K12 Headlines

2/7/2014

2/7/2014

Some say because Easton ASD in Pennsylvania has slashed so many teachers and programs in recent years, it should have a charter school in the district that will have smaller class sizes and provide more hands-on learning for children. Others say the cash-strapped school district shouldn't have a charter school that would "drain the district of money" and take some of its children away.

2/7/2014

The Worcester, Mass. school committee gave Superintendent Melinda J. Boone an overall rating of "proficient" in her first review under a new format. It was the first time the committee had spoken with one voice on an evaluation, and it was the result of new state requirements that have changed how teachers, principals and superintendents are reviewed.

2/7/2014

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy's somewhat bruised effort to improve public school education took a backseat recently to initiatives aimed at adding preschool seats and making a college education available to more residents. Malloy saved the end of his State of the State address to push for universal preschool by expanding state-supported early childhood education spaces by 4,000 over the next five years.

2/7/2014

The superintendent of the Trinity Area School District in Washington County, Pa., was charged with drunk driving recently in Ohio Township, Allegheny County. Paul Kasunich, 54, was charged with two counts of driving under the influence and careless driving.

2/7/2014

For the past year, Morgan Hill Unified School District in San Jose, Calif., has reeled from one controversy to another, from neighbors angry about a shuttered campus being reopened as a continuation school to bitter debates over opening two charter schools. Now the board has stirred up more contention by elevating its former human relations chief to superintendent without seeking other candidates—a process some believe was rushed and secret and further cemented divisions in the community.

2/7/2014

Parents in Harrington, Maine reacted with understandable anger and frustration when they learned an 11-year-old charged with sexually assaulting an 8-year-old was allowed to remain in the same school as his alleged victim. Many kept their children home in protest; they held a long meeting with the superintendent; a school board member resigned; and a petition is asking for a review of School Administrative District 37’s policies.

2/7/2014

The freedom-enhancing, life-improving power of school choice is more than a theory for me. It’s more than a talking points memo or teleprompter speech. Unlike many of the politicians paying lip service to National School Choice Week this week, the issue of expanding educational opportunity and freedom for all is something I live, breathe, practice and witness every day.

2/7/2014

The North Carolina Board of Education unanimously voted not to renew PACE Academy’s charter, based on the recommendation of the state’s charter school advisory board. The school will have 60 days to appeal the decision.

2/7/2014

Two state lawmakers are chastising Oklahoma school districts that are planning to give teachers and students a day off so they can lobby for more education funding at the state Capitol.

2/7/2014

Ideological rivals Diane DeBacker and Dave Trabert found common ground recently with agreement during a Kansas legislative hearing that an educational testing gap between poor and wealthy students continues to widen in the state. Union of thought on a solution to that statistical predicament, however, wasn’t to be found during a joint appearance before House and Senate education committee members.

2/6/2014

2/6/2014

In another blow to the flagging fortunes of Rocketship charter schools, four Santa Clara County school districts have filed a lawsuit seeking to rescind the approval of 20 Rocketship schools and prevent the county school board from granting similar requests.

2/6/2014

Legislation that seeks to cancel most standardized testing in Maryland’s public schools this spring would leave teachers unsure about what to plan for -- and skipping the tests would cost the state tens of millions of federal dollars, the state's chief academic officer says.

2/6/2014

Charter schools in New Orleans have made measurable academic gains in the years since Hurricane Katrina. But many of the charter schools that have made these improvements rely on rigid discipline policies that can sometimes feel at odds with the city’s culture.

2/6/2014

Designed to bring top performance to commercial applications in education, retail, and corporate environments, the company's new projector family provides XGA and WXGA resolutions, up to 6,500 lumens of brightness, and flexible setup options for switchable color wheels and optional lenses.

2/6/2014

Getting into Chicago's most competitive public high schools is a gut-wrenching, high-stakes process. This year, some parents say the district has added an extra degree of anxiety by changing the assessment test students will be taking to determine their eligibility for highly competitive, selective-enrollment schools.

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