K12 Headlines

7/30/2015

7/30/2015

A study committee set up by the state Senate is looking hard at how education local option sales tax funds are being used and how schools are being built.

7/29/2015

7/29/2015

Empty buildings are difficult to secure, they can attract crime, and they fall apart quickly. So St. Louis Public Schools rounded up a group of volunteer architects, contractors and community health experts to pitch developers and lure investors into doing something with these places.

7/29/2015

An administrative law judge said that the Florida district should pay $233,000 in attorneys’ fees in a case filed by employees who said they faced retaliation for trying to open a charter school.

7/29/2015

The California district faces substantial demand for campus and classroom improvements. Under a facilities master plan approved by the board in May, there are almost $400 million worth of fixes necessary to update district campuses, so another future bond measure would likely be required.

7/29/2015

Schools around the country have begun offering new classes and mental-health programs to help stem a sharp rise in the number of adolescents found to be engaging in self injury, especially cutting.

7/29/2015

More and more Michigan families are opting to move their children out of the schools they would attend by residency to neighboring districts through the state’s popular school of choice program. But a new study reveals that fewer than half stay in that neighboring district.

7/29/2015

The WalletHub rankings took into account 13 metrics on school quality and safety, including dropout rates, pupil-teacher ratio, math and reading test scores, average SAT scores, graduation rate and number of bullying incidents.

7/29/2015

A federal judge stated that it was "highly unlikely" that he will grant a preliminary injunction requiring Gloucester County Public Schools to allow a transgender student to use boys' restrooms this fall. The judge did dismiss the Title IX discrimination claims in the lawsuit, saying the federal law allows schools to have separate restrooms based on sex.

7/29/2015

While the new Smarter Balanced teacher evaluation tool still incorporates student test scores as an accountability factor, it's up to teachers and their supervisors to customize what the goals are and what should be considered a sign of student growth.

7/29/2015

The dark side to Texans' competitive nature is a growing abuse of rules prohibiting transfers for athletic purposes. One partial solution is to have cases heard by a different district’s executive committee, at least mitigating direct conflict of interest.

7/29/2015

The company has expanded its WWAN platform with the introduction of the cloud-delivered AER 3100, which provides an all-in-one networking and security solution.

7/29/2015

The redesigned custom course builder allows educators to quickly identify and organize the building blocks of a course to further personalize the learning experience for each student. Additionally, educators are able to search curriculum by topic and standard to facilitate even more customization.

7/29/2015

The U.S. learning software company is exploring a sale that it hopes could value it at as much as $3 billion, including debt. Blackboard provides custom software to help students collaborate on assignments and communicate with teachers.

7/29/2015

It’s getting more difficult to fill bus driver positions in Pennsylvania. The state now requires 10 intricate forms - from sex abuse clearances to FBI fingerprinting - that can take months of processing by the state in addition to CDL training and testing.

7/28/2015

7/28/2015

Funding education via property taxes aligned to varying algorithms of local, state and federal streams results in fundamental inequities. Such systems reward those who require the least rewarding and instruct those living in the poorest areas that the only way out is to relocate.

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