K12 Headlines

8/8/2014

8/8/2014

Despite the challenges, the successes that two Michigan elementary schools are having with the balanced calendar is attracting attention from parents in neighboring districts as well. The different schedule does require some adjustments, especially when planning vacations and arranging child care during the year.

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8/7/2014

Ten New Mexico school districts will receive nearly $97 million in state funds for the design and construction of school facilities. The state capital outlay funds will be matched with district funds totaling $90.6 million for projects.

8/7/2014

Access to a good school too often depends on a family’s ability to afford a home in an expensive community. But Massachusetts can break the tie between education and housing by enacting a scholarship tax credit law to expand educational opportunity for tens of thousands of low-income students.

8/7/2014

Legislative supporters of putting a multibillion-dollar school construction bond on California's fall ballot kicked off efforts to pass the measure by the end of next week. Proponents said a new bond would improve students’ learning experience and create construction jobs.

8/7/2014

The Pelham City Council approved the issuance of bonds with a total value of $35 million for school construction and improvements that will be repaid using the municipal 1 percent sales tax for education. The board is also planning to secure another roughly $5 million in funding.

8/7/2014

Citing chronically overcrowded schools and the need for technology, the Salinas Union High School District Board of Trustees voted to place a $128 million bond on the November 4 ballot. The bond measure aims to address upgrading and repairing existing schools and installing updated technological hardware and infrastructure.

8/7/2014

Since 1993, public school districts in Wisconsin have operated under a revenue cap. As a result of the state's Act 10, increases to the revenue cap are not tied to inflationary increases, and it is creating problems for school districts.

8/7/2014

The state hasn’t passed a statewide bond since 2006, and the program funds are now depleted. Unless a new statewide school bond measure is approved, many California communities are going to be restricted to the minimum completion of projects envisioned for students.

8/7/2014

Public school officials in Florida, Texas and Georgia know the unaccompanied minors are already in their states, mainly from Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador. But they don't know how many will end up enrolling and where.

8/7/2014

IPEVO has announced an accessory designed to work with its IS-01 Interactive Whiteboard System. The Extension Wand is an aluminum wand that fits onto the end of the IS-01's Interactive Pen to extend the pen's length.

8/7/2014

Gov. Corbett said that he would advance the troubled Philadelphia school system $265 million. Officials said that action - which represents no new revenue or savings - could still result in layoffs, a shortened school year, and class sizes of 40 and more students.

8/7/2014

An initiative proposing a new teacher evaluation method has won approval to appear on the November ballot in Missouri. The proposal would limit tenure protections for public school staff and require them to be evaluated largely on student achievement.

8/7/2014

New Mexico's Office of the State Auditor is questioning how several Albuquerque public charter schools are spending money from the state. The auditors office says the aviation-focused schools didn’t follow a transparent bidding process for planes and that it appears the founder gave his own company an unfair advantage.

8/7/2014

A new program in Tennessee will allow some students to finish high school and their first two years of college at the same time. Middle College is a collaboration between Roane State Community College and Roane County Schools.

8/7/2014

Boardmaker Online has been introduced by DynaVox Systems, creators of Boardmaker, a symbol-adapted special education software for assisting individuals with speech, language and learning challenges. Designed for special needs educators, speech-language pathologists, assistive technology specialists and parents, Boardmaker Online helps create and manage special education instruction.

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