K12 Headlines

5/2/2014

5/2/2014

Broward may ask voters to approve a $800 million bond issue. The money would be spent on construction repairs, technology upgrades and school safety improvements such as ensuring Broward schools only have a single point of entry for visitors.

5/2/2014

Michigan State legislators on both sides of the aisle expect education funding to be a major discussion in this fall’s election season. Not only are long-term solutions unlikely, there is not even legislative support to fund a study of how much should be spend for Michigan students to compete with those in higher-performing states.

5/2/2014

What will it actually take to reach the 90 percent goal? America cannot reach this high school graduation goal without closing the opportunity gap. Graduation gaps between low-income students and their middle-to-higher-income peers reach nearly 30 percentage points in some states.

5/2/2014

The Louisiana Senate Education Committee shot down a $3.6 billion public school formula proposed by the state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE). Senators objected to a provision that could force the Legislature into automatically hiking the state's funding for schools for years to come.

5/2/2014

When it comes to its schools, the Cleveland suburb of Lakewood, Ohio, does not have a bus system for its 5,800 students. Its seven elementary schools, two middle schools and one high school are all within walking or biking distance of the children they serve.

5/2/2014

For decades, schools have tried to address problem behavior and emotional issue challenges with SEL programs that teach students how to understand and express feelings, manage behavior and solve arguments. But sometimes teachers found they needed something more fundamental: the chance to develop their own SEL skills.

5/2/2014

After he retires in Illinois, DeKalb School District 428 Superintendent Jim Briscoe will head to suburban Salt Lake City to lead Canyons School District's 33,000-students.

5/2/2014

Blackboard and Discovery Education will be partnering later this year on an integration for K12 students and instructors that will provide access to Discovery Education Streaming Plus content. The service provides more than 151,000 standards-aligned resources.

5/2/2014

The United Federation of Teachers would receive a 10 percent pay hike over seven years and retroactive raises of 4 percent for 2009 and 2010. The deal also calls for the creation of 200 schools "for innovation" permitted to set longer school days or otherwise break with union rules.

5/2/2014

After a sharply-charged debate that touched on the law, immigration and America, a divided Florida Senate voted in favor of letting students who live in the country illegally qualify for in-state college tuition rates.

5/1/2014

5/1/2014

To ensure Wisconsin schools remain safe environments for learning, the Department of Public Instruction (DPI) announced a new framework to improve school safety. It calls for action in mental health, climate and culture, physical environment and school administrative policies and procedures.

5/1/2014

Montgomery County may need to increase its funding by $41.3 million more than originally proposed toward school construction projects. The extra funds would produce more than $1.5 billion for the county public schools’ capital improvement program for fiscal years 2015 through 2020.

5/1/2014

Google has stopped scanning student Gmail accounts for advertising data purposes after the practice was scrutinized during a recent court case. Google Apps for Education offers Gmail accounts, calendars, cloud storage and document creation.

5/1/2014

The state's school grading system will be delayed for a year. A key portion of the new bill would ensure that schools wouldn't receive sanctions or penalties as a result of school grades issued in 2015, the year being used as a baseline to measure schools.

5/1/2014

A new idea-sharing initiative for schools launched earlier this month in New York City. The Learning Partners program, set to more than triple in size next year, puts schools in groups of three with one school in charge of opening its doors to share what’s working for its teachers and students.

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