K12 Headlines

4/11/2014

4/11/2014

Cengage Learning's Gale has launched Analytics On Demand, a data analysis tool for libraries. With software from Alteryx, the program enables library administrators to integrate external data sources with internal data output from their integrated library systems and other platforms.

4/11/2014

School suspensions over things that could not possibly be guns have been going on for years. School violence is indeed a real threat. In regard to punishments, school officials here are exercising discretion without oversight, and their snap decisions on imaginary weapons are affecting real futures.

4/11/2014

Keith Laser, who has been superintendent of Calais' schools for less than a year, is headed to Lincoln to lead Regional School Unit 67 for the next three years. Laser is currently under a two-year contract with Calais as well.

4/11/2014

Three fundamental flaws in the General State Aid formula have contributed to historic levels of funding inequality: The complexity of the formula, the continual flow of state funding to districts regardless of how much is spent locally per pupil, and the failure to account for extraordinary costs associated with students with special needs.

4/11/2014

The state Board of Education voted to consolidate the Stephens district with three neighboring districts because of dwindling enrollment. Enrollment in the district fell below the minimum number of students required for two consecutive years, triggering mandatory consolidation or annexation with one or more districts under state law.

4/11/2014

A proposal to change the state’s school aid formula passed through a Senate panel, despite objections that the plan has not been sufficiently researched. The legislation would make the state distribute almost all school funding based on each district’s ability to pay.

4/11/2014

A state Senate panel approved a bill that would overhaul the East Baton Rouge Parish school system. The proposal would give principals new authority in a bid to improve student performance and allow for more parental input through newly created community school councils.

4/11/2014

Public districts throughout the state will share $30.2 million in library aid, which will be paid this month from the Common School Fund. Wisconsin has state funding specifically designated for the purchase of materials for school libraries. Aid is based on the number of children between the ages of 4 and 20 living in each district.

4/11/2014

The state's auditor general has begun a performance audit of Philadelphia's school district covering the 2008 to 2012 time period. The auditors are expected to be inside the district at the end of the month with a final report expected by 2015.

4/11/2014

The launch of the first school voucher program has been approved to give families of as many as 5,000 children vouchers for private school tuition in Tennessee. However, companion legislation remains bottled up in the House, raising the likelihood that lawmakers will adjourn for the year without settling on a plan to roll vouchers out.

4/10/2014

4/10/2014

An update to the company's See.Touch.Learn. Pro 3.0 iPad application has been launched. The visual learning and assessment tool now offers student data tracking, an automatic exercise generator and an interactive wizard that clearly demonstrates each feature of the app.

4/10/2014

Newark will soon start the construction of three Newark schools that have been in development for years. The new construction is in addition to money pledged for repairing other city schools.

4/10/2014

Sex education designed to intimidate students into complying with a set of rules and morals is destined to fail. An honest, informative approach to sex education needs to be instituted at an earlier age in order to adequately prepare young people to make informed decisions in college.

4/10/2014

Alabama contractors, in looking for skilled workers, are interested in building the industry from the ground up by starting to work with high school students. Additional funding is now available for high school programs to give students on the job training.

4/10/2014

Decatur's board voted to borrow $18 million for school construction projects. Under the proposed certificates of participation (COPS) financing agreement, the system would transfer title for three elementary schools to the Georgia Municipal Association and then sign a lease agreement to use the buildings.

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