K12 Headlines

6/10/2014

6/10/2014

The Charleston County school board approved a total general operating budget of $404 million for the 2014-2015 school year, up from $382 million last year. The district had been faced with a $6 million funding gap between its initial spending plan of $407.5 million and projected revenues of $401.5 million.

6/10/2014

The National Center for Education Statistics released its annual "Indicators of School Crime and Safety" report, finding that during the 2010-2011 school year, the number of school-related deaths was starting to decrease. However, incidents of theft and violence – including student violence against teachers – are on the rise in America's schools.

6/10/2014

Schools across the country and here in Maine are finding that students will come around to the new healthier lunch menus, given time, creativity and persistence. They also are finding that the menus can be costly, at a time when the budgetary cupboard is bare. Though several Maine districts have had notable success with healthier meals, struggling systems should get some leeway so their efforts don’t fail.

6/10/2014

The state’s largest teachers union will file a lawsuit in Shawnee County District Court this month against a controversial education bill. Lawmakers increased the amount of funding for public schools to comply with a Kansas Supreme Court decision in March that cited funding inequities among districts, particularly among poorer and wealthier districts. But lawmakers coupled the increase in funding with policy reforms.

6/10/2014

In response to former Clarksburg police officer and new Harrison County Board of Education member Michael Daugherty's request for an advisory opinion, the West Virginia Ethics Commission has stated that police officers can’t serve on county boards of education as they already hold a public office.

6/10/2014

Teacher, police and firefighter unions in New Jersey have gone to court in an attempt to block the governor's plan to slash the state's contributions to its public retirement system. The lawsuit alleges that the move to reduce pension contributions to $1.38 billion from $3.85 billion through fiscal 2015 is a violation of employees' contract rights under both the state and federal constitutions.

6/10/2014

Edvance360 released its Edvance360 LMS-SN Version 7.3.2 learning management system, which includes a number of new features such a LTI-integration with e-textbook provider Vital Source, expiring enrollments reports and more.

6/10/2014

Rodney E. Watson has been named the lone finalist for the superintendent position for the Spring ISD. He will oversee operations and staff at 53 campuses. Watson currently serves as the Chief Human Resources Officer for the Houston ISD, which has over 210,000 students and 30,000 employees.

6/10/2014

The Augusta County School Board named a replacement for departing Superintendent Chuck Bishop. Assistant Superintendent for Personnel Eric Bond will take over the position as of July 1. Bishop announced his resignation to accept the superintendent’s position in Clarke County.

6/10/2014

Longtime San Francisco school district administrator Janet Schulze will be the new superintendent of the Pittsburg Unified School District. She will leave her position as assistant superintendent of high schools in San Francisco later this month to replace Linda Rondeau, Pittsburg Unified's retiring superintendent, on July 1.

6/10/2014

Rex Gearheart has been picked to become the Bristol school system’s new superintendent in Virginia. Formerly the system’s assistant superintendent, Gearheart replaces Mark Y. Lineburg, who has been selected as the new superintendent of the Winchester Public School District.

6/10/2014

Nearly one in three Rhode Island schools are in need of improvement, while 30 schools have been recognized as “commended” for their exceptional performance, according to a report released by the Rhode Island Department of Education.

6/10/2014

In Oregon, Medford's board adopted a new English language arts curriculum that included the purchase of 1,800 Dell Google Chromebooks for about $1.09 million. The hardware will be used to power the 2015 Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Collections blended learning program. Students will be able to access the curriculum on the new Chromebooks in class and from other devices outside of class.

6/10/2014

Over the past few decades, many state departments of education have taken over low-performing schools or districts as a school turnaround strategy. Although the strategy varies in terms of the level of state control and local influence, its success has been mixed or cannot yet be fully measured. Nonetheless, it has sparked new thinking and innovation in states and districts.

6/10/2014

The New York City teachers union says it has several state lawmakers who will help push a bill that would change the extremely competitive process for getting into eight specialized high schools. Backers say the proposal will make admissions more fair at schools where few black and Hispanic students gain entry.

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