K12 Headlines

6/10/2014

6/10/2014

Longtime San Francisco school district administrator Janet Schulze will be the new superintendent of the Pittsburg Unified School District. She will leave her position as assistant superintendent of high schools in San Francisco later this month to replace Linda Rondeau, Pittsburg Unified's retiring superintendent, on July 1.

6/10/2014

Rex Gearheart has been picked to become the Bristol school system’s new superintendent in Virginia. Formerly the system’s assistant superintendent, Gearheart replaces Mark Y. Lineburg, who has been selected as the new superintendent of the Winchester Public School District.

6/10/2014

Nearly one in three Rhode Island schools are in need of improvement, while 30 schools have been recognized as “commended” for their exceptional performance, according to a report released by the Rhode Island Department of Education.

6/10/2014

In Oregon, Medford's board adopted a new English language arts curriculum that included the purchase of 1,800 Dell Google Chromebooks for about $1.09 million. The hardware will be used to power the 2015 Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Collections blended learning program. Students will be able to access the curriculum on the new Chromebooks in class and from other devices outside of class.

6/10/2014

Over the past few decades, many state departments of education have taken over low-performing schools or districts as a school turnaround strategy. Although the strategy varies in terms of the level of state control and local influence, its success has been mixed or cannot yet be fully measured. Nonetheless, it has sparked new thinking and innovation in states and districts.

6/10/2014

The New York City teachers union says it has several state lawmakers who will help push a bill that would change the extremely competitive process for getting into eight specialized high schools. Backers say the proposal will make admissions more fair at schools where few black and Hispanic students gain entry.

6/9/2014

6/9/2014

Gov. Mary Fallin's decision to throw out Common Core math and English standards drew immediate criticism from educators and business interests as a disruptive political move, while opponents of the benchmarks cheered the end to what they said was a harmful federal intrusion.

6/9/2014

The nonprofit group responsible for supporting charter schools across the state will disband at the end of the month. A main factor? The failure to pass proposed legislation that would have allowed for more non-district charter schools in the state, group's director says.

6/9/2014

Nearly 4,000 high school athletes were expected to take part in the Minnesota State High School Clay Target League's Championship this weekend. Trapshooting is the state's fastest growing high school sport with more than 6,000 athletes representing 380 schools.

6/9/2014

Barrington school officials are removing hooks from the bathroom stalls at all elementary schools after two second-grade boys were found playing a "hanging game" -- twisting by their shirt collars from the hooks.

6/9/2014

Oregon schools, which had 818 full-time librarians in 1980, are down to just 144 full-time-equivalent licensed school library specialists, the state school library group reports.

6/9/2014

Isygames released the Heart and Lungs Lab app for iPad. Combining interactive play with deep learning, the intuitive app promotes exploration of the physiology behind the heart and lungs with tactile interaction (including tap, drag and drop), detailed images and animation.

6/9/2014

First, there is near unanimity that student achievement needs to be improved. Second, there is a wide consensus that Arizona K-12 schools are underfunded. And from there, the consensus falls apart and fractures.

6/9/2014

Starting in 2015, new indicators will be reported to students who take the ACT in addition to the traditional ACT scores and ACT College Readiness Benchmarks. The indicators will describe student performance and predicted readiness levels in categories such as STEM, career readiness, English language arts and text complexity.

6/9/2014

The future of public access to information about charter schools in North Carolina became murkier this week—the Senate education committee is considering stripping a bill of requirements that the schools comply with open meeting and public records laws.

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