K12 Headlines

7/9/2014

7/9/2014

Forty-one New York City superintendents will have to reapply for their jobs this year under a new policy by Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña. Senior Department of Education officials said they expected most who reapply to be rehired after a selection process that includes interviews, essays and references.

7/9/2014

Petersburg City Public Schools has named Nancy Alvarez as its new director of technology. Alvarez comes to the district from Norfolk Public Schools, where she served as a network engineer.

7/9/2014

Philadelphia’s String Theory Schools has launched a new kind of incubator, where startups exchange their expertise and mentorship for free office space and access to state-of-the-art facilities. In addition to its first tenant, PHL Collective, the arts- and science-focused charter school is looking for tech, biotech and life sciences companies to join the incubator.

7/9/2014

Michele Orner has submitted her resignation letter from the job of director of the Center for Careers and Technology at Carlisle High School. The Halifax Area School Board has appointed Orner as the new superintendent of that northern Dauphin County school district.

7/9/2014

Young women's perception of technology is generally viewed as a major obstacle in getting them interested in the first place. Trying to make tech seem cool and relevant to women, some attach names such as "tech divas" to young female technologists. But "pinkification" can have the opposite result.

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November 4-7, 2014
Palm Springs, Calif.

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If the promise of mobile technology in classrooms has been to equalize opportunities for all students through access to the internet, that potential has yet to be realized.

7/9/2014

A Southern California school district will require ethnic-studies classes — ahead of a similar curriculum that legislators hope to someday implement statewide. The El Rancho Board of Education has agreed that all students, beginning with the class of 2016, must pass an ethnic-studies course before graduating.

7/9/2014

A new three-part Department of Education initiative will ask schools to create equity plans to combat the continued problem of high-poverty, high-minority schools that still lack the resources they need to support their students. The initiative will be bolstered by a $4.2 million technical assistance network and educator equity profiles.

7/9/2014

New York City officials and teachers union respresentatives announced which city schools will be able to do so by opting out of certain union rules and chancellor’s regulations, starting this September. Sixty-two schools were selected from 107 applicants to take part in the experimentation program, known as Progressive Redesign Opportunity Schools for Excellence.

7/9/2014

October 15-18, 2014
Atlanta, Ga.

7/9/2014

Pacific Metrics, a provider of education technology solutions, has been acquired by ACT but will remain a separate, stand-alone company.

7/9/2014

It would be foolish to suggest a bill recently signed into law by Gov. Pat Quinn that deals with school bullying will eliminate the problem. But it would be equally foolish to think that schools don't need some guidelines to help deal with bullies and bullying tactics.

7/9/2014

Michigan needs to keep a sharper eye on its 232 charter schools, which serve more than 100,000 students. The state needs to insist that charter school operators have a record of high performance before they open schools. Once operating, there should be no room for lousy schools to exist year after year.

7/9/2014

We can’t have a charter sector that’s performing worse than a traditional district. That defeats the purpose of having charters in the first place. The opportunity here in the next three to five years is to get serious about quality — and quality growth, not just growth for growth’s sake.

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