K12 Headlines

7/28/2014

7/28/2014
Education Secretary Arne Duncan's plan to give schools a break from student-testing mandates in the federal No Child Left Behind law appears to be working in 42 states and the District of Columbia.
7/28/2014

By the time the 113th Congress winds down, lawmakers will have passed precisely one (the Workforce Investment Act) of more than half a dozen pieces of education legislation overdue for reauthorization. Languishing on that list for the last few years has been the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), which guarantees students with disabilities the right to an education and promises states some money with which to pay for that education.

7/28/2014
The Georgia Lottery Corp. last week reported its largest single-year transfer to the state’s education fund, which supports financial aid for pre-kindergarten and higher education students.
7/28/2014
Over the past 25 years, we’ve worked to make scholarships available to American-born, low-income students in Washington, D.C., and we’ve seen the transformation a college degree can make in the life not only of an individual, but of his or her entire family.
7/28/2014
There was some complaining during Hattiesburg Public School District’s budget hearing earlier this month. It came when chief financial officer Terry Stennis was talking about the $18.6 million the district was getting from the state.
7/28/2014
During its regular meeting on Thursday evening, the board learned that mineral rights to the land on which school property sits are being released to the district.
7/28/2014

GCA Education Services, a division of GCA Services Group, Inc., signed a five-year contract with Blackfoot School District #55 to provide custodial services for its 15 facilities, which encompass over 780,000 square feet of space.

7/28/2014

Annedroids, Amazon's newest original children's series, is now available for unlimited streaming on Prime Instant Video at no additional cost to Prime members. Aimed at children aged four through seven, Annedroids is a live-action adventure series that spotlights how STEAM can inspire children to do great things.

7/25/2014

7/25/2014

A Commonwealth Court ruling could pave the way for charter schools outside Philadelphia to expand their operations and take on more students. Current state law allows charter schools in Philadelphia to operate at multiple locations, but it limits all other charter schools to single locations.

7/25/2014

The Center for the Advancement of Science in Space and National Geographic Learning are developing a science education initiative designed to engage young learners in STEM education. The programming will deliver content related to space travel and space-based research in a model designed for elementary science classrooms.

7/25/2014

The Santa Clara County Board of Education appointed Jon R. Gundry as the new county superintendent of schools. The sole finalist for the position, Gundry currently serves as superintendent of the Pasadena USD.

7/25/2014

The Sterling Board of Education chose Brenda Needham as its new superintendent. Needham is currently the superintendent at the Rivendell Interstate School District in New Hampshire.

7/25/2014

A judge rejected the latest effort by Union County parents to stop the school district’s controversial redistricting plan. The redistricting was designed to ease overcrowding by sending several thousand students to less-crowded schools. Much of the overcrowding is in the fast-growing western portion of the county.

7/25/2014

Texas will take an additional year to pilot a controversial new state teacher evaluation system. The new policy — which for the first time ties teacher assessments to student performance on standardized tests — is also the first update to teacher evaluations the state has made in 17 years.

7/25/2014

The public has no right to know the names of Los Angeles Unified School District teachers in connection with their job performance ratings, according to a court ruling.The panel accepted the district's contention that releasing the names would lead to resentment and jealousy among teachers, spur "unhealthy" comparisons among staff, and interfere with teacher recruitment.

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