K12 Headlines

12/12/2014

12/12/2014

Paul Cruz has been named the sole candidate for the Texas district's superintendent position after two other candidates for the job withdrew their names from consideration. Cruz had been serving as the interim superintendent since April after Meria Carstarphen left to lead Atlanta Public Schools.

12/12/2014

Elaine Nutter, superintendent of schools for School Administrative District 28 (Camden-Rockport K-8) and the Five Town CSD (Camden Hills Regional High School) resigned her position, effective July 2015. Nutter has been with the two districts for five years, first as assistant superintendent and then as superintendent in 2012.

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The Seattle Public Schools board voted to make Interim Superintendent Larry Nyland permanent in the position through June of 2017. He was appointed interim superintendent for the 2014-2015 school year.

12/12/2014

Denton Independent School District has adopted the Verso app, which works on any device, students are asked to submit their own independent responses to challenges designed by their teacher before gaining access to their peers’ responses.

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The state will receive an additional $20 million in annual federal funding to further expand preschool services. Illinois was one of 18 states selected to share in a new $226 million, four-year federal grant program to expand preschool access to high-quality, full-day programming for children from high-needs communities.

12/12/2014

New York State’s education commissioner, John B. King Jr., will step down at the end of the year to take the second-highest-ranking job at the federal Education Department, senior adviser to Secretary Arne Duncan.

12/12/2014

The Federal Communications Commission approved a $1.5 billion funding increase for its E-Rate program, which helps disadvantaged schools gain access to technologies and high-speed internet. The proposal will raise the overall funding cap for the program to $3.9 billion annually.

12/12/2014

Oakland USD will launch a series of interactive health care simulations for high school students. Toolwire co-created the multi-episode Healthcare Experience and Real World Training LearnScape with subject matter experts from OUSD and input from students at Life Academy of Health and Bioscience in Oakland.

12/12/2014

The foods and beverages that are served in Alabama's schools today could have a direct impact on our future national security. That's the leading message in a new report from Mission: Readiness. Obesity is the leading medical reason why 75 percent of young, eligible Alabama residents cannot qualify for military service.

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We must truly engage and challenge our students if we expect them to stay in school and eventually earn their wings to productive adulthood. If we do nothing else, we should demand that teachers in historically low-achieving districts are better than good. They have to be amazing, and they need to lose the worksheets and remedial work.

12/12/2014

New Jersey should be required to provide more school aid and universal preschool for 16 mostly poor, rural districts, attorneys representing the districts argued in court. The Education Law Center said the districts are unable to provide an adequate education to their students due to cuts in state funding.

12/12/2014

The Los Angeles district announced a new antibiotic-free standard for chicken products supplied to its schools, making it among the first of the country's large school districts to make the switch. The new standards will require that all chicken products must be produced under a USDA Process Verified Program.

12/12/2014

Rutherford County Schools officials adopted a $234.63 million building plan that is expected to eliminate 57 of the 146 portables classrooms currently in use. A new elementary school building will be built by the start of the 2016-17 school year if the county commission funds the plan.

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In Louisiana, the Orleans Parish School Board is considering suing the Recovery School District (RSD) to prevent it from reopening shuttered schools. Board members contend that opening new schools is within only their purview. They say the RSD was established to take over and improve failing schools.

12/12/2014

After the number of homeless students in San Francisco's public schools has more than doubled in the last decade to over 2,000, one nonprofit has formed a partnership with the school district to directly respond to those in need through campus visits.

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