K12 Headlines

8/20/2015

8/20/2015

A new national poll found that 86 percent of Americans support the nutritional standards required by the law, which are aimed at providing schoolchildren with more fruits and vegetables and fewer foods high in calories and sodium.

8/20/2015

Several school systems and charter schools are offering virtual learning options as a way to attract home-schooled students, prevent dropouts and give students an easier way to balance lives that often involve working to help their families.

8/20/2015

There are many ways to address Massachusetts’ opioid crisis. When it comes to treatment, schools also should be part of the solution. The town of Easton made headlines this summer when its school committee voted to allow school nurses to administer an emergency overdose treatment in the community’s middle and high schools to hopefully save lives.

8/20/2015

Naviance Test Prep is a new online learning platform that makes placement test preparation engaging and personalized for students with game-based mechanics to deliver content from publishers, including McGraw Hill, Allen Prep, Cengage Learning and MasteryPrep.

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.

8/20/2015

The Wichita school district is seeking nearly $1 million from the state’s extraordinary need fund for schools, citing a large number of refugees. The district expects about 220 refugees total who do not speak English and need help for post-traumatic stress syndrome, emotional handicaps and behavior issues from their experiences.

8/19/2015

8/19/2015

Broward County schools dealt with a new type of problem Tuesday: how to spend an extra $154 million in capital funds. Board members voted to tentatively approve the $2.6 billion capital budget. But they withheld $12 million worth of new buses. They will decide later whether to fund those or other priorities.

8/19/2015

PASCO Scientific introduced new scientific instruments, a wireless sensor interface, a projectile launcher, lab manual hardware and other curriculum solutions to engage students in STEM subjects such as chemistry and physics.

8/19/2015

When Jefferson Parish public school students acted out in school last year, they could expect a swift reprimand and even the prospect of being arrested. This year, the district is implementing the "restorative justice" discipline method in its 80-plus schools to help avoid escalating scenarios.

8/19/2015

The Charleston County School District has banned students from displaying the Confederate flag emblem on campus clothing, jewelry, other apparel or even displayed prominently on vehicles driven to school. Students will be asked to remove the emblem and discipline will be on a case-by-case basis.

8/19/2015

Officials this week are trying to right two major technology debacles: a malfunctioning records system and a now-abandoned plan to provide iPads to all students. Last year, thousands of students in the district were left without class assignments and teachers couldn't even take roll.

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