K12 Headlines

9/16/2014

9/16/2014

For children across the country, returning to school means eating mass-produced lunches. But Oakland's school system is implementing an ambitious plan to transform their lunch program to provide healthier, locally-sourced food.

9/16/2014

After a recent student athlete's collapse and emergency medical situation, several school districts around the Kansas City area are reviewing their policies in the unfortunate event that a high school athlete collapses during a game. All have similar protocols that dictate how the situation is handled from the team trainers to the hospital.

9/16/2014

A team at the Purdue Homeland Security Institute at Purdue University has been conducting research to find ways to improve public safety at secondary schools. Their research is looking at ways to slow down an active shooter, who may be targeting people at a secondary school. The data the team collected so far indicates having a school resource officer is valuable.

9/15/2014

9/15/2014

Supreme Court has ordered the state to increase education spending enough to fulfill the Washington state Legislature’s own definition of what it would take to meet the state constitution’s requirement of providing a basic education to all Washington children.

9/15/2014

Carrying concealed weapons in public schools is a right protected by law for permit holders in Utah, and teachers who carry firearms are not required to inform school administrators of the existence of their weapons. 

9/15/2014

Video games are playing an increasing role in school curricula as teachers seek to deliver core lessons such as math and reading—not to mention new skills such as computer programming—in a format that holds their students’ interests. 

9/15/2014

Truancy and chronic absenteeism rates across California cost school districts billions of dollars in state funding each year, and it's getting worse. About 250,000 elementary school students were chronically absent last year, which means each child missed at least 10 percent of the 180-day school year.

9/15/2014

The Better Business Bureau is warning school districts across the country to be on the lookout for fake invoices for educational supplies. In just the last few weeks, the BBB has received more than 3,300 inquiries and nearly 100 complaints from schools in 26 states.

9/15/2014

Two of the $5 million will go toward a Principal Innovation Fund where school administrators will get to deploy the money in the way they see fit without any strings attached. The other $3 million will go toward funding full-time technology instructors and supporting 50 “digital classrooms.”

9/15/2014

Leverage Applications' Mobile University Partner School program has fully launched. Available for iOS and Android devices, the university search apps let students search more than 4,500 schools nationwide by location, degrees offered, test scores, tuition and more. Students can also search approximately 18,000 scholarships within the database.

9/15/2014

A plaster-type finish to go over walls to bulletproof homes, schools or offices has been developed by GigaCrete Inc. The finish can help create safe rooms and bullet resistant walls for schools or any other building where ballistic protection may be needed. The company has just passed official ballistic tests proving it can stop five rounds of AK47 bullets.

9/15/2014

Dynamic Path released its Praxis II PLT K-6 study questions, which include 200 review problems to test and strengthen the skills professional educators need for the Praxis II PLT K-6 exam.

9/15/2014

It's mid-September, and most schools have barely begun classes, but students at Rosa Parks Elementary School are getting ready for vacation. Fall break for the Portland, Oregon, elementary school starts on Sept. 22 and runs for three weeks.

9/15/2014

More schools are using social media such as Facebook and Twitter to dissseminate everything from bulletins, such as closing due to inclement weather, to accolades for students and updates and final scores for their athletic events.

9/15/2014

The largest district in Oregon has long wrestled with how to balance a variety of choices with uniformly good neighborhood schools. That balance appears to be tipping in favor of keeping kids at their local schools, and away from certain specialized programs.

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