K12 Headlines

5/1/2015

5/1/2015

President Obama announced an initiative that would make $250 million worth of e-books available to young, low-income readers for free. The effort will work through a new app, being developed by the New York Public Library, that has the buy-in of all the major publishers.

5/1/2015

The Kansas Supreme Court said that it will not consider another appeal of the ongoing school finance case until after a district court panel finishes its deliberations. The plaintiffs originally argued in 2010 that cuts made overall school funding unconstitutionally low, and that the cuts fell disproportionately on the poorest school districts.

4/30/2015

4/30/2015

The Gloucester County School Board sent more than 1,000 pages of documentation to the U.S. Department of Justice regarding a federal civil rights complaint filed by a high school transgender student. The board instituted a policy in December restricting students to either single-stall restrooms or the restrooms designated for their biological gender.

4/30/2015

New York City's Education Department failed to report hundreds of violent incidents at at 10 city schools as required by law, according to a new 2011-13 audit. The state-mandated SAVE Act requires officials to report these incidents so that officials can intervene if safety is threatened.

4/30/2015

The Michigan Supreme Court heard arguments during a visit to the Ann Arbor high school in an effort to introduce students to the workings of the state's highest appellate court.

4/30/2015

When a parent’s solution is to opt out by packing a healthier school lunch from home, we lose a potential change-maker who can make a real difference in his or her community. All children, regardless of their circumstances, deserve safe, nourishing and delicious school meals. When we abandon school food, we abandon children who could benefit from our powerful voices.

4/30/2015

A bill passed by the state Senate would force school districts to share more of their tax funding with charter schools, but critics say it may open the coffers unfairly by removing a funding exemption from the shared revenue model.

4/30/2015

Although recent legislation will mandate that virtual classrooms would be available in every Alabama school system by the 2016-17 school year, Montgomery Public Schools will be getting a head start by launching a virtual high school pilot program this fall .

4/30/2015

The city is getting ready to cut its first checks to charter schools that are paying for their own space — an outlay that could stretch to nearly $10 million for this school year, based on charter school enrollment figures.

4/30/2015

The state's top court upheld the ability of school districts to use an alternative form of financing to build school additions that doesn’t require voter approval. It has implications for districts across the state that build additions or purchase equipment through lease-purchase arrangements instead of by issuing bonds.

4/30/2015

The costs for Steamboat Springs School District's four potential capital projects range from $54 million to $80 million for construction alone, and could exceed $100 million when other associated costs are added.

4/30/2015

A bill that would pause the state’s obligation to reimburse school construction debt payments will become law without Gov. Bill Walker’s signature. The governor said confusion surrounding the House’s failure to adopt the effective date clause and a retroactivity provision in the bill contributed to his decision not to sign the bill.

4/30/2015

Creating small high schools improves outcomes for students in the overall school district - both in new small schools and existing larger schools - according to a study of New York City schools by researchers at New York University, Syracuse University and Arizona State University.

4/30/2015

Arts programs have long suffered cuts as schools adjust to meeting the growing demands of academic performance and standardized tests. Yet the Common Core standards mention the arts frequently. Students are expected to analyze paintings, music and theater and create their own works of art.

4/30/2015

The Developmental Reading Assessment - Second Edition PLUS (DRA2+) iPad app guides teachers through the formative reading assessment as they observe, record and evaluate changes in reading performances of students in grades K-8.

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