K12 Headlines

8/27/2014

8/27/2014

The district's superintendent suspended future use of a contract with Apple that was to provide iPads to all students amid mounting scrutiny of the $1-billion-plus effort. The suspension came after disclosures of close ties between the superintendent and his top deputy and Apple and Pearson executives.

8/27/2014

Verite Group Inc. launched a spin-off company, Verite Educational Systems Inc., to design and market enterprise-quality, multi-platform technology tools for educators and families.

8/27/2014

In Newark, N.J., Essex County Vocational Technical Schools are graduating 96 percent of their students, many of them earning professional licenses. Buffalo, N.Y., with similar demographics to Newark, can replicate their success, but Buffalo will need some help and accomodations from the state.

8/27/2014

Fairland Elementary students are reaping the benefits of a $40,000 Oklahoma Educational Technology Trust grant that will be used to purchase new iPad Minis for third, fourth and fifth graders. In addition, the school also received professional teacher development training valued at $25,000.

8/27/2014

Schools that can’t afford new technology may cause young students to lag behind their peers at affluent schools. The Educational Technology Foundation of Western New York, a volunteer group, installs computers and laptops, donated by local businesses and companies, to underserved schools and community centers.

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October 30-November 2, 2014
Orlando, Fla.

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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.

8/27/2014

Orange County voters agreed to pay for 10 more years of school construction and renovation, continuing a half-penny sales tax that has been in place for more than a decade. The $2 billion it is expected to raise will be used to replace or refurbish 59 schools and upgrade technology.

8/27/2014

A bill that would impose restrictions on charter schools seeking to locate outside the boundaries of the district that charters them passed the state Assembly. It is now scheduled to go back to the California Senate for a concurrence vote.

8/27/2014

Panorama Education is partnering with Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education to launch Panorama Student Survey as a free, open source product. Panorama Education will offer the survey free for new and existing school, school district and state education department customers.

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