K12 Headlines

3/18/2014

3/18/2014

Houston County's board has named Mark Scott, former Northside High School principal and currently the assistant superintendent for human resources, as their choice to be their next superintendent. The board votes again on April 8 once his contract has been finalized to make the appointment official.

3/18/2014

Even before a legislative task force issues its report on the needs of rural school districts, Wisconsin superintendents are saying the recommendations won't go far enough to address problems with funding and retaining talented teachers.

3/18/2014

Rosa Parks Elementary in North Portland could move to a year-round calendar, according to administrators. The pilot calendar would require students to attend some classes in June, July and August to help combat what educators call the "summer slide" in learning.

3/18/2014

Colorado's highest court will decide the constitutionality of a Douglas County district's pilot program that would use taxpayer dollars to offer private school vouchers to hundreds of students. The decision would help bring closure to a three-year legal battle.

3/18/2014

The St. Paul school district began piloting the TipTxt two-way messaging service at Central High School and plans to expand it districtwide this year. The anonymous service is for students, staff and parents to send text messages to the district about bullying, theft, crime or other issues.

3/18/2014

In the legislative session just ended, nearly half the state budget was allocated to public education. But additional money will, again, merely fund basic education for more than 10,000 additional students expected next year and mandated expenditures such as employee health and retirement funds.

3/18/2014

Three more charter schools in Broward County could be forced to shut their doors this year, bringing the number of closures to 15 in the last 20 months. It is an alarming failure rate that is prompting officials to call for more stringent rules from the state.

3/18/2014

A citywide coalition of community groups is demanding that 80% of $1 billion in new school funding headed to L.A. Unified be spent on needy students according to decisions made by local schools rather than district bureaucrats.

3/18/2014

On April 18, Dr. Dennis Haddock will mark the close of nine years with the Lakewood School District and 33 years in K12 public education. After serving as assistant superintendent of the district for three years, Haddock was selected as superintendent in 2008.

3/18/2014

A new change to state law due to go into full effect this year would automatically hold back third grade students who aren't reading at grade level. But if that principle is applied in a one-size-fits-all basis for the state, the results could be devastating.

3/17/2014

3/17/2014

The same district that had perhaps the most highly compensated superintendent in California last year also spends over two times the state average on its administration. The Centinela Valley Union High School District's administrative spending was the second highest among Los Angeles County's 80 districts.

3/17/2014

The new career diploma/vocation training education path is crucial and could yield positive outcomes. This is the opportunity that Louisiana and the country needs in order to provide the proper tools and assets to students that will make up the backbone of future blue collar America.

3/17/2014

After analyzing years of sick day records claimed by teachers and the amount spent on substitutes, the Beaufort County district will attempt to reduce the number of sick days taken with an incentive. Ideas include possibly paying teachers for steady attendance and unused sick leave.

3/17/2014

Illinois has a legal obligation to provide adequate education funding, and a moral obligation to make sure all students receive a quality education. That's a tall order to fill, given the state's current financial woes. But maintaining the status quo isn't the answer.

3/17/2014

Edgenuity has launched Edgenuity MyPath, a new program that provides students in grades 6-12 with supplemental instruction in mathematics and reading customized to their skill and comprehension level. The offering, available for the 2014-2015 school year, can be used for remediation, grade-level support or enrichment through “Individualized Learning Paths.”

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