K12 Headlines

12/18/2014

12/18/2014

The energy efficiency program that debuted in 2007 is paying off for Billings schools and community. Since the program started, energy bills have been 20 percent less than they would have been with no increase in efficiency. Billings Public Schools’ energy conservation shows what’s possible when everyone stays focused on the goal of good stewardship of public money.

12/18/2014

The city of Chicago released a report with 28 recommendations to address the city's youth violence problem. The recommendations include adding eight "peace rooms" in Chicago Public schools for conflict resolution and connecting families with counseling.

12/18/2014

The Virginia district's approved 10-year capital improvement plan for 2016-25 with a total request through 2025 of $109,629,000. For 2016, $2.3 million is slated for architectural and engineering design work on a new elementary school. The 10-year projection includes an additional $20.7 million for construction of the school, slated for 2017.

12/18/2014

The West Virginia School Building Authority approved about $5.6 million for major school improvement projects. The authority also approved about $1.6 million for projects affecting more than one school district.

12/18/2014

Joel Klein was both change agent and lightning rod during as chancellor of the New York City Schools under former Mayor Michael Bloomberg. In order to improve Boston's education system, Klein advises the governor-elect and Boston’s mayor start by lifting charter-school restrictions. But Boston and several other municipalities are bumping up against the charter cap, that would require legislative action.

12/18/2014

The decision to enforce current Iowa law by discontinuing the practice of automatically approving waivers granting an early school start date should be applauded. The availability and success of zoos, water recreation, trails, golf courses and other family activities not only are critical, but they also help support tax revenues that, in turn, support our schools.

12/18/2014

The fast-spreading flu in Georgia is forcing Polk County's school system to shut down and start winter break early. With 17 percent of the student body and 16 percent of the teachers out sick, the school superintendent closed all 10 schools on Wednesday.

12/18/2014

The MIND Research Institute announced a $150,000 grant from Fluor Corporation’s giving arm, the Fluor Foundation, to bring a blended learning math program to four schools in Irvine, Calif., and three schools in Dallas and Houston, Texas.

12/18/2014

Florence School District One has implemented Peachjar’s system for distributing school flyers electronically. The system was implemented for free since local community partners pay a small service fee to distribute their school-approved eflyers and post them online.

12/18/2014

Despite some reservations, plans for two online charter schools received the blessing of a state advisory board. Only two schools applied for the state-mandated slots: North Carolina Virtual Academy, which is affiliated with K12 Inc., and North Carolina Connections Academy, which is with Connections Education.

12/18/2014

Oakland USD says new, as-yet unpublished research shows the percentage of students suspended at schools that have fully adopted the restorative justice program has dropped by half, from 34 percent in 2011-12 to just 14 percent in the following two years.

12/18/2014

The SaferOH tip line, a 24/7 anonymous tip line, will accept calls and texts about suspicious activity 24 hours a day. Officials from more than 200 buildings signed up within the first 24 hours of the free tip line being offered.

12/18/2014

A new survey released by Achieve found recent high school grads feel unprepared for college and career and wish they’d been better informed about what they needed and encouraged to meet higher expectations.

12/18/2014

Lunchtime in school cafeterias still faces a tastebud challenge in the third year of federal regulations requiring healthier meals. But while the 2012 federal school nutrition rules may give school administrators heartburn, they've spell opportunity for third-party businesses operating with considerably more resources than most school districts have.

12/18/2014

InGenius Prep, an admissions counseling company, is partnering with Teach For America on a pilot program that will recruit teachers to identify and select 10-12 high school juniors from under-resourced neighborhoods. The students will receive mentorship from college admissions experts through the college application process.

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