K12 Headlines

3/18/2014

3/18/2014

The Senate approved a bill that would require districts to provide students with the usual 1,062 instruction hours while the House has already approved a separate bill giving districts the power to eliminate up to 10 days. Kentucky districts remain in limbo as they attempt to finalize the calendar for a school year pocked with snow days.

3/18/2014

Automated Logic Corporation, a provider of innovative building automation systems, announced the release of Eco-Screen, an interactive software application that showcases energy and conservation measures within a building.

3/18/2014

As for the tone of the debate, charter advocates need to put aside the hyperbole about being under siege. Mayor de Blasio needs to renounce divisive rhetoric that portrays the charters as alien institutions instead of the public schools that they actually are.

3/18/2014

A state Senate panel advanced legislation aimed at helping parish school boards struggling with school employee pension costs. The Retirement Committee voted to alter the payment schedule set for eradication of the Louisiana School Employees Retirement System’s long-term debt.

3/18/2014

Houston County's board has named Mark Scott, former Northside High School principal and currently the assistant superintendent for human resources, as their choice to be their next superintendent. The board votes again on April 8 once his contract has been finalized to make the appointment official.

3/18/2014

Even before a legislative task force issues its report on the needs of rural school districts, Wisconsin superintendents are saying the recommendations won't go far enough to address problems with funding and retaining talented teachers.

3/18/2014

Rosa Parks Elementary in North Portland could move to a year-round calendar, according to administrators. The pilot calendar would require students to attend some classes in June, July and August to help combat what educators call the "summer slide" in learning.

3/18/2014

Colorado's highest court will decide the constitutionality of a Douglas County district's pilot program that would use taxpayer dollars to offer private school vouchers to hundreds of students. The decision would help bring closure to a three-year legal battle.

3/18/2014

The St. Paul school district began piloting the TipTxt two-way messaging service at Central High School and plans to expand it districtwide this year. The anonymous service is for students, staff and parents to send text messages to the district about bullying, theft, crime or other issues.

3/18/2014

In the legislative session just ended, nearly half the state budget was allocated to public education. But additional money will, again, merely fund basic education for more than 10,000 additional students expected next year and mandated expenditures such as employee health and retirement funds.

3/18/2014

Three more charter schools in Broward County could be forced to shut their doors this year, bringing the number of closures to 15 in the last 20 months. It is an alarming failure rate that is prompting officials to call for more stringent rules from the state.

3/18/2014

A citywide coalition of community groups is demanding that 80% of $1 billion in new school funding headed to L.A. Unified be spent on needy students according to decisions made by local schools rather than district bureaucrats.

3/18/2014

On April 18, Dr. Dennis Haddock will mark the close of nine years with the Lakewood School District and 33 years in K12 public education. After serving as assistant superintendent of the district for three years, Haddock was selected as superintendent in 2008.

3/18/2014

A new change to state law due to go into full effect this year would automatically hold back third grade students who aren't reading at grade level. But if that principle is applied in a one-size-fits-all basis for the state, the results could be devastating.

3/17/2014

3/17/2014

The same district that had perhaps the most highly compensated superintendent in California last year also spends over two times the state average on its administration. The Centinela Valley Union High School District's administrative spending was the second highest among Los Angeles County's 80 districts.

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