K12 Headlines

3/18/2015

3/18/2015

With the failure of his predecessor's 1-to-1 plan for LAUSD, current Superintendent Ramon Cortines says he plans to provide computers to students as needed for instruction or testing. LAUSD will still have to find resources to fund the curriculum and maintenance for the 120,000 iPads and 18,000 laptops already purchased.

3/18/2015

Regardless of the actual content being taught, these experiences build the transferable skills that lead to success in college and career, while painting a realistic picture of the future students will face in the working world. CTE should not just play a prominent role for a few students; it should be the new normal in education.

3/18/2015

While it’s obvious that technology alone is not going to revolutionize education, we are often presented with a false choice between adopting emerging technologies and investing in great teachers. Ed tech tools will never replace great teaching, but they are helping great teachers develop better relationships with their students, and deliver high-quality content.

3/18/2015

Tensions are emerging between parents with low-tech child rearing styles, teachers trying to prepare students for computer-based tests that could determine their careers, and districts following the latest trends. Parents can find the test-focused technology policies of their children's school conflict with American Society of Pediatrics’ media use guidelines and with their own beliefs about raising their children.

3/18/2015

While technology changes every few years and schools attempt to incorporate devices in the classroom, they struggle to keep up — and their limited budgets are put under a lot of pressure. When students prepare to go to college, they might be behind if their schools can’t afford the newest technologies.

3/18/2015

Principals of virtual public schools in Tennessee say state law should include provisions to bolster virtual education in the long term. The 2011 Virtual Public Schools Act enabled local districts to operate online public schools instead of just offering supplemental virtual courses. That law will sunset in June unless legislators approve a bill to extend the law into June 2019.

3/18/2015

Students in two Arizona districts will soon share the hallways with digital screens that display promotions for local and national vendors. This technological incursion is furthering a national debate over whether or not this kind of marketing is appropriate for students, though it brings in much needed revenue for cash-strapped districts.

3/18/2015

Digital technology in the classroom, when properly integrated, is helping American school children stay competitive globally, according to a new study from America’s Promise Alliance’s Center for Promise. The report explores digital learning as a strategy to improve student classroom experiences.

3/18/2015

The State Board of Education asked Gov. Rick Snyder to reconsider the transfer of the state school reform office from the Michigan Department of Education to a state office directly under his control, saying the move violates the state constitution.

3/18/2015

A Tennessee bill that originally was about financial literacy was rewritten through an amendment that would allow the state’s Achievement School District to enroll out-of-zone students and charge charter schools an authorization fee.

3/18/2015

Graduation rates for black and Hispanic students increased by nearly 4 percentage points from 2011 to 2013, outpacing the 2.4 percentage growth for all students in the nation, according to new National Center for Education Statistics data. The nation’s high school graduation rate hit an all-time high of 81 percent in 2012-13.

3/18/2015

Worried the late Labor Day this year won't leave enough time for school districts to finish their fall curriculum, Florida lawmakers are seeking to amend a law so schools can get an early jump on the school year. The bill would also bring all of the state's school districts under the same standard.

3/18/2015

Many charter schools have a high number of teachers with little experience or instructors who are teaching outside of their certified subject areas, an analysis found. However, most of the charter schools with fewer teachers holding proper licenses and masters degrees still post higher scores on standardized tests than their district counterparts.

3/18/2015

A Portland elementary school has put an alternative discipline approach on hold after parents complained that it caused their kids to feel humiliated. While the district widely uses community-service discipline to give out chores that match a student's misbehavior, the methods in question have been temporarily put on hold at the K8 school in order to ensure it’s being used appropriately.

3/18/2015

The future of the New Jersey district's school resource officer program remains uncertain amidst a simmering conflict between the board of education and municipality. The district is considering replacing two full-time police officers currently employed as school resource officers and two community education officers with a private security force.

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