K12 Headlines

9/5/2014

9/5/2014

Discovery Education and Science Channel launched Epic Story, an online program that brings network programming, producers and student-created content together to provide students with storytelling tools.

9/5/2014

Reach for the Stars: Touch, Look, Listen, Learn, a free, multitouch iBooks Textbook for iPad created by SAS and the Space Telescope Science Institute, incorporates assistive technologies for visually-impaired students with tactile overlays for the book's interactive images. Astronomers worked with developers to translate imagery from the Hubble Space Telescope into content for students.

9/5/2014

Boston school officials have decided they will only record images — and not voices and other sounds — when they turn on more than 650 surveillance cameras installed on all school buses. Initially, school officials had planned to activate the microphones but concerns were raised about potentially violating students’ right to privacy.

9/5/2014

A state-mandated study of high school athletes' concussions in Minnesota showed that athletic trainers from 36 public high schools voluntarily reported 730 concussions. Researchers projected from that an estimated 3,000 concussions among the state's young athletes in the 2013-2014 school year.

9/5/2014

A group of Camden parents has sued the state Department of Education, claiming a recent decision to approve two new Renaissance schools was done illegally. The lawsuit alleges that there was a failure to review the charter schools' segregative and financial effects on Camden School District.

9/5/2014

Versal announced the launch of its new open developer program (beta), an open API platform specifically designed to offer developers a way to build interactive and customizable learning gadgets for teachers to use in online courses, homework assignments and student projects.

9/5/2014

GEMS Education's "Efficiency Index" report, created with the support of the Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development, looked at costs for teachers and educational outcomes. The United States ranked nineteeth out of the 30 countries. The report stated that, in order to become more efficient, the U.S. would need to increase class sizes and reduce teacher salaries.

9/5/2014

Seventy-five percent of the superintendents of Hudson Valley school districts have been in their current positions for five years or less, according to a study conducted by Hudson Valley Pattern for Progress. The study offers recommendations to decrease turnover, including giving consideration to countywide school districts and shared superintendents.

9/5/2014

Patricia Howell, Lowell Joint School District’s superintendent for the last eight years, has announced she will retire in early November. The board’s goal is to find her successor by late October before she leaves.

9/5/2014

Angela Pringle was sworn in as the Richmond County Superintendent of Schools. Pringle, the district’s first female superintendent, will oversee 61 schools and manage a budget of $243 million. She was previously the Region 2 superintendent for DeKalb County.

9/5/2014

Superintendents often get lots of media attention, are in charge of big budgets and, in theory, set the educational agenda. But do they really matter when it comes to student success? Hiring a new superintendent made almost no difference in student success.

9/5/2014

It’s impossible to make the case for expanding the Educational Achievement Authority until the fledgling statewide school district has established a sustained record of improved student achievement and responsible educational administration in the 15 schools it supervises today.

9/5/2014

The Georgia Budget and Policy Institute's updated 2013 “Schoolhouse Squeeze” report on school funding found continued underfunding of the state’s Quality Basic Education (QBE) formula. According to the report, districts would get an average of $439 more per student during the current school year if the legislature fully funded education in line with the state QBE formula.

9/5/2014

The Pennsylvania school district opened the Monticello School, a new school catering specifically to special education students with additional emotional support and autism services offered. The district is partnering with the Scranton Counseling Center and the Friendship House for the new K12 school.

9/5/2014

There are several lawsuits pending in metro Atlanta demanding that licensed gun owners be allowed to take their weapon onto public school property. The latest suit has been filed by a parent in Gwinnett County, calling into question which of the two new gun laws takes precedence on school property.

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