K12 Headlines

6/13/2014

6/13/2014

FBI raids last week targeting Concept Schools included the charter school operator’s Des Plaines headquarters and a school in Rogers Park. The raids, occurring at a total of 19 Concept campuses in Illinois, Indiana and Ohio, were part of an alleged ongoing white-collar crime investigation.

6/13/2014

The federal Safe Schools Healthy Students grant aimed at improving student safety and school climate is ending, and the effect the program’s absence will have on Charlottesville and Albemarle schools is unknown. In addition to providing support staff who focused on social and emotional issues, the project also trained teachers to improve student-to-teacher and student-to-student relationships.

6/13/2014

Scientists tracked nearly 200 13-years-olds in the Southeastern United States for 10 years, gauging how much they valued their popularity, how important appearance was in seeking out friends and if they used drugs or had romantic relationships. In the newly published study, the average “cool” teen in high school, by age 22, had a 45% greater rate of problems due to substance use.

6/13/2014

Learning Sciences International is launching a new publishing division with a 10-book series, the Marzano Center Essentials for Achieving Rigor. The first volume of the research-based instructional guide series will be available this month, with the remaining nine titles following throughout the summer. Publications will initially be released in print, followed immediately by e-books.

6/13/2014

Cigarette smoking rates among high school students in 2013 have dropped to the lowest levels in over two decades, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. On the other hand, among high school students who had driven a car or other vehicle during the past 30 days, the percentage who texted or emailed while driving ranged from 32 percent to 61 percent across 37 states.

6/13/2014

A judge in California just sent shock waves across America's public education system, declaring tenure laws unconstitutional. The message is loud and clear: Students, we've got your back. This judge acknowledges how powerful teachers are and describes the power they truly have to make a difference.

6/13/2014

State lawmakers imposed a two-year moratorium on the Union, Gaston and Nash county school boards’ ability to sue county commissioners over funding disputes. The legislation comes as Union County commissioners and the school board try to avoid returning to the courtroom to settle their budget dispute.

6/13/2014

The state is gearing up to overhaul its education spending under a measure Gov. Tom Corbett signed into law. The Basic Education Funding Commission will study a new way for distributing new state funding to school districts. It is expected to come up with a recommendation next year.

6/13/2014

A new superintendent of schools will take the reins of the Pearl River school district next year, replacing John Morgano, who is retiring. The school board hired Wappingers CSD Superintendent Marco Pochintesta.

6/13/2014

Bert L'Homme has been chosen as the North Carolina district's next superintendent. He currently serves as superintendent of Catholic Schools at the Archdiocese of Washington. He will replace Eric Becoats, who resigned from the Durham superintendent position last December.

6/13/2014

The Jersey City school district is investigating how the METS Charter School mailed public school students by obtaining personal information about non-charter students, including names, addresses, phone numbers, dates of birth and possibly even social security numbers. METS may have accessed the information via district computers that weren't safeguarded to keep outsiders from obtaining student data.

6/13/2014

Forty-five percent of New Orleans voters surveyed in May said public schools in the city are getting better while only 18 percent believe they are getting worse, according to figures released by a Tulane University think tank. The survey comes as the Recovery School District prepares for a new school year in which all of those schools, now totaling 59, will be run by independent charter organizations.

6/13/2014

The Saucon Valley School Board has hired a district superintendent under a new three-year contract. Monica McHale-Small will be leaving her position as assistant superintendent of the Bensalem Township School District in lower Bucks County and start work in Saucon Valley on August 11.

6/13/2014

GOP leaders and the School Nutrition Association say the upcoming food requirements are unworkable, placing an undue burden on schools. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack claims that, overall, school food revenues around the country are up by about $200 million dollars since the changes took effect. His advice for schools that are struggling: instead of asking to opt-out, ask for help.

6/12/2014

6/12/2014

Many parents decided long ago that they can't afford to wait for the improvements they want in their schools. Are parents letting school districts off the hook by covering the cost of basic maintenance? Would parents' time be better spent lobbying for systemic changes in the way all schools are operated and funded?

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