K12 Headlines

10/22/2014

10/22/2014

Samsung is expanding its Samsung Chromebook 2 Series with a new, 11-inch Chromebook 2 with an Intel Celeron processor. With speeds up to 2.58GHz and a 1 MB L2 cache, the Chromebook 2 also has an overall system memory of 2GB, eMMc technology and a storage capacity of 16GB.

10/22/2014

Researchomatic has added Free Citation Generator and two search modes powered by Google to its digital library. These services will offer support for e-library management services such as building digital collections, enriching content and sharing research projects.

10/22/2014

A new online community has been launched by TES Global where teachers and start-ups can develop effective edtech products together. On TES Labs, start-ups ask teachers from all over the world for feedback on their products and usage.

10/22/2014

A mismatch exists between the needs of the 21st century workforce and the skill sets Silicon Valley public school graduates possess. Unless we improve teacher quality and school leadership over the next several years, our region may lose its standing as a global economic engine.

10/22/2014

The NY Board of Regents will discuss a new pathway to a diploma that will allow high school students to swap state course requirements for a test in technical education, the arts or humanities. The tests would ensure that coursework meets industry standards, and the resulting diploma will be better for the kids, the trades and better the economy.

10/22/2014

The Indiana Supreme Court has agreed to hear a case over whether it's unconstitutional to make parents pay for their children to ride the bus to public schools.

10/22/2014

On the heels of allegations of sexual and other misconduct against officers in the Alaska Army National Guard, the Alaska district has halted all military recruiting at its schools indefinitely.

10/22/2014

One of the challenges with education reform is that it is inherently political, with people seeming to demand immediate and overwhelming results. Politicians and educators would do well to examine what other nations are doing.

10/22/2014

The Massachusetts Board of Elementary and Secondary Education approved probation for a Boston charter school and for the state’s first virtual public school, citing low achievement and other issues. Failure to show academic improvement in a year could lead to closure.

10/22/2014

Some jurisdictions are so overwhelmed that they are experimenting with routing schoolchildren into specially designed courts that would keep first-time offenders from being saddled with an arrest record. Others have passed new laws or policies to dial back police involvement in school discipline.

10/22/2014

Superintendents tend to get hired, and fired, pretty quickly regardless of whether they consider themselves reformers. What's been called the "revolving door" of urban superintendents has created a lot of policy angst over whether they can be effective in that short a time period.

10/22/2014

New York students will have more ways to earn a high school diploma under a change approved by state education leaders. The plan approved by the Board of Regents would let students replace one of the social studies exams with a comparable exam in a trade.

10/22/2014

Nearly 36 percent of New York City's 42 city school superintendents have been replaced as Chancellor Carmen Fariña enacts a plan to fix the city’s troubled classrooms. Her goal is to create a highly experienced group of superintendents capable of whipping the nation’s largest school system into shape.

10/22/2014

Louisiana Superintendent of Education John White delivered the news of steady progress and modest improvements by the state's public school students with words of caution — it's good news, but it may not last for long.

10/22/2014

Dozens of the roughly 2,500 unaccompanied immigrant children who have been released to relatives or other sponsors on New York's Long Island so far this year have been unable to register for school as parents and guardians fight with the bureaucracies of the school districts to prove the children's eligibility.

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