K12 Headlines

3/21/2014

3/21/2014

Wisconsin's Assembly voted to pass with bipartisan support a more limited Senate version of the proposed expansive school accountability reform bill. The bill requires private voucher and independent charter schools to provide student information and test results to the state by 2015-16.

3/21/2014

The House Finance Committee moved a bill that would eliminate the high school competency examination. The move would save the state $2.7 million.

3/21/2014

A massive expansion of Florida's education voucher program looks to be mired this year. House and Senate leaders could not agree on whether students using the state scholarships to attend private schools should be required to take the same standardized tests as those in public schools.

3/21/2014

A change in the standardized test that Chicago Public Schools is requiring for entry to selective enrollment high schools puts Catholic School students at a distinct disadvantage, according to a letter the superintendent of the city’s Catholic Schools sent to the district and Mayor Rahm Emanuel.

3/21/2014

The state House has approved by a one-vote majority Governor Rick Snyder’s plan to expand the agency that’s supposed to turn around some of Michigan’s "failing" schools. The Education Achievement Authority is currently running 15 schools in Detroit.

3/21/2014

The Arkansas Board of Education's vote allows waivers for 75 school districts to make up some of their missed days but skip others. The districts canceled between 12 and 23 days over the winter.

3/21/2014

State leaders have approved requests from school districts to "forgive" some required class time. The Delaware Board of Education waived the need to make up six days when states of emergency were declared or state offices were closed.

3/21/2014

Kent Houston, Conneaut Area City Schools superintendent, will resign his position due to retirement at the end of 2014. Houston was hired as superintendent in July 2008.

3/20/2014

3/20/2014

Chicago Vocational Career Academy has begun renovations to create new career-focused classrooms. The completed project, which is being funded by state capital dollars and delivered in 2 phases, will prepare students for jobs in a variety of industries, including horticulture, carpentry, culinary services and healthcare.

3/20/2014

Voters in the three North Middlesex Regional School District towns approved a new high school. All three must now pass a debt-exclusion ballot question at their annual elections this spring to fund the project. Construction would then begin at a cost of $89.09 million, with $40.2 million of that reimbursed by the Massachusetts School Building Authority.

3/20/2014

Gov. Chris Christie has a golden opportunity to put New Jersey’s building and construction trades­people to work modernizing our schools and making them safe, energy-efficient, productive learning environments.

3/20/2014

The Learning.com Digital Citizenship App, available for i0S and Android tablet/mobile devices, covers three topics of digital citizenship: online safety, cyberbullying and the ethical use of digital resources.

3/20/2014

The Kansas Supreme Court set out a new standard for determining whether the state has met its obligation to provide adequate funding for public schools. Education officials are questioning how the standard will actually work in allocating the money to schools.

3/20/2014

Disagreement or disinterest among the elected officials who represent Philadelphia is once again putting the city's public education system at risk. The real culprit here is the failure of political leaders to line up behind a certain and sustainable revenue plan to support the schools.

3/20/2014

Classroom “flipping,” which involves students doing prep work at home and finishing their homework in class, enables teachers to better ensure the students understand concepts. This type of learning might not work for every student, in every subject, in every school district, but the idea makes sense.

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