K12 Headlines

4/25/2014

4/25/2014

It’s wonderful to emphasize achievement, but at some point, the pressure to excel takes too great a toll. And lately, some districts are starting to acknowledge that students are sleep-deprived, overwhelmed with homework, and convinced their futures depend on taking five AP classes instead of two.

4/25/2014

A projected 47 percent increase in charter tuition has contributed to the budget woes of Bethlehem Area's district, triggering a proposed 4.9 percent tax increase. The district has a $16.9 million deficit, which will be reduced by $9.5 million in savings, including the expected elimination of 22 teaching positions.

4/25/2014

Pamela Baldwin has been brought in to head up the Asheville City School system. Baldwin, the current assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction for Scotland County Schools, will take over for interim superintendent Bobbie Short.

4/25/2014

Applications for pre-K programs in the city's schools rose by 36 percent this year following Mayor de Blasio’s promise to provide free classes to every 4-year-old in the city. The Education Department received applications for over 41,600 students for this fall, up from about 30,500 last year.

4/24/2014

4/24/2014

VINCI Education expanded its offering by launching the Elementary series of its real-time, data-enabled Math Curriculum. The curriculum, sequenced to break down the Common Core requirements to small steps, includes a series of immersive game-based content for instructional and reinforcement learning.

4/24/2014

The Lakewood city district this summer will start preparing three elementary schools and part of the high school to be rebuilt. The construction project will be the largest in the district's history. The funding will come from a passed bond issue and the Ohio Facilities Construction Commission.

4/24/2014

Teachscape Learn Professional Learning Suite is Teachscape's newest offering. In addition to its online courses about the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics, the Common Core Series in Teachscape Learn now has new video-based, self-paced courses on the CCSS for English Language Arts and Literacy.

4/24/2014

A Mansfield City School District commission approved a recovery plan draft that would cut 148 employees, including 87 teachers, close an elementary school and make a number of other changes within the district. The district is currently facing a $3.6 million budget deficit.

4/24/2014

A $38 million construction bond measure for the Tenino School District has failed again. The measure would have modernized two schools and upgraded athletic facilities and technology.

4/24/2014

Voters in Sequim have rejected the school district's $154 million slate of school construction.The bonds would have funded a new elementary school construction, an extensive remodel and renovation of the high school and two existing elementary schools and the building of a new athletic complex.

4/24/2014

With L.D. 1431's approval, Maine could provide loans and grants to support the development of food hubs, and provide guidance to schools that want to use more local food. The Legislature should look at the bill again after the governor's veto.

4/24/2014

Microsoft is officially releasing an advertisement-free version of its Bing search engine to all eligible K12 schools in the U.S. In addition, the no-charge Bing in the Classroom will automatically and strictly filter to help block adult content and disable the use of student searches for targeted advertising.

4/24/2014

A House committee passed legislation that would lower tuition costs an unaccredited school district must pay when students transfer to another district. The bill would drop the tuition cost to 70 percent of the sending district’s tuition rate and money also would be put toward transportation.

4/24/2014

The School Breakfast Initiative has selected 120 Minnesota schools to participate in the 2014-2015 School Breakfast Challenge. Each participating school will receive $2,500 in unrestricted funds to invest in increasing school breakfast participation in addition to a monetary incentive per meal.

4/24/2014

The debate over whether to include students in school decisions is an important one. But ultimately, putting one or two teenagers on a school board won’t make much of a difference if they don’t represent families traditionally left from the table in the first place.

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