K12 Headlines

4/8/2015

4/8/2015

A plan to save the St. Francis Elementary School by combining classes and elderly assisted living under one roof is aimed at preventing Maine's School Administrative District 27 from shutting down the tiny school because of declining enrollments and rising education costs.

4/8/2015

A restriction prohibiting sex offenders from living or working within 1,000 feet of schools made a patchwork path of nearly half of Michigan's Grand Rapids off-limits to people on a statewide registry. A federal judge in Detroit has ruled that the "geographic exclusion zones" are unconstitutional.

4/8/2015

Music Prodigy Quiz is a comprehensive music classroom student evaluation tool for general music students, ensemble students and university students. Teachers can select from the test question database or create their own questions in a variety of formats in one assessment.

4/8/2015

The education nonprofit and DIRECTV partnered to support Teach For America's national efforts to recruit, train and support math educators across the country with its Los Angeles, Oklahoma and Colorado regions receiving dedicated funding.

4/7/2015

4/7/2015

Council Bluffs CSD has chosen to implement Lexia Reading Core5. In addition, Davenport CSD has expanded its use of the reading program from use in grades K3 to all students in grades K5.

4/7/2015

Several enhancements have been added to Universal Search, Follett's content search and discovery tool available in the latest upgrade of Destiny Library Manager. New features include integration with EasyBib, an intuitive information literacy platform that provides students with citation, note taking and research tools.

4/7/2015

Gov. Butch Otter signed a $125.5 million career ladder teacher salary bill into law. Over five years, the career ladder is designed to give all teachers a raise every year — starting with a $33.5 million boost in state funding in 2015-16.

4/7/2015

Nick Ouellette, currently the superintendent of the Odebolt-Arthur and Battle Creek Schools in Iowa, has been chosen to take over the Wisconsin district's top leadership position. He is replacing Superintendent Mary Bowen-Eggebraaten, who is retiring after 10 years in the position.

4/7/2015

The new bill aims to protect current out-of-district transfer students but won’t require districts to continue to accept new nonresidents. Critics allege the bill doesn’t address the real reason the districts are limiting transfer students — budget cuts related to the state’s new law establishing temporary block grants for schools.

4/7/2015

The Senate passed a modified version of Gov. Larry Hogan's bill to promote charter schools in Maryland and sent it to the House. Some original language was stripped out exempting charters from union representation and requiring local school boards to provide more money to the schools.

4/7/2015

Duncan Public Schools is investigating an allegation of an elementary teacher passing out Bibles in a classroom. The Appignani Humanist Legal Center, a national nonprofit organization whose legal center focuses on separation-of-church-and-state issues, argues the incident violates the First Amendment.

4/7/2015

Beginning next month, Connecticut's State Board of Education is expected to use a new more rigorous process to decide whether to renew the charters of six existing charter schools. The legislature is also currently considering a bill that would bolster charter school transparency and accountability.

4/7/2015

More than 170 schools across the state could face a takeover if they don't boost their lagging academic performance. The new law means the targeted schools  most of them from big urban school districts like New York, Rochester and Yonkers — will have to act briskly or face the prospect of ceding control to an outside entity.

4/7/2015

Whether the new Georgia Milestones testing formula will be an improvement remains to be seen, but area educators seem confident that it will be better. It will almost certainly be harder, and that reality is both the benefit and the challenge for a state long struggling to up its game in public schooling.

4/7/2015

Testing that happens all at once toward the end of the school year offers teachers no real-time insight into their students’ English and math performance. As a result, teachers have no opportunity — as a result of the standardized test — to tailor their instruction during the academic year to ensure their students meet expectations.

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