K12 Headlines

5/5/2014

5/5/2014

Common Core would be replaced with education standards developed in South Carolina by the 2015-16 school year. The bill, which passed 42-0, is a compromise of legislation that initially sought to repeal the math and reading standards that have been rolled out in classrooms statewide.

5/5/2014

Chicago Public Schools has released a proposed $423-million capital plan that is nearly triple what the district proposed this time last year in spending to upgrade its schools. This year’s projects include building the new Barack Obama College Prep and annexes for four overcrowded schools.

5/5/2014

The Iowa Department of Education plans to issue guidance to school districts that use free and reduced-price meal data to help determine attendance boundaries. The move comes in the wake of a heated school board discussion over the use of numbers from the federal meals program to redraw elementary school boundaries.

5/2/2014

5/2/2014

Dale Skinner, high school principal in Natchitoches Parish since 2010, was elected as the district’s next superintendent. He will take the place of Derwood Duke, who announced in January that he would be retiring.

5/2/2014

FrontRow released a new version of its Juno classroom sound line: Juno Connect. It lets teachers use voice commands to control projectors and other devices, record and post screen capture videos, and initiate and answer intercom calls without touching a computer.

5/2/2014

A series of 3D digital literacy initiatives has been launched by 3D Systems. The long-term MAKE.DIGITAL initiative includes an education webpage on 3DS' Cubify.com, curriculum and training resources for a range of STEAM subjects and age groups, and partnerships with programs and scholarships.

5/2/2014

Maine lawmakers recently received two consultant reports evaluating school security across the state. The state says it is planning to build off its recommendations in the coming months.

5/2/2014

Broward may ask voters to approve a $800 million bond issue. The money would be spent on construction repairs, technology upgrades and school safety improvements such as ensuring Broward schools only have a single point of entry for visitors.

5/2/2014

Michigan State legislators on both sides of the aisle expect education funding to be a major discussion in this fall’s election season. Not only are long-term solutions unlikely, there is not even legislative support to fund a study of how much should be spend for Michigan students to compete with those in higher-performing states.

5/2/2014

What will it actually take to reach the 90 percent goal? America cannot reach this high school graduation goal without closing the opportunity gap. Graduation gaps between low-income students and their middle-to-higher-income peers reach nearly 30 percentage points in some states.

5/2/2014

The Louisiana Senate Education Committee shot down a $3.6 billion public school formula proposed by the state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE). Senators objected to a provision that could force the Legislature into automatically hiking the state's funding for schools for years to come.

5/2/2014

When it comes to its schools, the Cleveland suburb of Lakewood, Ohio, does not have a bus system for its 5,800 students. Its seven elementary schools, two middle schools and one high school are all within walking or biking distance of the children they serve.

5/2/2014

For decades, schools have tried to address problem behavior and emotional issue challenges with SEL programs that teach students how to understand and express feelings, manage behavior and solve arguments. But sometimes teachers found they needed something more fundamental: the chance to develop their own SEL skills.

5/2/2014

After he retires in Illinois, DeKalb School District 428 Superintendent Jim Briscoe will head to suburban Salt Lake City to lead Canyons School District's 33,000-students.

5/2/2014

Blackboard and Discovery Education will be partnering later this year on an integration for K12 students and instructors that will provide access to Discovery Education Streaming Plus content. The service provides more than 151,000 standards-aligned resources.

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