K12 Headlines

6/27/2013

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.

6/27/2013

School board members gave the district the OK on Monday to hire Legat Architects of Moline and Russell Construction of Davenport to lead the project.

6/27/2013

The measure requires approval by 60 percent of voters in order to pass; the measure received 66 percent approval to 34 percent no votes. According to unofficial vote totals from the Polk County Election Office, the measure received 3,599 yes votes to 1,852 votes against.

6/27/2013

A report released last week bears out what many educators have been predicting: Amid rising college tuition, increased global economic competition and a job market that disproportionately rewards graduates in STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) fields, students are seeking degrees in what they and, indeed, many in our nation view as lucrative business and hard-science disciplines.

6/27/2013

The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development — which groups the world's most developed countries — writes in its annual report that brand-new and experienced teachers alike in the United States out-earn most of their counterparts around the globe.

6/27/2013

State lawmakers this spring approved $40 million in funding for all-day kindergarten and more money for pre-kindergarten scholarships for children from low-income families aiming to close the gap in standardized test scores between white students and students of color.

6/27/2013

The state forced the district to ban its ethnic studies courses after a judge found the classes violated state law. Meanwhile, the feds are ordering TUSD to improve the quality of education for minorities as part of its desegregation order.

6/27/2013

About 150 teachers, parents and students boarded three buses in Pittsburgh Tuesday morning headed to Harrisburg as part of a rally of more than 800 at the State Capitol to protest Gov. Tom Corbett’s budget cuts to education.

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The bill was passed around the Senate multiple times with intentions to delay implementation until the 2014-15 school year. After multiple amendments, however, the bill approved by the House on June 4 requires implementation this fall, with a full roll-out over the next two years.

6/27/2013

The State Senate and Assembly unanimously approved a bill last week that would require audits of every special-education prekindergarten contractor by 2018.

6/27/2013

With the partnership, students and faculty can use Open Badges to promote their achievements within Blackboard Learn™ courses and across the Web using Mozilla’s Open Badges Infrastructure, the most widely used format and only open and shared technical standard for badging and credentialing.

6/27/2013

State school board member Mary Scott Hunter said today she regrets that the state's new list of so-called "failing schools" identified under the Alabama Accountability Act includes those that have made significant improvement in recent years.

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