K12 Headlines

9/19/2013

9/19/2013

Washington comes in less than 1 percent, just $35 per pupil, below the 2008 mark, comparing relatively favorably. Tweak the inflation measure and we could climb into positive territory. Thirty-two states do worse. And our Legislature made substantial progress in the last session.

9/19/2013

For a limited time, the Kindle (e-book) version of Invent to Learn: Making, Tinkering, and Engineering in the Classroom is available free.

9/19/2013

The $27.8 million construction project began this summer after a series of delays over the past three years. The work is expected to last about 20 months.

9/19/2013

The proposal is the first substantial revision of attendance boundaries since 2010, when the district started using a neighborhood-based system that guaranteed students a seat in a school close to home.

9/19/2013

The Columbus Board of Education agreed yesterday to pay First Group America up to $134,250 for substitute bus drivers, if needed, until Oct. 31. It’s likely that the district will need those substitutes, Simmons said.

9/19/2013

Forty-eight percent of respondents in the new survey by the Pew Charitable Trusts said they believed the state of the financially beleaguered Philadelphia schools system would force families to look for other educational options, such as private schools, religious schools, or charters.

9/19/2013

Superintendent of Schools Elliott Landon said he expects the firm will provide an interim report earlier, which would detail what could be done quickly to meet any immediate security issues.

9/19/2013

Hundreds of school superintendents and other district administrators; plus state education officials, and others involved in educating the state's 1.4 million public school students, are expected to attend the event at Jackson Liberty High School in Jackson.

9/19/2013

Since 2006, the state’s graduation rate has risen from 68.3 percent to 82.5 percent. But during the same period, Wake’s graduation rate has dropped from 82.6 percent to 81 percent with groups such as low-income, black and Hispanic students performing at a lower rate than their peers statewide.

9/19/2013

The Kathleen C. Wright Leadership Academy, a two-year-old school in Tamarac, appealed a state law that requires charter schools to be automatically closed after a second consecutive F. Schools can ask the state to stay open if they can show student achievement is better than other schools in the area.

9/18/2013

9/18/2013

Developing small robotic helicopters that can navigate rooms on their own is a task usually left to engineering experts. But now, students seeking hands-on STEM experience can work with U.S. Air Force experts on this and other real military projects, including rescue technology and GPS satellites.

9/18/2013

New helmet sensors are helping high school football coaches identify students at risk for concussion by recording the severity each time a player is hit in the head during a game.

9/18/2013

Designers are creating elaborate graphics and engrossing plots to engage students in lessons. This evolution, designers say, is key to engaging students in the learning embedded in this new wave of games that educators are using in and outside class to augment curriculum.

9/18/2013

Students are powering on MacBook Air laptops and Skyping with teachers at Kaysville charter school Career Path High. The new technology is partially funded by a state program that awards a tech overhaul to selected schools. But as digital projectors at Career Path High glow, students at other winning schools are still waiting for their promised devices.

9/18/2013

Zombies will be feeding the minds of STEM students using a new program created by Texas Instruments that blends science and math concepts with popular television shows and movies. The “STEM Behind Hollywood” program provides free teaching materials that also feature forensics, space, and superheroes.

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