K12 Headlines

6/11/2014

6/11/2014

Franklin Township Schools violated the state constitution when it discontinued bus service and arranged for an outside company to shuttle students for a fee, the Indiana Court of Appeals ruled. The ruling, if it stands, also would prevent other school corporations from trying the same approach to solve a budget problem.

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The slow economic recovery is taking a toll on the nation’s public schools, reversing a multi-decade trend of increased funding and pushing student-teacher ratios to their highest levels since 2000. U.S. schools actually weathered the recession itself relatively well. Once the recession ended, however, so did the stimulus — long before state and local governments were ready to pick up the slack.

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Louisiana's public schools were comparatively unsafe places in the 2011-2012 academic year, according to data released by the National Center for Education Statistics. Louisiana had the highest rate of high school students reporting they got into a fight on campus and teachers reporting they had been threatened with injury at school.

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In a groundbreaking ruling, a California court struck down the state's teacher tenure, dismissal and seniority laws on grounds that they violate the equal protection clause of the state Constitution. If other state governments don't act, disadvantaged students now have a claim to petition the judiciary to protect their rights as much as in the days of Jim Crow.

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Securly, a cloud-based provider of internet security for K12 schools, has launched Student Achievement Analytics to help school leadership use a combination of visual charts and commands to answer questions about aggregate student activity. The new offering shows how students and teachers are really using technology.

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A House bill that would allow some schools to opt out of healthier meal standards drew a veto threat from the White House. The GOP spending bill would allow schools to waive the school lunch and breakfast standards for the next school year if they lost money on meal programs over a six-month period.

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A few days into summer vacation, dozens of Central Texas principals are trying to figure out how to pay for after-school programs next school year. The 5-year cycle runs out at the end of July for nearly 70 local schools receiving federal grant money for the programs.

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A California judge ruled as unconstitutional the state's teacher tenure, dismissal and layoff laws, saying they keep bad teachers in the classroom and force out promising good ones. The court ordered a stay of the decision, pending an appeal by the state and the teachers union.

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Sioux Falls School District officials say the first use of widespread Chromebook technology in the public schools this past year was successful, with less wear and tear than expected. The 18,000 devices, part of the district’s 1-to-1 student technology initiative for grades three through 12, enabled students to access assignments and information at a much greater speed.

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David Hood, who has been Western Middle School's principal, will become the Western School District's director of instructional technology. In this position, Hood will help all Western teachers integrate technology into their regular classroom lessons.

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June 27–29, 2014
Dallas, Texas

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June 22–24, 2014
Downers Grove, Ill.

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June 28–July 1, 2014
Atlanta, Ga.

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July 10–12, 2014

Nashville, Tenn.

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With the Plymouth-Canton schools moving to a 1-to-1 technology learning model next year, teachers are going to be asked to do more as administrators shave the ranks of their media specialists in a cost-cutting move aimed at helping eliminate a $6.3 million budget deficit. Among the budget adjustments being recommended is an elimination of six media specialists and 6.3 full-time-equivalent interventionists.

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