K12 Headlines

6/17/2014

6/17/2014

The Senate gave final legislative approval to the measure explaining how schools should comply with federal law and guidance on constitutionally protected prayer. The measure says students may share religious views and distribute religious literature, with reasonable restrictions.

6/17/2014

The New Jersey Department of Education declined to allow a virtual school day to count in lieu of a snow day on February 13 for Pascack Valley Regional High School District. Of the 2,000 students in the district, 96 percent showed up for their online classes on that day. The state ruled that the day won't count as schools were still physically shut down.

6/17/2014

Muscogee County's school board passed a $264,717,610 budget for fiscal year 2015, 2.2 percent less than the previous year's original budget. Instead of the 69 layoffs anticipated in the preliminary 2015 budget, the number of school-based employees being laid off was lowered to 42. The board also approved hiring three principals and the lateral transfer of five more principals.

6/17/2014

In Colorado, Southwest Denver parents and community members demanded that a task force be created to address the lack of resources and poor performance in the area’s schools. A report issued by A+ Denver stated that only one in 10 graduating high school seniors is college ready. Out of the 42 schools in southwest Denver, only seven received a grade of B or higher on the state’s system.

6/17/2014

The regularity of school shootings in America has set off a multi-directional reaction. Where politics seem to have failed, businesses have stepped in, taking advantage of legislative inertia with bulletproof backpacks, white boards, binder inserts and other products.

6/17/2014

Although 83 percent of Hispanic students aspire to earn a postsecondary degree, just under a fourth are academically prepared to reach that goal, according to the new "The Condition of College & Career Readiness 2013: Hispanic Students" report released by ACT and Excelencia in Education.

6/17/2014

Members of the Missouri Board of Education began the unprecedented task of remaking the Normandy school system, which is about to become the first district in the state to fall under their direct oversight. Superintendent Ty McNichols and about a third of the district’s teachers have been rehired.

6/17/2014

The Hartford school system intends to regain control of Milner Elementary School after a messy, two-year partnership with a charter management group it hired with state money to raise achievement levels. A new transition plan will limit the Jumoke Academy organization's role in the 2014-2015 year, following concerns that include a muddled curriculum, misgivings over hiring practices and low reading scores.

6/17/2014

The Medford School District's efforts to reach out to troubled students in middle and high school is a much-needed response to a growing problem. Given the rapidly rising number of people under 18 receiving mental health services in general, the Oregon Legislature should take a hard look next year at increasing funding for adolescent mental health treatment statewide.

6/16/2014

6/16/2014

Schoology has signed a contract supplying all schools in Uruguay with the Schoology learning management system. Schoology will be powering Uruguay’s 1-to-1 instruction program, Plan Ceibal, to deliver instruction and resources while connecting students and teachers in a learning-centered, secure community platform.

6/16/2014

Hayes Software Systems has signed an agreement with the National Cooperative Purchasing Alliance (NCPA). NCPA members can now purchase Hayes’ cloud-based inventory control solutions through the purchasing cooperative.

6/16/2014

The reality is that although school shootings have permeated the national consciousness in recent years, deadly violence in schools is rare, data show. Of the 563,000 students in Oregon schools, 17 were disciplined for having rifles, shotguns or handguns in their possession in 2012-2013.

6/16/2014

Only a handful of Kansas schools may end up taking advantage of a new program that would allow them to offer free lunch and breakfast to every student regardless of family income. The provision, available in Kansas for the first time this year, is designed to combat child hunger by reducing paperwork and the stigma of applying for low-cost meals.

6/16/2014

Ninety-three Columbus schools will get new report cards because they wrongly withdrew at least one child in the 2010-2011 school year. The now two-years-long student-data scandal in Columbus City Schools is inching toward resolution as the state begins recalculating the report cards for the two school years in which the district and its schools were found to have manipulated data.

6/16/2014

Chicago Public Schools moved to close almost 50 elementary schools last year. The Safe Passage program to protect kids on their way to and from their new schools outside of their neighborhood appears to have performed as promised. In addition, there has been an increase in performance at schools designated to take in students whose buildings were closed.

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