K12 Headlines

3/26/2014

3/26/2014

Opinions are mixed on whether students would benefit if St. Louis’ lowest-performing schools were run by nonprofit groups. Even without conclusive evidence, the superintendent's proposal to seek outside help is a sign of the urgency he feels to improve education for students in the district and his willingness to try new methods.

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June 28-July 1, 2014

Atlanta, Ga.

3/26/2014

The Texas Attorney General ruled that last year's attempt to force a petition-initiated tax increase for the Harris County Department of Education on to the ballot violated state law. Proceeds were to be directed to an early childhood education training program operated by the Harris County School Readiness, a private group.

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April 2-4, 2014

New York, N.Y.

3/26/2014

CDW was named Google Enterprise’s 2013 Global Partner of the Year for Google Chrome. CDW was recognized for its track record of Chrome implementations in 2013—particularly its K12 initiatives in Passaic City Schools, Achievement First and Tuscaloosa City Schools.

3/26/2014

Baltimore County invested $3.7 million in school security improvements, including a OneView camera system in 107 elementary schools to make security footage available in real time to county police and the county's Department of School Safety and Security. All 173 county schools were outfitted with a baseline of security devices in 2013.

3/26/2014

With the legislature focused on following the Kansas Supreme Court decision ordering legislators to restore funding that helps poor districts, the proposal to provide state funding for full-day kindergarten will most likely not advance during the current session.

3/26/2014

North Philadelphia will be home to three new high schools in September. The schools are expected to add a grade each year and eventually enroll 475-600 students. The non-selective schools will follow the project/competency-based education model.

3/26/2014

Unlike programs identified today as “school choice,” such as opportunity scholarships, charter schools and tax credits, universal choice transfers control of education back to parents. It allows public funds to follow the child to the school chosen by the parents. With parental control comes responsibility—a prerequisite to success.

3/26/2014

Thousands of black, Hispanic and American Indian youngsters have higher suspension rates and much less exposure to science and technology classes, which can prepare students for lucrative careers. Schoolhouse inequalities should not be allowed to fester in a society where these minority populations will compose the majority by 2050.

3/26/2014

The district has implemented GuideK12’s geovisual analytics platform to support its 10-year master facility plan. The district currently serves 13,000 students, and is predicting rapid growth over the next ten years. Plans includes adding a third high school and three new elementary schools and renovations for two existing schools.

3/26/2014

Gov. Mike Pence signed legislation making Indiana the first state to withdraw from the national Common Core education standards that have become a lightning rod for critics of federal government overreach.

3/26/2014

Changes could be coming to how the state’s schools are graded after lawmakers approved changes to Florida’s school accountability and teacher evaluation system. The proposal would simplify how school grades are calculated for elementary, middle and high schools based on the percentage of total points earned by the school.

3/26/2014

Brevard Public Schools has purchased Performance Matters' system to manage data and develop, administer and score online assessments. The district plans to conduct training this spring and summer, and launch the system in the fall.

3/26/2014

A computer program will grade student essays on the writing portion of the standardized test set to replace the FCAT, according to the Florida Department of Education. The essays will be scored by a human and a computer, but the computer score will only matter if the score is significantly different from that of the human reviewer.

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