K12 Headlines

6/9/2014

6/9/2014

Oregon schools, which had 818 full-time librarians in 1980, are down to just 144 full-time-equivalent licensed school library specialists, the state school library group reports.

6/9/2014

Isygames released the Heart and Lungs Lab app for iPad. Combining interactive play with deep learning, the intuitive app promotes exploration of the physiology behind the heart and lungs with tactile interaction (including tap, drag and drop), detailed images and animation.

6/9/2014

First, there is near unanimity that student achievement needs to be improved. Second, there is a wide consensus that Arizona K-12 schools are underfunded. And from there, the consensus falls apart and fractures.

6/9/2014

Starting in 2015, new indicators will be reported to students who take the ACT in addition to the traditional ACT scores and ACT College Readiness Benchmarks. The indicators will describe student performance and predicted readiness levels in categories such as STEM, career readiness, English language arts and text complexity.

6/9/2014

The future of public access to information about charter schools in North Carolina became murkier this week—the Senate education committee is considering stripping a bill of requirements that the schools comply with open meeting and public records laws.

6/9/2014

Because of the generosity of donors, some local school districts have been able to add programs and facilities, from after-school Mandarin Chinese to construction of a science building.

6/9/2014

There are no shortage of reasons to doubt that meaningful change when it comes to education funding and property tax reform – a yoke that has hung around the neck of Pennsylvania home owners for decades – is going to happy any time soon.

6/9/2014

Some Ohio schools might as well have a target painted on the side of the building as far as public-health experts are concerned. In some schools in the state, as many as 1 in 3 incoming kindergartners and newly enrolled older students have parents who oppose vaccines.

6/9/2014

A self-described social justice activist from the liberal college town of Northampton, Barbara​ Madeloni was until recently a complete unknown in political circles. But her upset election last month has  jolted lawmakers and officials worried about the dawn of a more adversarial relationship with the state’s largest union.

6/9/2014

Aleratec Inc. will introduce a new line of Portable Device Management products at this year’s International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) show. Designed for educators deploying multiple iPads or other tablets in the classroom, the producta include the highly secure Guard Secure Charge/Sync Cabinet 16, as well as the Charge and Sync Station 16 and Charge and Sync Station Mini 10.

6/9/2014

A political system designed for gridlock, the grossly disproportionate influence of the rich, and Americans’ ideological aversion to class politics conspire to make it politically inadvisable for a Democratic president to even speak the words “income inequality” before a national audience.

6/6/2014

6/6/2014

Gov. Bobby Jindal has signed a bill into law that prohibits most use of electronic devices like smartphones in school zones during designated hours. The school zones must have visible signs that indicate the use of handheld phone is banned during certain times, and the prohibition does not apply to the use of a hands-free wireless device or various types of radios.

6/6/2014

Many schools across the country are experimenting with student-run banks; Union Bank and Capital One are two of the biggest. The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency is also considering a special designation for school branches, which could pave the way for more.

6/6/2014

A survey on the financial health of Pennsylvania’s 500 school districts found that one in seven planned to furlough teachers next year — on top of 23,000 teachers and staff already furloughed between 2010 and 2012. Many districts also planned to cut academic programs and extracurricular programs, including sports.

6/6/2014

Nearly all of the 26,411 preK seats in either full- or half-day programs have have been matched with applicants. However, parents may discover their children were matched with their fifth or even their 12th choice. About one-third of children who applied were not matched at all. Compared with last year, 35 percent more families have applied.​

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