K12 Headlines

5/28/2015

5/28/2015

The agreement is in accordance with an arbitrator's ruling on a grievance the union filed last year, which argued new high school schedules violated contracted work limits.

5/28/2015

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson awarded $244 million in grants to 40 programs that blend academic and career technical education, connect employers with schools, and train students for jobs in high-demand fields — such as health care, advanced manufacturing, IT and software development.

5/28/2015

Palm Beach County's school board is now requiring charter-school applicants to disclose any prior history with failed schools and prove they offer innovative programs in order to open their doors in the county. New schools will also be prohibited from opening near a traditional public school serving the same grades.

5/28/2015

A majority of local legislators in the House and Senate passed a measure to refinance Jefferson County school construction debt which gives the cash-strapped county $36-$40 million annually from the proceeds of the refunding. The bill passed this month refinances the outstanding principal balance of about $560 million.

5/28/2015

When the Philadelphia School Reform Commission recently voted to close two underperforming charter schools, it was making a decision that was in the best interests of students. The commission should go further and close the other underperforming public schools in the city: district-run schools.

5/28/2015

The Washington Legislature must act immediately to make common sense changes to the state's confusing, expensive and burdensome system of student testing. Why now? This is the first year that students must pass a biology assessment as a graduation requirement. Predictably, about 8,000 students statewide have not passed the test.

5/28/2015

A student's appearance should be the last thing of concern to a teacher, but more importantly, these comments — even when positive — can be damaging and hurtful to other kids. There are simply too many other things worth complimenting for any educator to be discussing physical appearance.

5/28/2015

A math teacher at Manual High School has launched a pilot program that will allow her students' parents — those without a high school diploma — to join their children in the classroom and learn the math required for them to pass the high school equivalency exam.

5/28/2015

Follett has launched a collection of nearly 18,000 e-book titles for preK-12 students through a strategic partnership with HarperCollins Publishers.

5/28/2015

The state House of Representatives advanced a dramatic change in Washington’s high-school graduation requirements. The bill would temporarily eliminate the need to pass a science test for graduation and simplify the state testing system.

5/28/2015

The three companies launched a new digital signage solution called theconnectEDU. The bundled offering enables students and staff to receive a wide range of content via digital displays and desktops such as campus broadcasts and timely alerts for emergency preparedness.

5/28/2015

A wide array of content from Cricket Media's portfolio of children’s books and magazines will now be available to students reading on Capstone's myON. The partnership will provide content to supplement middle and high school curriculums.

5/27/2015

5/27/2015

With the success of the FCC's Internet Essentials broadband initiative, hundreds of thousands of students with new learning experiences and opportunities will need to find jobs, connect with their families and apply to college. We need ideas on the table to solve this problem – like new apps for news, education, jobs and civic engagement.

5/27/2015

In a move to get more minority students interested in STEM fields, Georgia Tech has partnered with three Atlanta public high schools on a program called Project ENGAGES. Students in the intense high school science education program receive 12 months of research experience in the college's labs.

5/27/2015

Emerging research shows that kids' overuse of TV, computers, video games, tablets and smartphones hinders their physical, intellectual, social and emotional development. Kids' top uses for smartphones have nothing to do with interacting with family or doing research for school. Gadgets should have a limited place in a well-balanced life.

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