K12 Headlines

4/7/2014

4/7/2014

The Kansas Senate has approved a plan aimed at fixing an unconstitutional funding imbalance between rich and poor school districts. The plan gives local school districts the ability to expand their taxing authority with voter consent but also contains some controversial provisions.

4/7/2014

Like it or not, testing is the best way to produce uniform standards and accountability. Opting out is more common among higher income families. If the kids from rich families don’t take the test how can we know what poorer children are or aren’t getting from their schools?

4/7/2014

After so many students in grades 3-8 statewide opted out of the English Language Arts exams given this week, schools that failed to have 95 percent of their students take the tests won't have to worry this year about failing to make the grade.

4/7/2014

Several hundred districts in New Jersey volunteered to test drive the math and language arts sections of the new Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers during a four-week window that began March 24. The scores will not count.

4/7/2014

Student information, like electronic health records, remains much more sensitive than other kinds of consumer information. In state after state, parents and other education activists raised concerns that student data would be exploited for financial gain or stolen by hackers.

4/7/2014

Hooda Math is launching educational versions of the Flappy Birds and 2048 games, available for free on the math games website. Both games are optimized for mobile devices and can be accessed from any device.

4/7/2014

About 70 percent of the city’s schools were considered segregated in 1972, when parents filed the lawsuit that prompted a federal judge to order the district to desegregate. An analysis found that in 2012, 70 percent of schools in the city were segregated.

4/7/2014

School officials have commissioned an enrollment study to determine if the drop in students is part of a larger demographic shift that is being felt in many suburban school districts or if it is yet another lingering effect of the school shooting that claimed the lives of 20 children and six educators in December 2012.

4/7/2014

Twenty-seven states mandate that schools provide programs or services to gifted children. Michigan is not among that group. Nor is Michigan among the 32 states that have a mandate to identify children who are gifted.

4/7/2014

One hundred ninth-graders will effectively start college this fall when they enter a six-year academy where they will earn an associate's degree upon graduation and a chance to be "first in line" for a job at IBM.

4/7/2014

The Nutrients for Life Foundation and Discovery Education are launching a new online program, “From the Ground Up: The Science of Soil,” designed to teach middle school students about soil science and nutrients in agriculture. The program includes lesson plans, interactive tools bilingual family activities and more.

4/7/2014

The New York State United Teachers cited the "failed" rollout of Common Core academic standards, and related student tests and teacher evaluations, in calling for removal of New York Education Commissioner John B. King Jr.

4/4/2014

4/4/2014

McLean County Medical Society is sponsoring a Human Anatomy Cadaver Dissection Lab for advanced-level high school students interested in careers in medicine. Labs, which will cost no money but offer no credit, will be limited to students who have the interest, maturity and intelligence to work on dissection.

4/4/2014

The Bangor School Committee approved a $43.7 million budget for fiscal year 2015, an increase of 2.42 percent over this year’s budget. The increase is to accommodate the rising costs of personnel and utilities coupled with a nearly $1 million decrease in funding from the state.

4/4/2014

Eric Williams, currently superintendent for Virginia’s York County schools, will become the new superintendent overseeing Loudoun County Public Schools' more than 65,000 students as of this summer. He will succeed Dr. Edgar B. Hatrick III, who has served as superintendent for 23 years.

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