K12 Headlines

7/1/2015

7/1/2015

A new committee has been appointed to review how Colorado school districts can best handle students' mental health issues and keep schools safe. The legislative committee will study and evaluate programs and methods for identifying and monitoring students in crisis, developing standardized criteria for school personnel and more.

7/1/2015

Washington, D.C.'s school district agencies in charge of school modernization broke rules, spent money on the wrong projects, and couldn't account for millions in modernization spending, according to a new report.

7/1/2015

Given the depths from which New Orleans' schools started their journey, much more needs to be done. Offering school-level autonomy to all schools, engaging community leaders to help solve the problem and funding the interventions are three lessons that the city has already learned.

7/1/2015

A motion was granted for the stay of operation and enforcement of the order by a three-judge panel announced Friday. This means that the $54 million due back to Kansas schools by July 1 will not be required for payment immediately.

7/1/2015

The Kansas Legislature is again in a dilemma over school funding. Cutting education funding so a select few can benefit from income tax decreases is not fair to the Kansas students and will ultimately hurt the state's economy in the long term through a less-prepared workforce.

7/1/2015

The legislators approved a measure requiring all schools to publish their immunization rates and to break out the rates by disease. The The Oregon Health Authority currently publishes the state's vaccination rates, but it doesn't break out the immunizations by disease.

7/1/2015

Mayor Rahm Emanuel directed Chicago Public Schools to meet Tuesday's deadline for a $634 million contribution to Chicago's teachers retirement fund but warned making the state-mandated payment would lead the cash-strapped district to make classroom cuts ahead of the new school year.

7/1/2015

An open government advocacy group that sued the Trenton Board of Education for violating the state's Open Public Meetings Act won key pieces of the lawsuit. The orders instruct the city's school board to change the way they enter executive session at meetings and keep better notes of what they discuss.

7/1/2015

The Indiana Department of Education wants to ease up on schools' A to F accountability grades because of a predicted 20-30 percent drop in ISTEP scores — based on other states that implemented similar test changes to comply with federal standards.

6/30/2015

6/30/2015

Back in 2011, the state of New York banned re-scoring tests, except if there’s a compelling reason — which doesn’t include trying to make a school look better than it is. It does students no favors to have their scores show they passed when they haven’t truly mastered the material.

6/30/2015

Both sides are praising the school funding formula as a necessary step toward better school finances, but the timing has now become a negotiating point threatening to slow or derail action. Some legislative leaders want to put it into place immediately and let the formula determine how state funding rolls out in whatever current budget gets adopted.

6/30/2015

Indianapolis Public Schools will roll out a new parental involvement educator program at all of its schools in August that it hopes will nudge more parents to play an active role in their child’s education and the community around them.

6/30/2015

Nancy Hines was upped from her position as acting superintendent to the top spot in the district. She has been the district's assistant superintendent. Former Superintendent Thomas Washington resigned in January.

6/30/2015

The Pine Bush Central School District has agreed to pay $4.48 million and enact broad reforms in curriculum and training to settle a lawsuit by five current and former Jewish students who claimed that they had been victims of pervasive anti-Semitism in the schools, a court filing showed.

6/30/2015

ABC-CLIO Solutions has added more than 250 Course Essentials video learning modules to its American Government database to enable students to engage with and better understand how the government affects their daily lives.

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