K12 Headlines

6/10/2014

6/10/2014

In response to former Clarksburg police officer and new Harrison County Board of Education member Michael Daugherty's request for an advisory opinion, the West Virginia Ethics Commission has stated that police officers can’t serve on county boards of education as they already hold a public office.

6/10/2014

Teacher, police and firefighter unions in New Jersey have gone to court in an attempt to block the governor's plan to slash the state's contributions to its public retirement system. The lawsuit alleges that the move to reduce pension contributions to $1.38 billion from $3.85 billion through fiscal 2015 is a violation of employees' contract rights under both the state and federal constitutions.

6/10/2014

Edvance360 released its Edvance360 LMS-SN Version 7.3.2 learning management system, which includes a number of new features such a LTI-integration with e-textbook provider Vital Source, expiring enrollments reports and more.

6/10/2014

Rodney E. Watson has been named the lone finalist for the superintendent position for the Spring ISD. He will oversee operations and staff at 53 campuses. Watson currently serves as the Chief Human Resources Officer for the Houston ISD, which has over 210,000 students and 30,000 employees.

6/10/2014

The Augusta County School Board named a replacement for departing Superintendent Chuck Bishop. Assistant Superintendent for Personnel Eric Bond will take over the position as of July 1. Bishop announced his resignation to accept the superintendent’s position in Clarke County.

6/10/2014

Longtime San Francisco school district administrator Janet Schulze will be the new superintendent of the Pittsburg Unified School District. She will leave her position as assistant superintendent of high schools in San Francisco later this month to replace Linda Rondeau, Pittsburg Unified's retiring superintendent, on July 1.

6/10/2014

Rex Gearheart has been picked to become the Bristol school system’s new superintendent in Virginia. Formerly the system’s assistant superintendent, Gearheart replaces Mark Y. Lineburg, who has been selected as the new superintendent of the Winchester Public School District.

6/10/2014

Nearly one in three Rhode Island schools are in need of improvement, while 30 schools have been recognized as “commended” for their exceptional performance, according to a report released by the Rhode Island Department of Education.

6/10/2014

In Oregon, Medford's board adopted a new English language arts curriculum that included the purchase of 1,800 Dell Google Chromebooks for about $1.09 million. The hardware will be used to power the 2015 Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Collections blended learning program. Students will be able to access the curriculum on the new Chromebooks in class and from other devices outside of class.

6/10/2014

Over the past few decades, many state departments of education have taken over low-performing schools or districts as a school turnaround strategy. Although the strategy varies in terms of the level of state control and local influence, its success has been mixed or cannot yet be fully measured. Nonetheless, it has sparked new thinking and innovation in states and districts.

6/10/2014

The New York City teachers union says it has several state lawmakers who will help push a bill that would change the extremely competitive process for getting into eight specialized high schools. Backers say the proposal will make admissions more fair at schools where few black and Hispanic students gain entry.

6/9/2014

6/9/2014

Gov. Mary Fallin's decision to throw out Common Core math and English standards drew immediate criticism from educators and business interests as a disruptive political move, while opponents of the benchmarks cheered the end to what they said was a harmful federal intrusion.

6/9/2014

The nonprofit group responsible for supporting charter schools across the state will disband at the end of the month. A main factor? The failure to pass proposed legislation that would have allowed for more non-district charter schools in the state, group's director says.

6/9/2014

Nearly 4,000 high school athletes were expected to take part in the Minnesota State High School Clay Target League's Championship this weekend. Trapshooting is the state's fastest growing high school sport with more than 6,000 athletes representing 380 schools.

6/9/2014

Barrington school officials are removing hooks from the bathroom stalls at all elementary schools after two second-grade boys were found playing a "hanging game" -- twisting by their shirt collars from the hooks.

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