K12 Headlines

5/20/2014

5/20/2014

House Republicans are taking on the new school nutritional standards, proposing to let schools opt out of healthier lunch and breakfast programs if they're losing money.

5/20/2014

School districts are asking voters to approve budgets that, on average, call for the smallest tax increases in six years. The average amount of tax money collected by districts will increase 1.8 percent and spending by about 2.4 percent, according to an analysis by the New York State Association of School Business Officials.

5/20/2014

The Missouri General Assembly finally put together a flawed fix to a problematic state law regarding student transfers out of unaccredited school systems. Senate Bill 493 solves a few problems but creates a host of new ones.

5/20/2014

Most high school administrators will argue that dress codes are created and enforced because students’ clothing, if not monitored, will become distracting in the classroom. And yet this year dress codes seem to be derailing school work more than the outfits themselves.

5/20/2014

The Indiana Court of Appeals ruled that a trial must be held to determine whether a central Indiana school corporation is liable for injuries suffered by two middle school students who were shot by another boy in a dispute over a girl.

5/20/2014

Widespread dysfunction in the Boston school system’s food service program is leading to millions of dollars in losses each year and creating an apparent “hostile work environment” for employees, according to a report obtained by the Globe.

5/20/2014

The Louisiana Senate will vote this week on a revised school funding formula that allocates $3.5 billion to public schools for the 2014-2015 school year. The funding plan gives schools more money for students enrolled in more technical or advanced classes and additional funds for educating students with severe disabilities on an application basis.

5/20/2014

Paying for initiatives in public education has traditionally required a tax levy or issuance of bonds backed by government entities. But now there is a new experiment in Utah involving a public-private partnership: the social impact bond.

5/20/2014

The Compton USD effort to address its truancy crisis began with a new strategy to improve communication about attendance between teachers and parents. It's going to take a concerted effort from legislators, school administrators, teachers, parents and local law enforcement to replicate Compton's results across the state.

5/20/2014

Learning Upgrade is releasing Math Upgrade 7, a course of multimedia, Common Core-aligned math lessons. The course includes an initial set of 50 lessons, with additional lessons added during the summer. Each full course takes students 20-25 hours, both in the classroom and at home, to complete and earn a certificate.

5/20/2014

The Canton Public School Board voted to hire Jefferson Davis County School District Superintendent Ike Haynes to replace retiring Superintendent Dwight J. Luckett. After eight years at the helm, Luckett will retire June 30.

5/20/2014

As of July, more than half of Virginia’s 133 public school superintendent jobs will have turned over since the start of 2012, according to an analysis by the Richmond Times-Dispatch. Longtime education officials say it’s an unusually high turnover, anecdotally attributed to a variety of factors, including a wave of retiring baby boomers.

5/20/2014

The Kids InfoBits database has been redesigned with a modern interface, improved navigation, updated content and additional tools. Developed by Gale, Kids InfoBits is designed for students in kindergarten through grade five and addresses the way kids learn and conduct research.

5/20/2014

The Ottawa-Glandorf Board of Education has hired Donald Horstman, an Ottawa-Glandorf native, as its new superintendent. He replaces retiring superintendent Kevin Brinkman as of August 1.

5/19/2014

5/19/2014

A new digital educational tool created by the National Science Foundation's National Science Board enables educators, administrators, researchers and policymakers to compare educational and economic trends at the state level. The tool manipulates data from the 2014 NSB "Science and Engineering Indicators" report.

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