K12 Headlines

5/9/2014

5/9/2014

Adobe Voice, a new animated video app for iPad from Adobe, enables users to create and share video stories by using a combination of recorded voice, imagery, music and motion graphics and effects. Adobe Voice is available for free from the Apple App Store and works with Adobe Creative Cloud.

5/9/2014

LearnZillion's 2014 Dream Team of 200 math and English language arts teachers will convene in New Orleans for TeachFest. The group's summer-long collaboration will culminate in the creation of formative assessment tools and resources that will support teachers implementing the Common Core.

5/9/2014

In its investigation of workman comp claims in Baltimore, the Baltimore Sun found last year nearly 300 claims were filed by Baltimore school employees because of injuries received through assaults or altercations on the job. The report was so shocking to city leaders, they will hold hearings to look into the problem.

5/9/2014

It's worth debating what's the most fiscally responsible approach to building shelters against natural disasters: that is, whether to raise more money or to fund the projects from existing tax revenue. But leaving schoolchildren's safety up to the whims (and resources) of local voters is the wrong way to go.

5/9/2014

Downstate school districts would see an overall gain in state funding under a sweeping proposal to change how Illinois funds its public schools. However, a majority of Chicago area districts would see fewer state dollars, according to a preliminary analysis by the Illinois State Board of Education.

5/9/2014

The Logan-Rogersville School District has hired a new superintendent of schools. Shawn Randles will take over the position for the new school year. Randles has served with the district for five years as assistant superintendent.

5/9/2014

Robyne Thompson has been chosen as the next superintendent of East Lansing Public Schools. She is currently executive director for secondary education for the Ann Arbor Public Schools.

5/9/2014

Anne Arundel County school officials named George Arlotto, the system's current chief of staff and a former principal in Montgomery County, as superintendent of the state's fifth-largest school district and the county's second-largest employer.

5/9/2014

WIN Learning's system is being implemented in four Chicago area districts to help students develop academic and foundational skills. Dolton School District 149, Pembroke School District 259, Prairie Hills School District 144 and SPEED School District 802 recently purchased the web-based Personalized Career Readiness System.

5/9/2014

The New Jersey Department of Education has ordered two charter schools, one in Camden and the other in Newark, to shut down as a result of low test scores. Both City Invincible Charter School and Greater Newark Charter School have been asked to shut down as of June 30.

5/9/2014

When voters approved Proposition 30 in 2012, they created an unprecedented opportunity to reinvent the state's troubled K-12 school system, according to a new report from Stanford's Policy Analysis for California Education. The report suggests that California's school districts should rethink their budget priorities upon receiving new state funding in the years ahead.

5/9/2014

Michigan's Senate and House have passed a $13.7 billion school budget increasing per-pupil funding in K12 schools. It would boost overall spending from $13.3 billion this year. The budget requires a new Michigan Educational Assessment Program for spring testing in the next two school years.

5/9/2014

Arlington Heights-based Township High School District 214, the state's second-largest high school district, has voted to drop out of the National School Lunch Program altogether, losing a related $900,000 federal subsidy.

5/9/2014

The time has come for the federal and state governments and educators to realize that it is necessary to require students – especially high school athletes – to undergo ECG screening for heart irregularities. Let’s do everything we can to avoid losing any more children to sudden death.

5/9/2014

The National Assessment of Educational Progress released the latest national test scores. Seventy-four percent of students scored below the grade-appropriate level in math. In reading, just 38 percent of seniors scored at or above grade level and one-quarter are reading below grade level.

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