K12 Headlines

8/30/2013

8/30/2013

Success Academy, the charter school chain that boasts sky-high student scores on annual state tests, has for years used a “zero tolerance” disciplinary policy to suspend, push out, discharge, or demote the very pupils who might lower those scores—children with special needs or behavior problems.

8/30/2013

States are reporting that some of their schools are dropping out of the healthier school-lunch program because they can’t afford to participate. But does that really mean nutritious school lunches (and snacks) are doomed?

8/30/2013

The social media sites of all 13,000 students in Glendale, Calif.'s middle and high schools are being monitored. School officials hired a company called Geo Listening to track students' online posts daily with the goal to intervene when students discuss suicide, bullying, violence, or substance abuse.

8/30/2013

About 200 people—including 20 to 30 students—rallied outside Chicago Public Schools on Wednesday, as the Board of Education approved the district’s annual budget, which includes hundreds of millions in cuts. Community activists who organized the protest rally and boycott said it would serve as a real-life lesson for students involved.

8/30/2013

Mary-Elizabeth Beach, superintendent of Ware Public Schools in Ware, Mass., stunned members of the Ware School Committee Wednesday night by announcing she will resign at the end of this school year.

8/30/2013

A graduate of Bowie High School and Bowie State University, newly appointed deputy superintendent of schools Monique Whittington Davis has deep ties to Bowie and to Prince George’s County. Davis also spent more than a decade as an educator and administrator in the county.

8/30/2013

Next Tuesday marks the first day on the job for the new superintendent of Ann Arbor Public Schools, Jeanice Kerr Swift. Hired to a five-year contract, Swift comes to Ann Arbor from Colorado Springs School District 11, where she was assistant superintendent of instruction, curriculum and student services.

8/30/2013

After three months in the state capital, William Harner, the former Cumberland Valley School District superintendent, is looking for a new job. Gov. Tom Corbett asked for and received Harner's resignation as a result of uncovering "multiple and inappropriate comments" during Harner's background check.

8/30/2013

Legislators, business leaders, parents, and school officials on Wednesday urged Florida Gov. Rick Scott to overhaul the state's school grading system, capping a three-day summit on the state's most pressing education issues.

8/30/2013

The DEN Guru program recognizes educators who have distinguished themselves as thought leaders through their work in transforming teaching and learning with digital content and educational technologies.

8/30/2013

Jodi Stewart-Browning, assistant principal of Utah's Butterfield Canyon Elementary School, said about one-fourth of the school's 1,320 students attend class in portables, including the school's entire fifth grade. "That's as many as we can house because of electricity and water and the drain on the building," she said. "Next year a new school will open and take some of our kids, but we'll still be 1,000-plus."

8/30/2013

The research-based ACT College Readiness Benchmarks specify the minimum score students must earn on each of the four subject tests that make up the ACT® college readiness assessment (English, math, reading, and science) to have about a 75 percent chance of earning a grade of C or higher in a typical credit-bearing first-year college course in that subject area.

8/30/2013

The puzzle app virtually transports players 11 and older to excavation sites in Central America to carefully collect more than 40 historically accurate artifacts.

8/30/2013

It is a cornerstone of their organization to provide members with state-of-the-art support through conferences, workshops, professional development, and newsletters as well as collaboration with higher education and businesses to promote and integrate technology in the classroom.

8/30/2013

Since the deadly shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., schools across the nation, including those in North Texas, have been ramping up their security. In the Savannah subdivision northwest of Frisco, Texas, people are paying an extra $2.50 in their monthly water bills to put one police officer at the Denton ISD school. The money collected covers a full-time salary.

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