K12 Headlines

7/16/2015

7/16/2015

District leaders are complaining to commissioners that they’re working off a spending plan that the state is woefully underfunding based on a formula that they say grossly underestimates the true cost of education.

7/16/2015

Most of the teachers at the city's two lowest-performing high schools have left or been fired, according to data released by the Department of Education. The principals of both schools were the only two allowed to re-hire their entire staffs under a deal between the city, the U.F.T. and the city's principals' union.

7/16/2015

To ensure Washington legislators fulfill their obligations to provide ample state funding of public schools, the state Supreme Court must ban the use of local levies for basic education and appoint a special master to oversee the process.

7/16/2015

The city is set to open a new all girls' middle school next month. The Lillie May Carroll Jackson Charter School will be the first program of its type connected to an already successful city private school.

7/16/2015

Within his first 100 days, Boston Superintendent Tommy Chang says he wants to create a plan to expand Advanced Work classes — an accelerated academic program that provides students with more work in school and at home.

7/16/2015

East Lansing schools will suspend the use of an outside contractor who helped teach the district's sex education curriculum. The vote came three months after the district came under fire for its sex education curriculum at the high school, which has an abstinence-only component.

7/15/2015

7/15/2015

The TeachPoint PD Tracking Tool is designed to track, manage and streamline the entire professional development process for schools, including events, activities, collaborative tools and a link between ongoing professional development and the evaluation process.

7/15/2015

Nevada has new legislation creating a universal school-choice program that will allow parents to choose the best education for their children. In contrast, California now gives local school districts more leeway to decide what they think is best for children. Unless parents can easily take their children out of failing public schools, don’t expect government to feel enough pressure to improve the system.

7/15/2015

Officials at a Florida middle school used a large color-coded magnetic board to plot all the days students spent testing. The startling conclusion: 91 days of the 180 days in the school year were dedicated in part or in full to state standardized tests and district-required exams. It does not include chapter or unit tests written by teachers.

7/15/2015

Thousands of school nutritionists gathered in Salt Lake City this week to find innovative solutions that could help them provide meals that are both nutritious and tasty for students. The convention featured new solutions for school lunch programs, ranging from food samples to kitchen gadgets to boost safety and efficiency.

7/15/2015

At a public forum that will help shape the future of the school district's police department, principals, education advocates, parents and police supporters were divided on whether stationing armed officers in Baltimore schools would be in the best interest of students.

7/15/2015

CPR training during high school should be considered a life skill, much like swimming or driver education, and thus become a national standard set by the U.S. Department of Education. This notion of school-based training, easily housed within one class period on one day, represents a tantalizing path to potentially save many lives each year.

7/15/2015

The Cuyahoga County Board of Health has received a five-year $4.8 million federal grant to fund teen pregnancy prevention programs in seven local school districts and an LGBT community center. The districts were chosen because they have teen birth rates higher than 30 per 1,000 girls ages 15 to 19 years old.

7/15/2015

New York City charter school seats that open up in older grades sometimes go unfilled, according to new data from the Independent Budget Office. The report reaffirms that the city's charter schools still lag behind district schools in serving both English language learners and students with disabilities, although they continue to serve larger shares of black and Hispanic students.

7/15/2015

Intrinsic motivation is more powerful, long lasting and important. But it steadily declines by ninth grade as students and teachers are being subjected to increasingly punitive extrinsic structures. Even those learning activities that were initially stimulated by intrinsic motivation will weaken after they have been exposed to extrinsic structures.

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