K12 Headlines

7/7/2014

7/7/2014

Charters are accountable in ways that traditional public schools are not. 

7/7/2014

Scientific Learning Corp.'s Fast ForWord program will be available on the iPad this fall. The program addresses foundational language and literacy skills and memory, attention, processing and sequencing skill development.

7/7/2014

PASCO scientific released SPARKvue, a science learning application that combines content, data collection, visualization, analysis and assessment. With the new version, students and teachers can share data and collaborate on lab activities in real time.

7/7/2014

WIN Career Readiness System, a new digital teaching and learning solution for college and career readiness preparation from WIN Learning, includes a single sign-on portal for instant access to the program's four components as well as embedded assessments powered by Kuder.

7/3/2014

7/3/2014

The state comptroller’s office released its first public school construction survey, which measured costs for Texas schools that opened between 2007 and 2013. Data shows that Dallas-Fort Worth is the Texas metro area with the most expensive schools, second only to San Antonio.

7/3/2014

The Madison School District has put forward a $27 million plan to upgrade or expand more than a dozen school buildings with financing from a proposed bond issue and the district’s capital maintenance operating budget over two years.

7/3/2014

A growing number of school districts are updating their tobacco policies to include a ban on e-cigarettes. The vapor products, which some say are safer to use than tobacco cigarettes, are not currently regulated by the Food and Drug Administration.

7/3/2014

School districts in the state may see more funding for construction and renovation as a result of the state budget currently awaiting Gov. Tom Corbett’s signature. A moratorium for state reimbursement was placed on all new school construction projects in 2012.

7/3/2014

Addressing a half-million-dollar shortfall from 2012-2013, Arizona's high school sports governing body has unveiled a series of fees that has surprised school administrators and, in some cases, drawn their ire.

7/3/2014

About three-quarters of the school committees across the state have decided if their students will continue to take the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment Systems (MCAS) exam next year or will switch to the new Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for Colleges and Careers (PARCC). Of the districts which have decided, 57 percent will take the PARCC and 41 percent selected the MCAS

7/3/2014

Legislation that would enable Philadelphia to levy a $2-per-pack tax on cigarettes passed the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. The Philadelphia School District had been waiting for the state to authorize a city cigarette tax in order to help close a $93 million budget gap.

7/3/2014

It's time for the federal E-rate program that aids schools and libraries with telecommunication costs to catch up with the wireless, 1-to-1, texting, web-surfing generation, according to the E-rate modernization proposal the Federal Communications Commission released.

7/3/2014

In a state where minorities are the majority, a dynamic understanding of ethnicity isn't a luxury or a diversion but a necessity. Such courses would help high school students to grapple with the complex history of oppression and achievement in a truthful — and even liberating — fashion.

7/3/2014

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt unveiled HMH Player, a new app that enables offline access to content, allows teachers and students to collaborate in real time, and offers customization tools.

7/3/2014

Using MindShine Technologies' new Student Risk Assessment System in conjunction with their existing student information system, districts can collect data to create a risk factor index for each student to determine the probability that a student will drop out, and to determine if school actions are making a difference.

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