K12 Headlines

9/4/2015

9/4/2015

In middle schools and high schools across Los Angeles County, Atlantic Recovery Services offered a free, government-funded treatment program for children coping with drug and alcohol addiction. But prosecutors allege that the program exploited children and defrauded taxpayers, with supervisors telling staffers to forge student signatures, falsify treatment records, and enroll students who may have merely dabbled in drugs.

9/3/2015

9/3/2015

Standardized testing does not test a student’s intelligence so much as it tests their ability to adhere to the status quo and think inside the box. Because of this, students who excel at thinking and learning in more abstract ways are punished.

9/3/2015

Students can no longer sit down after graduation and apply for jobs from the classified section. They need career training long before they receive their diplomas. The K14 model does exactly that. With technical education, experience in the workplace, and mentors in their chosen field, these young people gain a solid career footing.

9/3/2015

A multiagency team of more than 30 police detectives that investigated the Marysville-Pilchuck High School shooting could not determine a definitive reason behind the deadly spree.

9/3/2015

Edmentum will now offer an additional 46 semesters of elective and career courses, bringing its eDynamic Learning library total to 70 semesters. The added courses cover forensic science, culinary arts, sports/entertainment marketing and entrepreneurship.

9/3/2015

A new poll of public and public school parents reports widespread concerns about an overemphasis on tests, mixed views on “opting out” of testing and strong support for public school choice. About two-thirds think there is an overemphasis on standardized tests. The majority of African-American and Hispanic responders would not excuse their children from testing.

9/3/2015

Younger students in the Shamokin Area School District will not be allowed to have tongue, nose and lip rings or studs this school year. The same restrictions will apply next year in grades 7 through 12, according to a dress code revision adopted by the school board this summer.

9/3/2015

Sixty-one percent of Nevadans support the state's groundbreaking yet controversial school choice program, with only 21 percent opposed. The education savings accounts allow a family to apply 90 percent of their per-pupil education funding toward private school tuition, textbooks, tutoring, school transportation and other educational needs.

9/3/2015

Chalkable Study Center delivers a prescriptive learning engine, assessment tools, actionable analytics and an app store to provide a personalized learning path for each student’s success. Teachers have access to powerful tools for curriculum delivery and personalized instruction, and can easily assign standards-aligned content, create and manage assessments, and keep tabs on student progress.

9/3/2015

From graduation rates that are strong and rising to reading scores stalled at dismal levels, North Carolina’s annual report on school performance data brought mixed news for Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools (CMS). This year, 12 percent of the district's schools earned an A or A+ grade, twice the statewide average percentage. Yet test scores indicate that roughly half of its high school students lack college-ready skills.

9/3/2015

Moore County Schools’ 10-year, 10-project master construction plan has more than doubled in cost since it was rolled out last year. Originally approved for $110 million, inflation costs within the construction industry have now driven the price to $237 million.

9/3/2015

Pathways Academy, a Detroit Public Schools charter that opened last year catering specifically to teen moms, graduated its first class. The school offers mothers medical access, transportation, on-site daycare or early-childhood schooling, and an online curriculum to catch up teen moms who have fallen behind due to motherhood.

9/3/2015

The Terrebonne Parish School Board decided to use $7.7 million in proceeds from the BP oil spill settlement on future construction projects. The money can be used for both new construction and renovations.

9/3/2015

The deadline has been extended for school districts in Alabama to decide if they want to participate in public charter schools. The Alabama Department of Education is now giving school systems until Sept. 15 to decide if they want to be a public charter school authorizer.

9/3/2015

The California district is under investigation over how it handled a $37 million contract to build a middle school. The contract in question has been disputed by Fresno contractor who alleged that Fresno USD used the “leaseback” method to avoid the traditional competitive bid process and guarantee the project go to a specific construction company.

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