K12 Headlines

8/18/2014

8/18/2014

Just three weeks before the start of the school year, the Buffalo Public School District laid off 63 teachers, as well as six deans of students.

8/18/2014

Newark City Schools was part of a pilot program, but statewide, Common Core takes full effect for the first time this fall, meaning its true effect on students' education is still hypothetical.

8/18/2014

FreshGrade announced it has secured $4.3 million in seed funding from education and venture capital firms: NewSchools Venture Fund, Emerson Collective, Accel Partners and Social Capital. Designed by developers in collaboration with teachers and parents, FreshGrade is a classroom engagement and real-time assessment resource for administrators, teachers and parents.

8/18/2014

A new book argues that teaching is a craft anyone can learn. But there's a big difference between competence and excellence.

8/15/2014

8/15/2014

The Arkansas Department of Education said that 19 schools and two school districts in the state have been awarded federal grants to fund before- and after-school programs. The 21st Century Community Learning Center grants are funded by the U.S. Department of Education and will support programs for five years.

8/15/2014

The Pleasant Plains School District has named Matt Runge as its superintendent. Runge, the superintendent of the Warsaw School District, will take over as Plains’ top administrator after Labor Day.

8/15/2014

The Union Springs Central School District Board of Education appointed Jarrett Powers to lead the district as its superintendent of schools. He fills the position made vacant by Linda Rice, who earlier this spring resigned as superintendent, a position she's held since 2004. Powers joins the Union Springs district from Ithaca, where he served as principal of Ithaca High School.

8/15/2014

Conewago Valley's board of directors has approved promoting current Assistant Superintendent Russell Greenholt as the replacement for current Superintendent Rebecca Harbaugh when she retires in January.

8/15/2014

Dozens of Pinellas families are scrambling to find schools for their children after a St. Petersburg charter school abruptly held a new lottery for admission just four days before the first day of school.

8/15/2014

The use of a health textbook some deemed inappropriate for freshmen students has been delayed, giving the Fremont Unified district time to consult the book's publisher over its chapters on sexual education.

8/15/2014

More than 2,850 unaccompanied illegal immigrant minors have been placed with sponsors in Virginia. Under federal and Virginia law, the state expects that many of the unaccompanied minors who enroll in public school will be considered “homeless” to avoid school enrollment documentation requirements.

8/15/2014

New Orleans has the highest percentage of students attending private schools of any metro area in the country. A new study from the website Trulia, reported by CityLab and Time.com, found that 25.1 percent of students in the New Orleans metro area attend private school, ranking it first above Honolulu and San Francisco.

8/15/2014

A well-intentioned law to expand national fingerprinting background checks for school employees has been crucial for the safety of Massachusetts' most vulnerable residents: its children. The problem, however, is that the implementation of the law leads to multiple, repetitive background checks and unnecessary, costly layers of government bureaucracy.

8/15/2014

Smart Coos, Inc. debuted its new web-based language learning product for babies and children, newborns to age 8, and their parents. The e-learning language community provides parents and early childhood educators with books, videos and tutors on its subscription-based website.

8/15/2014

When it comes to success in the school environment, what are the important skills children need to master? Most adults think the focus should be on academic skills, such as counting or knowing the letters of the alphabet. However, it is just as important to teach children to regulate their emotions, thoughts and behavior.

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