K12 Headlines

6/18/2014

6/18/2014

Speaking on behalf of a consortium of the North Carolina's 10 largest school districts, superintendents from school systems in Cumberland, Johnston, New Hanover and Wake counties said they couldn’t stand to lose teaching assistants under a Senate plan that calls for roughly half of the positions in elementary schools to be eliminated.

6/18/2014

A bill to hasten the dismissal of some public school teachers appears to be speeding into law. The faster process would apply to California teachers suspected of serious offenses, such as attempted murder, sexual misconduct or drug offenses. It does not require that an instructor be convicted of a crime to be fired, only that a district has determined that the employee is unfit for the classroom.

6/18/2014

Black Box Corporation has expanded its portfolio of storage and charging solutions for mobile devices with a new “pay as you grow” stackable locker system. Called the iPad, Chromebook, Tablet, and Laptop Lockers, these configurable, secure and stackable lockers can accommodate standard 19" rack IT equipment in addition to all sizes of tablets and other mobile devices.

6/18/2014

At least two Clark County school districts are looking to adopt 1-to-1 technology plans next year. Springfield City is looking to spend about $6 million on laptops for all students in grades three through 12 in the next three years. Tecumseh Local School District has applied for a state grant to buy iPads for each middle school student.

6/18/2014

The National Council on Teacher Quality's second annual evaluation of teacher preparation programs found that only 7 percent performed well enough to achieve "top status." Three out of four programs "fail to insist that applicants meet even modest standards," the group wrote, meaning at least a 3.0 grade point average, or scoring above the 50th percentile on the ACT or SAT.

6/18/2014

The Salem-Keizer School Board approved plans to open a new career and technical education center for high school students. Under the adopted 2014-2015 budget, over $420,000 would fund the center's start up costs. The board also approved a five-year legal agreement between the district and Mountain West Career Technical Institute for the new center

6/18/2014

Scotland County's board approved a remodeling of Scotland High School’s career and technical education program and signed an agreement for Richmond Community College to take over instruction for most vocational and technical classes. In the upcoming school year, the program will grow from one on-campus, college credit-bearing course to 25, in fields including IT and mechanical and electronics engineering.

6/18/2014

July 10–12, 2014
Nashville, Tenn.

6/17/2014

6/17/2014

As with many institutions and universal ideas in this nation in recent years, it seems that even something as right and as basic as feeding children food that is good for them has become politicized. The idea of school lunch as an egalitarian mechanism to nourish our nation’s potential has long been discarded and devalued. We are faced with an enormous crisis of health, education and inequality.

6/17/2014

Capstone announced its preK-3 research solution PebbleGo is now optimized for the iPad, Android, Kindle Fire HD and other mobile devices. PebbleGo 2.0 features a new interface design to support mobile web browsers, as well as a number of enhancements across all four of the database modules: Animals, Biographies, Earth and Space, and Social Studies.

6/17/2014

ASCD Professional Learning Services has entered an agreement to provide professional development training for up to 100 administrators, teachers and consultants in the Coatesville Area School District. ASCD will provide Understanding by Design professional learning for elementary and secondary educators throughout the 2014–2015 school year.

6/17/2014

Brooklyn Public Library has received a two year, $400,000 grant from the New York Life Foundation to expand its Brooklyn Connections program. The program is a school outreach initiative that offers middle school students rare access to original archival materials that document the borough’s development history through a special collection of more than one million items from a variety of media.

6/17/2014

South Hunterdon Regional School District’s interim superintendent of schools has been chosen for the permanent position after a five-month-long search process. Louis Muenker has been serving as the interim superintendent since July 2013.

6/17/2014

Mark Toback has been selected to head up the New Jersey district following the resignation of Raymond Gonzalez, which is effective August 1. Prior to his current four years as Hoboken's superintendent, Toback was chief school administrator at Sussex County Technical School for five years.

6/17/2014

Jeffrey Schoonover has been named to dual positions as the new Somerset Public Schools superintendent this school year and the superintendent of both Somerset and the Somerset Berkley Regional School District the year afterward. Schoonover is currently the assistant superintendent in Portsmouth, R.I.

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