K12 Headlines

5/6/2014

5/6/2014

Students have been prohibited from carrying backpacks for years at Franklin Regional, but they are now being asked to replace the allowed drawstring bags with clear plastic bags provided by the schools. The precaution is intended to "bring an added sense of safety and security during the school day as the school community continues to heal," said district spokeswoman Mary Catherine Reljac.

5/6/2014

The Colorado Senate approved a small rollback of state social studies testing. The bill would cancel next fall’s 12th grade online social studies tests and delay them until the fall of 2014. The tests were given for the first time to fourth and seventh-grade students statewide this spring.

5/6/2014

Lawmakers decided to put the brakes on draft legislation that would allow a student to attend any school in the state. The Open Enrollment/Home School Pilot bill is on hold to enable Joint Legislative Program Evaluation Oversight Committee members to spend more time discussing its provisions and talking with local superintendents about the plan’s logistics.

5/6/2014

The Massachusetts city's proposed $446 million school budget for fiscal year 2015 will cut central office positions by 20 percent, mostly through attrition, and institute a hiring freeze to avoid layoffs of teachers. State funding will barely increase while federal grant money will decrease.

5/6/2014

The Warsaw Community Schools named David Hoffert as superintendent of schools. He will replace Craig Hintz, who is retiring as of June 30. Hoffert currently serves as the Assistant Superintendent and Chief Academic Officer in the school district.

5/6/2014

Doing away with the traditional grade structure in schools and allowing students to learn at their own paces is one change possibly coming to schools of the future. A transitional year where students work closely with colleges and universities would take the place of grade 12.

5/6/2014

NetSupport announced the availability of its NetSupport School Tutor app for Chrome OS. The new app will enable teachers in a dedicated Chrome environment to remotely interact and engage with student Chromebooks from their own Chrome OS-based system.

5/6/2014

Cree introduced a series of LED T8 replacement tubes that offer 30 percent energy savings and near-universal driver compatibility.

5/6/2014

Making a case for a massive infusion of new funding, Philadelphia School District officials told the city council that it had an obligation to do more. Without $216 million in new funding, the district may increase class sizes to up to 41 students, lay off 1,000 employees including teachers and cancel union contracts.

5/6/2014

A total of 662 organizations, including 446 public districts, have requested more than $761 million in the second round of the Straight A Fund grant award process. The applicant pool includes 73 percent of Ohio school districts. The $250 million Straight A Fund was created to promote innovative local ideas and programs to help transform and modernize Ohio’s education system.

5/6/2014

In a new University of Phoenix College of Education/Harris Poll survey of K12 teachers, 49 percent say a teacher inspired them and 34 percent say they wanted to inspire change in education. The focus on standardized testing (69 percent), lack of parent involvement (47 percent), large class sizes (47 percent) and the difficulty in disciplining children (43 percent) are sources of frustration.

5/6/2014

The Barrow County Board of Education has chosen Chris McMichael, current executive director of teaching and learning, as their choice to take the helm of the district.

5/6/2014

Oakland's school board approved a four-year contract for a new superintendent, Antwan Wilson, who will start his job July 1. The current assistant superintendent at Denver Public Schools will takes over from interim Superintendent Gary Yee.

5/6/2014

The School Nutrition Association and a number of schools are calling on Congress and the U.S. Department of Agriculture to ease up on the next round of federal healthy food requirements, due July 1.

5/5/2014

5/5/2014

This summer, Vernier Software & Technology will offer more than 20 full-day, hands-on training institutes to help science and STEM teachers integrate data collection technology into their science curriculum.

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