K12 Headlines

10/9/2013

10/9/2013

My courses are demanding. I expect students to read and write daily, to meet online after school for concept and skills reviews, and to practice using skills that will help them in college and career. They view my academy and computer science courses as college-level, and want others to view them that way too. Unfortunately, the courses I teach aren't a part of the core curriculum. Instead, they're seen by many as electives and therefore expendable.

10/9/2013

Mayoral candidate Martin J. Walsh today announced a plan to bolster large district high schools in Boston, rolling out a policy on his opponent’s marquee issue: education.

10/9/2013

Portland Public Schools plans on adding 30 full-time teaching positions and 68 part-time classified employee positions this year after the district projected its reserves will contain $16 million more than originally budgeted.

10/9/2013

Boston officials lashed out at a surprise strike yesterday morning by the city’s school bus drivers that affected more than 30,000 students, saying it was illegal and the city would take legal action against the drivers’ union and seek disciplinary action against drivers who participated.

10/9/2013

Controversial legislation recently introduced by a Milwaukee lawmaker would allow new charter schools to open across the state without the blessing of local school districts. If it passes, the proposal by Sen. Alberta Darling (R-River Hills) would dramatically change the system for chartering schools in Wisconsin.

10/9/2013

Ann Arbor Public Schools officials are considering banning dogs and other pets from school property while class is in session after years of operating under an ambiguous policy.

10/9/2013

The preference study included side-by-side comparisons of 3LCD and 1-chip DLP projectors with similar resolution and white brightness specifications. Participants viewed a series of side-by-side images and responded with their preference. Nine out of 10 respondents preferred the image from a 3LCD projector over 1-chip DLP, and of those, 87 percent strongly preferred 3LCD images.

10/9/2013

To be eligible for the competition, teachers must register for, download, and teach the “Rays Awareness” lesson plan which is part of Sun Smart U, The Skin Cancer Foundation’s free and interactive Sun Smart U education program about sun protection.

10/9/2013

The superintendent needs to convince the public that poor children deserve iPads and that Los Angeles USD can be trusted to run the $1-billion program wisely.

10/9/2013

To participate, entrants must complete an online application and upload a three- to five-minute video describing their program. The judges will be seeking applications that illustrate critical thinking, communication, creativity and collaboration between students and among teachers and other members of the school staff.

10/9/2013

Soundcraft’s Si Performer and Si Expression consoles will also be used in the school’s main live sound area, where a full sound reinforcement system will be set up to teach students how to mix live FOH and monitor sound and learn system networking. In addition to spending time behind the mixing boards, students will learn to work with the Soundcraft ViSi app, which enables remote control of Soundcraft consoles from an iPad.

10/9/2013

No one really wants to buy candy or wrapping paper for a school fundraiser, but some parents just can't afford it.

10/9/2013

Many charter school parents and teachers are upset over some proposals by Democratic mayoral nominee Bill de Blasio, which include ending the practice of allowing charter schools to share space in buildings with traditional public schools.

10/9/2013

This week, CoSN released its key preliminary findings from a nationwide survey about broadband and the E-rate. Nearly 450 K12 ed tech leaders representing 44 states participated in the survey and overwhelmingly agreed that the E-rate is in dire need of reform.

10/9/2013

The state Department of Education has released the Pennsylvania School Performance Profile, with information on each individual public school, including charter, cyber-charter, and vocational-technical schools.

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