K12 Headlines

10/23/2014

10/23/2014

Chicago Public Schools’ official enrollment dipped below 400,000 for the first time in years. District-run schools lost about 7,000 students, while schools run by charter and contract management organizations gained about 2,400 students.

10/23/2014

From bake sales to gala auctions, private groups are raising an increasing amount of money for public schools in wealthier communities, highlighting concerns about inequality. A new study found that nonprofits organized by parents and community leaders more than quadrupled the dollars they generated between 1995 and 2010.

10/23/2014

The New York City Council is taking measures to fight a trend of segregation in its schools. A bill introduced to the council directs the state Department of Education to report on the measures taken and progress made in increasing diversity in city schools.

10/23/2014

The Alabama district changed its lunch policy in August to clarify that meals would not be denied to children who had lost or forgotten their lunch money. But the system already has $14,000 on the books from students who ate but didn't pay. A proposed revised policy would allow students to charge a maximum of two meals.

10/23/2014

The Healthy Kids Endowment fund for Iowa City Community School District's school-based health clinics now holds about $1.26 million dollars for funding Healthy Kids Community Care Clinics in district schools that offer primary, mental health and dental care to underserved and uninsured populations.

10/23/2014

We have witnessed great advances in policies relating to what children eat in schools. Instead of rolling back these gains, we should be strengthening these healthy eating policies with additional requirements for nutrition education, increased funding for the programs that provide it, and more support for schools that want to offer it.

10/23/2014

Midwest and Northeast schools could see a repeat of last year's widespread cancellations and delays due to hazardous temperatures. Areas from eastern Texas all the way up to eastern Kentucky could be impacted by ice events that will prompt school delays and cancellations.

10/23/2014

Grand Valley State University's leadership, while supportive of monitoring performance, is challenging Michigan's academic performance methodology as an inaccurate measure of overall performance by aggregating students without recognizing student diversity and at-risk student populations.

10/23/2014

The Montgomery County school system’s guidelines for planning future school construction projects may undergo several changes, including ones that would affect preferred enrollment and school site sizes.

10/23/2014

A bill to protect children from harmful noise during construction next to school buildings is gaining momentum in the City Council. The proposed Intro 420 bill would require that construction noise next to city schools not reach above 45 decibels and would task the Department of Environmental Protection with providing regular enforcement.

10/23/2014

Federally owned schools for Native Americans on reservations are marked by remoteness, extreme poverty and a lack of construction dollars. More than 60 school buildings are listed in poor condition. An estimated $1.3 billion is needed to replace or refurbish these schools.

10/23/2014

A group of organizations and charter schools is asking Denver Public Schools to re-write the School Performance Framework that evaluates district schools by the end of November. The group argues that the framework is confusing and too focused on growth.

10/23/2014

Netop's Vision ME iPad classroom workflow app, now available in the App Store, allows teachers to present lessons directly on classroom iPads, showcase student work, blank student screens, block Internet access with the click of a button, and administer web-based tests and quizzes.

10/23/2014

Schoology's learning management system recently selected by three school districts in California: San Juan USD in Sacramento, Modesto City Schools, and Norwalk-La Mirada USD in Los Angeles.

10/23/2014

Pearson's iLit tablet-based reading intervention program will now feature fiction and nonfiction titles from Saddleback Educational Publishing.

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