K12 Headlines

6/28/2013

6/28/2013

A former Armstrong (Va.) High School principal who has held districtwide positions in three Virginia school systems has been named the interim superintendent of Richmond Public Schools.

6/28/2013

About 75 educators attended a safety drill this week, where Limerick Township (Pa.) Police Chief Bill Albany and Upper Providence (Pa.) Sgt. Rob Solorio gave a presentation about school shootings, answered questions (Is it better to shelter in place or run?), and dispelled some outdated notions about safety ("A cafeteria table is not cover.")

6/28/2013

Summer school in Dallas is lacking one critical component. On Tuesday, classes began in the Dallas Independent School District with about 6,000 students, and a very limited amount of teachers.

6/28/2013

Candy bars, doughnuts, and regular potato chips will become scarce in schools under new federal rules released Thursday, replaced by healthier options such as granola bars, trail mix, and baked chips. The U.S. Department of Agriculture's new "Smart Snacks in School" nutrition standards represent the first nutritional overhaul of school snacks in more than 30 years.

6/28/2013

In a small school on the South Side of Chicago, 40 children between the ages of five and six sit quietly learning in a classroom. In front of each of them is a computer running software called Reading Eggs. The director of North Kenwood-Oakland school says this sort of teaching, blending software with human intervention, helps her pupils learn faster.

6/28/2013

Facing criticism from parents worried about their children traveling through dangerous neighborhoods to new schools, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel staked out a get-tough stance Wednesday proposing stiffer penalties for gun crimes near schools.

6/28/2013

School committee member Kim Scott is drafting an anti-nepotism regulation for the school department after learning that a second close relative of Deputy Superintendent Jay Lang has been promoted to a higher-paying job.

6/28/2013

Philadelphia’s problems with its schools are due to its being one of the poorest cities in America. That didn’t happen by accident. Choices were made that drove businesses, jobs, and taxpayers out of the city. Our poverty is directly related to high tax rates, irrational tax structure, corruption, mismanagement, and misplaced spending priorities.

6/28/2013

In his revealing book “Coming Apart: The State of White America, 1960-2010,” Charles Murray spends hundreds of pages using statistics to illustrate the rising inequality that is increasingly putting the white working class on the path toward generational poverty.

6/28/2013

U.S. elementary and middle school students have sharpened their reading and math skills since the 1970s, while 17-year-olds stagnated, federal tests show. Almost half of 9-year-olds knew basic arithmetic last year, up from 20 percent in 1978, according to a U.S. Education Department report. Yet, only 7 percent of 17-year-olds solved routine problems involving fractions, percents, algebra, exponents and square roots, the same level as 34 years earlier.

6/27/2013

6/27/2013

The Education Technology Start-Up Collaborative is the brainchild of Eileen Murphy, a former teacher, curriculum developer and district-level manager in Chicago Public Schools.

6/27/2013

The district has swelled about 60 percent in a little over a dozen years, according to the study from real estate consulting group CBRE.

6/27/2013

Tighter school budgets and stingier state aid have forced many schools to cut funding for art and music programs — and, for that matter, sports, electives and foreign language programs. Class sizes are bigger, and payrolls are smaller.

6/27/2013

Teachers are using the cloud-based lesson planning platform to support Strategic Design lesson-planning, a backward design approach, to create deep, engaging lessons that spark critical thinking in their students, as well as meet benchmarks set out in the CCSS.

6/27/2013

The SaaS Mileposts platform, which allows for quick product release iterations, allows teachers to focus on the needs of each individual student while retaining the classroom structure, an education model that will transform K-12 education.

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