K12 Headlines

5/28/2014

5/28/2014

InFocus Corporation has added the paperback book-sized IN1142 to its LightPro family of ultra-portable LED projectors. The LightPro IN1142 delivers a high-contrast, WXGA widescreen image at a brightness of 700 lumens.

5/28/2014

Reportlinker.com has announced that a new market research report is available in its catalog: Smart Education & Learning Market by Hardware. From the past few years, the market for smart education in K12 and higher education involves the implementation of innovative hardware, software and services and educational content to create an innovative environment.

5/28/2014

The tight budgets, coupled with another policy change that requires principals to make the difficult decisions on program reductions and staffing cuts, have led to heightened frustration, which boiled over recently with a handful of principals lashing out publicly against the Chicago mayor's administration.

5/28/2014

Esri, a geographic information system software developer, is teaming up with Amazon Web Services and the ConnectED government education program to provide a grant to make its advanced mapping software available for free to the more than 100,000 K12 schools. The contribution value exceeds $1 billion.

5/28/2014

First lady Michelle Obama stepped into the political/policy arena, criticizing House Republicans over a plan to permit exceptions to new federal nutrition standards for school lunches. House Republicans said the proposal would be a temporary, one-year waiver for schools that are having financial trouble meeting the new food standards.

5/28/2014

Congress is taking up a large number of education bills this year. Unfortunately, the issue it is ignoring is the one that most needs its attention: an overhaul of the No Child Left Behind Act. It would be an understatement to say that school reform is in a state of disarray because of this legislative inaction.

5/28/2014

The Baltimore school board voted to fully fund programs for gifted students, which were originally slated for cuts next year, and to tap its rainy-day fund to avoid layoffs and cuts to central office operations. The $1.3 billion budget will restore over $30,000 in funding cuts to the International Baccalaureate programs.

5/28/2014

The Illinois Senate approved sweeping changes to the way the state funds public education. The measure would require distributing public education funding based on each district’s level of financial need. The change would direct more state assistance toward high-poverty areas, with wealthier districts having to rely more on local funding.

5/28/2014

The civil rights group Advancement Project and the national community group network Journey for Justice Alliance filed three federal complaints with the U.S. Department of Education and Department of Justice. The lawsuits allege that school closures in Newark, Chicago and New Orleans discriminate against African American students.

5/28/2014

All Indianapolis Public Schools students will get a free breakfast, lunch and snack of fresh fruit or vegetable starting this fall and continuing for the next four years under a federal program the School Board voted to join.

5/28/2014

A student kept out of the classroom three times by ninth grade is virtually guaranteed not to graduate. In addition, 95 percent of exclusions are for disruptive or disorderly conduct reasons. A group of classroom teachers in Minnesota banded together to request changes to the St. Paul School Board's policies regarding discipline and the mainstreaming of many special education students.

5/28/2014

Constructing Modern Knowledge Press announced the publication of The Invent To Learn Guide to 3D Printing in the Classroom: Recipes for Success. The book covers a variety of step-by-step classroom projects, 3D printing technology, new design software and advice on purchasing a 3D printer.

5/27/2014

5/27/2014

Los Angeles Unified, the country’s second-largest school system, is home to more than 650,000 students, and 42 percent of them are overweight or obese. In 2011, the district decided healthier school lunches were the best way to help them not be. A new study suggests that despite the softened menu standards, students are still beelining toward carbs and meat and avoiding fruits and vegetables.

5/27/2014

An early retirement incentive offered annually to Des Moines educators no longer serves its purpose and threatens to become a financial drain on the school district, officials say. The program also features one of the most attractive packages in the state, offering higher awards than other neighboring districts.

5/27/2014

In Massachusetts, Boston administrators stopped selling junk food at lunch and persuaded a health-conscious food organization to donate a salad bar for their cafeteria so students could eat fresh. Due to budget issues, the School Department has refused to stock the salad bar since September and has reinstated the sale of snacks during lunch.

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