K12 Headlines

4/24/2015

4/24/2015

Wisconsin House legislators will soon vote on proposed legislation that would prevent this year’s Badger Exam test scores from being used to evaluate teachers and schools. Since January, technological glitches have prevented the online exam from adapting to a student’s abilities as intended, among other issues.

4/23/2015

4/23/2015

The schools have been chosen for a new program designed to improve learning and reduce suspensions in Pittsburgh's public schools. The schools will be part of a research project funded by a $3 million Justice Department grant to develop better relationships between students and teachers to prevent disruptions that lead to suspensions.

4/23/2015

On Earth Day, students at a middle school are learning about how they can help the environment. The Green Street Academy is the first in the country picked by the USDA for a pilot program called Hungry Pests. The curriculum introduces middle school students to 18 specific invasive species, how they get here and what they can do to stop the spread.

4/23/2015

The House passed legislation that would bring about an overhaul of the Florida High School Athletic Association. The proposal would overhaul the organization’s governance, require a third-party review for students suspected of being ineligible and provide more opportunities for student participation in sports.

4/23/2015

The Middletown school board is considering an update to its search-and-seizure policy that would give the superintendent the power to order police dog teams to search a school.

4/23/2015

The state has ushered in new academic standards, statewide testing and school finance reform in recent years, but the majority of public-school parents remain ill-informed about them, a new poll has found.

4/23/2015

Thousands of teachers across the state held the first in a planned series of one-day strikes to demand higher pay, better benefits and a reduction in class sizes. The strikes forced the cancellation of classes in two districts and a half day at a third.

4/23/2015

A bill that would make vaccines mandatory for California schoolchildren was passed by the Senate Education Committee and will move next to the Senate Judiciary Committee. Opponents said they will keep up the fight against the bill to ensure that unvaccinated kids aren’t barred from public and private schools.

4/23/2015

Wilson County Schools has submitted a five-year building plan for 11 projects totaling nearly $280 million. In addition to renovation and expansion projects, the district is looking to build five new schools over five years.

4/23/2015

Children with ADHD are often told to be quiet and sit still in the classroom. But new research suggests that letting them move around may actually be a more effective way to help them learn.

4/23/2015

Our schools and education system have missed a crucial subject and made generations poorer for it. There is no reasonable argument to prevent the implementation of financial education into every high school in the country. Doing so would benefit all students, regardless of their career interests or college major.

4/23/2015

After several years in which teachers’ unions have been hammered on the issue of tenure, have lost collective bargaining rights in some states and have seen their evaluations increasingly tied to student scores, they have begun to reassert themselves using a bread-and-butter issue: the annual tests given to elementary and middle school students in every state.

4/23/2015

Fueling an ongoing debate about high school admissions, the Independent Budget Office found that only 11 percent of students at New York City's specialized high schools live in the city’s lowest-income census tracts, compared to 30 percent of students at other high schools.

4/23/2015

The State Allocation Board has awarded approximately $113.6 million for 41 school construction projects within 22 school districts statewide. The state matching funds are distributed to local school districts to help finance shovel-ready school construction projects or reimburse districts for projects already completed using local funds.

4/23/2015

The new Bluepulse version 1.5 formative assessment software from eXplorance is a two-way communication platform enables teachers to collect real-time feedback anonymously from students on specific topics mentioned in the summative review.

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