K12 Headlines

5/14/2015

5/14/2015

Pulaski County Special School District voters defeated a proposed 5.6-mill property-tax increase to finance a $221 million school construction plan and help end federal court supervision of the district's desegregation efforts.

5/14/2015

The Texas school district has allocated $283.6 million of the total for new construction. The main growth projects in the bond include its fifth high school, 10th intermediate school, a new elementary school and an early childhood education center.

5/14/2015

Under a new agreement with Dell, Absolute Software Corporation's Persistence technology will be embedded in the firmware of Android-powered Dell mobile devices for security and data risk management.

5/14/2015

The state’s Supreme Court justices said the state doesn’t give districts enough funding to cover the true cost of a basic public education. This includes teacher salaries, which are now funded about 80 percent by the state and 20 percent from local levy funds. This had led to a disparity in teacher wages across the state.

5/14/2015

The Pennsylvania school district is considering outsourcing its health services as a way to expand medical services—a move that might mean privatizing jobs held by unionized school nurses.

5/14/2015

The House voted for a bill that would allow a minimum of two fundraising activities each week that don’t meet federal nutrition guidelines. While states can set the number of fundraisers school districts can have that don’t meet the guidelines, the Michigan Department of Education had decided not to allow any.

5/14/2015

Trained school employees, either reserve peace officers or those who hold a security guard license, will be allowed to carry a handgun on school property after Gov. Mary Fallin signed House Bill 2014.

5/13/2015

5/13/2015

To help schools and districts implement blended learning programs, Edgenuity’s new Blended Learning Services offers consulting, coaching, and professional resources — including program design consulting and coaching for practitioners.

5/13/2015

As part of a new partnership agreement between Quick Key and Pearson, educators can quickly score assessments using Quick Key’s mobile scanner app and instantly upload results to the PowerSchool student information system.

5/13/2015

TIME Edge is a new digital platform - developed by the editors of TIME and TIME For Kids - for seventh and eighth grade classrooms. It features original multimedia content, learning tools, and lesson plans and resources to support digital literacy and global citizenship.

5/13/2015

If homeschooling parents are paying taxes for the school system in which they live, they should be allowed to have their kids take part in any extracurricular program. The only catch is whether private school students should then also be able to participate in public school extracurricular sports too.

5/13/2015

Federal approval was recently granted to the state’s plan to distribute $15.6 million in unspent Race to the Top funds to school districts for technology equipment purchases and regional technology infrastructure upgrades. Funds will be allocated on a per-pupil basis.

5/13/2015

A new version of the education tax credit legislation would offer three separate tax credits: one for individuals who donate money to private school scholarship funds, one to reimburse public school teachers for out-of-pocket expenses and one to offset private tuition costs.

5/13/2015

The Foundation for Florida Virtual School is turning over financial records to Florida Virtual School in response to a court order, as the struggle over who controls the foundation continues after allegations of fiscal mismanagement and violation of public-records and open-meetings laws.

5/13/2015

Racine USD officials have painted a picture of a future school district where students start high school heading down a STEAM career path. With up to 12 pathways, students could earn college credits or industry certifications in automotive technology, manufacturing, construction, business/marketing, health care, engineering, IT, culinary arts and fine arts.

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