K12 Headlines

8/27/2014

8/27/2014

November 4-7, 2014
Palm Springs, Calif.

8/27/2014

Seven new or renovated high schools are opening this year in Boston’s suburbs at an average cost of $100 million each. New technology to boost students’ learning and increase security include at least 200 surveillance cameras at each high school, Chromebooks and a public access cable station.

8/27/2014

Robert Berkowitz was picked as the new director of technology for South Washington County Schools. He’s worked in the technology department since 2012 and was manager of systems and networks during the rollout of the district’s new technology initiative.

8/27/2014

The board of Prospect's Region 16 hired Matthew Brennan as the district's new director of technology. He was previously the technology coordinator for Litchfield's public schools. Brennan will replace Bruce Bartmess, who has officially retired.

8/27/2014

New Media Technology Charter School in Philadelphia and its unionized teachers have ratified their first-ever contract. The agreement includes options for higher pay for teachers with specialized certifications.

8/27/2014

New York City reached a nearly $68 million contract agreement with the school safety agents union to give agents 10 percent raises over the course of a new, 7-year contract. In addition, the union's school safety agents will receive about $38 million in retroactive pay to settle a federal class-action pay discrimination lawsuit filed by the agents — two-thirds of whom are women.

8/26/2014

8/26/2014

Capstone has acquired the assets of Engage Literacy, a comprehensive K3 literacy program, from Australian-based Hinkler Education. Engage Literacy focuses on written and oral language, including leveled readers with fiction and non-fiction texts paired by theme and level.

8/26/2014

Hawaii's public elementary schools have made significant headway in reducing the number of students chronically absent, according to the Hawaii State Department of Education 2013-14 Strive HI Performance System results. The state saw a 7 percent drop in chronic absenteeism from 18 to 11 percent for 2013-2014 while 163 of 169 elementary schools improved their chronic absenteeism rates.

8/26/2014

SPARK was selected by the Texas Education Agency as one of three state-approved Coordinated School Health programs for K8 students. The SPARK program gives districts tools to provide physical education and physical activity, as well as health education and nutrition education.

8/26/2014

Lakewood Schools Superintendent Jay Gault will retire June 30, 2015 after serving in the position for 10 years. The board approved a resolution for the Licking County Educational Service Center to conduct a search for a new superintendent.

8/26/2014

The East Jordan Public Schools Board of Education named Matt Stevenson, the district's former middle school principal, as its new superintendent. The announcement comes after former superintendent, Jon Hoover, retired this summer.

8/26/2014

Our local leaders chose to give up federal lunch subsidies and not meet the new federal school nutrition guidelines. But decisions about what our kids eat at school are not just personal ones that affect one family. Instead, the leaders could have chosen to provide healthier options that could lead to the students’ sharing ideas at home and possibly increasing everyone’s quality of life and health.

8/26/2014

The West Allis-West Milwaukee School District is trying to rebound from one of the biggest teacher turnovers it's ever seen to keep education from suffering. More than 100 teachers have quit or retired, including the superintendent.

8/26/2014

The rising percentage of Kansas children who receive free or reduced-price lunches at school is a genuine trend linked to poverty, not a ploy to boost school funding, the Kansas Association of School Boards said. The report is a response to questions concerning why the percentage is climbing and whether the increase might be linked to schools gaming the system to exploit changes in the state’s school finance formula.

8/26/2014

Houston Independent School District has adopted Follett’s Destiny Library Manager for its new centralized, integrated library management solution. Destiny Library Manager will be implemented later this year throughout the 212,000-student district, which is comprised of 86 certified libraries and 282 campuses.

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