K12 Headlines

11/7/2014

11/7/2014

Interim superintendent Jose Carrion has been hired as the new permanent chief in the Wappingers Central School District. He was made interim chief in July after former Superintendent Marco Pochintesta resigned. Prior to that, Carrion was the district's assistant superintendent for administration.

11/7/2014

Learning.com's new Curriculum Foundry is ready for the beta pilot stage and the application process has been opened. Curriculum Foundry provides a searchable content repository that includes vetted open education resources and tools to build and share curriculum.

11/7/2014

Carlisle Area School District might reinstate a cash incentive program to boost its pool of available substitute teachers. The district is experiencing a shortage of substitutes on such a regular basis that there is a higher number of uncovered classrooms this school year compared to prior years.

11/7/2014

The State Board of Education voted to place Charter Day School, a nonprofit that runs four Wilmington-area charter schools, on “financial probationary status” for failing to provide requested personnel information.

11/7/2014

All three of South Washington County Schools' high schools would be expanded, a new middle school would be built, and the district would move to buy Valley Crossing Community School as part of a $179.8 million hybrid facilities plan.

11/7/2014

The majority of public high schools in Dallas aren’t measuring up, according to the latest Texas School Guide from Children At Risk. Over 80 percent of the city's schools are rating a D or F at the high school level. In Fort Worth, 70 percent of high schools scored the two lowest grades.

11/7/2014

If school leaders and teachers take steps to reestablish themselves as the preeminent authority on what it takes to turn around schools and to develop quality graduates, in years to come they will not look back at 2014 election as a defeat, but rather as a wake-up call. School leaders need to be bold in their willingness to make unpopular decisions for the success of the children and school communities.

11/7/2014

Nine schools have improved enough to exit from state turnaround plans. Seven schools remain under the Delaware's improvement plans. The state has had several initiatives aimed at improving troubled schools. The "Priority Schools" plan, the latest effort, has targeted six schools for the program.

11/7/2014

It is already clear that Mayor Bill de Blasio's plan — which involves giving failing schools support services — might not be sufficient to remake the city’s lowest-achieving schools. The plan could easily delay action on schools that are in desperate straits and should be reorganized or closed in fairly short order.

11/7/2014

The state's School Performance Profiles for the 2013-2014 school year show that 72 percent of public school buildings earned a score of 70 or higher, the same percentage as in 2012-2013. The percentage of schools earning a score below 60 fell by about 1 percent.

11/7/2014

The latest edition of School Specialty, Inc.'s Language Enrichment Activities for Preschool (LEAP) will soon be available as part of the company’s Early Childhood product offering. The pre-K solution is a multi-curricular program in the areas of language acquisition, literacy, math, social studies, and social and emotional development skills, among other subjects.

11/6/2014

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

GlassLab partnered with Clever, which provides school districts integration with their student information system and offers students and teachers single sign-on access to their applications.

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.

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