K12 Headlines

1/31/2014

1/31/2014

A handful of California coding bootcamps are fighting for survival after receiving a stern warning from regulators. Unless they comply, these organizations face imminent closure and a hefty $50,000 fine. A BPPE spokesperson said these organizations have two weeks to start coming into compliance.

1/31/2014

Kevin Myers has been named the new superintendent of Mundelein Consolidated High School District 120 in Illinois. Myers said he was drawn to Mundelein after seeing how involved the community and administration officials were in the selection of the new schools chief.

1/31/2014

Departing from traditional hostility between school districts and charter operators, the Franklin-McKinley School District in San Jose, Calif., will partner with charter schools to share campuses and training with the goal of vastly improve education for poor and English-learning children. The partnership was named 1 of 5 in the United States awarded a $100,000 start-up grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

1/31/2014

Lawmakers are expected to increase the base education tax rate by 7 cents, from 94 cents to $1.01 for every $100 of assessed property value. While the total number of pupils in Vermont continues to decline, statewide education spending is projected to increase by 3.8 percent, or about $46.5 million, in the 2015 fiscal year.

1/31/2014

During a speech to 1,000 public-school principals, N.Y. Mayor Bill de Blasio took a string of swipes at his predecessor’s education policies while vowing to deliver on his promise for significant change to the school system. The mayor depicted the Bloomberg administration as one that imposed a corporate model on public schools, didn’t listen to parents or educators and that made many educational blunders.

1/31/2014

Massachusetts schools are under ever-increasing mandates and scrutiny, imposed upon them by both state and federal governments. In recent years, the day-to-day work of teachers and administrators has become thickly infused with strict guidelines that, in theory, are supposed to bring a uniform quality to public education. Educators spend enormous amounts of time demonstrating that they are meeting these standards.

1/31/2014

Once the Easton Area School District in Pennsylvania freezes every district employee's salary and freezes all spending, then—and only then—should the school board even discuss raising taxes.

1/31/2014

After the Katonah-Lewisboro School District decided to close its elementary school of the same name, Superintendent Paul Kreutzer resigned, effective immediately. Michael Jumper, the assistant superintendent for business, has been named acting school superintendent.

1/31/2014

The superintendent of the northeast Kansas school district that serves children from the U.S. Army’s Fort Riley plans to retire. Geary County superintendent Ron Walker told administrators and staff on Wednesday he will retire at the end of the current academic year. Walker has led United School District 475 for 10 years.

1/31/2014

Wake County Superintendent Jim Merrill is attributing “transparency and openness” with helping persuade voters to approve the $810 million school construction bond issue in October. Merrill talks about the bond campaign in an article in the January edition of District Administration magazine that looks at how school districts can win bond issues. Wake is cited in the article as a success story.

1/31/2014

Although no charges have been filed against the students and a tutor involved in the Corona del Mar High School cheating scandal, a search warrant indicates police were looking at possible felony counts.

1/31/2014

At least 250 million of the world's 650 million primary school age children are unable to read, write or do basic mathematics, according to a report Wednesday commissioned by the U.N. education agency. The report found that 130 million are in primary school but have not achieved the minimum benchmarks for learning, and almost 120 million have spent little or no time in a classroom, including 57 million youngsters who are not attending school.

1/30/2014

1/30/2014

Many parents are in the dark about the private information schools collect and store online, as almost 6 in 10 parents have heard little or nothing about schools letting private companies store personal data about their children.

1/30/2014

After serving over 100,000 summer school students in 2013, Edgenuity looks forward to continuing to partner with schools and districts across the country on innovative summer school programs that drive increased student engagement and academic achievement.

1/30/2014

The LRMI workshop is specifically aimed at learning resource creators, tagging services providers, and educators at all levels interested in content that is optimized for personal learning.

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