K12 Headlines

7/24/2014

7/24/2014

The Illinois city's $5.8 billion operating budget and $1 billion in spending on capital projects and debt payments has been approved. The budget for the 2014-2015 fiscal year has been criticized for making cuts to neighborhood schools, increasing spending for privately run charters, and adding two months to the fiscal year to to help cover an $862 million shortfall.

7/24/2014

The Maryland state school board voted this week to distribute a set of discipline guidelines intended to be a model for school systems as they move away from zero tolerance policies. In many instances, the guidelines call for a more nuanced approach to discipline than has been used in some schools throughout the state.

7/24/2014

Officials have determined that most students at 35 of Des Moines' schools and three preschools are poor enough to qualify for the free breakfast and lunch service. They'll no longer be required to apply for it. District leaders said they should save about $75,000 per year in administrative costs.

7/24/2014

Thirty three Central Florida elementary schools must provide an extra hour of daily reading instruction for the 2014-15 school year. The schools landed on the state's list of lowest-performing elementary schools because so many of their students did poorly on Florida's reading tests this spring.

7/24/2014

The Katy ISD will consider a massive bond package to resolve the rapid growth in the area. A 200-member bond committee will recommend to the board of trustees for the school district to consider a $750 million bond, with 48 percent of that money going toward building new schools in the district.

7/24/2014

A bill that would give more school districts the option of collecting a 1-cent sales tax for construction projects would offer some needed flexibility to the districts. Under current law, the county where a school district operates must raise $7 million or more in accommodations taxes before it can ask voters to approve the sales tax for education.

7/24/2014

Six years after approving $355 million worth of construction bond measures, voters in the Torrance USD in November will be asked to green light two more for nearly $200 million. The new initiatives would include an aquatic center, high school theater auditoriums, gymnasiums and science labs, among other things.

7/24/2014

CTL announced their new CTL 2go PC NL5 Rugged 2-in-1 Windows Tablet. Based on an Intel reference design, the 2go PC NL5 is a Windows 8.1 tablet offering laptop capabilities with the option of a snap-on keyboard.

7/24/2014

Federal officials are investigating claims that the New Jersey city's school reorganization plan discriminates against its African-American students. The controversial plan consolidates and relocates one-quarter of the schools in the state-run district.

7/24/2014

It is important to honor the progress Texas students and schools have made. This progress has made a real difference for Texas families and our economy. The problem is that we're not improving fast enough to meet the needs of an increasingly technical workplace.

7/23/2014

7/23/2014

The Surry County Board of Education has named Lucas Gillispie as the Surry County School System's director of academic and digital learning. Gillispie presently serves as district instructional technology coordinator in Pender County Schools.

7/23/2014

Common Core does deserve close scrutiny. However, it deserves to be examined in light of specific goals that may exist on the state level.

7/23/2014

Performance Matters has partnered with the Palm Beach County School District to provide its 185 schools with new tools for assessment and data management, including Measured Progress assessment resources developed to support Florida’s new math and reading standards.

7/23/2014

October 2-3, 2014
Rohnert Park, Calif.

7/23/2014

September 30-October 3, 2014
Orlando, Fla.

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