K12 Headlines

1/14/2015

1/14/2015

Republicans will try again in the coming legislative session to bring charter schools to the state of Alabama on a limited basis. The legislation has not been finalized, though it is anticipated that the number of Alabama charters will be limited to as few as 10 schools, at least in its first year.

1/14/2015

The state’s school superintendents released a set of education goals on the eve of the start of the legislative session. Among the goals is increasing education funding from 48th in the nation to 25th by 2025.

1/14/2015

House Republicans pushed through a proposal for alternate wording for a state constitutional referendum on school funding, as supporters of the original language protested that the effort aimed to sabotage the November vote.

1/14/2015

Communications between teachers and students could be automatically forwarded to parents and school administrators if a new bill becomes law. The proposed bill stems from multiple instances of inappropriate conduct between teachers and students, over the years, including two arrests in Indiana in the past week.

1/14/2015

The new Texas Legislature needs to take a long look at the real purpose of standardized testing. If the purpose of testing is to assess a student's mastery of the state's curriculum, then a change is required. The state needs to replace it with a compact, rigorous curriculum that will allow students the opportunity for enrichment or remediation.

1/14/2015

After asking students a series of questions, Shmoop’s new College Planning Tool then compiles a personalized list of safety, target and reach schools. Resume Redux enables students to reformat their resumes.

1/14/2015

Albemarle County Public Schools and Blackboard are partnering further to bring the district's full education technology suite under one unified platform with five Blackboard solutions that center on teaching, learning and community engagement.

1/14/2015

West Virginia's Council on STEM has issued its final report, with recommendations on how to fill the estimated 25,000 high-tech jobs opening up in the state by 2018. About 4,000 of those jobs can be filled by high school graduates, meaning the state must improve its K12 education system to give students solid foundations for STEM careers.

1/14/2015

Pueblo City Schools high school students could soon be able to earn certification in career fields such as welding, computer applications, culinary arts and health care by the time they graduate under a new proposal by district leaders.

1/14/2015

California Gov. Jerry Brown sold a $6 billion tax increase to voters in 2012 by promising that nearly half of the money would go to bolster public schools. Critics argued that much of the new revenue would wind up in California’s severely underfunded teacher pension system. They were right.

1/14/2015

A $1.3-billion iPads-for-all program in Los Angeles schools was plagued by lack of resources and inadequate planning for how the devices would be used in classrooms and, later, how they would be evaluated, according to a federal review.

1/14/2015

Socorro CSD is working with the New Mexico Tech Distance Education program to offer more high school students in rural areas access to college-level courses such as pre-calculus and other mathematics disciplines.

1/14/2015

President Barack Obama has proposed the Student Data Privacy Act, which would prohibit technology firms from profiting from information collected in schools as teachers adopt tablets, online services and internet-connected software.

1/14/2015

Nearly 25,000 students from 47 schools across 14 communities will benefit from funding through the Digital Connections Partnership Schools Grant, a matching state grant program that increases access to digital learning by strengthening school districts' technology infrastructures.

1/13/2015

1/13/2015

School-construction and home-building groups launched an effort to qualify a $9 billion school bond for the November 2016 ballot, only days after Gov. Jerry Brown released a budget plan that minimized the state’s role in paying for building new classrooms and modernizing existing ones.

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