K12 Headlines

8/6/2014

8/6/2014

The Pennsylvania House of Representatives had planned to take up a bill that would let Philadelphia proceed with a $2 a pack cigarette tax to prevent schools there from laying off a thousand employees. But the House chamber sat empty. The state's legislators remained on their six-week summer break from work in the Capitol. It is irresponsible and indefensible to hold the children of Philadelphia hostage in these kinds of internecine political battles, then waltz off on a six-week break.

8/6/2014

Flocabulary's The Week in Rap current events series has been selected by Wisconsin Media Lab as a new resource to be made available for all educators and students in the state.

8/6/2014

The inaugural Math Fair: At the Square Root of Fun took place on August 2 as a free, day-long event. The event was a partnership between MIND Research Institute and corporate and community sponsors who want to inspire a new generation to love math and excel in it.

8/5/2014

8/5/2014

Auditors questioned less than 1 percent of $35 million in public spending on Louisiana's private school voucher program in the 2013-2014 academic year, state education officials said. One private school accounted for one fourth of the suspect spending.

8/5/2014

The Cumberland Valley School Board sewed up almost a year of negotiations as it approved a four-year contract with its teachers. The pact calls for annual 2.8 percent pay increases each year during the first three years of the contract. Teachers will also contribute more to their healthcare plans under the new agreement.

8/5/2014

According to WalletHub's newest analysis, Mississippi was 50th and fared most poorly in math scores and percentage of children who repeated at least one grade but the state was tied for third with Massachusetts for the lowest number of bullying incidents.

8/5/2014

This year, all of Pasco County's nearly 400 school bus routes will be part of a new back-to-school bus call center manned by volunteers. The information the volunteers will use comes from the county's internally developed My Bus Loop app. With the app, the call center operators can track buses, even though the district's fleet won't have GPS installed until next year.

8/5/2014

The conversion from Flash to HTML5 for 60 of Odysseyware’s most popular online courses will make these courses compatible with all tablets, touchscreens and handheld devices, as well as easier to access on standard computers.

8/5/2014

Frontline Technologies has acquired Aspex Solutions, which provides AppliTrack, a suite of tools used to manage and automate each process related to the employment lifecycle of education professionals.

8/5/2014

The Morgan County Board of Education named James Woodard as the only candidate for Morgan County Schools' superintendent position. Woodard is currently both the director of the Career, Technical and Agricultural Education program and the CEO/principal of the Newton College and Career Academy.

8/5/2014

California's South Bay USD has named Cindy Schaub as the district’s new Assistant Superintendent of Educational Leadership. She currently serves as the Assistant Superintendent of Educational Services in the Rancho Santa Fe School District.

8/5/2014

Dropouts cause our society emotional pain. But the cold hard facts are they cause us economic pain that could be avoided once we admit that our dropout rate has an economic impact. We have got to get our schools the resources to go at this problem head on.

8/5/2014

The leader of Connecticut's largest teachers' union sees the recent education scandals in Hartford and New London as evidence that nontraditional school reform efforts are unraveling. Reform advocates say they expect the scandals to slow the expansion of charter schools in the state and to produce a higher level of scrutiny for all efforts related to education reform, including the vetting of employees.

8/5/2014

Five former governors are asking the state Supreme Court to give Washington legislators another chance to reach a deal on school funding before considering whether to slap them with a contempt citation.

8/5/2014

A new series of books goes in depth to help young students learn about the history and inspiration behind America’s most important landmarks and symbols. Rourke Educational Media announced it is introducing Symbols of Freedom, a 10-title series geared for students in grades 3-6.

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