K12 Headlines

6/4/2014

6/4/2014

Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced a partnership with a San Francisco-based nonprofit working to improving Internet access in public schools. The pilot project with EducationSuperHighway will wire Virginia for broadband, starting with schools. Virginia was selected, in part, because data suggest its schools pay more for Internet service and network connectivity.

6/4/2014

In Florida's Pasco County, Superintendent Kurt Browning has recommended eliminating the honoring of valedictorians and salutatorians beginning with next year's freshman class. Instead, top-performing students would be honored in groups by Latin terms signifying achievement levels.

6/4/2014

Des Moines' school board decided that teachers will not be able to accrue benefits for unused time off after this June and moved to cap the amount that can be spent on the district's early retirement program in the 2015-2016 fiscal year. The revised program will also give out a payment in one lump sum, instead of over five years.

6/4/2014

PlascoTrac's new cloud-based incident management solution, Hero, has been selected by Horry County Schools in Myrtle Beach, S.C., to help streamline the process of creating, approving and reporting incidents within its schools using the Incident Manager module of PlascoTrac's PowerSchool.

6/4/2014

Maryland’s Prince George’s County Public Schools and Discovery Education are expanding their 10-year partnership. In this new phase of collaboration, Discovery Education will present the largest professional development event in the school system’s history, as well as provide students access to Discovery Education Science Techbook in the 2014-2015 school year.

6/4/2014

Edgenuity has released its new Algebra I, a full-year course focuses on the Common Core model pathway for algebra. The program is designed to deepen students’ understanding of linear and exponential functions and develop fluency in writing and solving one-variable equations and inequalities.

6/4/2014

High school graduation rates in Wyoming continue to slip this year. Wyoming's high school graduation rate show that females are more likely to graduate from high school than their male peers. In addition, the graduation rate among Native American students is at its lowest point in four years at 42 percent.

6/4/2014

June 22–24, 2014
Downers Grove, Ill.

6/4/2014

The problem is not only getting girls to computer class, but keeping them there. While parents often worry about recreational “screen time,” some educators now believe that gaming could be a way to get girls interested in coding, and even to increase the numbers of girls in STEM

6/4/2014

Cassia County school officials have a new administrator for Cassia Regional Technical Center. Curtis Richins, who taught business education for the last 10 years at Mount Harrison High School, has been hired to replace Carl Voigt.

6/4/2014

Shelby County Schools in Tennessee is looking to blended learning to help schools reach an ambitious set of goals that includes having 80 percent of its high school graduates college- and career-ready by 2025. The program will be piloted in 16 Memphis schools next year.

6/4/2014

Sibling Group Holdings, Inc. has finalized the acquisition of Blended Schools Network (BSN). BSN will operate as an independent business unit. Currently, BSN serves over 160 school districts and has developed over 190 online courses, 15,000 lessons, 12,000 videos and over 8,000 modules.

6/4/2014

June 27–29, 2014
Dallas, Texas

6/4/2014

June 28–July 1, 2014
Atlanta, Ga.

6/3/2014

6/3/2014

Political battles over teaching in the last decade have focused on complexities of pensions, evaluations and standardized testing, often ignoring a basic but critical issue: Attendance.

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