K12 Headlines

5/19/2014

5/19/2014

Sixty years after racial segregation was outlawed in schools, public education is again segregating along racial lines. And not just in the South, but across the United States.

5/19/2014

As Newark woke up to a new mayor-elect on Wednesday, the groups that backed him declared his victory one for the “progressive” wing of the Democratic Party, saying it was part of a rising tide across the country of voters’ speaking out against charter schools and other incursions against labor unions and public education.

5/19/2014

The usual flashpoints — new, expensive mandates, wildly rising insurance and retirement costs and state aid cuts — have been minimal heading toward the 2014-15 school year.

5/19/2014

Access to free drinking water at school has improved, but California schools are not doing all they can, despite state and federal laws on the issue and evidence of the health benefits of drinking water, researchers said Thursday. One in four schools studied did not meet the legal requirements, they said.

5/19/2014

With children rejecting the birth gender at younger ages and the transgender rights movement gaining momentum, schools in districts large and small, conservative and liberal, are working to help transitioning youth fit in without a fuss.

5/19/2014

Paying for cafeteria makeovers poses a challenge for many districts, as heavy demand for a limited amount of federal money means schools must fund the projects on their own.

5/19/2014

Within the next five years — if averages first outlined in a 2010 Iowa Department of Education report hold — between 30 percent and 40 percent of the teachers who first entered the classroom for the 2013-14 school year will be gone.

5/19/2014

Segregation is still widespread at American public schools, 60 years after the landmark Brown v. Topeka Board of Education ruling, a new report shows. And it no longer impacts just black and white students.

5/16/2014

5/16/2014

A Louisville high school's site-based council gave initial approval to a non-discrimination policy sparked by a controversy over a transgender student's access to a girls' bathroom. The Atherton High School policy bars discrimination based on a range of factors, including age, race or sexual orientation and will also now include gender identity.

5/16/2014

Victoria Schumacher has been hired as the new superintendent of the Coast Unified School District. She has worked with the Yucaipa-Calimesa Joint Unified School District since 2010, where she currently is the assistant superintendent of educational services.

5/16/2014

Ric Frataccia, currently the superintendent of Argos Community Schools, will become the new superintendent of Valparaiso Community Schools. The School Board also hired Frataccia’s choice of assistant superintendent, Julie Lauck.

5/16/2014

Epson and Mimio are partnering to sell MimioStudio classroom software with Epson BrightLink interactive projectors. Under this agreement, Epson will sell MimioStudio software licenses with Epson BrightLink interactive projectors through its reseller network. The software may also be purchased separately by existing BrightLink customers.

5/16/2014

After resistance from district superintendents, the Mississippi Board of Education is likely to again rework its rating system for high schools and districts. State officials said more weight on graduation rates could shift some schools from failing to a “D’’ grade.

5/16/2014

Missouri lawmakers finalized legislation that would charge groups of parents and educators with writing new student achievement benchmarks, potentially paving the way for the state to ditch national education goals.

5/16/2014

An education bill passed by the legislature effectively prohibits chocolate milk from being served in school cafeterias. The ban would make Connecticut the first state to eliminate chocolate milk from all its schools. Some dietitians worry that it will have the unintended consequence of reducing key nutrients in kids' diets.

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