K12 Headlines

4/25/2014

4/25/2014

Scott Coefield was appointed as the permanent superintendent of the Pelham City School System, replacing interim Superintendent Tim Alford. Coefield is currently heading up the Oneonta City School System.

4/25/2014

The South Dakota High School Activities Association is considering a proposal that would allow transgender students to participate in extracurricular activities according to their self-identified gender rather than the gender listed on their records.

4/25/2014

Goodwill Industries has applied to open a Shelby County charter school in Tennessee to help people who have dropped out of school to earn a high school diploma. The Excel Center would use a model focused on dropout recovery for students of all ages.

4/25/2014

The Iowa Legislature approved a last-minute law to redefine coaches as school employees after the Iowa Supreme Court cleared a high school coach who had consensual sex with a 16-year-old student.

4/25/2014

In Illinois, Chicago students vying for hard-to-get spots in the city's most competitive public high schools will get a new selective enrollment high school named after President Barack Obama.

4/25/2014

The No Child Left Behind Act federal education law will be in full effect in Washington again for the coming school year after the state lost its federal program waiver. The state Legislature failed to agree on complying with federal guidelines, which tie students' standardized test scores to teacher evaluations.

4/25/2014

Under Connecticut's system, local boards develop curriculums to meet state standards, and should be able to do so based on the best available research. Lawmakers' time would be better spent focused on more pressing needs, not developing a laundry list of subjects that need to be covered in schools.

4/25/2014

Unlike reading, writing and math, there are no programs designed to track whether teachers and parents have adequately taught manners, compassion and decorum to our children. Where are the accolades for the kids who are doing the right thing? Where are our lawmakers demanding that teachers have time to teach social skills?

4/25/2014

It’s wonderful to emphasize achievement, but at some point, the pressure to excel takes too great a toll. And lately, some districts are starting to acknowledge that students are sleep-deprived, overwhelmed with homework, and convinced their futures depend on taking five AP classes instead of two.

4/25/2014

A projected 47 percent increase in charter tuition has contributed to the budget woes of Bethlehem Area's district, triggering a proposed 4.9 percent tax increase. The district has a $16.9 million deficit, which will be reduced by $9.5 million in savings, including the expected elimination of 22 teaching positions.

4/25/2014

Pamela Baldwin has been brought in to head up the Asheville City School system. Baldwin, the current assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction for Scotland County Schools, will take over for interim superintendent Bobbie Short.

4/25/2014

Applications for pre-K programs in the city's schools rose by 36 percent this year following Mayor de Blasio’s promise to provide free classes to every 4-year-old in the city. The Education Department received applications for over 41,600 students for this fall, up from about 30,500 last year.

4/24/2014

4/24/2014

VINCI Education expanded its offering by launching the Elementary series of its real-time, data-enabled Math Curriculum. The curriculum, sequenced to break down the Common Core requirements to small steps, includes a series of immersive game-based content for instructional and reinforcement learning.

4/24/2014

The Lakewood city district this summer will start preparing three elementary schools and part of the high school to be rebuilt. The construction project will be the largest in the district's history. The funding will come from a passed bond issue and the Ohio Facilities Construction Commission.

4/24/2014

Teachscape Learn Professional Learning Suite is Teachscape's newest offering. In addition to its online courses about the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics, the Common Core Series in Teachscape Learn now has new video-based, self-paced courses on the CCSS for English Language Arts and Literacy.

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