K12 Headlines

6/30/2014

6/30/2014

A string of attacks at schools and colleges in California, Oregon and Washington state hasn’t swayed education officials who say bluntly that they don’t believe guns belong in schools.

6/30/2014

In Oklahoma, where Gov. Mary Fallin (R), recently repealed the controversial nationalized standards, petitioners organized by the National Associations of State Boards of Education (NASBE) have sued, arguing that the repeal of the Common Core standards is unconstitutional under Oklahoma state law.

6/30/2014

Despite a statewide ban on a controversial set of K-12 science benchmarks, local school districts in Wyoming likely can use the standards freely.

6/30/2014

It’s an open secret among the education community that standardized tests are not prepared by educators; that some of the test questions are often too difficult by two or three years beyond the age group for which the test is intended; and that last year in the state of New York, they resulted in a failure rate of 70 percent.

6/30/2014

During a recent sit-down with Silva, the teachers were heartened by the superintendent’s repeated support of “high standards of student conduct,” said Ian Keith, one of the teachers and a former president of the St. Paul Federation of Teachers.

6/30/2014

Playgrounds are the social, emotional, developmental and spiritual laboratories of our schools, and we need a variety of spaces and activities for a variety of children.

6/30/2014

One of the less edifying spectacles of the waning hours of this year’s legislative session was the General Assembly’s actions to weaken education reforms passed by the Rhode Island Board of Education and advocated by Education Commissioner Deborah Gist.

6/30/2014

Some districts ban possession of such devices altogether while others allow students to bring them to school as long as they remain out of sight during the regular school day.

6/30/2014

State officials are still investigating allegations that Pasco School District officials used public money to advocate for a voter-approved $46.8 million bond, and a conclusion isn't likely until September at the earliest.

6/30/2014

Springfield Public Schools, through collective bargaining with the Springfield National Education Association, will improve the stipend amounts for the 731 — or nearly 20 percent — of nearly 4,000 district employees who take on extra duties.

6/27/2014

6/27/2014

Naiku released new support enhancements for standards-based grading, increased the number of reports available to teachers and administrative staff, and expanded item and test creation options.

6/27/2014

PBS KIDS' video app is now available on Android and compatible with Chromecast. The PBS KIDS Video App gives families free, streaming access to thousands of videos, including clips and full episodes from PBS KIDS series.

6/27/2014

HP signed a two-year contract for five out of six categories in the New York State (NYS) Aggregate PC Initiative. As part of the Initiative, HP will be the first-choice provider for nearly 65,000 desktops and 27,000 notebooks for all state agencies.

6/27/2014

Torsh Inc. and New Teacher Center have launched a beta version of its Ask a Mentor service, powered by Torsh. The new mentoring service for teachers offers on-demand access to expert mentors. The full launch of Ask A Mentor will occur in late August.

6/27/2014

Would anyone argue that school shooters were ordinary kids who did not need mental health treatment? Where would be the most efficient place to provide needed services to mentally ill youth? The answer is clear — at school. Let’s prioritize mental health treatment for students.

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