K12 Headlines

1/17/2014

1/17/2014

Carmen Fariña was known for her meticulous demands. It was the early 1990s, and Ms. Fariña, a hard-charging educator with an irrepressible Brooklyn accent, was on a mission to shake up Public School 6 on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, already one of the most prestigious in New York City.

1/17/2014

During a joint meeting of Idaho's House and Senate Education Committees, there was a pitch that improvements and restoration in education funding could be helped by collecting an online sales tax.

1/17/2014

Reading an academic paper on racism is like reading an alien's take on the human species. In their summary of the way humans think, these aliens describe racism as "phenotypic features associated with the social categorization of racial groups [that] have been strongly linked to stereotyping, prejudice and discrimination."

1/17/2014

A day after denouncing the education proposals of Gov. Nathan Deal, Democratic challenger and state Sen. Jason Carter, D-Atlanta, filed a resolution to make permanent his proposal to prioritize education spending statewide.

1/17/2014

Fresh back from her extended holiday in Hawaii, Michelle Obama turned her attention to education in underserved communities Wednesday. The first lady hosted a group of approximately 60 education stakeholders for a White House screening of the film “The Inevitable Defeat of Mister & Pete.” The film, which is described as "a coming of age story about two inner-city youth who are left to fend for themselves in the Bronx," was produced by singer-songwriter Alicia Keys.

1/17/2014

Public high-school students could get two class credits for off-campus religious education they attend during regular school hours under a bill passed yesterday by the Ohio House of Representatives. The bill, which passed by a 78-15 vote, would give school boards authority to excuse students from school to receive religious instruction with parental permission in classes conducted at churches or other parties at no cost to the schools.

1/17/2014

Superintendent Gary Bloom will retire July 1 after five years leading Santa Cruz City Schools, the county's second-largest district. The decision comes as Bloom enters his 40th year in education and the final year of a five-year commitment he made after being hired as the district's top official in April 2009.

1/16/2014

1/16/2014

Both new games, as well as the original Gen i Revolution, now incorporate Facebook functionality and are available for tablet play, making it possible for students to learn anytime, anywhere. All games are also accessible on a desktop computer.

1/16/2014

Qlovi uses eBooks, assessments, and data to inform personalized instruction. January 13th marks the public release of new classroom and data features available free with OER titles, or alongside purchased eBooks.

1/16/2014

The software was created to help schools protect their students from the perils of unfiltered internet access. The growing trend of 1:1 technology programs in schools has created a real need for vigilant guidance.

1/16/2014

The 2014 Win a Wireless Lab Sweepstakes will award two schools $45,000 each in technology grants, including on-site professional development from CDW-G and Discovery Education and a $5,000 Discovery Education digital media reward.

1/16/2014

Teaching teens to see through pro-tobacco messages in the media may be better at preventing youth smoking than just saying no, according to new research.

1/16/2014

JPEF says that schools should get more credit for rapid academic growth among disadvantaged students and they should get fewer points for proficiency, which is Florida’s definition for passing state tests.

1/16/2014

Carried to office in part on promises to reverse course on Bloomberg's education policies, de Blasio faces a thorny logistical challenge — figuring out how to tax the richer schools among the 115 charters in public buildings.

1/16/2014

Lacking a school voucher system and a law that lets charter school operators turn to the state for approval, Tennessee gets an "F" for school choice, according to a national education-reform group.

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