K12 Headlines

2/10/2015

2/10/2015

Starting in March, families applying to full-day pre-K for next school year will be able to apply to both public school and community-based programs in one place. The single application is part of New York City's continued effort to bring both types of programs together under one tent.

2/10/2015

Young students go hungry in Maine. For these kids, the school meal programs are there to fill the gap. But for a number of reasons not related to need, students are not using the programs. The school systems that beat those averages are creative and proactive, and dedicated to serving more meals.

2/10/2015

ASCD is calling on policymakers to institute a two-year moratorium on using new state standardized assessments for accountability purposes. The hiatus will allow time for policymakers and education leaders to design and implement a new accountability model that more accurately reflects the full range of student learning and school support.

2/10/2015

Billionaire Eli Broad has suspended a $1-million prize to honor the best urban school systems out of concern that they are failing to improve quickly enough. The 13-year-old Broad Foundation prize was designed to reward and encourage success in raising student achievement.

2/10/2015

Mastering the English language's complicated spelling system requires abilities that most children don’t develop until well after they've started to read. Simply put, written English is great for puns but terrible for learning to read or write.

2/10/2015

The Louisiana district's school board nixed a controversial policy that required employees to fill out forms each year if they want union dues deducted from their paychecks. The move could be seen as a step towards reconciliation with the parish teachers union, after four years of strained relations.

2/10/2015

Utah high school students might have to pass a 100-question civics test to graduate. The state Senate preliminarily approved SB60 requiring students to score at least 70 percent on the same test immigrants must take to become naturalized U.S. citizens.

2/10/2015

The San Francisco USD is trying something it hopes will address the disparities early on by hiring more black teachers. The effort revolves around a single finding: Students perform better when they can identify with their teachers.

2/10/2015

Senate leaders joined House colleagues in voicing support for continued health insurance coverage for part-time school bus drivers. The two chambers will formally decide in coming weeks about Gov. Nathan Deal’s proposal to stop state subsidies that allow non-certified school employees to be part of the State Health Benefit Plan.

2/10/2015

Follett debuted summer school reading and math bundles geared to students who will be entering grades 2-6. The summer school bundles include fiction and informational texts with lesson extension ideas, writing prompts and other elements.

2/10/2015

Daniel Zorn has been chosen as the next superintendent for the Washington district. He has been assistant superintendent of Kalispell Public Schools in northwest Montana for 16 years.

2/9/2015

2/9/2015

Califone International LLC unveiled the E1, E3T and E3USB earbuds, the PA283 VoiceSaver personal voice amplifier and the KB3 wireless keyboard to support preparation and testing requirements in any state.

2/9/2015

Starting next fall, all schools in the Waterbury School District will be honoring two of the Muslim religion’s most holy days by not scheduling tests, field trips or major school events on those days.

2/9/2015

The Erie Regional Career Planning Project is launching an "Educonomy" model in 16 school districts across Erie and Crawford Counties. The WIN Learning Career Readiness System begins with the myStrategic Compass career exploration, planning and guidance tool and also offers students college and career readiness courseware.

2/9/2015

There are nearly 600 employees who must pay back about $360,000 in bonuses they received for the 2010-11 school year because their schools appeared to be hitting their academic targets. Instead, administrators at nine school buildings that received bonuses had cheated by purging the test scores of their lowest-performing students from the district’s computer system.

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