K12 Headlines

6/16/2014

6/16/2014

According to a new Rasmussen Poll, 25 percent of adults surveyed said the federal government should set nutritional standards for schools, up from 18 percent last August. The poll found that 51 percent believe standards should be set by parent teacher groups or by local governments, and 15 percent said they should be set by state governments.

6/16/2014

K12 Inc. has completed the sale of select businesses to Safanad Education Ventures Limited. The businesses consist of K12's post-secondary business, K12's interest in an existing Middle East joint venture currently operating with a Safanad Limited affiliate and a private international brick and mortar school.

6/13/2014

6/13/2014

PassTheNotes signed a reseller agreement with NEC Corporation of America to bring together their technological capabilities, channel partners' sales presence and collaborative tools to provide a complete cloud-based content management solution.

6/13/2014

Kaplan K12 Learning Services is teaming up with Education is Freedom to help the Dallas-based nonprofit in its mission of helping thousands of underserved high school students across the Dallas ISD with the college admissions process. Through the partnership, students can access Kaplan’s SAT, ACT and PSAT preparation resources.

6/13/2014

FBI raids last week targeting Concept Schools included the charter school operator’s Des Plaines headquarters and a school in Rogers Park. The raids, occurring at a total of 19 Concept campuses in Illinois, Indiana and Ohio, were part of an alleged ongoing white-collar crime investigation.

6/13/2014

The federal Safe Schools Healthy Students grant aimed at improving student safety and school climate is ending, and the effect the program’s absence will have on Charlottesville and Albemarle schools is unknown. In addition to providing support staff who focused on social and emotional issues, the project also trained teachers to improve student-to-teacher and student-to-student relationships.

6/13/2014

Scientists tracked nearly 200 13-years-olds in the Southeastern United States for 10 years, gauging how much they valued their popularity, how important appearance was in seeking out friends and if they used drugs or had romantic relationships. In the newly published study, the average “cool” teen in high school, by age 22, had a 45% greater rate of problems due to substance use.

6/13/2014

Learning Sciences International is launching a new publishing division with a 10-book series, the Marzano Center Essentials for Achieving Rigor. The first volume of the research-based instructional guide series will be available this month, with the remaining nine titles following throughout the summer. Publications will initially be released in print, followed immediately by e-books.

6/13/2014

Cigarette smoking rates among high school students in 2013 have dropped to the lowest levels in over two decades, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. On the other hand, among high school students who had driven a car or other vehicle during the past 30 days, the percentage who texted or emailed while driving ranged from 32 percent to 61 percent across 37 states.

6/13/2014

A judge in California just sent shock waves across America's public education system, declaring tenure laws unconstitutional. The message is loud and clear: Students, we've got your back. This judge acknowledges how powerful teachers are and describes the power they truly have to make a difference.

6/13/2014

State lawmakers imposed a two-year moratorium on the Union, Gaston and Nash county school boards’ ability to sue county commissioners over funding disputes. The legislation comes as Union County commissioners and the school board try to avoid returning to the courtroom to settle their budget dispute.

6/13/2014

The state is gearing up to overhaul its education spending under a measure Gov. Tom Corbett signed into law. The Basic Education Funding Commission will study a new way for distributing new state funding to school districts. It is expected to come up with a recommendation next year.

6/13/2014

A new superintendent of schools will take the reins of the Pearl River school district next year, replacing John Morgano, who is retiring. The school board hired Wappingers CSD Superintendent Marco Pochintesta.

6/13/2014

Bert L'Homme has been chosen as the North Carolina district's next superintendent. He currently serves as superintendent of Catholic Schools at the Archdiocese of Washington. He will replace Eric Becoats, who resigned from the Durham superintendent position last December.

6/13/2014

The Jersey City school district is investigating how the METS Charter School mailed public school students by obtaining personal information about non-charter students, including names, addresses, phone numbers, dates of birth and possibly even social security numbers. METS may have accessed the information via district computers that weren't safeguarded to keep outsiders from obtaining student data.

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