K12 Headlines

12/20/2013

12/20/2013

Targeted for social and lounge environments, Fluid Power for MOTIV was created to allow a greater dispersal of power to support electronics and encourage social learning.

12/20/2013

Mayor Bloomberg’s overhaul of the public schools was one of the most ambitious projects in the history of city government—backed by a doubling of the education budget during his tenure. From the very question of who would control the country’s largest school system to the tiny details of what kids ate for lunch, Bloomberg evaluated and acted on every aspect of public schools.

12/20/2013

Michigan’s top education official says they are celebrating over the good news that the state has been awarded millions of dollars in federal funds for early learning education. State Superintendent Mike Flanaghan says he and others in the Department of Education were ecstatic over Michigan winning $51.7-million from the federal government’s Race to the Top program.

12/20/2013

San Juan Unified School District Superintendent Glynn Thompson will step down in January following an investigation that substantiated claims from some employees of bullying and retaliation, the district announced Thursday. Trustees accepted his resignation – officially announced as a retirement – rather than try to fire Thompson for actions that have prompted $17 million in tort claims.

12/20/2013

Ted Mitchell, the chief executive of the NewSchools Venture Fund, was nominated in October by President Obama to become the Under Secretary of the Department of Education. As the administration continues to reshuffle its team, and confront new regulatory challenges, some view Mitchell’s nomination as a move towards greater privatization. In the coming months, the Department of Education will release “gainful employment” rules to rein in for-profit colleges, an experiment in proprietary education that many see as an unmitigated disaster.

12/20/2013

Sen. Bernard Sanders, I-Vt., announced Thursday that Vermont is one of six states to share a $280 million federal Race-to-the-Top Early Learning Challenge Grant from the U.S. Department of Education.

12/20/2013

A report card from a coalition of education advocates gives barely-passing grades to City Council and the state legislature, when it comes to funding Philly schools. City Council gets a C-minus. And the state legislature gets a “D” in a report card from a coalition of groups led by Public Citizens for Children and Youth.

12/20/2013

The BBC series Walking With Dinosaurs it is downright educational (although youngsters need not be told that). Aimed squarely at the dino-crazy demographic (ages 7 to 12), the film pumps a few IQ points into a kid-film genre sorely in need of them, identifying each dinosaur species introduced, including factoids about what they ate and any special skills they might have had.

12/20/2013

Rick Stout, current superintendent of Scotland County Schools, will take the reins at Onslow County Schools in early 2014. His selection was announced during the Onslow County Board of Education meeting Thursday night. Stout said he hopes to continue the path of excellence already established at Onslow County Schools. He said he would like Onslow County Schools to be the best in state.

12/20/2013

Indiana's State Board of Education is set to release "A-F" school grades for the 2012-13 school year four months after a grade change scandal sparked a review of the grading system. Schools are graded based on a series of factors including test scores, graduation rates and other performance measurements. The grades have become increasingly important factors recently in determining teacher pay, school funding and possible state takeover.

12/20/2013

After three years of battling with Hanna Skandera, the state's controversial education secretary-designate, Democratic lawmakers have a new plan to get her out of office. A new proposal would simply make her position disappear. Sen. Michael Padilla, D-Albuquerque, is backing a constitutional amendment that would eliminate the job of state education secretary altogether.

12/20/2013

Earlier this month, volunteers and staff members from The Education Partnership distributed 7,774 holiday packages filled with school supplies to needy children in 22 area schools. The partnership is hoping for a financial boost for that effort from an Education Tree set up at The Mall at Robinson where shoppers can make a $15 donation in return for a handmade ornament.

12/20/2013

The furor of parents over the Common Core and all that comes with it rocked a Manorville forum sponsored this fall by state Sen. Ken LaValle. Despite consistent pleas to slow down testing of students and implementation of the Common Core standards, the commissioner and the Regents trudge ahead. Even the Regents' announcement this week that the board will appoint a subcommittee to review the new standards' introduction came with the statement that "moving forward with Common Core is essential."

12/19/2013

12/19/2013

The district began using the Fast ForWord program in 2011-12 in four schools to close reading gaps for struggling readers, English learners, and students with disabilities.

12/19/2013

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