K12 Headlines

7/16/2014

7/16/2014

The federal program that was created in the 1990s to connect schools to the Internet will now spend an additional $2 billion during the next two years to make those connections wireless. The extra money will mainly come from efficiencies within the Federal Communications Commission's E-Rate program.

7/15/2014

7/15/2014

Neenah Joint, Menasha Joint and Marion Independent School Districts have designated Skyward to improve business and student operations within their districts. Two of the three districts will be implementing Skyward’s School Business Suite, while the third will be deploying the Student Management Suite.

7/15/2014

Education reform has turned into such a bitter battleground, it’s easy to forget it was forged over a search for common ground: the best way to teach children and maximize their learning potential.

7/15/2014

Chicago Public Schools' proposed operating budget for the coming school year decreases funding to 504 traditional neighborhood schools by $72 million. The budget increases funding to the district's 143 privately run charter and contract schools by the same amount.

7/15/2014

Califone International has released its new 901 Wireless Headphone. The rechargeable headphone and separate 3.5 mm transmitter connect students to listening activities on computers, laptops, tablets and other mobile devices.

7/15/2014

NEC Display Solutions of America has incorporated two new PA Series projectors, the PA672W and PA722X. With built-in HDBaseT connectivity technology, PA Series projectors run uncompressed full-HD digital video, audio, Ethernet, power and various other controls through one cable.

7/15/2014

The Columbus Municipal School District Board of Trustees selected Philip Hickman as its superintendent of schools. He comes to Columbus from Houston, Texas, where he served as an assistant superintendent in the country's seventh-largest school district.

7/15/2014

A new study by the Kansas Association of School Boards predicts that within five years as many as 25,000 additional students will be enrolled in Kansas public schools, pushing total enrollment above 500,000 for the first time since 1970.

7/15/2014

House bill 2351 in Pennsylvania would increase penalties for terroristic threats towards a school, and let schools know if a person who has threatened them is released from jail. The bill would make the first offense of threats against a school a felony, instead of a misdemeanor, as it is now.

7/15/2014

The 7,000-student Kingsport City school system, which abandoned traditional pay scales in favor of a merit-based system, will implement a teacher-designed overhaul to teacher compensation in the 2014-2015 academic year.

7/15/2014

The Central Valley School Board will be looking for a new school superintendent one year after the district merged. Superintendent Cosimo Tangorra Jr. has resigned to accept the position of state deputy commissioner for the Office of Pre-K-12 education.

7/15/2014

A proposal to randomly drug test Zionsville High School students was debated and delayed for a third time. The original plan included suspending students from extracurricular activities if they test positive and requiring they undergo drug treatment in order to re-enter.

7/15/2014

Klint Willert has come on board as Brainerd School District's superintendent. He comes from Marshall Public Schools, where he served in the same post. Willert replaces Superintendent Steve Razidlo, who accepted a position as superintendent at The American International School in Vienna, Austria.

7/15/2014

Springfield Conservatory for the Arts, a new city-run magnet school focusing on the performing and visual arts, will make its debut this fall with 120 students making up its original cast. Starting with grades six through nine, the school will add a new grade over the next four years to reach twelfth grade.

7/15/2014

Jefferson County, Vernonia and four other rural Oregon school districts are among the 300 worst in the nation when it comes to per pupil spending and reading and math achievements, according to a new study from the Center for American Progress. Several of the Oregon districts experience high levels of chronic absenteeism.

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