K12 Headlines

1/22/2015

1/22/2015

A state representative will file bills placing some limits on the way the Tennessee Achievement School District takes over a school. Another bill proposed last week would require the district to hire back 30 percent of teachers with high performance marks upon a charter school takeover.

1/22/2015

The governing board of the 24,000-student Dysart USD must cut $6 million — the amount of the 143 teachers' salaries and benefits — from its 2015-2016 budget because of a failed budget override.

1/22/2015

More than half of Gov. Jay Nixon’s proposed $129 million increase in basic aid to elementary and secondary schools hinges on the Legislature’s expanding Medicaid to cover the working poor, a move GOP legislative leaders have called a nonstarter.

1/22/2015

A proposed Illinois bill to overhaul the state’s nearly 20-year-old school funding formula will now include a new provision accounting for regional cost differences, such as higher teacher salaries in districts where the cost of living is higher.

1/22/2015

Chancellor Carmen Fariña will restore a centralized hierarchy to New York City’s schools, largely dispensing with one of the core management philosophies of the previous mayoral administration. Beginning this fall, most principals will report to superintendents and to regional centers.

1/22/2015

How might schools better equip students with a shortage of guidance counselors? One solution is to bring in mentors who take pressure off the overwhelmed guidance counselors. Retirees are one great source of talent — they have the experience, time and wisdom.

1/22/2015

SSI GUARDIAN is a new curriculum-based security and preparedness program from School Specialty, Inc. that is focused on strengthening campus and school safety by providing administrators with the professional development tools to address safety and risk mitigation.

1/22/2015

Legislation that would allow prosecutors to seek the death penalty for murders committed on school grounds could make its way to the Senate floor during the 2015 Indiana General Assembly.

1/22/2015

A proposal from County Executive Isiah Leggett would increase spending for school construction by $191.2 million to speed up the construction of 14 additions, 20 renovations, and one new school and one alternative school in Montgomery County.

1/22/2015

The Blaine School District is asking voters in February to approve a $45 million bond that would pay to renovate the high school and upgrade Blaine elementary and primary school buildings.

1/22/2015

As part of a budgeting exercise this month, the state school board's leadership team recommended shifting funding from public schools to charter schools. The proposal is largely theoretical, but some worry it shows the changing philosophical makeup of the public school oversight committee.

1/22/2015

Developed specifically for the Chrome operating system, Vernier Software & Technology's free Graphical Analysis app teachers and students to collect and share scientific data using Chromebooks.

1/22/2015

Mobile County Public Schools, the largest school district in Alabama with more than 58,000 students, selected GuideK12's geovisual analytics to assess the district's data for boundary analysis, program placement, resource placement, emergency planning and proactive decision-making.

1/22/2015

Under a new partnership agreement, MetaMetrics’ Lexile Analyzer technology will be incorporated into EvoText, LLC's Ogment, a cloud-based K12 lesson creation tool for teachers.

1/22/2015

The state constitution only requires a person running for state superintendent be at least age 25, a U.S. citizen and a qualified elector. Perhaps when the state was in its infancy, those qualifications were enough. But we need to require more qualifications by appointing, rather than electing, a superintendent of public instruction.

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