K12 Headlines

5/22/2015

5/22/2015

Changing the state education funding formula to reflect more up-to-date special education enrollment numbers and costs would help relieve pressures on school budgets and provide school districts more flexibility in meeting student needs.

5/21/2015

5/21/2015

To standardize the criteria that colleges use for granting credit for AP tests, lawmakers are considering passing a law to require public universities and colleges in Illinois to give course credit for scores of 3 or better.

5/21/2015

A record 99 percent of school budgets passed in New York with just nine spending plans rejected. New York's nearly 700 school districts proposed an average spending increase of 1.9 percent and a tax levy increase of 1.6 percent.

5/21/2015

Michigan's student population has been gradually shrinking for years. The state has 1,550,802 students this school year, down more than 51,000 from five years ago and down 13,312 from 2013-14. There are major financial consequences to losing students, since Michigan's education funding is primarily based on how many students are enrolled in a district.

5/21/2015

A former high school student is suing the Illinois High School Association over its head-injury policies, making it the first state association that could face class-action scrutiny and the latest football governing body to be sued over concussions.

5/21/2015

The schools plan by Republicans on the Joint Finance Committee would boost spending on public schools instead of cutting it by $127 million over two years as Gov. Scott Walker has proposed. It would also require the state to come up with education guidelines separate from the Common Core standards.

5/21/2015

Students in Kentucky are plotting their career paths and finding the grants, scholarships and other funds to pursue their paths as part of the kid-FRIENDLy initiative, a program funded in 2012 by the largest Race To The Top-District grant awarded.

5/21/2015

Going greener is the focus at Waterbury’s Kaynor Tech, where students are building another “e-house”. The project is part of the nation’s first “green” construction learning laboratories for high school students. The kids are focusing on a clean energy curriculum, learning all about the latest technologies in the field.

5/21/2015

Chicago's public school system is contemplating reversing a decision to not allow the sale of any vacant school properties to charter schools since the mass closings of schools in 2013. Taxpayers end up paying extra to charter schools who are forced to rent on the private market in addition to paying to maintain the 40 empty school buildings the city already owns.

5/21/2015

After Gov. Chris Christie imposed a cap on superintendent salaries in 2010, the savings — only about $10 million a year — were really a drop in the bucket. This coming school year, many more superintendents will see their contracts expire. The state Senate voted to lift the cap, before it drives more superintendents to other states. Let's hope the Assembly does the same.

5/21/2015

The Massachusetts city will operate 11 percent of its bus fleet with Blue Bird propane autogas buses, starting with the 2015-16 school year. The school district is purchasing 86 Blue Bird Propane Vision school buses, and hopes to convert more of their diesel fleet to propane buses in the future.

5/21/2015

Northwest Evaluation Association and the Colorado League of Charter Schools signed a new strategic partnership to provide resources including the MAP assessment, MAP for Primary Grades, Children’s Progress Academic Assessment, MAP Science Assessments and Virtual Comparison Group data at discounted rates to the league's members.

5/21/2015

Since the 1990s, suicide rates among elementary-age black children have nearly doubled, while suicide rates among white children have fallen, according to a new study published in the journal JAMA Pediatrics.

5/21/2015

Major items in the Texas district's proposal include a new elementary school, a science and technology center for Allen High School, and a new building to replace the facility housing the freshman campus.

5/21/2015

U.S. public schools beefed up security measures with safety drills and parent notification systems in the years surrounding the massacre at Connecticut's Sandy Hook Elementary School, according to a new government survey.

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