K12 Headlines

6/6/2014

6/6/2014

To supplement special education services in Louisiana, the state’s Supplemental Course Academy has added PresenceLearning’s online speech and occupational therapy services to its course catalog. Students can register for year- or semester-long services to receive speech and occupational therapy funded through their Supplemental Course Allocation.

6/6/2014

West Bolivar CSD has hired Pallascene Cole, who currently serves as West Tallahatchie School District's leader, as its new superintendent. The hiring of new superintendents for North and West Bolivar CSDs is a result of the Mississippi Legislature's decision to reduce the number of school districts in Bolivar County.

6/6/2014

Achieve has launched Student Assessment Inventory for School Districts, an audit tool which will enable district leaders to take stock of how many assessments are administered throughout a school year and for what purposes they give assessments.

6/6/2014

By July 1, school districts throughout California will be submitting not only a budget but also their Local Control Accountability Plan to their county offices of education for approval. This is the first time for such a requirement and represents a monumental change in the way California funds and monitors the work of local school districts.

6/6/2014

More than $9 million in grant funding will be spread across 250 schools and districts in Indiana through the Secured School Safety Grant Program. Recipients will receive up to $50,000 to help maintain or upgrade the schools' security.

6/6/2014

A bill requiring Illinois high school students to get trained on how to operate mobile defibrillators and to learn cardiopulmonary resuscitation was signed by Gov. Pat Quinn. The measure requires that all secondary schools in Illinois train students on how to properly administer CPR and how to use a defibrillator. The law will be effective for the 2014-2015 school year.

6/6/2014

More kids eat school meals when salad bars are added, according to an evaluation by the “Let’s Move Salad Bars to Schools” program that provides free salad bars to schools. The evaluation found that 57 percent of schools reported an increase in meal participation while 27 percent of schools reported an increase in labor hours after the addition of the salad bars.

6/5/2014

6/5/2014

Concerns about charter school students stalled a push to ask Palm Beach County voters to continue a special property tax that pays for arts education. Charter school advocates object to being left out of the money dedicated to paying for arts and music teachers and other elective programs at schools run by the district.

6/5/2014

Franklin Special, Tipton County and Sevier County School Districts have designated Skyward as their student information system vendor beginning this fall.Tennessee selected Skyward as a preferred Student Information System vendor to maximize the collection and reporting of student data and information.

6/5/2014

Just launched by District Administration magazine, Districts of Distinction is a national recognition program to honor school districts that are leading the way with new ideas that work. The program will provide national recognition to districts with established initiatives that are yielding quantifiable benefits, and that could be replicated by other districts.

6/5/2014

Two new education nonprofits have adopted Torsh Inc.'s TALENT platform. Teaching Trust will utilize the product in its leadership development programs to capture and share on­-the-­job video while Breakthrough Collaborative will incorporate TALENT this summer into its Breakthrough Birmingham and Breakthrough Oakland locations.

6/5/2014

The tougher Common Core standards are a seismic shift in education meant to better prepare kids for college, career and the global economy. New standards as rigorous as the Core require other changes to the curriculum and materials needed to teach it. Right now, much of that stuff just isn't ready.

6/5/2014

One of the most contested points of teacher contracts is the issue of tenure. As a piece of the larger teacher contract puzzle, tenure has been an important stand in the education industry's history. Based on the contemporary K12 landscape and trying to truly reform K12 learning, should teachers stop fighting the tenure battle?

6/5/2014

Located in Oklahoma's "Tornado Alley," Locust Grove's new schools incorporate the increasingly popular alternative of topping schools with thin-shell concrete domes for better safety and temperature control. In addition to costing much less than the traditional price of school construction, the use of air-form technology cuts building costs.

6/5/2014

The Take Shelter Oklahoma organization that supports building storm shelters in every Oklahoma public school plans to launch a new initiative petition drive to get the measure on the ballot. The effort comes a little more than a year after a massive tornado destroyed Plaza Towers Elementary School in Moore, killing seven students.

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