K12 Headlines

5/7/2014

5/7/2014

Children and youths in foster care often struggle in school because of the challenges they face in their home lives. They are deprived of academic opportunity by virtue of their state involvement. Two bills currently being considered by Connecticut could help to improve the academic experience of children in foster care.

5/7/2014

Calcasieu Parish School System in Lake Charles, La., has selected Teachscape to support the effectiveness of teachers and administrators in its 21 priority schools. The district, the fifth largest in the state, will help educators engage in collaborative professional learning based on instructional data collected during teacher evaluations.

5/7/2014

Contrary to what often passes for conventional wisdom, the state’s public schools are not broken. But they do face a looming crisis. As the student dropout rate decreases, the teacher “dropout rate” is skyrocketing. If resources are not dedicated to pay teachers more now, the children and state will pay a hefty price.

5/7/2014

Neuhaus Education Center, a nonprofit organization promoting reading success and literacy locally and nationally, has launched Neuhaus Academy. The program provides free self-paced, online programs with videos and phonetic instruction.

5/7/2014

For years, the Florida district's schools have partnered with non-profits to build edible gardens as teaching tools at schools. The district is looking to move one step further by growing organic community gardens on vacant and underutilized school board properties.

5/7/2014

Hooda Math launched three new games: Integer Tilt, Sand Grid and Time Punch. The games review essential math concepts like integers, coordinate pairs and telling time in an engaging way. All three games cover Common Core grade level standards and are equipped with an email reporting feature.

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.

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