K12 Headlines

6/12/2014

6/12/2014

One in three school districts is raising property taxes without the consent of residents by using a loophole in a Pennsylvania law meant to relieve the burden of rising education costs. If districts need to go above a cap set by the state Department of Education, the increase is supposed to be put before voters. However, a state program exists through which districts can receive voter referendum exceptions.

6/11/2014

6/11/2014

Beginning this summer, Greenwood Public School District will personalize instruction with a new digital educational tool through Compass Learning. The district’s 3,000 students will receive direct instruction and immediate feedback both at school and at home through any web-enabled device.

6/11/2014

There are six decisions a district leader must make when accepting electronic payments from parents—which is one step for districts in going paperless. Many school systems have had vendors set up secure online portals where parents can pay for AP courses, lunches and field trips, among other items.

6/11/2014

Chesterfield County Schools, one of the country’s 100 largest school systems, has purchased 32,000 new Chromebooks for the 2014-15 school year from Google Enterprise.

6/11/2014

The Norwood school district is waiting for the Ohio Department of Education's approval of a charter school application for the new Norwood Conversion Community School, which will focus on offering a blended learning environment for students. Although the district will sponsor the school, the charter school will have its own director and board.

6/11/2014

Blended learning models may improve education by enhancing personalized learning in schools and freeing teachers to focus on helping all students develop higher-level learning skills. However, successful implementation of these models requires adequate infrastructure, reliable technology, quality software content, and changes in classroom management practices, according to new research by SRI International.

6/11/2014

Once viewed as a place for student slackers with no college ambition, Massachusetts vocational high schools are increasing academic standards, offering honors classes, and producing more college-bound students than ever before. During the past five years, the percentage of vocational school graduates attending four-year colleges rose at schools across the state.

6/11/2014

School districts across the state are weighing whether they want to continue with or sign on to a multi-year statewide contract with Education Networks of America for WiFi at every high school in Idaho, or set up their own WiFi networks with state funding that lawmakers approved this year.

6/11/2014

Most of the conversations around technology's role in education are missing the mark — honing in on ed-tech financing or the “technology gap.” There are three common myths surrounding technology’s purpose in the education system, including the thought that new technology developments should immediately “disrupt” current operations.

6/11/2014

Heartland Technical Academy has named Bret Hitchings, formerly the assistant director, as the school's new executive director. Former executive director Jodi Ferriell has accepted a new position as director of the Capital Area Career Center in Springfield.

6/11/2014

Schools have many reasons for wanting to systematize technology but are they missing a key element of the technology revolution--a moment for real change--by locking down computing systems and by default ensuring students remain tech-users, not creators?

6/11/2014

As part of a six-year agreement, Discovery Education and Maryland’s Kent County Public Schools (KCPS) are partnering to create digital learning environments in classrooms districtwide. KCPS' K12 students will have access to Discovery Education’s digital textbooks and curriculum-based content. Discovery also will provide KCPS educators with professional development.

6/11/2014

Interim Cobb Schools Superintendent Chris Ragsdale has chosen Angela Bacon as interim chief technology officer. Ragsdale previously hired Bacon as director of instructional technology in 2011, when he was still deputy superintendent.

6/11/2014

Attending an all-girls high-school or college can keep women on the technology track, a panel of women investors and executives said at Bloomberg’s Next Big Thing Summit this week. Being in a same-sex academic environment erased some of the stereotypes and stigmas that prevent girls from pursuing a passion for technology, according to the Women & Tech Next Wave session panelists.

6/11/2014

A Norfolk Circuit Court judge has halted implementation of the state’s school takeover division. Since the Virginia constitution vests the authority to establish school divisions in the Board of Education and not the General Assembly, the judge ruled that the legislation creating the Opportunity Educational Institution is not constitutional.

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