K12 Headlines

4/24/2014

4/24/2014

A House committee passed legislation that would lower tuition costs an unaccredited school district must pay when students transfer to another district. The bill would drop the tuition cost to 70 percent of the sending district’s tuition rate and money also would be put toward transportation.

4/24/2014

The School Breakfast Initiative has selected 120 Minnesota schools to participate in the 2014-2015 School Breakfast Challenge. Each participating school will receive $2,500 in unrestricted funds to invest in increasing school breakfast participation in addition to a monetary incentive per meal.

4/24/2014

The debate over whether to include students in school decisions is an important one. But ultimately, putting one or two teenagers on a school board won’t make much of a difference if they don’t represent families traditionally left from the table in the first place.

4/24/2014

A Loyola University program brings law students to high school classrooms across New Orleans. The university students teach about the rudiments of the legal system as part of the semester-long Street Law course and national initiative that informs students about the law and their basic rights.

4/24/2014

Charter schools should not be forced upon districts whose duly elected officials have already said a resounding "no" to them. And being forced to pay for these unwanted schools adds insult to political and educational injury.

4/24/2014

Proposed changes to Pennsylvania's special education funding for school districts and charter schools will put some of the state's charters out of business, according to charter school advocates. The three-tiered system would apply to all of the special education funding that charter and cyberschools receive.

4/24/2014

Amidst community protests, Chicago's school board will consider turning three academically troubled schools over to a private operator, the Academy for Urban School Leadership. Concerns are especially high In North Lawndale, where over 60 percent of its 22 public schools are already privately run.

4/24/2014

The new law signed by Georgia's governor will allow the carrying of firearms by an authorized official of a school, local board of education or educational institution. Included are provisions that allow residents who have concealed carry permits to take guns into some bars, churches, government buildings and certain areas of airports.

4/23/2014

4/23/2014

Currently, only 19 states and the District of Columbia allow computer science courses to count toward high school graduation requirements. California is not one of them. By providing graduation credits for these courses, more students will be encouraged to explore this critical field.

4/23/2014

Radical changes in K12 education cannot be justified on the basis of pervasive but largely unfounded claims of widespread scientist and engineer shortages. That said, there are even stronger reasons to continue to improve science and math education.

4/23/2014

While the efficiency benefits gained from using biometric technology can be useful, lawmakers are starting to look at restricting the technology’s use in K12 schools. Florida has legislation pending that would ban schools from collecting biometric data such as fingerprints and iris scans.

4/23/2014

Students are taking the new, year-end SAGE computer adaptive assessment that adapts to the skill level of an individual child. Hailed by educators as providing timely, precise results for use in classroom planning, it has also been coldly received by parents skeptical of its adaptive format and alignment with the Common Core.

4/23/2014

Administrators are using mobile software applications to remain highly productive no matter where they are. These apps also are making it easier to create learning communities where leaders can share a range of information with other districts.

4/23/2014

InBloom, which launched with $100 million in funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the Carnegie Corporation of New York, is closing down amidst student data privacy concerns and withdrawn state contracts. The educational software company offered districts a cloud-based system for storing student data.

4/23/2014

The Montclair district has brought in Barry Haines as its new director of technology to lead an IT infrastructure upgrade that will support 21st century teaching and learning. Haines previously supervised educational technology in New Jersey's Parsippany-Troy Hills and Flemington-Raritan districts.

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