewood USD, the district is still struggling with fiscal and management problems, two state lawmakers have called for an audit of the state’s stewardship, and an investigation found that conditions at some schools are unsanitary, and in some cases unsafe.

11/10/2014

From 2003 through 2007, the district issued $1 billion worth of auction-rate securities, nearly all of it paired with complex derivative contracts called interest-rate swaps, in a bid to lower borrowing costs.

11/10/2014

In 18 school districts across the state, none still gave kids at least a half an hour for recess.

11/10/2014

More than half of Indiana’s schools were rated an A this year, a majority for the first time this decade.

11/7/2014

11/7/2014

NYTimes.com In-School Access, a new digital subscription offering for K12 institutions, has been launched by The New York Times. The subscription offers full web access to NYtimes.com on any device within a school’s IP range, with no login required.

11/7/2014

The Buffalo School Board reached a settlement deal with the Charter Schools for Applied Technologies, saving the district from paying out more than $6 million in damages. In 2009, the district changed its transportation policy to save money and cut off bus transportation to the charter school.

11/7/2014

Amid concerns about how to find enough funding for the project, Seattle school leaders voted to turn down the chance to acquire a former Federal Reserve building and turn it into an elementary school. Although the land and building would have been free, the district would have been required to spend up to $53 million for remodeling.

11/7/2014

Fayette County Public Schools Superintendent Tom Shelton, who has led the Kentucky school district since 2011, is resigning to become executive director of the Kentucky Association of School Superintendents.

11/7/2014

Oklahoma State School Superintendent Joy Hofmeister has been elected to the state's top educational position. The businesswoman and former school teacher served at the state level when Gov. Mary Fallin appointed her to the Oklahoma State Board of Education in 2012.

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