K12 Headlines

3/18/2013

3/18/2013

Framingham, Massachusetts' B.L.O.C.K.S. preschool program is in many ways the "front line" of education, says director Rosario Alvarez-O'Neil. "We're able to figure out what we need to do with each child," she said, giving those students a critical head start once they reach grade school. But up until now, the state's early childhood education infrastructure has been underfunded compared to the K12 system, preschool advocates say.

3/18/2013

At what Chairman Dave Allegretto called the group's "favorite" event of the year, the Ocean City (Md.) Education Foundation gave away $17,822 in educational grants on Friday. Awards covered all three Ocean City schools — ranging from a new dance floor for the dance fitness program in the high school's successful School Choice program to a new scoreboard for use in Intermediate School and community athletic events and classes to laptop computers for use by first-graders at the Primary School.

3/18/2013

School administrators at the Cherry Hill, Haddonfield, Black Horse Pike Regional, Moorestown, Mount Laurel and Kingsway Regional districts cite rising salary costs, new curriculum standards and spikes in special education enrollment for a budget trend pushing tax levy caps to the maximum.

3/15/2013

3/15/2013

Stamford Public Schools is proud to announce that the Academy of Information Technology and Engineering (AITE) has been named a 2013 Magnet School of Distinction by Magnet Schools of America (MSA), the National Association for Magnet and Theme-Based Schools.

3/15/2013

Since its implementation at Western Middle School in Louisville, KY, the observe4success platform has become an invaluable avenue for peer feedback, as well as an integral part of teacher growth.

3/15/2013

These new resources address a variety of topics important to educators today, including instructional leadership, formative assessment, and Common Core State Standards implementation.

3/15/2013

Franklin High School won the Community Choice Award with nearly 80,000 public online votes, MS 88/ Peter Rouget Middle School won the Samsung Employees Choice Award, and the other three winners were chosen by a panel of judges. Each of the five winning schools receive more than $100,000* in technology products such as smart boards, LED TVs, and laptops.

3/15/2013

Thousands of New York parents have emailed state and city education officials in recent weeks protesting this plan to share student data with private companies — yet no parent has gotten any response. The most sensitive confidential data is being shared, including children’s names, emails, phone numbers, and photos, which will be stored along with grades, test scores, health conditions, disabilities and detailed disciplinary records.

3/15/2013

The popular retired Plano superintendent Doug Otto has publicly endorsed a candidate for the first time in about three decades, and it is not a trustee he worked with on the school board.

3/15/2013

Enrollment in private schools has fallen during the past 10 years, both nationally and in Oregon, and the growth of charter schools seems to be one big cause, the Census Bureau reported Thursday.

3/15/2013

The Columbus Metropolitan Library’s trustees on Thursday committed to selling the 88,000-square-foot Ohio Deaf School campus at 400 E. Town St. next to the system’s main branch to the Cristo Rey Columbus High School just a couple of weeks after buying the 114-year-old property and adjacent land for $2.16 million.

3/15/2013

The Boston School Committee, in a momentous vote Wednesday, scrapped a school assignment plan developed under court-ordered desegregation almost a quarter-century ago and embraced a new system that seeks to allow more students to attend schools closer to home.

3/15/2013

Carpenter is believed to be among the first L.A. Unified schools to launch such a wide-scale crackdown on out-of-district citizens. Across Los Angeles, families scramble to secure housing within the boundaries of high-performing schools. And it is no secret that some game the system by using the addresses of relatives who live near sought-after campuses or doctoring documents like utility bills and rental agreements.

3/15/2013

Billionaire Chicago businesswoman Penny Pritzker resigned from the Chicago Board of Education effective yesterday, according to a letter she sent to Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel. Pritzker is currently being vetted as a candidate for U.S. Commerce Secretary. An appointment to the federal post would require her to step down from other governmental roles.

3/15/2013

Now that P.S. 64 Pura Belpre school in Mount Eden is set to phase out in three years, parents are concerned that children in the school are condemned. The kindergarten through fifth grade school is beset with feckless teachers, bullying, large classes and a lack of textbooks and homework, parents charged.

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