K12 Headlines

4/18/2014

4/18/2014

Western New York's Kenmore-Tonawanda School District is exploring consolidating three elementary schools into one single building. The district has seen an enrollment drop by almost 2,000 students in the past 20 years, prompting the board to examine several scenarios and possible school closings.

4/18/2014

WIN Learning and Kuder Inc. are partnering to provide educators and students with advanced capabilities for career guidance and planning. WIN Learning will utilize Kuder Navigator, a comprehensive online education and career planning system, as the foundation of its myStrategic Compass.

4/17/2014

4/17/2014

Follett and MetaMetrics are continuing to partner on education-focused content and reading data to help educators connect students with age and reading level appropriate books, ebooks and digital resources. In addition to other collaborations, Follett is currently integrating MetaMetrics' Lexile measures into its Follett Shelf Classroom Connections.

4/17/2014

A task force proposes using 1 percent of Rhode Island’s 7-percent sales tax to pay for school construction projects in an effort to reduce the state’s reliance on costly bonds.

4/17/2014

The New Jersey Schools Development Authority announced the start of $500 million in funding for some 1,600 projects that have been approved by the state Department of Education at a total cost of more than $1.2 billion. However, the state aid is contingent on voters' approval of the construction projects in 333 districts.

4/17/2014

As part of the proposed Tennessee Promise bill, high school graduates will receive free tuition to a community college or technical school in the state. The plan will take effect in fall 2015, funded by $300 million from the state's lottery fund. The state expects 25,000 students to apply at an estimated cost of $34 million a year.

4/17/2014

A new charter—linked to the Marion County Juvenile Detention Center—is being proposed to give troubled youths a better chance to succeed academically. The Alternatives in Education nonprofit is also proposing the Public Safety Academy charter for students interested in police, firefighting and homeland security careers.

4/17/2014

In the midst of national efforts to promote disciplinary policies that keep children in the classroom, legislation that would limit the length of suspensions for all but the most serious infractions and put an end to disciplinary fines is under consideration in Illinois.

4/17/2014

Many proponents of educational reform believe we should look elsewhere for inspiration as the American system of a traditional nine-month calendar supposedly impedes learning. However, if we changed to year-round school and extended day schedules tomorrow, things would not change—and will not—until we recognize we are all in this business of helping children learn.

4/17/2014

The state’s top school board would be prohibited from approving charter schools in districts rated A, B or C under a bill that won narrow approval in the House Education Committee. The proposal would apply in cases where the school was rejected by the local school board.

4/17/2014

Some schools have banned leggings outright. Others have set limits. It might seem a reasonable enough request at a time when school dress codes are common and often supported by teachers and administrators. But how far is too far? And do schools sometimes go too far in pushing back?

4/17/2014

With voter approval of Proposition G, Lindbergh Schools officials in St. Louis are looking to fast track the construction of a new elementary school. A total of $23.9 million of the $34 million bond issue will fund the construction, designed to address the district's aggressive enrollment growth.

4/17/2014

Odysseyware has added more refinements to its online curriculum platform's new user interface. With the redesigned Notes feature, both students and teachers can now write multiple notes directly in the margins of every assignment.

4/17/2014

While the state law about bullying in public schools has been strengthened, the new Safe and Supportive Minnesota Schools Act is only a start. Whether schools live up to the act’s name will be driven by the standards and guidelines put forth, how districts apply them and who is held accountable through this approach.

4/17/2014

Cabarrus County's board approved $15.5 million in capital outlay funding for one school replacement and $16 million for a new elementary school despite a projected significant gap between the estimated construction cost and the amount funded.

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