K12 Headlines

3/19/2015

3/19/2015

A measure was approved by the Iowa House that would change the collective bargaining process for teachers and other school employees. Currently, arbitrators assigned to disputes between the teachers union and the state over wages, benefits or other contractual matters must choose from the two offers. The new provision would allow arbitrators to choose a compromise point between the offers.

3/19/2015

The proposed bill would eliminate an 11th-grade English test and a requirement that local school districts create tests in every subject not covered by the new Florida Standards Assessment. It also allows the school year to begin as early as August 10.

3/19/2015

Accountability should shift back to what we do for kids, rather than what they’ve done for us with their test scores. Each person should be held accountable only for what he or she can control — the educators for providing an environment that stimulates individual learning, and the community for providing sufficient funding to enable them to carry this out equitably.

3/18/2015

3/18/2015

While technology changes every few years and schools attempt to incorporate devices in the classroom, they struggle to keep up — and their limited budgets are put under a lot of pressure. When students prepare to go to college, they might be behind if their schools can’t afford the newest technologies.

3/18/2015

Adobe Document Cloud consists of a set of integrated services that use a consistent online profile and personal document hub. People will be able to create, review, approve, sign and track documents at home, in the office and across devices.

3/18/2015

Principals of virtual public schools in Tennessee say state law should include provisions to bolster virtual education in the long term. The 2011 Virtual Public Schools Act enabled local districts to operate online public schools instead of just offering supplemental virtual courses. That law will sunset in June unless legislators approve a bill to extend the law into June 2019.

3/18/2015

Regardless of the actual content being taught, these experiences build the transferable skills that lead to success in college and career, while painting a realistic picture of the future students will face in the working world. CTE should not just play a prominent role for a few students; it should be the new normal in education.

3/18/2015

While it’s obvious that technology alone is not going to revolutionize education, we are often presented with a false choice between adopting emerging technologies and investing in great teachers. Ed tech tools will never replace great teaching, but they are helping great teachers develop better relationships with their students, and deliver high-quality content.

3/18/2015

With the failure of his predecessor's 1-to-1 plan for LAUSD, current Superintendent Ramon Cortines says he plans to provide computers to students as needed for instruction or testing. LAUSD will still have to find resources to fund the curriculum and maintenance for the 120,000 iPads and 18,000 laptops already purchased.

3/18/2015

Students in two Arizona districts will soon share the hallways with digital screens that display promotions for local and national vendors. This technological incursion is furthering a national debate over whether or not this kind of marketing is appropriate for students, though it brings in much needed revenue for cash-strapped districts.

3/18/2015

Tensions are emerging between parents with low-tech child rearing styles, teachers trying to prepare students for computer-based tests that could determine their careers, and districts following the latest trends. Parents can find the test-focused technology policies of their children's school conflict with American Society of Pediatrics’ media use guidelines and with their own beliefs about raising their children.

3/18/2015

The State Board of Education asked Gov. Rick Snyder to reconsider the transfer of the state school reform office from the Michigan Department of Education to a state office directly under his control, saying the move violates the state constitution.

3/18/2015

A Tennessee bill that originally was about financial literacy was rewritten through an amendment that would allow the state’s Achievement School District to enroll out-of-zone students and charge charter schools an authorization fee.

3/18/2015

Graduation rates for black and Hispanic students increased by nearly 4 percentage points from 2011 to 2013, outpacing the 2.4 percentage growth for all students in the nation, according to new National Center for Education Statistics data. The nation’s high school graduation rate hit an all-time high of 81 percent in 2012-13.

3/18/2015

Worried the late Labor Day this year won't leave enough time for school districts to finish their fall curriculum, Florida lawmakers are seeking to amend a law so schools can get an early jump on the school year. The bill would also bring all of the state's school districts under the same standard.

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