K12 Headlines

1/15/2014

1/15/2014

K12 CEO Ron Packard has stepped down from his position to head another company that K12 is launching in conjunction with an outside investor group led by Safanad Ltd. K12 chairman Nate Davis will take on the role of CEO in Packard's stead. The new company, to be headed by Packard, will focus on technology-based learning programs through management and expansion of several existing early-stage businesses, the company said.

1/15/2014

The Alaska Policy Forum released its own ratings for each school in the Fairbanks North Star Borough last week, decrying the state’s own school rating system.

1/15/2014

A former Chicago Public Schools tech director, Prasad Nettem, who resigned after being accused of shaking down a subcontractor for a $2,000 bribe, has landed on his feet. He now works for Cook County President Toni Preckwinkle’s office, making $145,000 a year.

1/15/2014

SchoolDude and the National Business Officers Association launched a survey to benchmark the state of technology at independent schools. This will be the first-ever comprehensive research study to evaluate tech staffing, budget, priorities and challenges among independent schools. In addition, the survey will report on trends, including BYOD, 1-to-1 computing, bandwidth, infrastructure and tech management.

1/15/2014

A former Atlanta Public Schools chief information officer entered a guilty plea over $60,000 in kickbacks he received for influencing the school system to award a $780,000 project to a certain computer vendor.

1/15/2014

The principal’s greatest weapon against discrimination is the principle of personalization, in which every student is known and valued in the school, a cornerstone of NASSP’s Breaking Ranks Framework for School Improvement.

1/15/2014

Now available to public libraries nationwide, this groundbreaking program allows libraries to demonstrate their critical impact on the quality of life and economic growth of their communities by enabling library patrons to earn an accredited high school diploma and credentialed career certificate.

1/15/2014

A small group of Midway ISD parents say they will not sign forms establishing liability for iPads distributed to their children as part of the Woodway, Texas, district’s 1-to-1 initiative. The program, made possible by a $34.5 million bond passed last May, is meant to put an iPad in the hands of every K12 student.

1/15/2014

Eleven struggling public schools in Jefferson Parish will split a $1.2 million state grant to buy computers and software for the classroom. Jacob Landry, the system's chief strategy officer, said the grant will improve education through blended learning.

1/15/2014

On a rainbow-colored rug in a predominantly Latino neighborhood six miles southeast of downtown Los Angeles, 26 fidgety second graders are reading a phonics passage about helping wildlife. Some detect the main idea quickly, shooting their hands in the air. Others need more time and attention. Teacher Mark Montero asks questions to try to keep everyone on track.

1/15/2014

The Kaneland Community USD board, in Maple Park, Ill., has decided to drop out of a five-district cooperative for planning online and blended learning instruction. The district’s main issue was whether it was worthwhile to spend the $96,000 to continue with the second phase of the effort.

1/15/2014

The Elk River, Minn., school board is discussing eliminating eighth grade health classes and reducing the number of mandatory high school physical education classes to make room for tech classes that will better prepare students to compete for jobs and get into college.

1/15/2014

In an election-year State of the State Address dominated by jobs, tax cuts and economic development, N.Y. Gov. Andrew Cuomo managed to slip in a few big promises for education. During the homestretch of an hour-long speech, Cuomo trumpeted universal pre-K and plans to funnel $2 billion to classroom tech upgrades and to offer bonuses for highly-rated teachers. But those plans didn’t exactly bowl everyone over.

1/15/2014

The Connecticut bond commission has approved $22.6 million in borrowing to help districts purchase computers and other electronics. The new technology is part of an effort to help students meet the requirements of the Common Core standards.

1/15/2014

Bluford Grade School is one of 22 Illinois schools to receive funds from the School Technology Revolving Loan program. The loans, which are administered by the Illinois State Board of Education, last for three years and charge a 2 percent interest rate.

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