K12 Headlines

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.

3/17/2014

The new career diploma/vocation training education path is crucial and could yield positive outcomes. This is the opportunity that Louisiana and the country needs in order to provide the proper tools and assets to students that will make up the backbone of future blue collar America.

3/17/2014

After analyzing years of sick day records claimed by teachers and the amount spent on substitutes, the Beaufort County district will attempt to reduce the number of sick days taken with an incentive. Ideas include possibly paying teachers for steady attendance and unused sick leave.

3/17/2014

Illinois has a legal obligation to provide adequate education funding, and a moral obligation to make sure all students receive a quality education. That's a tall order to fill, given the state's current financial woes. But maintaining the status quo isn't the answer.

3/17/2014

Edgenuity has launched Edgenuity MyPath, a new program that provides students in grades 6-12 with supplemental instruction in mathematics and reading customized to their skill and comprehension level. The offering, available for the 2014-2015 school year, can be used for remediation, grade-level support or enrichment through “Individualized Learning Paths.”

3/17/2014

The search for a new Boston school superintendent will easily uncover candidates with more charisma than interim superintendent John McDonough. Yet there is a growing feeling around town that he might be the best person to lead the city's schools.

3/17/2014

The financial profile data shown in the Illinois State Board of Education's 2014 financial watch list shows that 532 school districts, almost 62 percent of the state's total, are deficit spending. The board has submitted a proposal to state lawmakers to increase school funding next year by more than $1 billion.

3/17/2014

Recent legislation mandating schools test for radon gas was amended to strip provisions that would require schools to perform a short-term test for radon gas at each school by June 30, 2025, and at least once every 10 years thereafter.

3/17/2014

PBS’ media-on-demand service for educators, PBS LearningMedia, announced a new "Math Is Awe-Sum” campaign designed to empower educators teaching math in pre-K12 classrooms with new digital resources and professional development tools.

3/17/2014

As part of Google’s new Add-On area for Google Docs and Sheets, Texthelp has introduced its Highlighting Tools free add-on, designed to enable educators in schools and universities to help their students identify and group key facts together, collect words to learn and undertake further research.

3/17/2014

With depleted staffs, tighter budgets and higher expenses, districts across the state are exploring ways to pay substitute teachers. Some districts have responded by limiting substitutes' hours and increasing the pool of subs. But, increasingly, districts are outsourcing their substitute operations to staffing agencies.

3/17/2014

The Louisiana Department of Education’s routine audit of the East Baton Rouge Parish system’s academic records came back as “uncommon” and “troubling” with grade and graduating discrepancies and an alleged lack of oversight and cheating in online courses.

3/17/2014

Facing mobility rates of over 20 percent, many metro-area districts have undertaken district-wide initiatives to reduce mobility and ease transitions, including streamlining the records request process and creating a pacing guide for all district schools.

3/14/2014

3/14/2014

Virginia's Superintendent of Public Instruction, Patricia Wright, will retire from that post May 1. Wright, a veteran of the state education department, has been serving as the state's schools chief under three governors.

3/14/2014

Cerebellum Corporation has launched a new video streaming website for its line of Standard Deviants educational videos. Now students and educators can use the SD Instant Access digital delivery and playback platform to instantly download or stream 274 Standard Deviants titles.

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