K12 Headlines

5/5/2015

5/5/2015

The Maine Legislature’s budget-writing committee gave preliminary approval to a new funding mechanism that is designed to ease the financial strain on traditional public schools whose students flock to a nearby charter school or a virtual charter school.

5/5/2015

Ohio state lawmakers said they have referred allegations to authorities that an online charter school failed to dis-enroll hundreds of chronically truant students in order to pad its rolls.

5/5/2015

A new law is so sweeping school officials are wondering whether a homeroom parent would need to be fingerprinted before passing out cupcakes. The new background-check requirements would apply to a wide array of adults who interact with children: school volunteers, parents, school officials, teachers, coaches, janitors and chaperones.

5/5/2015

The primary purpose of using ACT QualityCore exams is to show the readiness of Alabama students for college success. The tests were not developed by teachers who could assure instruction and feedback was provided to all students. To use such tests for grading in order to leverage student performance for the sake of a school accountability judgment is not defensible.

5/5/2015

The new SMART U100w projector offers a bright, high definition widescreen image with a lamp life upgrade that reduces classroom downtime and maintenance costs compared to previous SMART UX80 projector models.

5/5/2015

A new bill which would require local school systems to provide bus-safety training for students twice a year deserves more attention and support than it has received thus far. The bill would also require a study on how to increase safety for children getting on and off school buses.

5/5/2015

South Dakota’s longest-serving school superintendent, Vern DeGeest, is set to retire after nearly 40 years at the helm of Corsica's school district. Also retiring is Stickney superintendent Bob Krietlow. Scott Muckey, Corsica High School's principal, will become the superintendent for a combined Corsica-Stickney school district.

5/5/2015

In New Jersey, Lyndhurst School District Superintendent Tracey Marinelli was named superintendent and a principal in the Little Falls School District. She will be leaving her current Lyndhurst position to succeed William Petrick, whose resignation was approved in November by Little Falls' board.

5/5/2015

Currently serving as the Pennsylvania district's director of teaching and learning, Anthony Barber has been selected to serve as the next superintendent of schools for the Springfield School District.

5/5/2015

Planet Read!, a free, educational teaching app, has debuted as a tool to help students learn to read and spell using interactive games, stories and pictures. Available in the Apple Appstore, this phonics-based app teaches preschool students how to read without memorizing.

5/5/2015

Parents worry about a child getting a concussion in the heat of competition, but they also need to be thinking about what happens during practices, a study finds. Around 42 percent of concussions happened during games, with 58 percent during practices for the high school and college football players in the study.

5/5/2015

School administrators say they'll cut teachers and programs over the next two years if lawmakers don't set aside more money for education funding. The Minnesota Senate's plan would increase per pupil funding by 1 percent in each of the next two years.

5/5/2015

Frontline Technologies has acquired My Learning Plan, a provider of K12 educator professional growth and management tools. Serving more than 1,000 customers, My Learning Plan's products include systems for professional development management, educator evaluations and evaluator training.

5/4/2015

5/4/2015

The 2015 Legislature provided basic funding to sustain K-12 and Montana University System operations for the next two years, but rejected opportunities to significantly improve education.

5/4/2015

Charter school students in urban areas received “the equivalent of roughly 40 days of additional learning per year in math and 28 additional days of learning per year in reading," a substantial gain over their peers in traditional public schools, according to a new study from the Center for Research on Education Outcomes at Stanford University.

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