K12 Headlines

5/20/2013

5/20/2013

The closure of the Buena Vista School District should be viewed as a canary in the coal mine. Early coal mines had poor ventilation systems and since canaries are sensitive to gases, they would detect danger long before it became fatal to miners.

5/20/2013

A swelling crowd of thousands of Philadelphia public school students left their classes at noon and marched outside the district headquarters on North Broad Street to protest proposed education cuts.

5/20/2013

Education groups testified in favor of a bill Friday that would make Maine one of a handful of states offering universal pre-kindergarten, a program that President Obama has advocated nationwide.

5/20/2013

For the first time, the State Charter School Board has evaluated Utah’s 81 charter schools in three key areas — academics, finances and governance — creating a baseline for comparing the schools next year. Not everyone thinks it’s a good idea.

5/20/2013

During lunch recess at Oak Manor Elementary School, most of the thirsty kids did not visit a drinking fountain to get water. Instead, they lined up to fill their colorful plastic bottles at the school's nifty new "hydration station."

5/17/2013

5/17/2013

After just six months on the job, interim superintendent Dr. Tom Michaelson says he's stepping down as leader of the Nampa School District. The announcement came at the end of Tuesday night's school board meeting where board members also voted on more cuts to help make up the district's $5.1 million deficit.

5/17/2013

This interactive, multi-platform math tool creates excitement, prepares students for high school, and builds a strong mathematical foundation. Educators can incorporate the StraightAce Learning math system into classroom activities or use as an effective homework management tool for their entire class.

5/17/2013

Leo's Pad was developed by educational researchers with Ph.D.'s from Stanford University and an animation team led by an Emmy Award-winning creative director. The new Parent's Pad will analyze learners' results using over 70 learning dimensions and will offer parents insights on how to help their child become a better learner.

5/17/2013

A memory retention system for vocabulary and developed from brain-based research, this program is based on the simple and fun practice of attaching what a person needs to learn (words) to what they already know.

5/17/2013

These engaging and effective texts carefully scaffold students up a gradual staircase of text complexity to build the foundational skills they need to access complex text in their native language.

5/17/2013

During a Board of Education meeting this morning, Asheville (N.C.) City Schools Superintendent Allen Johnson announced his retirement following the end of this school year. The Board has agreed to a buyout of his remaining contract.

5/17/2013

Cumberland Valley Superintendent William Harner is leaving Cumberland Valley (Pa.) School District to become Secretary of the Pennsylvania State Department of Education. Nominated by Gov. Tom Corbett, the Senate must approve the nomination.

5/17/2013

A reward was being offered as the investigation continued Thursday into racist graffiti targeting African-American students at Agoura High School in Agoura Hills, Calif.

5/17/2013

While data gained via standardized tests like NJASK may be extremely helpful, especially when paired with other data points, the over-emphasis on such testing is a classic example of how state and federal mandates are threatening to completely bypass local control.

5/17/2013

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder on Thursday signed into law legislation allowing school districts that cancelled class multiple times this winter to meet state requirements by extending existing days rather than scheduling makeups.

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