K12 Headlines

6/4/2015

6/4/2015

Despite heavy lobbying from the private sector against it, the Salinas Union High School District will proceed to build its next high school using a pro-union Project Labor Agreement. As a result, the district will seek pacts with local contractors that prioritize union labor to build its fifth high school.

6/4/2015

Beginning this week, every student in the city, regardless of income level, is being offered free breakfast and lunch under a federal program that allows school districts to eliminate a decades-old meal-subsidy structure for students in high-poverty schools.

6/4/2015

East Ramapo public school students are being denied their state constitutional right to a sound basic education. Dominated by private-school parents, hundreds of staff members, full-day kindergarten and high-school electives have been eliminated in favor of increased public spending on private schools.

6/4/2015

A citizen advisory group on literature recommended moving the John Steinbeck novel onto the approved book list for voluntary, small-group study as the profanity and racial slurs in it were deemed inappropriate for regular ninth grade classroom instruction. The Coeur d’Alene school board voted to keep it on the freshmen classroom reading list.

6/4/2015

The implementation of mentorship programs for at least the first two years is important in order to retain new teachers. In addition, teachers often equate adoption of standardized curriculum with no longer possessing autonomy over their own classrooms. Elected officials seem to have more power over what goes into a lesson plan than the average teacher.

6/4/2015

More than a decade ago, Jefferson County borrowed $1 billion for school construction. By refinancing the $600 million remaining on that debt, the tax is extended for an additional 19 years in a new bill. The county's public schools will get $18 million annually, which will be allocated to schools based on enrollment.

6/3/2015

6/3/2015

Public school educators are in a constant battle for fair pay while ever-increasing sums are spent on programs from Gallup consultants to testing classroom technology. Taxpayers, school boards and superintendents must pull away from the latest trends and reforms and commit to the truth: we build better schools by recognizing the humanity in our students and the staff they interact with every day.

6/3/2015

The state’s spending on its 6-plus million K12 public school students lagged behind the national average two years ago, according to a new Census Bureau report. However, under the proposed 2015-16 budget, per pupil spending will have jumped by nearly 50 percent and should crack the ranks of the highest spending states.

6/3/2015

Lawmakers need to find the revenue, restore the funding the state's schools have lost, and start fixing the school funding formula so that politics do not play any role whatsoever in how much state funding school districts receive.

6/3/2015

The city's public high schools can now show students how to use condoms in high school health classes, a change from a previous policy that did not allow such demonstrations in classrooms.

6/3/2015

The state budget includes $50 million in unappropriated funds that could be used to help deal with the struggling Detroit Public Schools. A Legislature committee also approved the school aid fund of $13.9 billion that included a foundation allowance increase of $70 to $140 per pupil.

6/3/2015

The new Mondopad 2.0 offers new features that make sharing, annotating, archiving and overall collaboration easier, particularly between multiple locations.

6/3/2015

The Florida district and six other community partners are renewing their Community of Readers Initiative with myON. The community-wide program is working to raise literacy by providing full access to myON’s personalized literacy environment for every child in Hillsborough County from birth to eighth grade.

6/3/2015

In states with stronger alcohol policies, high school students tend to report less drinking, even when the policies don’t target youth directly, according to a new study.

6/3/2015

A new Mindprint Learning, LLC cognitive evaluation and learning platform, the Mindprint assessment, is an online cognitive test for children ages 8 to 21. The one-hour, self-administered assessment offers insight into how each child learns best.

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