K12 Headlines

5/27/2014

5/27/2014

An early retirement incentive offered annually to Des Moines educators no longer serves its purpose and threatens to become a financial drain on the school district, officials say. The program also features one of the most attractive packages in the state, offering higher awards than other neighboring districts.

5/27/2014

In Massachusetts, Boston administrators stopped selling junk food at lunch and persuaded a health-conscious food organization to donate a salad bar for their cafeteria so students could eat fresh. Due to budget issues, the School Department has refused to stock the salad bar since September and has reinstated the sale of snacks during lunch.

5/27/2014

For a growing number of children in Rhode Island, Iowa and other states, the school day starts and ends with walking with their classmates and an adult volunteer to and from school. Walking school buses are catching on nationwide to fight childhood obesity, improve attendance rates and ensure that kids get to school safely.

5/27/2014

Thousands of Houston-area students in a handful of districts attended class on Monday, a federal holiday, to make up for time lost earlier this semester to inclement weather, though many observed Memorial Day as part of their lessons. To educate pupils on the meaning of the day, school districts held patriotic activities that included veterans as special guest speakers and flag craft projects.

5/27/2014

Teacher Laura Glading-Smith has introduced a new digital math textbook that is customizable to high school math students. The digital textbook allows students to access a number of different methods for understanding important mathematical concepts.

5/27/2014

New Jersey education officials proposed major changes to the science and preschool curriculums as well as minor tweaks to the health and physical education guidelines at a special meeting of the New Jersey State Board of Education. But the officials recommended no changes to the math and English language arts standards.

5/27/2014

Timmons Group’s Raleigh Survey Group signed an on-call survey engineering contract with Wake County Public Schools System. As the second largest school system in North Carolina, Wake County hired Timmons Group’s Professional Land Surveyors to provide multiple surveying services.

5/27/2014

Public elementary and secondary education revenue declined in fiscal year 2012 for the first time since 1977. According to new U.S. Census Bureau findings, public school systems received $594.5 billion in total revenue in fiscal year 2012, down $4.9 billion (0.8 percent) from fiscal year 2011.

5/27/2014

TESOL International Association, a professional association committed to promoting excellence in English-language teaching, has released resources to help teachers of English learners address the Common Core State Standards. The resources include books, papers and a webinar.

5/27/2014

If you could change the education system today, what would you create? Where would you start? Doesn't it seem logical to start by studying what the top performers in education do? Only when the United States does this, and learns the right lessons from these countries' practices, will the era of education reform truly arrive.

5/27/2014

The Tenino School District has picked a new chief educator. Joe Belmonte, the current assistant superintendent specializing in elementary education at the Lacey-based North Thurston School District, will start July 1 as the district's superintendent. Belmonte will replace Russ Pickett, who resigned to become the superintendent of an Oregon district.

5/27/2014

Craig Ross, who has served as Robertsdale High School principal since 2011, has been selected by the Cullman County School System as its first appointed superintendent. Ross will replace retiring superintendent Billy Coleman.

5/27/2014

The Virginia city's school board has hired David S. Gaston as its new superintendent of schools beginning July 1. He has spent the last 10 years as the head of the Department of Accountability, Quality, and Innovation in the Williamsburg-James City County school systems.

5/27/2014

Glenn "Max" McGee has been offered the Palo Alto district's superintendent position. He is currently head of school at the Princeton Institute for Mathematics and Science, an educational start-up that he spearheaded in the last year with the backing of a Chinese foundation.

5/27/2014

For all the effort and money poured into school reform, Indiana is simply not making enough progress. Only about 10 percent of children from low-income families eventually graduate from a four-year university. We’re at severe risk of developing a nearly permanent underclass in our state, one with few opportunities for upward mobility.

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