K12 Headlines

5/22/2014

5/22/2014

As the state trims the number of items being tested, officials are waiting on the more thorough statistical analysis of TCAP scores before releasing the quick scores. The delay complicates student report cards, as state law requires schools to use TCAP results for 15 to 25 percent of students' final grades in third through eighth grades.

5/22/2014

Normandy School District has filed a petition challenging the federal and state constitutionality of the law that has forced the unaccredited Normandy district to pay transportation and tuition expenses for about 1,000 children who left for higher-performing schools this year. The school transfer law has left the district nearly insolvent.

5/22/2014

Voters across New York approved 98.3 percent of school budgets up for a vote this week, according to the state School Boards Association. A survey by the group found 652 school districts saw their budgets passed, including 99.5 percent of the 645 districts that stayed within the state's property-tax cap.

5/22/2014

California's public school districts could face difficult cutbacks if state officials move forward with a plan to bail out the retirement fund for teachers, officials and educators say, but even those painful steps may fall short of curing the pension deficit if investments don't meet expectations.

5/22/2014

If we want results, let’s do the hard thinking to join the arts and sciences in meaningful ways, bring partners together, and put the systemic changes in place that are necessary to build student interest and skill in all areas of the core curriculum. Every one of Utah’s students deserves the opportunity to move full STEAM ahead.

5/22/2014

No matter how poor the school or what important research study is being performed or even what product may be offered to a school, children have a right to privacy protected by the U.S. Constitution. And no one should take that away from them.

5/22/2014

Overturning the new rules entirely is certainly not the answer. With this nation’s unacceptably high rates of childhood obesity and diabetes, it remains important for schools to help young people develop healthy eating habits. For too many lower-income students, especially, school is the only place they get a decent meal. That meal should be a nutritious one.

5/22/2014

MIND Research Institute’s board of directors named Matthew Peterson, Ph.D., its new CEO. Ted Smith is retiring as CEO and chairman. He will remain chairman until a new one is elected, and then continue as a member of the board. Peterson co-founded the nonprofit in 1998, along with Gordon Shaw, Ph.D., and Mark Bodner, Ph.D.

5/22/2014

SunGard K-12 Education has selected Schoology as its learning management solutions provider. The alliance pairs eSchoolPLUS’s Teacher Access Center with Schoology’s platform for managing instruction, communication and collaboration to enable teachers to manage their classroom and student learning experience in one tool.

5/21/2014

5/21/2014

At one New Jersey high school, it’s all about thinking outside the box. New Milford High is going super high-tech with 3D “virtual classrooms.” It’s part of a pilot program where students and teachers explore the possibilities of virtual learning by breaking down the barriers of a traditional classroom.

5/21/2014

Venture investor Ron Conway's alliance of tech companies, SF.citi, has decided that its signature initiative of 2014 will be to start linking its 900 members with volunteer programs in San Francisco's 116 public schools. The beauty of this program is that it won't be a top-down, self-interest-driven outreach. The principals themselves will be asked what they need at the classroom level.

5/21/2014

With technology available to every student and every teacher, the idea is that school will be better tailored to students' needs and also better able to prepare them for the future. The promise of technology is paired with a threat, however. Without access to computers, the Internet and these new types of learning, advocates argue that U.S. students will be left behind.

5/21/2014

The Pasco County district doesn’t have enough technicians to handle the demands of 80 schools. Under the first year of its reorganization proposal, the Office for Technology and Information Services would grow from 87 employees to 111, with 13 of the new positions being technology services technicians.

5/21/2014

NETGEAR has expanded its line of ProSAFE business-class wireless products with two new products, ProSAFE WC7600 Premium Wireless Controller and ProSAFE WN370 Wall Mount Access Point with Power over Ethernet. These devices are designed to offer easy-to-deploy access for K12 schools and other mid-sized facilities.

5/21/2014

Various schools in the Nazareth Area School District soon will have technology upgrades as a result of $175,000 in expenditures for new equipment. The expenditures are part of the district's five-year technology plan. The upgrades include $127,970 worth of wireless systems throughout Nazareth Area High School and Nazareth Area Intermediate School to address Internet "dead" zones.

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