K12 Headlines

9/12/2013

9/12/2013

After initially voting to revoke two districts' licenses classifying them as private security firms, the Arkansas Board of Private Investigators and Private Security Agencies decided to allow the schools to keep them for two more years. The panel had voted to suspend the schools' licenses last month after Attorney General Dustin McDaniel said they shouldn't have been issued to the schools.

9/12/2013

Glendale Unified School District has hired Geo Listening to monitor about 13,000 middle school and high school students, according to the Glendale News-Press.

9/12/2013

School officials said the Oak Ridge system has failed a state maintenance of effort test that requires local funding to remain at least the same from year to year. After some budget adjustments, there is a $250,000 shortfall, school officials said, and they want the city to cover it. It’s the equivalent of a 2.5-cent property tax rate increase.

9/12/2013

Days after schools opened on Monday, Mayor Nutter joined with school officials announced the Philadelphia Education Supplies Fund today, a new fund raising effort to help in the purchase classroom supplies.

9/12/2013

Ohio Board of Education President Debe Terhar wants all mentions of the Toni Morrison novel The Bluest Eye removed from state guidelines for schools teaching to the new Common Core academic standards.

9/12/2013

Without effective policy, any principal could try any new grading experiment, and have all students in a school receiving grades from the “pilot” without board knowledge or approval, or even superintendent knowledge or approval.

9/12/2013

None of these so-called reforms has moved the needle in a positive direction. It’s outrageous that outside lobbyists peddle this long-expired brand of education to communities with the message that it will be the elixir for what ails their public schools.

9/12/2013

To make up for Becton's 10-day delayed opening due to construction, the official school calendar is now Sept. 18 through June 26, with a week added to June, half days of school for Martin Luther King and Presidents days, a half day on Dec. 20 and student day on Oct. 14, which was staff development day.

9/11/2013

9/11/2013

Simple ABCs and 123s? So old school. In the last four years, “Sesame Street” has set itself a much larger goal: teaching nature, math, science and engineering concepts and problem-solving to a preschool audience—with topics like how a pulley works or how to go about investigating what’s making Mr. Snuffleupagus sneeze.

9/11/2013

Thousands of Lake County students who lost bus service this school year will soon be able to pay for the bus rides. Other students, meanwhile, will get free rides to school if their walking route is considered dangerous by a new School Board-created standard.

9/11/2013

The Department of Education has compiled a resource page of programs that can help teachers improve reading. From rhyming and poetry to coloring books for English language learners to a discussion of the value of water, there are tens of dozens of programs across all grades that can be used in the classroom to help children learn to read.

9/11/2013

Students returning to school will find a plethora of new technologies and virtual programs on which their institutions have been spending millions of dollars. Yet even as these new technology-rich environments revolutionize the classroom, few have made provisions for people who are blind, dyslexic, or otherwise print-disabled.

9/11/2013

ASCD, the international education leadership association, announced today new benefits available to current and future members as part of a yearlong rollout of new member perks and benefits during the association's "membership means more" campaign.

9/11/2013

Some districts in Long Island, N.Y., are finally taking the technology plunge after dipping their toe in the water for several years. Mineola, which started with 100 iPads in 2010, is now providing one iPad for each of its 1,200 students in third through eighth grades, while Bethpage is distributing Google Chromebooks to middle schoolers.

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