K12 Headlines

2/13/2014

2/13/2014

This is a pivotal moment for the Common Core State Standards. The debate about the standards must be changed to ensure politics and mythology don't derail a vital effort to improve opportunities for our kids as they are falling further behind their international peers.

2/13/2014

While more students than ever are taking Advanced Placement (AP) courses, many are still failing the tests, according to the College Board, which administers the AP program.

2/13/2014

A letter signed by 171 of the state’s 178 superintendents this week calls for the legislature to more than double the proposed increase in next year’s state funding for K12 education.

2/13/2014

The Nashville Metro board voted unanimously to transform two elementary schools into new pre-K hubs as part of a plan to expand prekindergarten over the next four years.

2/13/2014

The House voted to create a state program to award grants to schools, families and day-care centers to implement quality preschool curriculum for at-risk kids.

2/13/2014

Wisconsin’s Departments of Financial Institutions and Public Instruction are teaming up to provide a $250,000 statewide grant program to encourage K12 districts to incorporate personal finance education into their curricula.

2/13/2014

Under an amended bill, the state would partner with New Hampshire’s state-run virtual academy to allow any Maine student to access their online resources by this fall.

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The Charter School for Applied Technologies in Tonawanda, N.Y., has requested an amendment to its charter from the state Education Department to increase its enrollment quota to 2,365 from 1,675 over the course of three years.

2/12/2014

The Philadelphia School District, as part of its five-year strategic plan to almost double the number of students in career and technical education (CTE), is undertaking an expansion of its CTE programs at neighborhood high schools like South Philadelphia.

2/12/2014

The Aberdeen Public School District has been awarded a $2 million Governor’s Grant for Career and Technical Education, one of a dozen districts statewide receiving a total of over $8.5 million. The grant will pay for a considerable portion of a new vocational and technical education center.

2/12/2014

According to the latest data from the 2013 Speak Up Survey, video as a tool for homework is on the rise; mobile computing is "beyond the tipping point;" and most kids don't use traditional computers to connect to the internet at home.

2/12/2014

Few sectors are more desperate for new ideas than the $600 billion system of K12 public education. Despite a surge in education entrepreneurship over the last several decades, for-profit education ventures have received far lower levels of investment than other industries.

2/12/2014

“Mark my words: Education technology is no novelty. Technology's reshaping of education is happening now, and further change is inevitable,” states Rod Paige, a former U.S. Education secretary and Houston Independent School District superintendent.

2/12/2014

Mentor, Ohio schools Superintendent Matt Miller is the new chairman of the Ohio Blended Learning Network. The group was formed this past fall as part of Gov. John Kasich’s Straight A Fund, which offers a grant program based on the concept of blended learning.

2/12/2014

Miami-Dade County Public Schools teamed up with Microsoft as part of the district’s 1-to-1 device initiative, which seeks to give students the technology they need to succeed in school and the workplace.

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