K12 Headlines

1/28/2014

1/28/2014

Pittsburgh Public Schools is expected to go bankrupt in 2016 unless it changes course. State Auditor General Eugene DePasquale says he's concerned about declining school enrollment, ballooning pension costs and the cost of sending the district’s schoolchildren to charter schools.

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Statewide, more than 112,000 students dropped out from both traditional and charter schools between 2006 and 2010, according to the Dropout Tracking Report. The dropout rate, it calculates, held steady at about three percent, but researchers say the dropout problem is not universal.

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The researchers concluded that students whose teachers had one or more years of teaching experience and used Science Techbook for instruction scored higher on the FCAT than students whose teachers had similar levels of experience but had not used Science Techbook for instruction.

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The U.S. District Attorney's Office says evidence presented by three Jewish families could show the district's disciplinary system was inadequate to accurately track — and therefore to adequately and promptly respond to — anti-Semitic incidents in the district's schools.

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Education researchers have been hoping policymakers and others will understand that poverty is the biggest impediment to children's academic success. According to analyses in an October 2013 report from the Southern Education Foundation, 48 percent of the nation's 50 million public school students were in low-income families.

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Funded by AASA through a partnership with the National Joint Powers Alliance, the $2,000 grants will be used to furnish items such as food and clothing and in some instances, temporary housing stipends.

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When a high school in New Haven, Conn., required yoga and meditation classes three times a week for its incoming freshman, studies found that after each class, students had significantly reduced levels of cortisol, a stress hormone, in their bodies.

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The proposed increase falls far short of the $1.2 billion increase Gov. Rick Scott recommended last year, despite the best budget outlook in recent memory. Still, Scott said his latest recommendation would be enough to push education spending to a record high.

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Despite his ouster as the secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Education in late August, William Harner was named interim superintendent of the Quakertown Community School District. He will fill the post from Jan. 24 through June 30.

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For the past three weeks, thousands of parents of incoming kindergarten and sixth-grade students have been registering for school under a new system that aims to place students in schools closer to their homes starting this fall. It's the biggest change to the registration process in decades.

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Union members have complained that the state has not given educators adequate guidance in implementing the Common Core. They also have raised issue with the state's new system of teacher evaluations

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The enlightening 10-part video collection, narrated by NBC Olympics’ hockey host Liam McHugh, delves into the physics, engineering, chemistry, design and mathematics behind the world’s foremost sporting event.

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A national winner will be selected from these finalists in February and all state and national honorees will be recognized at an April black-tie gala in Washington, DC.

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With more frigid temperatures forecast for this week likely to cause additional school closings, Gov. John Kasich wants a one-time increase from the current five “calamity days” schools can use before they have to start adding school days at the end of the year.

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The ACT has been given free of charge to Illinois' 11th graders for more than a decade. But that could change with a proposal to make the college-entrance exam voluntary, with perhaps only low-income students getting to take it for free.

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