K12 Headlines

3/25/2015

3/25/2015

When President Barack Obama called for a new federal law to protect student privacy online, he called the concept “pretty straightforward.” But the proposed bipartisan bill has proved anything but. It empowers schools to authorize even wider disclosure of student data, without notifying parents or seeking their consent.

3/25/2015

Presidio ISD, a remote, Title I, poverty-stricken Texas border district with a 98 percent Hispanic population, created a STEM initiative and early college high school program that have contributed to a 97 percent graduation rate with 14 percent of the district’s students entering college as juniors and 24 percent as sophomores.

3/25/2015

Big data and analytics can help districts with the hiring process by offering some insight into which teacher candidates will be the most effective in the classroom. These programs are designed to accurately gauge the impact teacher candidates will have on student test scores.

3/25/2015

Two Colorado lawmakers presented a House bill that would create a high school partnership framework with businesses in the IT, science, engineering, math and technology fields. Along with a curriculum of high school and college-level classes, students at the designated P-Tech schools would also get internships, mentoring and other practical workplace training.

3/25/2015

Technology’s potential seems particularly compelling for rural schools. Create a corps of proven teachers who can digitally teach students — with a focus on college credit courses for high school students. Provide districts with the flexibility to develop new models of staffing and technology use. Spend current funds to achieve the needed combination of personnel, facilities and technology.

3/25/2015

The facts are clear: girls think computer careers are boring, the media portrays techies as nerds and geeks, schools offer few programming or tech classes, and parents do not fully understand all the choices that tech offers for careers. The solution is simple: change how technology jobs are presented and girls will choose to pursue them.

3/25/2015

Sparking students’ interests in technology is the goal of the Maine Office of Information Technology’s annual Tech Night. There were technology demonstrations by various state departments, and representatives from colleges and other outside groups talked about opportunities in IT fields. Following the technology fair, students worked in teams to build projects for a challenge.

3/25/2015

Out of the 85 districts that applied, 19 school corporations were selected to receive the Indiana Department of Education's Digital Learning Grant. Each school will receive up to $100,000 to be used to purchase new devices and resources, as well as to modernize communication and better schools’ professional development.

3/25/2015

The Delaware Department of Education has selected Schoology’s Learning Management System to power online and blended learning across the entire state in addition to professional development to help teachers implement blended learning.

3/25/2015

The Support Our Science initiative will offer a combination of digital content, customized educator support and professional development, student engagement activities, Science Channel content and hands-on digital tools and resources to help educators build students' STEM skills and knowledge.

3/25/2015

Kickboard is open sourcing its privacy policies and processes to help other K12 companies develop an effective privacy policy and terms of service. Kickboard’s Platform and Service Privacy Policy includes information about the roles of schools and school officials; how information about students, school officials and parents is collected, tracked and used; and data security.

3/25/2015

Indiana’s public school districts are under no constitutional mandate to provide transportation for students to and from school, according to a ruling from the Indiana Supreme Court. The ruling overturns an appeals court decision last year that said charging bus fees was unconstitutional.

3/25/2015

The Iowa House passed a bill mandating that public schools can't start classes before August 23. However, the House version of the bill is still at odds with a passed Senate bill that would allow schools to set their own school start dates.

3/25/2015

Most suspensions result from behavior problems, not violence or illegal acts. Some 60 percent of out-of-school suspensions are for school rule violations, defiance of school staff and disruptive behavior. The answer, then, is to change behavior, not just to punish.

3/25/2015

A state school fund of $7.255 billion has cleared its first hurdle following the joint budget subcommittee on education's approval. The amount is about $250 million less than what some advocates, including administrators and teachers, say is needed.

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