K12 Headlines

5/13/2014

5/13/2014

At the International Reading Association’s (IRA) annual conference, elementary school teacher Janice Gowdy was honored as the 2014 “Literacy Legend”. The national contest, sponsored by myON and IRA, was created to honor educators that are promoting literacy in their classrooms, schools and beyond.

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Adolescents who get six hours of sleep or less may face health and behavior issues, particularly those who get five hours of sleep per night on a regular basis, confirms a recent study published in Preventive Medicine.

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Camden education officials announced 241 layoffs across the district’s 26 schools, including 206 teachers. The New Jersey district began the most recent budget process with a $75 million deficit, including a $42 million operating budget shortfall.

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The class of 2018 at high schools throughout Maine will be the first to graduate under a proficiency-based system mandated by a 2012 law. But the implementation of the system is proving to be a daunting task, requiring technical and financial resources school districts are finding difficult to obtain.

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The Springfield School Committee approved a $446 million school budget, avoiding teacher layoffs in fiscal year 2015 due to a hiring freeze and a 20 percent cut, mostly through attrition, in central office positions.

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Robert Grimesey was selected by the North Carolina county' Board of Education as the new superintendent. Grimesey comes from the Orange County public school system in northern Virginia. He will succeed Aaron Spence, who left Moore County to lead the school system of Virginia Beach, Va.

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The state’s school board approved revisions in its $3.6 billion spending plan for public schools. The changes, including revisions to avoid automatic school aid hikes in future years, won support from several influential school groups, including the Louisiana Association of School Superintendents.

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Timothy F. Connellan was appointed as the new superintendent for Southington School District's 11 schools. He has been Oxford’s superintendent since 2012 and before that was the superintendent of Bethany schools.

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The Justice Department should be commended for reaffirming the rights of all children to access public education. The goal of U.S. school districts should not be to intimidate potential students, but to welcome and educate them.

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Elgin Area School District U-46 will again be considering boundary changes, and perhaps even closings, as student enrollment declines in some elementary schools, while others are increasingly overcrowded. A report found that 10 elementary schools are underutilized while two are over capacity, with more than 95 percent utilization.

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Next year, schools could hold a limited number of food fundraisers during the school day. The proposal before the Kansas Board of Education would allow each organization within a school to hold one fundraiser per semester that features foods or beverages that do not meet the federal nutrition guidelines.

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Facing a looming deadline, Missouri lawmakers began meeting to work on legislation that would revise a school transfer law requiring struggling schools to pay for students to enroll elsewhere. The Senate and House each have approved their own versions of the measure, but both chambers must approve the same version.

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Oversight of charter schools in Pennsylvania is "a mess," state Auditor General Eugene DePasquale has concluded. To help clean it up, DePasquale is calling for creating an independent charter oversight board, restoring charter reimbursements for school districts, and requiring the state to pick up the tab for cyber charter schools.

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Arlington school officials, with passage of the district’s $663 million bond package, aren’t the only ones coming off a win. Across Texas, voters approved 84 percent of the $6.2 billion in bond packages on ballots in local elections this past week, according to initial results.

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The University of California, Irvine's STEM University Preparation Program (STEM UPP) is a set of online modules designed to help newly admitted undergraduate students and high school students entering their senior year prepare for the academic rigor of university-level STEM studies.

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