K12 Headlines

11/6/2014

11/6/2014

Interim Superintendent John McDonough announced that he was halting efforts to equip the school system’s 75 school police officers with pepper spray due to the lack of support from students, parents, and other community members.

11/6/2014

Learning Genie unveiled its new cross-platform app with mobile versions for iPad and Android, plus a web portal. The app enables preschool teachers to create daily reports, record portfolio assessments and increase parent engagement via the mobile internet technology.

11/6/2014

Voters passed the Boulder Valley School District's $576.5 million capital construction bond issue, the largest K12 bond in Colorado history. The property tax increase will allow the district to repair and upgrade all of its 55 schools, including rebuilding three elementary schools.

11/6/2014

The New Mexico Court of Appeals has provided an important learning moment for those who would keep taxpayer-funded instructional materials out of private and religious schools. It’s a lesson in fairness. When parents and guardians opt to have their children attend a private or religious school, their tax bill does not decrease.

11/6/2014

Challenger Marshall Tuck conceded to incumbent Tom Torlakson in the contest for California superintendent of public instruction, a race that became the most expensive on the state ballot.

11/6/2014

Students and teachers in Lexington 2 can look forward to upgraded school facilities, as voters approved a $225 million bond package to build four new facilities and other renovation projects. But in Kershaw County, voters rejected by a narrow margin a $130 million proposal for school improvements.

11/6/2014

With approval from Rockford voters, the Rockford School District will put a $250 million 10-year facilities plan in motion. That means closing eight schools, building two and making improvements at the district’s nearly 40 other early childhood, elementary, middle and high school buildings.

11/6/2014

Renaissance Learning rolled out Accelerated Reader 360 (AR 360). While AR provides personalized, independent reading practice, the new AR 360 adds access to digital informational texts and instructional skills practice activities.

11/6/2014

Monroe County School District voters approved a 10-year extension of a sales tax. Of the projected $157.3 million that would be raised by the tax over the next decade, $5 million has been earmarked for security and safety and $21.8 million for student technology upgrades. Construction of three new schools will cost $105 million.

11/6/2014

In general, school construction projects fared well at the polls, as voters approved more than $438 million worth of spending for everything from new elementary schools to athletic fields. About $500 million in total requests were on the ballots in Minnesota. Voters said “yes” to 70 percent of the bond referendum questions.

11/6/2014

The state will borrow $2 billion to fund technology and facility upgrades in schools after voters decisively approved the ballot proposal. The Smart Schools Bond Act will require local schools to put together spending plans in order to receive a portion of the borrowed money for high-tech equipment or pre-K program expansions.

11/6/2014

The State Board of Education endorsed the key "A-F" school grades for about 2,100 Indiana schools before also approving school corporation grades. Just over 1,100 schools were given an "A" this year, a 19 percent jump from last year.

11/5/2014

11/5/2014

The head of technology for the nation's second-largest school system has resigned, the latest fallout from two troubled technology efforts: the iPads-for-all project and a new student records system. Ron Chandler, LAUSD's chief information officer, started in 2010.

11/5/2014

December 3-6, 2014
San Diego, Calif.

11/5/2014

February 26-28, 2015
San Diego, Calif.

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