K12 Headlines

6/1/2015

6/1/2015

Two years after California passed a law that permits transgender youth to use whatever bathroom they wish, school districts continue to grapple with compliance, though major strides have been made.

6/1/2015

Under a $4.6 million deal approved by the Board of Education last week, the district will install WiFi in all of its 109 schools by the end of next school year. The federal government will pay 85 percent of the project’s cost.

5/29/2015

5/29/2015

It seems like a no-brainer: Offer kids a reward for showing up at school, and their attendance will shoot up. But a recent study of third-graders in India suggests that incentive schemes can do more harm than good.

5/29/2015

The parent’s version of the FamilyTime – Dashboard app was released for iOS to help parents keep in touch with their children and manage parental controls from their iOS devices even on the go.

5/29/2015

The governor would be blocked from chopping regional school transportation funds under a bill being pushed by the Massachusetts Association of Regional Schools. The group has argued a 2010 state law says regional school transportation funds can only be reduced in connection with cuts to aid known as Chapter 70.

5/29/2015

Designed to simplify the grading and data input, Blackboard Inc. launched an improved integration between Blackboard's teaching and learning solutions and Pearson's PowerSchool student information system to eliminate the need for teachers to double enter assignments and grades into the two systems.

5/29/2015

More than 150 city school employees received layoff notices, part of a promised cost-saving measure to close a budget gap in city schools CEO Gregory Thornton's first budget. The layoffs were the first in the district in at least a decade.

5/29/2015

The Alabama city's school officials are urging Birmingham to reverse a plan to drop free police protection at middle and high school sporting events, stressing that the move would push the sports program further into the red.

5/29/2015

Nearly 17,000 slots in summer programs for middle school students have been cut by the administration at the last minute, in some cases after parents had enrolled their children. The money saved — nearly $28 million — is being redirected to the city’s lowest-performing schools.

5/29/2015

The Chelmsford schools may soon have a new superintendent of schools with the appointment of Roger J. Lang, deputy assistant superintendent of finance and operations for the Lowell Public Schools.

5/29/2015

The board of education in the Iowa district selected Tom Messinger for the position of superintendent of schools. He is currently serving as a high school principal in Burlington, Iowa — a position he has served in for the past 11 years.

5/29/2015

MaryEllen Elia, the former schools superintendent for Hillsborough County, has been tapped as New York State’s new education commissioner. She will replace John B. King Jr., who resigned as commissioner in 2014 for a job at the U.S. Department of Education.

5/29/2015

The school administrative software provider has broadened the use of the Ed-Fi Data Standard in a move to dramatically improve data interoperability between districts and state agencies for local data-reporting requirements.

5/29/2015

Ninety-two percent of school districts in the state have submitted plans outlining how they would spend their share of the proposed $400 million increase in basic education funding that Gov. Tom Wolf wants allocated to schools.

5/29/2015

A new law strikes a fair balance between reducing the amount of testing, while preserving enough to effectively measure student and educator performance. Without some standardized tests, it is impossible to evaluate and compare schools, and without school data and rankings, parents can't make informed choices about where to send their children.

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