K12 Headlines

6/17/2014

6/17/2014

Although 83 percent of Hispanic students aspire to earn a postsecondary degree, just under a fourth are academically prepared to reach that goal, according to the new "The Condition of College & Career Readiness 2013: Hispanic Students" report released by ACT and Excelencia in Education.

6/17/2014

Members of the Missouri Board of Education began the unprecedented task of remaking the Normandy school system, which is about to become the first district in the state to fall under their direct oversight. Superintendent Ty McNichols and about a third of the district’s teachers have been rehired.

6/17/2014

The Hartford school system intends to regain control of Milner Elementary School after a messy, two-year partnership with a charter management group it hired with state money to raise achievement levels. A new transition plan will limit the Jumoke Academy organization's role in the 2014-2015 year, following concerns that include a muddled curriculum, misgivings over hiring practices and low reading scores.

6/17/2014

The Medford School District's efforts to reach out to troubled students in middle and high school is a much-needed response to a growing problem. Given the rapidly rising number of people under 18 receiving mental health services in general, the Oregon Legislature should take a hard look next year at increasing funding for adolescent mental health treatment statewide.

6/16/2014

6/16/2014

Schoology has signed a contract supplying all schools in Uruguay with the Schoology learning management system. Schoology will be powering Uruguay’s 1-to-1 instruction program, Plan Ceibal, to deliver instruction and resources while connecting students and teachers in a learning-centered, secure community platform.

6/16/2014

Hayes Software Systems has signed an agreement with the National Cooperative Purchasing Alliance (NCPA). NCPA members can now purchase Hayes’ cloud-based inventory control solutions through the purchasing cooperative.

6/16/2014

The reality is that although school shootings have permeated the national consciousness in recent years, deadly violence in schools is rare, data show. Of the 563,000 students in Oregon schools, 17 were disciplined for having rifles, shotguns or handguns in their possession in 2012-2013.

6/16/2014

Only a handful of Kansas schools may end up taking advantage of a new program that would allow them to offer free lunch and breakfast to every student regardless of family income. The provision, available in Kansas for the first time this year, is designed to combat child hunger by reducing paperwork and the stigma of applying for low-cost meals.

6/16/2014

Ninety-three Columbus schools will get new report cards because they wrongly withdrew at least one child in the 2010-2011 school year. The now two-years-long student-data scandal in Columbus City Schools is inching toward resolution as the state begins recalculating the report cards for the two school years in which the district and its schools were found to have manipulated data.

6/16/2014

Chicago Public Schools moved to close almost 50 elementary schools last year. The Safe Passage program to protect kids on their way to and from their new schools outside of their neighborhood appears to have performed as promised. In addition, there has been an increase in performance at schools designated to take in students whose buildings were closed.

6/16/2014

The Boston school system is appealing to business leaders and philanthropists to help underwrite a $25 million campaign to attract, retain and improve its teachers and principals. The effort has already secured $9 million in commitments. School officials aim to raise the remaining money over the next three years.

6/16/2014

Cypress-Fairbanks ISD will spend $55 million to tighten school security, including installing strategically placed panic buttons on campuses and replacing existing entry windows with bullet-resistant glass. Voters overwhelmingly approved the improvement, which will be completed districtwide by 2020, in a $1.2 billion bond election in May.

6/16/2014

Thanks to education reform and technology, K12 students and their families now have more options for how/where/when they receive their education. Students are leaving traditional public schools for perceived greener pastures, including online, charter or private schools. Now districts have a new challenge: how to market themselves to attract students to attend their schools.

6/16/2014

President Barack Obama has pledged to work with tribal nations to ensure that Native Americans have more educational opportunities. The education efforts include releasing a blueprint for redesigning the Bureau of Indian Education and connecting schools and dormitories to high-speed Internet to support digital learning.

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.

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