K12 Headlines

2/5/2014

2/5/2014

SpecialNeedsWare, the creators of AutisMate, a technology platform for autism, has partnered with Boston Children’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School’s pediatric teaching hospital, to revolutionize communication and language development for those with autism and other cognitive and linguistic disabilities. SpecialNeedsWare will integrate the hospital's Visual Immersion System, a first-of-its-kind visual language curriculum and support system, into its special ed tech platforms.

2/4/2014

2/4/2014

Edmentum Assessments includes diagnostic and formative assessments along with prescriptive content that equips students with personalized learning paths.

2/4/2014

For school superintendents tracking their budgets and state aid payments, something is different this year. Tens of millions of dollars in aid are going to districts not from the State General Fund but rather the State Highway Fund.

2/4/2014

The grant will enable NEFC to increase its capacity to provide ongoing Responsive Classroom professional development to educators in large U.S. school districts and to mobilize technology as a central solution for providing Responsive Classroom services and products across the nation.

2/4/2014

An Associated Press analysis finds that there have been at least 11 school shootings this academic year alone, in addition to other cases of gun violence, in school parking lots and elsewhere on campus, when classes were not in session.

2/4/2014

Unlike many large school districts, Hillsborough has a history of longevity in its leadership. The superintendent's position is a prime example—MaryEllen Elia signed her contract in 2005.

2/4/2014

State lawmakers will take up a proposal today that would prohibit school districts from collecting biometric information, including the characteristics of fingerprints, hands, eyes and the voice.

2/4/2014

Gov. Rick Snyder’s state budget will propose a $322 million boost in K-12 school spending. He will call for $11.7 billion in spending for 2014-15—that’s a 2.8 increase, but only about one-fifth of the increase represents extra money for classrooms.

2/4/2014

Gov. Tom Corbett could call for at least $100 million more for public schools and $20 million more for special education on top of the extra $10 million he has already said he wants for preschool in 2014-15.

2/4/2014

With the Chicago area hit with one of the snowiest and coldest winters on record, prompting multiple days of school closures, many teachers and students improvised classes on the nonattendance days, uploading digital lessons and holding virtual classroom discussions.

2/4/2014

A former state school board member, Tami Pyfer's is serving as a liaison between parents, educators, lawmakers and the governor's office on issues related to education — the state's largest tax expenditure.

2/4/2014

Wake County school leaders hope to get state permission for an alternative to the plan to make all the district’s third-grade students take 36 mini-tests in the coming months, after facing questions on whether the approach amounts to excessive testing.

2/4/2014

The new solution reduces disruption, cost and network downtime. As a result, businesses, hosted service providers and value-added resellers can quickly and easily provide enhanced VoIP applications like unified communications and Wi-Fi.

2/4/2014

Citing financial pressures posed by the recent influx of new charters, the city school board has requested only two types of charter proposals: new elementary charter schools to ease overcrowded schools in part of the district or groups willing to take over chronically poor-performing schools.

2/4/2014

At least one good thing came from recent school closings due to subzero weather in January: Green Bay school officials learned elementary school kids love kiwi.

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