K12 Headlines

4/22/2015

4/22/2015

The domestic supply of STEM jobs is expected to grow to 9 million by 2022. But many local public schools are not equipping students with the skills needed to secure these positions. In reauthorizing the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, Congress has a chance to strengthen our education system, while helping to close America’s STEM skills gap.

4/22/2015

Only a handful of school districts attempt rigorous, round-the-clock monitoring of social media traffic to spot threats against their schools or students. Leaders in these districts say the extra level of security acts as an early-warning system that can prevent young people from hurting themselves or others.

4/22/2015

Screen-based devices will continue to attract children. High-quality education technology can offer engaging and effective learning experiences with those devices. It is our job as adults and educators to create a supportive real-world learning environment and regularly interact with young learners in ways that will help them master essential early learning concepts and skills.

4/22/2015

The Oklahoma city's school system is creating an aviation-industry academy for high school students beginning this fall. The Tulsa Tech Aerospace Academy will open to 40 Tulsa Public Schools upperclassmen this fall at a Tulsa Tech campus located in an airport complex. The program will last a full school year with potential for a second year.

4/22/2015

The nation's second-largest school district approved the creation of Girls Academic Leadership Academy, an all-girls school focused on STEM in an attempt to narrow the gap between boys and girls in those subjects. The district still needs to receive a waiver from the state Board of Education to operate a single-gender school.

4/22/2015

Female students at a New York high school are getting free lessons in computer coding under a new program to boost girls’ STEM participation. New York City education officials and Verizon teamed up to create the Women in STEM after-school program, where 50 girls are enrolled in classes that may become a model for similar efforts at other city schools.

4/22/2015

Ames sixth-graders have been riding virtual reality roller coasters and building objects with 3D printers in a mobile technology classroom built by graduate students in Iowa State University’s Design Department. The Forward Learning Experience technology classroom was created to introduce younger students to advanced technology that can be used in design and manufacturing.

4/22/2015

Voters in the Washington district will be asked this fall to approve a $292.5 million bond measure to relieve elementary school overcrowding and reduce the need for portable classrooms. The bond will pay for a new 44-classroom elementary school while four other elementary schools will be expanded to include more classrooms.

4/22/2015

With so much on their plates already, the teachers, administrators, parents and staff who lead school health efforts need strong support to adopt health-promoting policies and practices. School district wellness policies, mandated by federal law, need to be more comprehensive.

4/22/2015

A panel of judges has dismissed a lawsuit from school districts and parents claiming that state's system of school funding fails to meet the state's obligation to students. The panel said the level of annual funding needed for each student to meet educational standards is a decision for the Legislature, not the courts.

4/22/2015

A bill that would have allowed public schools to use architects and engineers' donated time to do free severe-weather safety assessments in public schools will most likely not be addressed this year.

4/22/2015

Nine states currently offer a State Seal of Biliteracy to recognize high school graduates who have attained a high level of proficiency in one or more languages in addition to English. Proponents say the seal allows employers to distinguish between people who can get by in another language from those who are truly fluent.

4/22/2015

Public schools in California would have to phase out the use of the term “Redskins” for their athletic team name or mascot under the California Racial Mascots Act advanced by a state Assembly panel based on concern that the term is derogatory to Native Americans.

4/22/2015

An effort to reduce school violence by making public schools legally liable for keeping kids safe has been approved by the Colorado Senate. Colorado currently includes schools among government entities that can't be sued, a legal standard not all states follow.

4/22/2015

The Philadelphia school system wants to open more new high schools and continue a program that encourages teachers, principals and community organizations to overhaul schools from within. The new small high schools would be neighborhood schools without admissions criteria, and would open first to ninth graders, adding one grade each year.

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