K12 Headlines

5/7/2014

5/7/2014

The Broward County School Baord voted to ask voters to approve a 30-year, $800 million bond referendum this fall. The bond funding would only cover a third of the district's $2 billion in capital needs. The district is still determining which projects would get funded.

5/7/2014

Along with high school programs, membership in Future Farmers of America is up to about 580,000—nearly double its ranks of the mid-1980s. That spike dispels the notion the national organization is merely a haven for farm kids, given that the number of U.S. farms are on a long-term downward trend.

5/7/2014

Identical bills in Pennsylvania's House and Senate are making an attempt to overhaul what educators and lawmakers agree is an outdated and inequitable funding formula for special education. The proposed legislation uses a three-tiered approach to account for students who need varying levels of extra support.

5/7/2014

A report by Integrity in Education and the Center for Popular Democracy—two groups that oppose school privatization—presents evidence of inadequate, proactive oversight of the charter school industry. The alleged amount of fraud and abuse the report uncovered totaled $136 million in the 15 states they studied.

5/7/2014

An online educational continuity plan can improve year-round learning goals. When a school cannot open for a day, for a week, for a month or longer—no matter the reason—that is the essence of an educational crisis.

5/7/2014

The Ohio Department of Education has lowered the ratings of six school districts which previously misrepresented student performance. The action is a follow-up to the State Auditor’s finding that schools around the state “scrubbed” test results from lower performing students before submitting their data to the state.

5/7/2014

Educational Testing Service (ETS) worked with GlassLab, NASA and the National Writing Project to develop Mars Generation One: Argubot Academy, a tablet-based educational game for grades six through eight. The game is aligned with the Common Core State Standards for English language arts, but also integrates STEM content.

5/6/2014

5/6/2014

Some districts are implementing arts integration in their curriculum. Instead of treating the arts as separate from other subjects, these programs integrate musical instruments, painting, dancing, drawing, singing and more into traditional subjects like science, math and language.

5/6/2014

Students have been prohibited from carrying backpacks for years at Franklin Regional, but they are now being asked to replace the allowed drawstring bags with clear plastic bags provided by the schools. The precaution is intended to "bring an added sense of safety and security during the school day as the school community continues to heal," said district spokeswoman Mary Catherine Reljac.

5/6/2014

The Colorado Senate approved a small rollback of state social studies testing. The bill would cancel next fall’s 12th grade online social studies tests and delay them until the fall of 2014. The tests were given for the first time to fourth and seventh-grade students statewide this spring.

5/6/2014

Lawmakers decided to put the brakes on draft legislation that would allow a student to attend any school in the state. The Open Enrollment/Home School Pilot bill is on hold to enable Joint Legislative Program Evaluation Oversight Committee members to spend more time discussing its provisions and talking with local superintendents about the plan’s logistics.

5/6/2014

The Massachusetts city's proposed $446 million school budget for fiscal year 2015 will cut central office positions by 20 percent, mostly through attrition, and institute a hiring freeze to avoid layoffs of teachers. State funding will barely increase while federal grant money will decrease.

5/6/2014

The Warsaw Community Schools named David Hoffert as superintendent of schools. He will replace Craig Hintz, who is retiring as of June 30. Hoffert currently serves as the Assistant Superintendent and Chief Academic Officer in the school district.

5/6/2014

Doing away with the traditional grade structure in schools and allowing students to learn at their own paces is one change possibly coming to schools of the future. A transitional year where students work closely with colleges and universities would take the place of grade 12.

5/6/2014

NetSupport announced the availability of its NetSupport School Tutor app for Chrome OS. The new app will enable teachers in a dedicated Chrome environment to remotely interact and engage with student Chromebooks from their own Chrome OS-based system.

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