K12 Headlines

8/23/2013

8/23/2013

Trustees for the Socorro Independent School District (El Paso, Texas) have hired a Houston-based legal firm to conduct an investigation into the district's practices to determine who was responsible for inappropriately retaining special needs students and transfer students from Mexico in the ninth grade between 2007 to 2012.

8/23/2013

There are all kinds of geeky ways teachers can use technology to help their students perform better and learn more. One big problem, however, is that often, instructors either don’t know where to find these tools or just don’t understand how to use them. That’s exactly where Bill Gates wants to lend a helping hand.

8/23/2013

Tillywig’s mission is to provide retail buyers, news media, parents and consumers with product information and reviews of superior children’s products available in today’s marketplace. Listening to audio books raises reading scores, since proficient reading is the result of listening comprehension (i.e. vocabulary and fluency) and decoding skills.

8/23/2013

Headed back to school at Valley Christian High in San Jose? A tip: You're better off putting a dog biscuit into your pack rather than something that could give you a buzz. You'll want to stay on the right side of Ranger and Sparks, two drug-sniffing golden retrievers who will be appearing on the hilltop campus a couple of times a month.

8/23/2013

Looseleaf binders, No. 2 pencils, rulers—and bulletproof whiteboards? Armored accessories including backpack inserts and clipboards are showing up on back-to-school shopping lists in the wake of campus shootings. But some security experts say safety-conscious supplies like whiteboards-turned-shields are impractical at best, and a diversion from real life-saving resources at worst.

8/23/2013

Indiana Judge Joseph VanBokkelen found in favor of a Fort Wayne district's ban on students wearing "I (heart) Boobies!" bracelets, designed to promote breast cancer awareness. The ACLU brought the suit to defend the rights of a student who had the bracelet taken away from her in school, arguing that high school students are mature enough to deal with the bracelet's sexual innuendo. The judge said the evidence did not support that stance.

8/23/2013

Idaho’s pathway to better public education could come with a price tag of more than $300 million, based on some preliminary recommendations from a state task force studying education reform. But Gov. Butch Otter, who formed the task force last December, told Idaho Education News he is more interested in hearing the task force’s ideas on what to do than asking its members to provide a budget.

8/23/2013

President Obama got back on the bus Thursday with both a short- and long-term agenda. Over Thursday and Friday, the president planned to discuss proposals to lower college costs as he rolled through upstate New York and northeastern Pennsylvania. In the longer term, he is getting ready for potential budget battles in September, including the prospect of a government shutdown.

8/23/2013

The state's annual report on school accountability has a more colorful look than in past years as Michigan education officials have instituted a new five-color grading system to replace the up-or-down "adequate yearly progress" grade.

8/23/2013

The Society is gathering in Gettysburg Sept. 18-22 for its annual convention. As part of the convention, Medal of Honor recipients will emphasize the importance of the CDP with visits to local area schools that participate in the program.

8/23/2013

Nevada’s rigorous approval process includes multiple stages of review. In addition to applying to receive general approval as a Distance Education provider, Edgenuity was required to submit a course application, syllabus, and alignment documentation for each class proposed for Distance Education approval.

8/23/2013

The free app, available for download from the Apple iTunes and Google Play stores, offers a self-screening tool for DACA applicants to understand their eligibility and a searchable directory of listings for immigration legal services providers, including non-profit groups, in all 50 states.

8/22/2013

8/22/2013

Hobsons and Liberty Public Schools (LPS) have partnered to promote individualized learning and academic planning by integrating Naviance, the world’s leading college and career readiness platform for schools and districts, in the classroom through Liberty’s one-to-one laptop initiative for students in grades 9 – 12.

8/22/2013

The research-based WIN Soft Skills program is part of the company’s Career-Driven Education model. This best-in-class career and college readiness solution offers a three-pronged approach to prepare students for tomorrow’s economic opportunities.

8/22/2013

The project will enable the district to sustain long-term energy efficiency in its facilities, while saving approximately 24 percent of its annual energy costs.

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