K12 Headlines

2/27/2015

2/27/2015

Two new California bills would hold local school districts more accountable and protect taxpayer dollars. One would prohibit school districts from using voter-approved school construction bond funds to purchase non-facility related items with a short usable life.

2/26/2015

2/26/2015

Amid recent calls for reform, New York City’s Department of Education is introducing new restrictions on suspending and restraining kids in city schools.

2/26/2015

The attention being focused on suspensions is legitimate. Yet, at the same time, a school’s primary obligation is to maintain a positive learning environment. That means disciplining, and sometimes removing, an unruly youth. No one said keeping order was easy.

2/26/2015

Between the governor's budget and policymakers' statements, one would think Arizona public school districts are flunking money management. They cite percentages of budgets not spent in the classroom, usually accompanied by intimations that non-classroom funding is superfluous. Non-classroom spending does not mean nonessential spending.

2/26/2015

A drop in state funding included in Maine's state budget has led to the possibility of closing a school, cutting programs, raising taxes or using reserve funds to close an Augusta budget gap that could range from about $1.1 million to as much as $2 million.

2/26/2015

If turning around struggling schools starts with flexibility, why doesn't the state extend flexibility to all schools? At the same time the General Assembly touts school-based autonomy, it also attempts to micromanage schools, passing laws that control how much schools spend in the classroom.

2/26/2015

Curriculum Associates’ Ready TNCore Mathematics for grades K8 was selected by the State Textbook and Instructional Materials Quality Commission as an approved instructional program for Tennessee schools.

2/26/2015

The public was allowed to weigh on a Maine proposal that would allow schools to add an extra hour to days as a way to make up for those missed. Under the proposal, every snow day would equal five hours of class time.

2/26/2015

Legislation aimed at reducing school bullying in Iowa advanced in the Legislature, but it remains unclear if it will have enough support to get to Gov. Terry Branstad's desk this session.

2/26/2015

CLASS, an educational assessment and curriculum company founded by Jean Walling, has been acquired and integrated by SEAS Education to create a unified, test data-driven IEP solution.

2/26/2015

San Juan USD begins construction of $117 million in “signature” projects at nine high school campuses next month. The projects will be financed with about a third of the $350 million in Measure N bond funds voters approved in 2012.

2/26/2015

Montgomery County could face difficult decisions if the state doesn’t help fulfill the school district’s funding request for capital projects. The county school board’s requested $1.74 billion fiscal 2015-20 Capital Improvements Program banks on the success of a state bill to direct more school construction money to the county.

2/26/2015

Following Egmont’s decision in January to close their U.S. office, Lerner Publishing Group purchased its remaining U.S. assets, totaling 100 titles.

2/26/2015

A series of education bills are on the agenda at the Senate Finance Committee, including a bill that would allow charter schools to receive more state funding for construction costs. Currently, state law allows charter schools to receive just 30 percent of state funding for the cost of school construction or renovation.

2/26/2015

While other school districts around the country are figuring out other ways to make up lost days due to weather without having students come in on a weekend, Gaston County school district will be in session on Saturday and parents aren't too happy.

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