K12 Headlines

7/17/2014

7/17/2014

The Shelby County School Board has approved an application by Memphis Goodwill Inc. to open a free public charter high school for adults called The Excel Center. Starting next fall, the school will offer adult dropouts a second chance to return to high school and earn their high school diplomas.

7/17/2014

Cambium Learning Group, Inc.'s Kurzweil Education, Inc. division launched its newest Kurzweil 3000–firefly literacy software. This version includes nearly 40 updates to Kurzweil 3000 for Windows, Mac, and the web-based firefly that will help learners read and understand content, then demonstrate what they have learned.

7/17/2014

Louisiana's Board of Elementary and Secondary Education offered a new compromise proposal to Gov. Bobby Jindal in the ongoing disagreement over Common Core education standards. The school board agreed to have the Department of Education solicit new bids for standardized testing services in public schools that would have to align with "nationally recognized standards."

7/17/2014

Two statewide groups that represent teachers and school officials are mounting challenges to a growing Florida program that allows children to use public dollars to pay tuition at private, mostly religious schools.

7/17/2014

The companies that create the most important state and national exams also publish textbooks that contain many of the answers. Unfortunately, low-income school districts can’t afford to buy them.

7/17/2014

Sudden cardiac arrest can strike anyone. That's more support for why a new Illinois law that requires high school students to be trained in CPR and automated external defibrillator use makes sense.

7/17/2014

Plans to construct a new academy for the Mason County School District are moving forward, with approval given for the preliminary architectural plans. The academy will focus on the areas of science, technology, engineering, agriculture and medicine.

7/17/2014

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Randy Dorn announced the release of about $213 million in capital construction money to school districts throughout the state, including nearly $30 million to the Richland School District. The district will be using the money for three elementary school construction projects.

7/17/2014

Competing construction needs, from decaying buildings to overcrowding, confronted Seminole County school board members as they worked to prioritize about $176 million in future sales tax proceeds.

7/16/2014

7/16/2014

Stockton Unified will ask voters to approve a $114 million bond measure in the November election. The money can be used only for technology upgrades, such as computers, Internet connections and servers.

7/16/2014

Technology director Mike Watson submitted his resignation with Tippecanoe School Corporation (TSC) to accept a position with a Bloomington district. He was instrumental in enhancing TSC’s wireless infrastructure and establishing a 1-to-1 laptop program at two high schools.

7/16/2014

More than $2.7 million worth of computer equipment and technology purchased by the Fort Worth school district was either unnecessary or is still sitting idle after seven years, an internal audit showed. The district paid for unneeded educational technology and unused software in addition hundreds of thousands of dollars in annual maintenance fees.

7/16/2014

Pace Center for Civic Engagement’s Community House STEM Summer Camp, sponsored by Princeton University, aims to get children excited in STEM, including materials science, solar science, biology and chemistry. Community House is a student organization at Princeton University aimed at closing the minority achievement gap in Princeton through outreach projects and programs.

7/16/2014

The STEM Education Act (H.R.5031) passed this week in Connecticut's House of Representatives. The bipartisan act expands teacher professional development programs, increases support for computer science education and creates opportunities for STEM learning outside the classroom.

7/16/2014

SchoolReach and the National Rural Education Association are partnering again to provide rural schools with improved parent communications and professional development opportunities. The school notification system includes voice, email, text and social media messaging technology.

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