K12 Headlines

7/2/2014

7/2/2014

The state legislature is inching toward passing a $999 million information technology bill that includes $38 million to increase internet access for public schools and $68.2 million for public safety communications.

7/2/2014

Copia Interactive is partnering with Utah’s State Office of Education to digitally deliver a statewide Open Educational Resources program focused on state-created science content.

7/2/2014

The state's latest round of results on end-of-year tests show a strong bounce in most high school subjects, but a slight drop in junior-level English and a flattening at the middle-school level after years of growth in those grades.

7/2/2014

The Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA) released its 2014 Vision K-20 Survey Report. The report suggests that only 40 percent of K12 education institutions feel prepared for upcoming online assessments while respondents expect an increase in the use of BYOD technology.

7/2/2014

Learning.com has launched Curriculum Foundry, a solution that helps districts use digital content to meet their instructional goals, facilitate personalized learning and address budget challenges. Curriculum Foundry provides a searchable content repository that includes vetted open education resources and a district’s existing digital content.

7/2/2014

Jefferson Parish public school officials are poised to approve a contract for their first turn-around charter school. The School Board will consider giving the national Celerity Educational Group of Los Angeles a charter to run the chronically low-performing Woodmere Elementary in Harvey.

7/2/2014

Filament Learning, a division of Filament Games, debuted its first complete collection of game-based curriculum, PLEx (play, learn, experiment) Science series. The games provide interactive labs and exercises that allow students to explore complex science subjects.

7/2/2014

The State Board of Education rejected sponsorship of a new Montessori school in Salem, citing concerns about whether the public charter school would end up serving the disadvantaged students it targets.

7/2/2014

The New York district is creating a new school that will serve only kindergartners and may last only a year as the district phases out the current elementary school and phases in Delaware Primary. It will be the district's first "one-way bilingual immersion" program. Kindergartners whose first language is Spanish will receive 60 percent of their instruction in Spanish.

7/2/2014

Under new national nutritional guidelines that kicked in this week, schools that are part of the national school lunch program can no longer sell treats such as Oreos and Fritos. The "Smart Snacks in School" program from the U.S. Department of Agriculture covers foods and drinks sold in vending machines, on cafeteria a la carte menus and for club fundraisers during school hours.

7/2/2014

For California to maintain its leadership in high-tech innovation, the state must emphasize helping students become literate in STEM, State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson said as part of his STEM Task Force-issued Blueprint for STEM report. The report offered recommendations in seven general areas, including public awareness, access and framework.

7/1/2014

7/1/2014

Leading Edge Certification has launched its fourth certification. Professional Learning Leader is a six- to eight-week course that is delivered through a combination of face-to-face and online trainings.

7/1/2014

In addition to raising a new round of funding, STI has acquired a series of companies. The recent acquisitions include Chalkable, a grade book and educational content platform; Learning Earnings, an online behavior and performance incentive program; and Spiral Universe, a next generation SIS for the private school market.

7/1/2014

Without enough GOP votes for a pension-overhaul plan, Gov. Corbett and House Republican leaders are asking Philadelphia Democrats to vote for the GOP pension plan in return for Republican support for an increase to the cigarette tax in the city. Philadelphia wants legislative approval of the tax to help with the large deficit in the school budget.

7/1/2014

The Santa Rosa County School Board voted unanimously to remove corporal punishment from the student code of conduct in order to protect school employees from being accused of child abuse.

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