K12 Headlines

11/6/2013

11/6/2013

A coalition of parents wants the state to force Portland Public Schools to increase high school instructional time and has filed a complaint alleging the district fails to meet minimum requirements for class hours.

11/6/2013

There's no doubt Jesus Vargas is a tech savvy teen—he's built his own app. He's a senior at USC Math, Science and Technology High School in the Los Angeles USD—a school that doesn't have the iPads yet. So he was excited to test drive one as he hung out at the after-school program Urban Teens Exploring Technology near USC's campus.

11/6/2013

A $1-billion plan to put an iPad into the hands of every Los Angeles student and teacher could prove difficult to sustain financially after about three years, based on figures provided by the L.A. Unified School District.

11/6/2013

When children walk into their school building, they may pass through some of the dirtiest air on their travel from home to class.

11/5/2013

11/5/2013

Forty-eight surveillance cameras costing $120,000 went into service at four Novato, Calif. schools yesterday, a growing trend among schools across the Bay Area. Novato’s superintendent told the Marin Independent Journal that part of the reason for installing the cameras is to secure schools, discourage the damaging of school property, and keep kids safe.

11/5/2013

In one poor school district in Colorado’s San Luis Valley, students take classes in a bus garage, using plastic sheeting to keep the diesel fumes at bay. In another, there is no more money to tutor young immigrants struggling to read. And just south of Denver, a district where one in four kindergartners is homeless has cut 10 staff positions and is bracing for another cull.

11/5/2013

A new report raises alarms about whether America’s 8-year-olds are prepared for success. Only 36 percent of third-graders in the U.S. score at or above the national average in math, reading, and science, according to the report, which also exposes the income and racial divide in America. White children from higher-income families score significantly higher than other children on these tests.

11/5/2013

The winners of the K12 2013 Transformation Award were each selected for a transformative practice that resulted in improving the overall effectiveness, efficiency, and success of online learning, ultimately leading to improved student outcomes.

11/5/2013

This release provides end users with the ability to export data from most BusinessPLUS screens directly to Microsoft® Excel. As a result of this new functionality, school administrators can create simple reports by pulling data for easy manipulation and analysis. Like many BusinessPLUS enhancements, this feature is free for all current customers.

11/5/2013

Just 10 days into a new academic year, classes were abruptly over at one North Carolina charter school this year. In September, parents who had enrolled their children in Kinston Charter Academy received a letter from the principal directing them to take their children someplace else.

11/5/2013

As Louisiana begins to make early childhood education a priority, a new study stresses the importance of high-quality preschool programs and health-care coverage for a child's future success.

11/5/2013

It's not just that New York wants schools to consolidate. In the face of declining enrollment, soaring costs, plummeting revenue and school aid, New York school districts seem to be left with few other options. As school districts and teachers try to plan ahead, many have wondered out loud what the future of education will look like for our kids.

11/5/2013

In 2004, as part of a raft of legislation to rescue Pittsburgh from near bankruptcy, the state legislature transferred a portion of a tax levied by the Pittsburgh Board of Public Education to the city. At the time, the school district seemed to be on firm financial footing with a healthy reserve fund of around $90 million. The city, on the other hand, was sinking into financial distress and facing a $77 million hole in its budget. But now the financial portrait of both bodies has changed—even reversed, some say.

11/5/2013

With Illinois public schools on the cusp of becoming a "majority minority," suburban districts that were once overwhelmingly white are adjusting to their rising Latino enrollment with changes in curriculum and culture.

11/5/2013

Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin will participate in a New Mexico summit next week to discuss connecting education with the workforce. Next Monday, Fallin will join New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez, Utah Gov. Gary Herbert, and American Samoa Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga to discuss improving education and workforce training and ways to align them with the needs of individual state economies.

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