K12 Headlines

8/21/2015

8/21/2015

The debate over how much money school districts should be allowed to sock away has been resurrected in California as lawmakers reconvene over the next month. School finance leaders and education officials have launched a last-ditch effort in recent days to persuade the Legislature to lift new limits on so-called “rainy day funds.”

8/21/2015

A proposed 15 percent tax on marijuana would raise about $40 million a year, even after paying the costs of setting up a regulatory agency. Half of that is earmarked to pay for full-day kindergarten, a program the state used to fund but cut during the recession, with the other half for general education needs.

8/21/2015

The company released new Touch Curriculum technology that uses more than 20,000 cognitive skill manipulatives to deepen elementary and middle school students’ mastery of science concepts.

8/21/2015

When hard-to-teach kids are mixed throughout a system rather than concentrated in a few tough schools, low-income students of color get access to higher-level coursework, good teachers and better facilities and materials. One way to integrate schools is to integrate housing; the mayor's affordable housing plans is an opportunity the Department of Education could exploit.

8/21/2015

This is not only a question of what’s right or wrong for kids. It’s also a national security and an economic issue. One in five young adults is too overweight to serve in the military. The cost of treating obesity-related illnesses drags down our economy and increases budget deficits.

8/21/2015

This fall, more than 100 additional low-income schools will be required to provide free breakfast to all students during school hours under Colorado's "Breakfast After the Bell" law. Some administrators say the new eligibility threshold means they'll lose money on the program and be forced to compensate by taking money from classrooms.

8/21/2015

The third edition of Pearson's comprehensive clinical assessment for identifying, remediating and managing emotional and behavioral issues in children and young adults has been released. The Behavior Assessment System for Children analyzes behavior from the self, teacher and parent perspectives.

8/21/2015

Many local voters feel they “lose control” if they allow duly elected school board members to hire a professional superintendent from a nationwide pool of applicants. However, elected superintendents politicize the system and the position, whether knowingly or unconsciously. And the only realistic “check” on their power is the ballot box on an infrequent, four-year cycle.

8/21/2015

Just three weeks until school starts and more than 8,000 students in the Boston Public Schools still don't know where they are going to class. Superintendent Tommy Chang said district employees are working by hand to assign students to schools after a glitch with the new software system.

8/20/2015

8/20/2015

SchoolDude launched MaintenanceEssentials Pro, a facilities management platform, and EventEssentials Pro, a facilities event and community use management platform. The two platforms leverage data and best practices from SchoolDude's 6,000 client and will enable institutions to communicate, collaborate and complete operational work more efficiently.

8/20/2015

Colorado’s successful experiment in marijuana legalization is bringing in millions of dollars of revenue per month while simultaneously benefiting schools and contributing to a drop in crime rates. A fifteen percent excise tax on wholesale marijuana sales is also only earmarked for school construction use.

8/20/2015

A newly amended bill would allow contractors whose “lease-leaseback” school construction agreements are declared illegal to keep their payments. The legislation is aimed at counteracting the impacts of a state appellate court decision in June that a construction contract issued by Fresno USD violated both competitive bidding and conflict-of-interest statutes.

8/20/2015

Because their contract classifies them as year-round employees, dozens of Boston Public Schools applied behavior analysis specialists who support students with special needs are spending two weeks sitting in a school cafeteria with little work to do as there are no students there needing services.

8/20/2015

Standardized school testing has run amok. Educators, parents, students and others who question its value for actual teaching and learning are leading a national revolt. In Illinois, public concern over high-stakes testing reached a fever pitch this year, resulting in a bill that would give parents a formal way to opt out of state tests.

8/20/2015

Lightspeed Systems has integrated RealVNC's VNC technology into its Classroom Orchestrator product, a classroom management solution designed to give teachers a centralized view of students’ screens.

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