K12 Headlines

7/1/2014

7/1/2014

The Nevada Task Force on K-12 Public Education voted to recommend changing the funding formula for Nevada public schools. The recommendations ask the state to revise its current formula and allocate more money to ELL students, special needs students, and students who live in poverty.

7/1/2014

Four Hall County charter schools may not have their charters renewed due to confusion over a state law governing control of charter school budgets. If the charters are not renewed, the schools are likely to become schools of choice.

7/1/2014

Bretford Manufacturing, Inc. debuted the PureCharge family of iPad and iPad mini charging carts and stations, which will be available later this summer.

7/1/2014

In addition to raising a new round of funding, STI has acquired a series of companies. The recent acquisitions include Chalkable, a grade book and educational content platform; Learning Earnings, an online behavior and performance incentive program; and Spiral Universe, a next generation SIS for the private school market.

7/1/2014

The St. Marys Area School District’s superintendent search has ended in compromise with the district’s board of directors naming an outside administrator to the position while also installing local candidates in assistant and interim roles. G. Brian Toth, the current superintendent of the Bellwood-Antis School District, will replace outgoing Superintendent Ann Kearney.

7/1/2014

In the wake of an investigation into alleged widespread cheating at one school, a statewide probe found 67 cases of abnormally extreme gains in Mississippi Curriculum Test scores between 2009 and 2013. The instances allegedly occurred across 44 schools in 34 districts.

7/1/2014

The Department of Education’s 2014-2015 grade-less high school directory is the first clear sign of the new administration’s progress toward solving a high-stakes puzzle: How to distinguish among the system’s 1,800 schools with enough nuance to capture each one’s strengths and weaknesses and account for factors it controls.

6/30/2014

6/30/2014

Discovery Education will launch Discovery Educator Network (DEN) Summer School on August 1. Throughout the month-long initiative, each day of the week will be dedicated to introducing new digital tools and resources educators can use to create digital learning environments for students.

6/30/2014

Lafayette Parish School System has selected BenchPrep to provide digital courses for college readiness and ACT preparation for the 2014-2015 school year. The online program will launch in August 2014 and will be offered to all high school juniors in the district.

6/30/2014

Playgrounds are the social, emotional, developmental and spiritual laboratories of our schools, and we need a variety of spaces and activities for a variety of children.

6/30/2014

Briefly stated, Common Core is a public education standard suggested by the National Governors’ Association and the Council of Chief State School Officers, and it was developed by a group of educational specialists and has been adopted by 45 states, including Oklahoma.

6/30/2014

Springfield Public Schools, through collective bargaining with the Springfield National Education Association, will improve the stipend amounts for the 731 — or nearly 20 percent — of nearly 4,000 district employees who take on extra duties.

6/30/2014

It’s an open secret among the education community that standardized tests are not prepared by educators; that some of the test questions are often too difficult by two or three years beyond the age group for which the test is intended; and that last year in the state of New York, they resulted in a failure rate of 70 percent.

6/30/2014

Despite a statewide ban on a controversial set of K-12 science benchmarks, local school districts in Wyoming likely can use the standards freely.

6/30/2014

In Oklahoma, where Gov. Mary Fallin (R), recently repealed the controversial nationalized standards, petitioners organized by the National Associations of State Boards of Education (NASBE) have sued, arguing that the repeal of the Common Core standards is unconstitutional under Oklahoma state law.

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