K12 Headlines

8/1/2014

8/1/2014

New York City has no control over charter schools even though they are given $13,000 per student by the district, according to the city's Education Committee.Stressing a lack of oversight and accountability, an investigation into harsh discipline, rigged admissions and other allegations needs to be completed, reads a letter the committee will send to the state.

8/1/2014

A pair of lawsuits in New York accuse the state's teacher tenure guidelines of giving low-income and minority kids a subpar education. Those challenging the state only have one goal in mind: ensuring that all of our public school children have good teachers.

8/1/2014

The Rapid City School Board is imposing its final contract offer to teachers after months of negotiations failed to produce an agreement. The contract includes a 3 percent salary increase, a 2 percent one-time bonus and a 9.4 percent increase in teachers’ health insurance premiums.

8/1/2014

Keeping records public results in accountability. It prevents favoritism or discrimination. Charter schools are a special form of public school. All forms of public schools need to conduct business in full view of taxpayers. Management companies that insist on privacy should run private schools.

8/1/2014

Plans to lengthen the school day at eight low income middle schools are now hanging in the balance because of a dispute between city and state officials. The schools counting on nearly $8 million in “extended learning time” grants have been told the money is in danger of being withheld because the city’s application didn’t comply with state contracting rules.

8/1/2014

The Pennsylvania House suddenly canceled a vote scheduled this week on a proposed Philadelphia cigarette tax to benefit Philadelphia public schools. The $2-per-pack tax, if passed by the state legislature, was expected to provide about $45 million in funding for the School District of Philadelphia.

8/1/2014

Mathseeds, the online math program designed to develop core skills in math and problem solving for children between the ages of 3 and 6, has expanded to cover core math skills across addition, subtraction, chance and probability.

8/1/2014

Superintendent Pedro Martinez will return to work on the heels of Washoe County School Board Trustees announcing that his ousting last week is void. Martinez said that his lawsuits against the district and the school board would still move forward.

8/1/2014

City of Cape Coral Charter School Superintendent Angela Pruitt recently resigned from her role after only a year in the position. She will be returning to work with the Lee County School District as the new human resources executive director.

8/1/2014

Kaneland School District 302 Superintendent Jeff Schuler is resigning to become the next superintendent at Wheaton Warrenville School District 200. Schuler has served the Kaneland district for four years as superintendent.

8/1/2014

How do we reverse the most negative trends facing young people today? One way is by recognizing the importance of out-of-school time. The out-of-school environment -- after school and summer -- plays an essential, yet often overlooked role in transforming kids’ lives and America’s future

8/1/2014

Extron introduced the SMP 351, an H.264 streaming media processor for capturing and distributing live AV sources and presentations. Featuring Extron's FlexOS embedded operating system, the SMP 351 supports both live streaming and recording capabilities.

8/1/2014

This fall's Ohio high school freshmen can take the ACT or SAT for free when they're juniors, courtesy of the state. It's one of many K12 education changes, including new graduation requirements for the class of 2018.

7/31/2014

7/31/2014

Trained school employees and volunteers will be allowed to administer an emergency epinephrine injection if they believe a student or visitor is having an allergic reaction under a new bill. The legislation expands on a 2011 law that allowed school nurses to give the drug to any student believed to be having a life-threatening allergic reaction.

7/31/2014

The North Carolina county will move forward with at least four major construction projects out of the nine priority school projects it named in April.

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