K12 Headlines

8/21/2015

8/21/2015

Some schools are adding another tool to the fight for fitter kids: Architecture. Beyond healthy eating interventions in kitchen and dining spaces, a Virginia school was also designed to keep kids more active, with features like inviting stairways, walking paths, and furniture that flexes as students sit, so they aren't completely still.

8/21/2015

Sarena Shivers, the assistant superintendent for the Washtenaw Intermediate School District, has been chosen as the finalist to become the next Redford Union Schools superintendent.

8/21/2015

Ken Gagner, an elementary school principal in Morris since 2012, has been named to head up the Minnesota school district.

8/21/2015

A new Gallup study commissioned by Google spotlights a potentially perilous economic disconnect as tech companies struggle to enlarge their engineering talent pools. While 90 percent of parents see computer science as a good use of school resources, fewer than 8 percent of administrators believe parent demand is high.

8/21/2015

The state Education Department will pick up the $1.5 million tab for every public high school junior in Oklahoma to take the ACT college-preparatory test this spring. The pilot program will give the opportunity to take the test to as many 22,000 juniors who otherwise might not have taken the ACT.

8/21/2015

Graduation Achievement Charter High School has selected Edgenuity’s Instructional Services offering and curriculum as the Atlanta-based virtual school’s primary learning solution.

8/21/2015

Laura Abel, the district's assistant superintendent for curriculum, instruction and administration since 2012, is taking over the top position at the Virginia school system. She is replacing former Superintendent Jeffery Smith, who took the top spot at Hampton City Schools in July.

8/21/2015

The search for the next Elkton-Pigeon-Bay Port Laker School District superintendent is over with the selection of Brian Keim for the job. He was hired to take over as Laker secondary school principal in 2009 and has held the position since. Bob Smith, the Michigan district's current superintendent, will retire in December.

8/21/2015

The debate over how much money school districts should be allowed to sock away has been resurrected in California as lawmakers reconvene over the next month. School finance leaders and education officials have launched a last-ditch effort in recent days to persuade the Legislature to lift new limits on so-called “rainy day funds.”

8/21/2015

A proposed 15 percent tax on marijuana would raise about $40 million a year, even after paying the costs of setting up a regulatory agency. Half of that is earmarked to pay for full-day kindergarten, a program the state used to fund but cut during the recession, with the other half for general education needs.

8/20/2015

8/20/2015

The new high-tech PS 62 will generate solar energy through some 2,000 photovoltaic panels while more than 80 underground geo-exchange pumps will supply the school's heating and air-conditioning systems. A wind turbine also will generate energy.

8/20/2015

With illegal drugs creeping into the town of Crivitz, the school district decided to deter its students from drug use by randomly drug testing high school students. Because of regulations, the school will only drug test students involved in any extracurricular activities or students who buy passes to park on school property.

8/20/2015

A new statewide study of 87 Minnesota district and charter school websites finds most don’t follow the state law requiring them to post “up-to-date” information about the standards to earn free college credits. To make informed decisions, students and families must have accurate information.

8/20/2015

With a consultant recommending the construction of at least seven new schools at a cost more than $320 million million over the next decade, the Sarasota County School Board will vet funding options for acquiring land and building new schools.

8/20/2015

The North Carolina school district plans to open 13 new schools over the next three years; more than 40,000 new students are projected to join the school system by 2024.

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