K12 Headlines

12/13/2013

12/13/2013

ANCGroup, a sales and service organization that works with school districts to deliver best-of-breed technology solutions, will act as a reseller of Registration Gateway, offering the product to its customers located in the southeast region of the U.S.

12/13/2013

One of the lessons I've learned in my work as a teacher is that learning is not a passive phenomenon, something that can be done to students—it requires the active participation of the learner. We often refer to this personal investment of time and energy as engagement. When students are engaged as learners we see growth, when they are disengaged we see stagnation, or even worse, regression.

12/13/2013

The #MyZeitgeist competition was made in partnership with Google and is tied to their annual “Zeitgest” project- which highlights the biggest events of the year as seen through the site’s search engine results.

12/13/2013

Fresno USD Superintendent Michael Hanson will get an extra year tacked onto his four-year contract after getting a positive review by the school board. Hanson, whose contract was set to expire in 2017, will get another year on the job as a perk for getting high marks from six out of the seven school board members on his annual review.

12/13/2013

A new report calling for South Carolina to increase the state’s investment in charter schools comes as the state still is struggling to recover from the economic downturn and continues to invest heavily in education reform driven by new standards and high-stakes testing. Before investing further in charter schools, South Carolina must consider the full picture now becoming clear about how charter schools perform.

12/13/2013

According to a new national report, Newark's charter school enrollment ranks fourth in the nation in growth, increasing 27 percent from 2012, while Camden's charter schools enroll 22 percent of all public school students, an increase from 18 percent the previous year.

12/13/2013

The Metro Nashville school district has taken aim at the state's level of education funding, arguing that Davidson County has been shorted millions of dollars, setting the stage for what could be a broad-based assault on state funding levels by districts all over the state.

12/13/2013

A surge in kindergarten students has left Framingham, Mass., school officials scrambling for classroom space. In Milford, Mass., educators expect to teach more students than forecast by the census once all of the town’s immigrant children enroll. And Natick is studying whether to build a new middle school to ease overcrowding a year after the town’s $89 million high school opened.

12/13/2013

The Harrisburg school district had mixed results on the state Keystone Exams for high school juniors. Scores provided the first formal indication of academic progress in the struggling school system compared to goals set by its Act 141 recovery plan effective last spring.

12/13/2013

In a special ABC News "Hidden America" report on Strawberry Mansion High School, located in a poor Philadelphia neighborhood with a high crime rate, that first aired last May, Diane Sawyer and ABC News producers followed the daily lives of the school's students and faculty, including its new principal, during the 2012-13 school year. ABC News went back in November to see how Strawberry Mansion was fairing in the new school year.

12/13/2013

"Today" National Investigative Correspondent Jeff Rossen was able to enter one New Jersey school without giving a name. Unescorted, he went looking for the main office, per school policy. As he looked, he walked past several classrooms with kids, stopping at one to ask a teacher for directions. No one asked who he was, or what he was doing there. For two minutes, he walked through the halls, and was only stopped once he arrived at the office.

12/13/2013

Here's an idea for improving the learning environment in a low-performing urban school: Stand the traditional classroom model on its head. That's the experiment under way in a suburban Detroit school.

12/13/2013

Bellefontaine City Schools Board of Education members concluded its process of selecting a new superintendent during a special meeting Wednesday evening, during which a current Piqua City Schools administrator was extended a three-year contract effective Aug. 1.

12/13/2013

Kenneth Smith, superintendent of Millinocket Schools in Maine, will resign his position when his contract ends on June 30. “I believe I have done all I can to maintain a fine public school system and to move the system ahead,” Smith said in a letter to new school board Chairman Michael Jewers dated Dec. 4, in which he promised to work for an orderly transition to a new superintendent.

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The $45,000 savings resulted from Virtual Procurement Services renegotiating the existing contracted rates for the purchase of 173 “Smart Boards” for Bridgeport Public Schools.

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