K12 Headlines

6/20/2014

6/20/2014

An analysis by ProPublica and NPR of data for the 2011-2012 school year of school discipline practices from the U.S. Department of Education's Civil Rights Data Collection shows restraint and seclusion were used at least 267,000 times nationwide. In 75 percent of the cases, it was children with disabilities who were restrained or secluded.

6/20/2014

Under a proposed bill, the state would aid the nonprofit group Prevention Links in opening the first public “recovery high school” for teens with substance abuse problems on Kean University's campus. Whichever school took part in the state recovery school program would accept pupils from around the state and receive a per-pupil payment provided by the home school districts.

6/20/2014

More than 80 percent of the state's public school districts reported having significant vacancies for open teaching positions at the end of May, a survey from the School Administrators of South Dakota revealed. The survey found that 258 positions, or 30 percent, of 803 teaching positions available this spring remained unfilled as of May 28.

6/19/2014

6/19/2014

The Dickinson school district's voters approved a $56 million bond proposal calling for the construction of two new campuses, Elementary No. 7 and Middle School No, 3. A "mini-education village" design option is being considered in which the elementary and middle school will share a cafeteria and common areas.

6/19/2014

A ruling by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office effectively defined the popular sports team name 'Redskins' as a slur that is "disparaging to Native Americans." But here in Pennsylvania, officials at Neshaminy High School in Langhorne, Pa. have yet to budge on their decision to continue using the term for the school's mascot, and students there are divided on the issue.

6/19/2014

The state says 88 percent of 10 Ohio's third graders met new reading targets and can move onto the fourth grade after follow-up testing. Students can be held back if they don’t meet the literacy goals under the state’s new Third Grade Reading Guarantee. The figures are up from the 63 percent who passed in October.

6/19/2014

While some of the opposition to Common Core and PARCC is reasonable – no educational strategy can satisfy everyone — much of it is infected with misinformation and politics. First, these are standards, not a curriculum. Decisions on how to attain them — curriculum and school management — will still be made at the district and state level.

6/19/2014

While legislation designed to stamp out bullying may make us feel better inside, such laws by definition encroach upon fundamental freedoms of speech and constitutional requirements that laws not be vague or overly broad. What's more, they may seek to outlaw that which may be beyond the purview of the crimes code: It may be the case that human law is simply no match for the law of nature.

6/19/2014

Lakehurst's board of education approved the use of $500,000 in capital funds and an additional $443,111 in the form of a lease purchase agreement to pay for the school's share of scheduled construction projects.

6/19/2014

Boston plans to eliminate bus service for its junior high school students next year. Instead, over 4,000 children will receive passes to ride public transportation to school. This transportation plan will force some families to choose between their preferred school and their child’s safety. Parents fear their children would risk increased exposure to bullying, harassment, and violence on public transportation.

6/19/2014

Local Baptists, in partnership with the national School Ministries organization, have proposed a new program for the North Carolina county s school system that would offer public school students the chance to be released from class for religious instruction once a month at area churches.

6/19/2014

With scores of unaccompanied children landing in South Florida after streaming this year in unprecedented numbers across the U.S.-Mexican border, the Miami-Dade School Board warned that an influx of needy children could create a financial crisis. Board members agreed to request more money from the federal government to handle what administrators say is a sudden spike of foreign-born children,

6/19/2014

Members of the Maryland county's board of education are considering lifting a ban on cellphones for most students in the district. The policy committee will look at whether to alter the policy to allow for use depending on grade level and instructional use.

6/19/2014

Boulder Valley's school board agreed to ask voters in the fall to approve a $576 million capital construction package. It includes a new $45 million school in Erie, added classroom space to expand preschool and all-day kindergarten programs and repairs and renovations at existing schools.

6/19/2014

Wake County Public School System (WCPSS) in North Carolina will implement Knovation's digital learning resource library, netTrekker, in all K8 schools. As the largest public school district in the state and the sixteenth largest in the country, WCPSS will offer the educator-curated digital content to more than 100,000 students across 137 elementary and middle schools.

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