K12 Headlines

6/26/2014

6/26/2014

The Department of Education's budget for arts education is set to get a multi-million dollar boost, and that could help some schools rebuild their their programs after years of budget cuts.

6/26/2014

Odysseyware is launching its largest combination of new courses and learning resources. The summer launch includes a full math and ELA Common Core curriculum, six new high school career and technical education courses, 20 interactive virtual labs and other resources.

6/26/2014

Alabama high school students say they use tobacco products and a variety of illegal drugs at higher rates than the nationwide average, according to a new report by the Centers for Disease Control.

6/26/2014

California's Supreme Court has given the go-ahead to a lawsuit by two former San Francisco bus mechanics who accuse a transportation company of supplying the city with unsafe school buses.

6/26/2014

Edmonds School District recently banned edible treats in classroom parties, limiting them to three classroom celebrations per year. The district cited unhealthy eating with the frequency of parties and parents' possible economic hardships as reasons, instead encouraging non-food treats and favors.

6/26/2014

There are a lot of questions to be answered before school districts and the state can expect to effectively implement the new PARCC tests across the state. Until the Department of Education can firm up a cost estimate for these testing changes, lawmakers should indeed put this project on hold.

6/26/2014

From a research perspective, bilingual is better. From the perspective of an educator, dual language programs view language as a resource that benefits students learning English. States should be in the business of adding to children’s linguistic toolkit and not asking them to leave their best tool at home.

6/26/2014

myON is expanding its digital literacy platform to include a set of literacy tools to personalize the reading experience for students, while growing instructional capabilities for teachers. The first set of tools to be released support close reading.

6/26/2014

Scenario Learning has released a new SafeSchools Training Active Shooter for Administrators course, written by school safety experts Michael and Chris Dorn. Created for school and district administrators, the course outlines evidence-based methods to improve the odds of survival during an active shooter event.

6/26/2014

To expand school districts’ access to licensed mental health professionals, including counselors and social workers, and to aid with the high caseloads that limit individual attention to children in need, PresenceLearning is now providing live, online counseling services.

6/26/2014

Greenville County Schools will be able to make its payments on its $1 billion BEST construction program, finish a new middle school construction and maintain its nearly 100 schools for the coming year without a tax increase. The school board approved issuing up to $99.5 million in general obligation bonds to take care of its facilities needs.

6/25/2014

6/25/2014

Education technology companies often overlook the priorities and circumstances of small- to medium-sized public school systems. A recent Clayton Christensen Institute report showed that, regardless of what vendors think or want, schools are cobbling solutions together from a variety of software providers.

6/25/2014

Winchester Foundation for Educational Excellence is partnering with Winchester Public Schools on a new campaig called "powerED Up, Transforming Classrooms." It designed to ensure the seamless integration of technology into each school. The foundation is kicking off the campaign with a $100,000 gift to address inadequate network infrastructure in Winchester schools. The three-year private fundraising goal is $850,000.

6/25/2014

Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback presented districts with checks for increasing participation in the state’s Career and Technical Education program, which covers tuition for students taking technical courses and rewards school districts with $1,000 for every student that obtains an industry certification. More than 8,000 students participated statewide.

6/25/2014

In high schools around the country, more departing seniors are electing to study computer science, mathematics, engineering and science in college than are graduates of just a few years ago. The increase also reflects the emphasis that school and business leaders have been placing on better preparing students for a future in which virtually every occupation has embraced technology.

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