K12 Headlines

8/16/2013

8/16/2013

An old Army buddy of mine invited me for a weekend of golf recently. Imagine my surprise if I found that, in Florida, they used a smaller golf ball. Mine would not fit in the holes and my clubs and swing would not be calibrated to the Florida balls. Fortunately, this never happens because the game of golf has standards. All balls must meet the same size, weight, velocity, and distance specifications to be considered a “golf ball.” 

8/15/2013

8/15/2013

Ruiz was one of six finalists out of more than 140,000 students from across the country who entered the U.S. competition to demonstrate their skills at Microsoft desktop computing applications. Finalists took timed exams and conducted interviews to prove their expertise.

8/15/2013

During an awards ceremony Tuesday night at BBVA Compass Plaza, Westside High School graduates Alex Suryapranata and Mateo Valencia, along with Sharpstown International School graduate Dora "Edith" Almazan, each received a $5,000 scholarship after completing a financial education course in high school. All three recipients plan to attend the University of Texas at Austin.

8/15/2013

Without fanfare, the district posted an official “request for proposals” to its website Monday that invites charter schools to apply to open shop in what the school district has identified as priority neighborhoods—large swaths of the Southwest and Northwest sides.

8/15/2013

In the spring of 2012, a Good Samaritan paid for school lunches at R.C. Hinsdale Elementary School in Edgewood after some students were forced to throw out their tray of food and instead eat an alternative snack of cheese and crackers during state testing.

8/15/2013

Students and parents have mixed emotions. Three years ago there was a complaint filed to the DPI over the Indian name. In 2011 a group sued the state when the Department of Public Instruction first ordered the district to change the controversial name.

8/15/2013

Right now, the school district owns 108 properties on 525 acres of land. What the board wants to do is decide if the school district should sell some of the buildings they no longer use, or lease them.

8/15/2013

Uniforms were once required mostly by U.S. private and parochial schools. More public schools have begun to require them. Many school principals are advocating a uniform policy citing its positive impact on issues like peer pressure, classroom discipline, student safety and bullying.

8/15/2013

In the quickly approaching school year, about 100 students statewide will receive scholarships under the state’s new education tax credit law. But the majority of those scholarships will go to home-schoolers or students already attending private schools rather than to public school students seeking alternative options.

8/15/2013

Lisa Snyder, Lakeville superintendent, said offering online instruction to students at every grade level was a logical step in her district's continued efforts to bring more technology into student learning.

8/15/2013

The board unanimously approved resolutions to use part of the district’s building fund levy to issue bonds to pay for the school; apply for a state school construction loan; and allow the district to reimburse itself for costs tied to construction (such as initial architectural work) taken on before bonds are issued.

8/15/2013

Two recent events – one on the east coast and one on the west coast – raise painful questions about whether we are really serious when we say that we want better education for minority children.

8/15/2013

The text books will change, the teachers will be different, and the course offerings will vary, but the basics of what is taught and what students are expected to learn will be consistent.

8/15/2013

Thanks to the $147 million in Base Realignment and Closure funds received recently by the Huntsville, Madison and Madison County school districts, new and renovated schools will reshape learning opportunities for local school children for years to come.

8/15/2013

E-book offerings published under HBG's Little, Brown Books for Young Readers imprint include noteworthy books such as the Ninth Ward (Coretta Scott King Author Honor Book Award) and The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian (National Book Award Winner).

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