K12 Headlines

5/2/2014

5/2/2014

After a sharply-charged debate that touched on the law, immigration and America, a divided Florida Senate voted in favor of letting students who live in the country illegally qualify for in-state college tuition rates.

5/1/2014

5/1/2014

To ensure Wisconsin schools remain safe environments for learning, the Department of Public Instruction (DPI) announced a new framework to improve school safety. It calls for action in mental health, climate and culture, physical environment and school administrative policies and procedures.

5/1/2014

Montgomery County may need to increase its funding by $41.3 million more than originally proposed toward school construction projects. The extra funds would produce more than $1.5 billion for the county public schools’ capital improvement program for fiscal years 2015 through 2020.

5/1/2014

Google has stopped scanning student Gmail accounts for advertising data purposes after the practice was scrutinized during a recent court case. Google Apps for Education offers Gmail accounts, calendars, cloud storage and document creation.

5/1/2014

The state's school grading system will be delayed for a year. A key portion of the new bill would ensure that schools wouldn't receive sanctions or penalties as a result of school grades issued in 2015, the year being used as a baseline to measure schools.

5/1/2014

A new idea-sharing initiative for schools launched earlier this month in New York City. The Learning Partners program, set to more than triple in size next year, puts schools in groups of three with one school in charge of opening its doors to share what’s working for its teachers and students.

5/1/2014

The proposed legislation would require North Carolina school districts to set up plans allowing families to request a seat in any school in their home district or in any of the state’s other districts. School districts could deny the request for only a few reasons, with lack of space the principal one.

5/1/2014

Virtual Education Software debuted a new graduate level online course titled, "Understanding & Implementing Common Core Standards" (CCS). VESi's CCS course is available to pre-K through 12 education professionals.

5/1/2014

The company's online occupational therapists conduct the same assessments as those performed in traditional, in-person OT settings, including the Beery VMI, the Sensory Profile, family and teacher interviews, and observation of school and functional skills in the student’s natural learning environment.

5/1/2014

The state has launched an online database detailing public school construction costs since 2007. The site will give taxpayers more insight into how Texas public school districts have accumulated a third of all outstanding debt issued by local governments.

5/1/2014

The pressure put on teachers to prepare young students for Common Core, college and careers is too much and should be replaced with inspiring them to explore and discover their learning passions.

5/1/2014

These days, every kid has a list for the start of school. These costs pile up. On top of this pile, Illinois is now considering passing along the cost of required testing to students. The schools should pay, while the role of the parents ought to be to encourage studying.

5/1/2014

Connecticut’s Achievement Gap Task Force is drafting a master plan to ensure that every single child, regardless of race, income or ZIP code, gets a high-quality education. Particularly encouraging in the Task Force’s plan is the focus on early childhood education, especially early literacy.

5/1/2014

Scholastic launched Storia School Edition, a subscription-based e-book solution for pre-K through six, for group and individual classroom reading, and Core Clicks, a web-based instructional program for K5 that supports content area reading in social studies and science.

5/1/2014

A new study from the University of Arkansas found that charters in Tennessee received 15.3 percent more funds than district schools from 2007 through 2011. On a national scale, the opposite was true with districts taking in more in per-pupil funds than charters in their states.

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