K12 Headlines

8/24/2015

8/24/2015

School Specialty's SPARK teamed up with KIDS in the GAME and ICAN Foundation to provide the Oakhurst Intermediate School in Mississippi with resources to develop a comprehensive physical education and health program. SPARK also collaborates with other supporting organizations to promote active and healthy living.

8/24/2015

School districts will not be penalized for having large numbers of students refuse to sit for the New York State standardized tests this year, education officials said on Thursday, ending months of uncertainty over how they would respond to a growing antitesting movement.

8/24/2015

A new poll suggests that a majority of adults think annual standardized testing is a good thing. They’re not as fond of the opt-out movement.

8/24/2015

Both the House and Senate versions of the updated No Child Left Behind Act are devised to prevent the federal government from doing something it has hardly ever done: force state and local governments to overhaul low-performing schools.

8/24/2015

Kindergarten through second grade teachers can now access Think Earth materials to teach students about the environment and the everyday behaviors that can help protect it. Updated Think Earth units for third grade will be available in September, and grades four through eight will be available online in 2015 and 2016.

8/24/2015

With cash reserves drained, Lansing-area school districts spent more than $350,000 in interest and fees on loans to make payroll and pay bills this summer.

8/24/2015

Farm/garden programs are becoming very popular in public schools. They’re sprouting up on 75 percent of campuses in Hawaii.

8/24/2015

Times have never been better for computer science workers. Jobs in computing are growing at twice the national rate of other types of jobs. By 2020, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there will be 1 million more computer science-related jobs than graduating students qualified to fill them.

8/21/2015

8/21/2015

The state Education Department will pick up the $1.5 million tab for every public high school junior in Oklahoma to take the ACT college-preparatory test this spring. The pilot program will give the opportunity to take the test to as many 22,000 juniors who otherwise might not have taken the ACT.

8/21/2015

Graduation Achievement Charter High School has selected Edgenuity’s Instructional Services offering and curriculum as the Atlanta-based virtual school’s primary learning solution.

8/21/2015

Laura Abel, the district's assistant superintendent for curriculum, instruction and administration since 2012, is taking over the top position at the Virginia school system. She is replacing former Superintendent Jeffery Smith, who took the top spot at Hampton City Schools in July.

8/21/2015

The search for the next Elkton-Pigeon-Bay Port Laker School District superintendent is over with the selection of Brian Keim for the job. He was hired to take over as Laker secondary school principal in 2009 and has held the position since. Bob Smith, the Michigan district's current superintendent, will retire in December.

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.

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