K12 Headlines

10/1/2014

10/1/2014

Administrators at Brevard County Public Schools have enhanced security this school year with a new system that automatically runs sexual predator checks on all visitors and streamlines the process for volunteers. The district previously used an internal software system to track visitors that did not include a background check.

10/1/2014

The Darien Board of Education named Middlesex Middle School Assistant Principal Marc Marin to the newly created position of director of instructional technology. The position will focus on the improved implementation of technology education.

10/1/2014

With the new Jump Start vocational-technical education programs, enrollment in technical classes outside high school is expected to increase by five-fold this year. If students complete nine units of technical courses and earn a certification, they may earn the state's newly revamped career diploma.

10/1/2014

Under Frederick County's Technology Now initiative, its middle schools will receive hundreds of Google Chromebooks, paid for by 1 million in taxpayer money. School officials hope to receive additional funding to get the Chromebooks in all of the county's elementary and high schools.

10/1/2014

There is a technology revolution that is transforming high school football nationwide and creating opportunities for companies that supply equipment and services. Tech companies are creating high-tech football helmets and apps that track scores, stats, footage, recaps and more.

10/1/2014

Smart Lunches, a "virtual lunch service" that provides healthy meals for children in schools in seven states, has launched operations in and around Washington, D.C. Daily deliveries of Smart Lunches’ meals began earlier this month at a dozen area schools.

10/1/2014

As part of its $3.5 million award from the Race to the Top initiative, Bay District Schools recently transitioned to a single sign-on platform for teachers and students to access all school-related online activities. The district also is encouraging parents to let students participate in the BYOD program. It engages parents online through apps and online portals that provide real-time data about their student’s attendance, assignments and grades.

10/1/2014

More Maryland K12 schools are turning to solar to power their classrooms, save money and help the environment, according to a new nationwide study. A study by The Solar Foundation found that the state's solar energy industry, which includes nearly 150 companies, has installed solar systems on nearly 40 schools.

10/1/2014

One group of freshmen at Florida's Lakewood High School are part of an assessment to launch a new study on fighting teenage obesity with technology. Following the assessment, Johns Hopkins Medicine researchers will select about 50 overweight students and track their activity levels, sleep patterns and diets using a connected wristband and apps.

10/1/2014

New York City is overhauling its system for evaluating schools, de-emphasizing test scores in favor of measures like the strength of the curriculum and the school environment, and doing away with an overall A-through-F grade for each school.

10/1/2014

When the Great Recession struck in 2007, the average education spending per child for the top 10 percent of earners jumped 35 percent to $5,210 a year compared to an average of $1,000 for the other 90 percent. Research has linked the additional dollars to increased SAT scores and a greater likelihood of graduating from college.

10/1/2014

West Deptford voters authorized $16,784,065 in improvements at five of the district's schools, allowing the board of education to take out a $15 million bond for a multitude of projects, including am upgraded HVAC control system, new classrooms and more.

10/1/2014

The Flint School District might not have been able to pay all its employees Friday if not for a last-minute grant. No other specifics were given about the grant or how much it was for. The district is in the midst of a $20.4-million deficit and was hampered by the fact that Michigan schools don't get payments from the state in September.

10/1/2014

Hundreds of players have been pulled from games and practices, game rules have changed and parents have been involved more fully in what their teenage players are experiencing, a reporting project found. More than 100 districts were asked about their head injury policies, their budgets and other matters related to high school football. The project found rapid change in recent years.

10/1/2014

The state-run public endowment fund, managed by the State Board of Education and the School Land Board, has become the largest educational endowment in the nation. Funded by proceeds from the sale of sulfur and water royalties, oil, gas, lease rentals and other sources, the Permanent School Fund has grown to nearly $37.7 billion.

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