K12 Headlines

6/24/2013

6/24/2013

After four years of cuts in the Bethel School District, things are looking up for students and teachers in the upcoming school year. Thanks in large part to 10 unpaid days that teachers agreed to last month, the west Eugene school district expects to avoid laying off any teachers or other staff members for the first time in four years.

6/24/2013

The residents and redevelopers of East Baltimore agree that the $42 million school taking shape on 7 acres along Ashland Avenue symbolizes hope for the community, but they disagree about which children should be able to attend the much-heralded new school.

6/24/2013

In Maryland, a group of students ponder which depiction of the Nativity shows true beauty: A 14th-century Giotto, a 16th-century Barocci or a 20th-century William Congdon. The students attend just one of several hundred “classical” schools around the country—institutions designed to reflect the history of Western civilization, rather than the latest classroom trends.

6/24/2013

The Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education has approved plans for up to 100 students in Claiborne Parish to attend school in Junction City, Ark. State aid of up to $700,000 will be routed through a charter school in Delhi, La.

6/24/2013

In his first speech dedicated to education, Mayor Vince Gray refrained from laying out any dramatic new proposals, instead highlighting the city's recent successes in public education and stressing the need for continuity.

6/24/2013

Washington state Superintendent Randy Dorn has repeatedly told lawmakers that anything less than $1.4 billion in new revenue over the next biennium will not satisfy even the minimum requirements of the 2007 McCleary lawsuit, requires the state to live up to its constitutional duty to make ample provision for the education of all Washington children.

6/21/2013

6/21/2013

Jim Merrill, superintendent of Virginia Beach City Public Schools, has been named superintendent for the Wake County (N.C.) school system. Merrill, who worked at Wake schools as an English teacher for 16 years early in his career, lauded the district as a leader in the state and nation.

6/21/2013

Over 17,000 students participated in 147 schools across seven states (Alabama, Connecticut, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, New Jersey, and Texas) for two years at a cost of $6 million.

6/21/2013

The Hartford, Conn. school board rejected Superintendent Christina Kishimoto's request for a two-year contract extension that would have kept her in charge of the district's education reform efforts through mid-2016.

6/21/2013

The Tucson Unified School District's governing board voted 4-1 to appoint Heliodoro Torres Sanchez to lead Tucson schools after John Pedicone announced his resignation in March.

6/21/2013

After hearing brief arguments from the state and the six parties in the case, State District Judge John Dietz announced that a new six-week trial would begin on Jan. 6. The suit was filed last summer after lawmakers cut $5.4 billion from state public education funding while simultaneously implementing a rigorous new testing and accountability system.

6/21/2013

The Indianapolis Public School Board has picked eight semi-finalists to interview to become its next superintendent. Board president Diane Arnold hopes to narrow the list to three or four finalists by Monday.

6/21/2013

While computers and internet access are common in the classroom, students are often using this technology for simple foundational exercises, rather than higher-order data analysis or statistics work that will help prepare them for the modern workforce. The bottom line: Schools are not getting a big enough bang for their education technology buck, according to a new report.

6/21/2013

The Philadelphia School Reform Commission voted to change a 31-year-old policy, now making it easier for schools to accept much-needed grants or donations. The original policy, established in 1982, said that gifts, grants, donations, or scholarships of $5,000 or more needed approval. Today, getting approval for such a small amount has become a burden.

6/21/2013

Acknowledging that the nation’s educators face large challenges in preparing students for more rigorous academic standards and tests, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan told state education officials on Tuesday that they could postpone making career decisions about teachers based on performance evaluations tied to new tests.

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