K12 Headlines

2/24/2015

2/24/2015

Can New York City bar religious worship in its school buildings? It reflects the tension between the free exercise of religion on the one hand and the nonestablishment of religion on the other. The controversy involves afterschool uses of school buildings by outside organizations.

2/24/2015

Compass Learning's Pathblazer math and reading intervention solution and Hybridge blended learning solution have been enriched with more than 800 new digital learning activities that align to the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers and Smarter Balanced Assessments.

2/24/2015

MyExcelTemplates.com has rolled out a variety of printable and customizable spreadsheets for teachers to use as worksheets and grade trackers.

2/24/2015

Missouri has the greatest disparity between how often black and white students get out-of-school suspension for infractions. In addition, black elementary school children are more likely to be suspended in Missouri than in any other state, according to a new Center for Civil Rights Remedies at UCLA study.

2/24/2015

Howard County is expanding its elementary school composting program to include a middle school. Since the Pointers Run Elementary School program began in August, the school has composted four tons of food waste.

2/24/2015

The Windsor-Severance RE 4 School District board voted to request a waiver from the Colorado State Board of Education that would let it opt out of new tests. The idea is to eliminate school testing such as the PARCC and CMAS tests for rural areas, where turnaround for results and similar tests have many questioning the need.

2/24/2015

Girls who had a biased teacher in primary school were less likely to continue with math and science in high school. Even at early stages, primary school teachers give their students a powerful sense of who’s good at what. If they treat girls and boys equally, they can help give them an equal chance in math and science.

2/24/2015

A state grant of $600,000 has been approved for a Delaware Valley High School program that allows students to explore different areas of computer science, including simulation and modeling, cyber security and robotics artificial intelligence.

2/24/2015

Hundreds of the New Jersey city's teachers and school district employees asked the city school board to put a stop to budget cuts that would eliminate 250-350 positions to help close a $19 million anticipated budget gap in the 2015-16 school year.

2/24/2015

A bill passed mandating all schools teach cursive writing. The debate over Common Core continues during the spring legislative session in Arkansas. At one time all schools in the state taught cursive writing, but Common Core standards don't require schools to teach cursive anymore.

2/24/2015

Grand Rapids Public Schools will ask voters to support a 30-year tax proposal totaling about $175 million for building construction, technology and security. Half of the $175 million would go toward completely renovating the high schools while technology and security are expected to be up to $20 million of the bond.

2/24/2015

The better way to ensure that test prep doesn't replace creative, stimulating lessons in class is to relax the law's rigid reliance on scores as a measure of school and teacher performance, and to tone down its harshly punitive elements.

2/24/2015

The North Carolina district has named its interim superintendent to the full-time position. Bill Harrison was previously the chairman of the North Carolina State Board of Education from 2009 to 2013.

2/24/2015

Beacon City School District is hiring interim Superintendent Barbara Walkley as the permanent chief. Walkley suspended her retirement to take on the temporary role in August 2014, following the abrupt departure of former Superintendent Paul Dorward.

2/24/2015

Morgan Forness, a longtime private-school educator, was named the superintendent of North Dakota's Central Cass Schools. Forness is the superintendent and principal of Shiloh Christian School in Bismarck.

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