K12 Headlines

6/22/2015

6/22/2015

Pearson is selling its PowerSchool business to private equity firm Vista Equity Partners for $350 million. The PowerSchool student information systems (SIS) supported 15 million students in 73 countries in 2014. The transaction also includes other SIS businesses including PowerSchool SMS, Gradespeed and eSIS Forms.

6/22/2015

Concerned that education schools were turning out too many middling graduates, states have been introducing more difficult teacher licensing exams. But minority candidates have been doing especially poorly, jeopardizing a long-held goal of diversifying the teaching force so it more closely resembles the makeup of the country’s student body.

6/22/2015

The two are partnering to create a field hockey-centric mini-curriculum for grades 3-5 for the SPARKfamily website. It is based on age-appropriate field hockey core themes and concepts in line with SHAPE America's national physical educations standards and grade level outcomes.

6/22/2015

Hitachi America Ltd. introduced its new CP-BW301WN and CP-BX301WN short throw LCD projectors, both being compact and lightweight with improved image quality, network connectivity, built-in speakers and ImageCare technology.

6/22/2015

A new Assembly bill will not formally repeal the governor's former decree to limit local school districts's proposed state school finance reserves, but would render it functionally moot. By allowing districts to place unlimited amounts of money in a special reserve fund, they would be exempt from the new reserve limit.

6/22/2015

Nine months after first raising concerns about First Place Scholars, the Washington state commission governing charter schools agreed to give the school yet more time to fix its troubled special-education services and raise enough money to keep going.

6/22/2015

Arkansas plans for its upgraded school broadband network to initiate at twice the speed originally planned and 40 times faster than the existing network. The $6 million upgrade cost will be covered by delayed reimbursements for existing school broadband capacity from the federal government's E-rate program.

6/19/2015

6/19/2015

Brevard Public Schools' new superintendent will be Desmond Blackburn. Currently the chief of school performance and accountability for Broward County Schools, Blackburn will replace Brian Binggeli, who left to take the top schools job in Plano, Texas.

6/19/2015

The New Jersey district's board of education picked Christine Burton as superintendent of Millburn Schools. Currently serving as the interim superintendent since March, she has been assistant superintendent of curriculum and instruction since 2010.

6/19/2015

West Virginia Superintendent of Schools Michael Martirano named Terry George as the new Fayette County Superintendent of Schools. He replaces Serena Starcher.

6/19/2015

In two weeks, Georgia will have five times more districts operating with more freedom from state rules. School districts that accept the Investing in Educational Excellence model must push more decision-making down to the school level. In exchange, they get to keep money-saving waivers from some state mandates.

6/19/2015

The Florida Board of Education will vote on a rule change that would require prospective charter school governing board members to list their past affiliations with other charter schools, including those that have failed, and detail the performance of those campuses.

6/19/2015

After trimming more than $6 million, the Michigan city's school board vote on a $151 million budget for 2015-16 school year. Budget cuts include a retirement incentive for veteran teachers, changes in transportation and changes in the way the district uses substitute teachers.

6/19/2015

For the past three years, Delta High School has been working to adopt the early college programming, offering an increasing number of early college courses, training faculty and finding funding. The University of Indianapolis has now officially endorsed Delta as an early college high school.

6/19/2015

Overruling a local school board's objections, the California county's board of education approved a new Rocketship charter school in San Jose. The Franklin-McKinley district had rejected Rocketship's application after only being able to verify 4 percent of parent signatures submitted, far short of the signatures representing 50 percent of projected enrollment as required by state law.

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