K12 Headlines

6/28/2013

6/28/2013

Philadelphia’s problems with its schools are due to its being one of the poorest cities in America. That didn’t happen by accident. Choices were made that drove businesses, jobs, and taxpayers out of the city. Our poverty is directly related to high tax rates, irrational tax structure, corruption, mismanagement, and misplaced spending priorities.

6/28/2013

In his revealing book “Coming Apart: The State of White America, 1960-2010,” Charles Murray spends hundreds of pages using statistics to illustrate the rising inequality that is increasingly putting the white working class on the path toward generational poverty.

6/28/2013

U.S. elementary and middle school students have sharpened their reading and math skills since the 1970s, while 17-year-olds stagnated, federal tests show. Almost half of 9-year-olds knew basic arithmetic last year, up from 20 percent in 1978, according to a U.S. Education Department report. Yet, only 7 percent of 17-year-olds solved routine problems involving fractions, percents, algebra, exponents and square roots, the same level as 34 years earlier.

6/27/2013

6/27/2013

The Education Technology Start-Up Collaborative is the brainchild of Eileen Murphy, a former teacher, curriculum developer and district-level manager in Chicago Public Schools.

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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