K12 Headlines

8/27/2015

8/27/2015

SchoolMint will be the primary mobile platform for application and enrollment processes for all New York City charter schools. Currently, the admissions and communications platform supports over 70 charter schools across the city.

8/27/2015

Members of the Chicago Board of Education voted to pass the budget for Fiscal Year 2016 as three different protests took place across the city in opposition to some of the proposed cuts. The budget calls for $200 million in cuts and approval of more than $1 billion in bonds, after the board agreed to $1.2 billion last month.

8/27/2015

It would give teachers — who have to return to classrooms in the heat of mid-August — the break they need to recharge their batteries and to spend more quality time with their own families. Students would have greater opportunity to learn life lessons outside the classroom and small businesses that lose seasonal workers would get a much-needed boost.

8/27/2015

A late-blooming California bill aimed at protecting school construction contractors from financial losses if their “lease-leaseback” deals are voided by the courts appears to have died just a week after being introduced.

8/27/2015

Through its recent partnership with John Wiley and Sons, Inc., PCG Education will offer the Paths to College and Career English Language Arts Curriculum for grades 6-12 in print and digital formats to educators nationally.

8/27/2015

Baltimore school officials are seeking to relax hiring rules to make applicants with nonviolent misdemeanor convictions — such as drug possession and burglary — eligible for jobs renovating school buildings. The proposal comes as the school district embarks on a $1 billion plan to renovate and rebuild more than two dozen schools over the next decade.

8/27/2015

Allowing guns to be openly carried in public schools only exacerbates the fear and uncertainty of both staff and students. Enacting legislation banning guns in public schools would help provide students with the safe learning environment they need to focus on learning and exploring.

8/27/2015

A judge has ruled against an effort to cut funding to charter schools in the Chester Upland School District. To save money, the cash-strapped Pennsylvania district asked a judge to step in and allow it to reduce funding charter schools receive for children with learning disabilities to be in line with what non-charter schools receive.

8/27/2015

Epiphany Learning, a personalized learning startup, has launched version 2.0 of its Epiphany Learning Personalized Learning Application. New features include teachers dashboards, grading support, co-teaching tools and more.

8/27/2015

Schools in 13 Southern states were responsible for more than half of all suspensions and exclusions of African-American students nationwide, according to a new study that examined more than 3,000 school districts in those states.

8/26/2015

8/26/2015

As part of a new partnership to develop game-­based assessments and explore adaptivity in games, Muzzy Lane’s technology for game-­based learning will be combined with Knewton’s adaptive platform.

8/26/2015

The latest numbers from several groups show an estimated 63 percent increase in students living in school districts with at least 20 percent of students in poverty since 2006. Several groups are now pushing for more “flexibility” in spending, arguing that students in high-poverty schools require more services and money, but often get less than their better off peers.

8/26/2015

Twenty-nine percent of U.S. parents say they fear for their child's safety at school while 10 percent of U.S. parents of K12 students say their child has expressed worries about his or her safety at school. This figure has been fairly consistent since 2003.

8/26/2015

There are problems in how high-ability students are taught in the U.S., Europe and Asia. For example, U.S. federal and philanthropic efforts to improve schools have concentrated almost exclusively on low achievers and bringing them up. Our nation is also exceptionally bad at producing low-income high achievers.

8/26/2015

Under the new legislation, students can only be suspended, expelled or referred to an alternative school if all other "appropriate and available" alternatives are exhausted. Additionally, the bill provides struggling students with academic and behavioral supports, and promotes fairness by holding public schools and charter schools to the same standards for school discipline.

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