K12 Headlines

8/19/2014

8/19/2014

A new state law forbidding students from crossing the street to board a school bus may cost Ouachita Parish Schools $500,000 to $1 million for more fuel. That would be the case since parish school buses must plan a “double-run” down each side of a street to pick up students, which may also result in longer bus schedules and waits.

8/19/2014

For all the empty rhetoric during state elections over public school funding and demands for more money, a Cato Institute analysis provides a fresh perspective on the correlation between state spending and SAT scores over the past 40 years. There doesn't seem to be a correlation — certainly not one that suggests more money is the answer to improving student achievement.

8/19/2014

More than a year-and-a-half after 20 elementary students and six teachers were shot and killed at Sandy Hook Elementary, parents are more secure in their child’s safety, according to Gallup’s annual Work and Education poll. The poll indicates 27 percent of parents in the United States say they fear for their child’s safety at school, which is down from 33 percent.

8/19/2014

Close to half of all public schools in the state received a D ranking or lower in terms of quality, based on data compiled from the state’s achievement index and analyzed by think tank group Washington Policy Center .

8/19/2014

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and the City Council are hoping to reverse some of the policies that led drivers to strike unsuccessfully 18 months ago. The Council is planning to vote to give $42 million to school bus companies to raise the salaries of experienced drivers who were forced to take pay cuts after the former mayor awarded a series of new bus contracts in the last years of his administration.

8/19/2014

itslearning's K-12 digital learning platform has added enhanced access and visibility enhancements for teachers, students and parents, better access to content and collaboration and insights to student workload and physical resources availability.

8/18/2014

8/18/2014

The cash-strapped city school district will cut another $32 million in services to free up enough money to start classes on time, but massive layoffs still loom if state lawmakers don't approve a cigarette tax, officials said Friday.

8/18/2014

The clock is ticking on the first day of class, and Baltimore City school leaders are working against it, trying to fill nearly 200 vacant teaching positions.

8/18/2014

Under the new “Smart Snacks in School” nutrition standards, which took effect nationwide in July 2014, most foods sold in schools will have limited fat, calories, sugar and sodium.

8/18/2014

Louisiana's pre-schools, which advocates say are sorely underfunded, might soon benefit from a $250 million federal grant program, U.S. Department of Education officials announced. The new competitive grant pool will help states develop and expand early childhood programs in high-need communities.

8/18/2014

A recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling forbidding police from searching suspects' cellphones may inadvertently make schools less safe, some principals, school parents and students say.

8/18/2014

Just three weeks before the start of the school year, the Buffalo Public School District laid off 63 teachers, as well as six deans of students.

8/18/2014

Newark City Schools was part of a pilot program, but statewide, Common Core takes full effect for the first time this fall, meaning its true effect on students' education is still hypothetical.

8/18/2014

A new book argues that teaching is a craft anyone can learn. But there's a big difference between competence and excellence.

8/18/2014

Students and parents start a new school year filled with hope - hope for a better year than last and hope for new successes. But the way our state currently assesses schools makes that target of success elusive.

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