K12 Headlines

8/31/2015

8/31/2015

As students across Iowa try to make the grade upon their return to class, new research shows schools in the state are falling short of the honor roll when it comes to protecting children with asthma or allergies.

8/31/2015

The SMARTS Online curriculum helps middle and high school students overcome learning and attention difficulties through the teaching of executive function skills such as organizing, prioritizing, shifting approaches flexibly and more.

8/31/2015

Since 2005, state law has kept those teachers from taking roll before Labor Day. Private and parochial schools are exempt.

8/31/2015

Some of that stress is due to factors external to school; family financial troubles, hectic extracurricular schedules and demanding parents are just a few stressors many students face, experts say.

8/31/2015

Cards with I.D. pictures will replace metal keys and fobs. These will be displayed before card-reading mechanisms that scan an electronic chip and, if the I.D. is authorized, unlock a school door.

8/31/2015

Built on the same research-based model as Istation Reading, Istation Math offers game-like computer-adaptive formative assessments for students in pre-K through eighth grade and adaptive online instruction for those in pre-K through fifth grade.

8/31/2015

Sixty-four percent of U.S. school districts now offer vegetarian options. More than 120 schools, including the entire school districts of Baltimore, Boston, Buffalo, Detroit, Houston, Kansas City, Los Angeles, Oakland, Philadelphia, and San Diego have implemented Meatless Monday.

8/31/2015

At 283 schools in the bottom quarter of Common Core test scores in Grades 3 through 8 this year, an average 96 percent of kids are black and Hispanic, 2 percent white and 2 percent Asian, city data show.

8/31/2015

Board Member Eric Zajac said the district had accepted a grant to help defray the cost of the propane buses. The grant, from Philadelphia Clean Cities, gives the district up to $5,000 per bus.

8/28/2015

8/28/2015

Schools are making progress in their efforts to boost the nutritional quality of breakfasts and lunches served in their cafeterias, according to a new federal report. However, the one diet-improving practice that schools were least likely to have adopted was offering self-service salad bars.

8/28/2015

School lunches are undergoing a big change in the California county. One of Marin's schools is offering a lunch that is 100 percent organic and non-genetically modified. A healthy breakfast and a snack are also served and educators say they've seen improvement in behavior and grades.

8/28/2015

Cory Uselton, the current DeSoto Central High School principal, will replace current Superintendent Milton Kuykendall, set to retire in December. On August 4, Mississippi residents headed to the polls but failed to give any candidate the percentage needed to become the new leader for Mississippi's largest school district. Following a runoff election this week, Uselton won.

8/28/2015

As Teach for America’s applicant pool shrinks and recruitment dips, its critics are claiming that alumni horror stories and ideological critiques are starting to take their toll. The organization maintains that ongoing economic recovery is impacting recruitment by driving top-tier applicants away from teaching. This is the first major sign of faltering it has shown in over a decade.

8/28/2015

Nevada’s new program paying students $5,000 to switch to private school hasn’t started yet but it’s already at threat of being killed. The American Civil Liberties Union of Nevada will file a lawsuit claiming it violates the Nevada Constitution by using public money to fund religious schools.

8/28/2015

A hands-on approach to learning is what sets Buffalo's Charter School of Inquiry apart from other charter schools, say organizers. Inquiry will be the primary method of instruction there, and students will be encouraged to ask questions, explore, analyze and do their own research.

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