K12 Headlines

4/21/2014

4/21/2014

A typical student in Beverly Hills did worse on the PISA test than the average of all students in Canada. And economically disadvantaged students here did worse, often far worse, than poor kids in many other countries.

4/21/2014

It’s popular to lambaste the quality of the public schools. Author and educator Diane Ravitch suggests this is part of an ulterior motive of some to privatize the entire public schools.

4/21/2014

What has received less attention is the segregated nature of suburban school districts, often integrated in outward appearance but racially stratified in the school building on the basis of class assignment.

4/21/2014

The scientists removed chocolate milk from 11 schools and then studied the reaction. They found that students tossed nearly 30 percent of the white milk that was offered and that some kids even stopped eating school lunches.

4/21/2014

Eight Republicans joined Democrats in rejecting a proposal to make 112,000 children living in lower income areas eligible for Empowerment Scholarship Accounts.

4/18/2014

4/18/2014

The Atlanta Public Schools Board of Education approved the hiring of Meria Carstarphen as the new superintendent. Transferring from Austin, Texas, Carstarphen replaces Erroll Davis, who will retire after joining the district three years ago in the wake of the school system's cheating scandal.

4/18/2014

For more than two months, lawyers have been arguing in state court over whether California’s laws governing teacher tenure, firing and layoffs violate students’ constitutional right to an education. By the beginning of July, a Los Angeles County Superior Court judge will deliver the first legal ruling on the case.

4/18/2014

The Oakland USD has nominated Antwan Wilson as its new superintendent. Wilson, currently an assistant superintendent with the Denver Public Schools, will take over the 46,000-student district from the acting superintendent, Dr. Gary Yee.

4/18/2014

A bill to maintain the Louisiana city's newly built and renovated public school buildings cleared the House Education Committee. The city is in the middle of an unprecedented school rebuilding plan paid for by $1.8 billion, mostly from FEMA.

4/18/2014

The Sierra Vista USD's board has approved a new superintendent from within for the district. Kriss Hagerl has worked for the district for more than 25 years, most recently serving as Interim Superintendent.

4/18/2014

Scholastic launched two new education programs for global markets. Scholastic Literacy Pro is a digital reading comprehension assessment program for elementary through high school students while PR1ME Mathematics is a mathematics proficiency program for grades 1 through 6.

4/18/2014

Scientific Learning Corp. has named Murray County Schools a National Leadership Center due to strong student achievement gains after the use of the company's Fast ForWord and Reading Assistant programs. The district is the first National Leadership Center in Georgia and one of only four across the U.S.

4/18/2014

It’s popular to lambaste the quality of public schools. Privatization has a role to play in education in places where public schools are not producing. But there is no way private schools should replace public schools. The story of public education is not stagnation and crisis but incremental progress.

4/18/2014

Philadelphia’s District Attorney is asking the school district to provide names and addresses of students who are chronically truant in order to approach the parents to do more. The district has cited the Federal Educational Rights and Privacy Act as the reason preventing them from providing this data.

4/18/2014

Limited education dollars should be used first and foremost in Florida's public schools. Only afterward needs have been met should dollars go for extended choice and opportunities. To rob public schools of needed resources to enrich private schools is tantamount to a cynical self-fulfilling prophecy that ensures public school failure.

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