K12 Headlines

4/9/2015

4/9/2015

Seattle School Board members mostly voiced displeasure at the notion of approving charter schools to operate within their district. Many members stressed that trying to green-light and oversee the publicly funded but independently run schools would demand significant staff time.

4/8/2015

4/8/2015

Cleveland taxpayers were stuck with a multi-million dollar bill for technology upgrades in schools that they didn't have to pay — if only the city school district had followed the right procedure to receive federal E-Rate rebates on the costs. A panel found the district failed to collect rebates on internet connectivity and communications equipment installed between 2006 and 2011.

4/8/2015

Young people are flocking to social messaging apps like Instagram, Kik and Yik Yak. And where they go, advertisers are sure to follow—unless, of course, that path leads to where bullies roam free and harassment is rampant. How successful these apps are in warding off trolls could determine the future of their businesses.

4/8/2015

As a school system, New Hanover County Schools' Superintendent Tim Markley and his staff could provide information but were prohibited from actively campaigning for a $160 million school bond. The administration utilized online tools — such as a detailed website, Twitter, Facebook, email, PSAs, YouTube videos and Google Analytics — for a coordinated information campaign.

4/8/2015

Plaguing districts with increasing frequency are distributed denial of service attacks that saturate servers with so many external communications requests that they cannot respond to legitimate school traffic, such as teachers trying to access online grades. Districts should frequently update data-access policies, strengthen cloud provider security and consider anti-attack software.

4/8/2015

Syringa Mountain School became Idaho’s first public Waldorf school when it opened in September. With an emphasis on nature, the school doesn’t expose its students to technology until third grade. But this approach to education is proving problematic as students prepare for the new Smarter Balanced assessments standardized tests this spring.

4/8/2015

Tech-savvy students and others are using smartphone apps, social media and Internet phone services to make anonymous reports of bombs and other threats of violence at schools. In most cases, it turns out to be a hoax. Still, the use of the modern technologies has made it that much harder to determine if a threat is real and to find the culprit.

4/8/2015

A critical computer science pipeline to Washington’s future economic success is far too narrow. House Bill 1813 establishes a much needed grant program to train teachers to run AP computer classes but has remained blocked due to a failure to restore the state’s No Child Left Behind waiver. The state leadership needs to resolve the impasse during budget negotiation to open the coveted STEM-jobs spigot.

4/8/2015

Fundamentally, the call for opt-outs is a call for more parental freedom. It may well be that test-based accountability has run its course in public education. If so, the opt-out movement ironically fueled by self-interested teachers unions — may be pointing us to what’s next: a lot more choice and unbundling of services in public education.

4/8/2015

One can oppose the guns-in-school campaign while still supporting the Second Amendment right to arms. Reasonable limits on where people can carry weapons do not jeopardize the right to own guns. Politicians who want to soften gun-control laws keep running up against school officials and law enforcement professionals who will have to deal with the consequences.

4/8/2015

Adding something truly radical to the mix just might help improve the entire effort to make a better living-and-learning environment for Detroit Public Schools’ students. For kids in enormous need of a stable, sustaining home environment that encourages good learning, a public boarding school model might make all the difference in the world.

4/8/2015

Under a new bill, Oregon elementary schools would be barred from suspending or expelling students for causing repeated disruption or other minor disciplinary problems. The policy takes aim at disciplinary tactics that some schools may disproportionately use against minority students and students with disabilities.

4/8/2015

Maine’s high school graduation rate increased slightly to 86.5 percent for 2013-14, and remains in the top 10 states in the nation. The state ranks sixth for its limited English proficiency graduation rate and 12th for its economically disadvantaged student graduation rate.

4/8/2015

Two key senators have announced a bipartisan agreement on rewriting the No Child Left Behind education law. Students would still take annual tests. But states would have more control over how the results are used to scrutinize schools.

4/8/2015

The Texas district successfully enrolled two-thirds of its student population online during the initial implementation phase of Prologic Technology Systems, Inc.'s TEAMS Online Student Registration & Enrollment System. El Paso ISD will continue the rollout by conducting a series of computer literacy classes for parents.

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