K12 Headlines

1/20/2015

1/20/2015

As we enter the annual school budget cycle, Vermont's school boards are facing the perfect storm: declining support from Montpelier, lower enrollments, and taxpayer anger at rising property taxes. The automatic annual teacher salary increases we are seeing — driven by indexed salary grids — can't be justified on educational, economic or moral terms.

1/20/2015

Dan Brenner, the superintendent of Roslyn Public Schools in Roslyn, New York, is the finalist for the job of next Darien superintendent of schools in Connecticut. Brenner will retire from Roslyn effective at the end of the school year.

1/20/2015

Gov.-elect Tom Wolf has chosen Pedro Rivera, superintendent of the Lancaster school district, as his nominee to lead the Pennsylvania Department of Education. Rivera has been superintendent of the School District of Lancaster since 2008.

1/20/2015

Elmhurst Community School District 205's David L. Pruneau will retire as superintendent at the end of the school year. Pruneau, a veteran educator and administrator who previously worked in Michigan, was hired in 2011.

1/20/2015

The state superintendent recommended reducing testing by nearly 20 percent. Superintendent Richard Ross also made numerous recommendations, including eliminating the fall third-grade reading exam.

1/20/2015

Knowledge Delivery Systems, Inc. and Insight Education Group have developed an online course that helps teachers implement new practices that will have a direct impact on their students’ achievement of college and career readiness standards.

1/20/2015

Research Solutions' Reprints Desk, Inc. subsidiary signed new agreements with University System of Maryland and Affiliated Institutions Consortium of Libraries, Midwest Collaborative for Library Services, and the Pennsylvania Academic Library Consortium to provide group purchase pricing incentives to more than 200 academic library members.

1/20/2015

Pharr-San Juan-Alamo ISD, South Texas ISD and South Texas College are partnering with Doctors Hospital at Renaissance to begin a dual-enrollment nursing program. The program will be one of the first programs in the nation to offer an associate’s degree in nursing to high school graduates.

1/20/2015

The possession or sale of guns capable of firing 10 bullets or more without reloading would be prohibited under a controversial recommendation supported by the governor's Sandy Hook Advisory Commission.

1/20/2015

The nation’s second-largest school district is doubling the number of students served dinner, with an eye toward eventually offering it at every school.

1/20/2015

A new report found that, at 51 percent, the number of children who qualified for federal programs for free or reduced-price lunches is the highest in at least 50 years, according to the Southern Education Foundation.

1/20/2015

Half of the Kansas state budget goes to education, which can justify more supervision. Yet it's hard to escape the sense that legislative conservatives, smarting from court rulings on school funding, simply don't trust those involved in public education and are going to considerable lengths to remind them who's really in charge.

1/16/2015

1/16/2015

The decision to take a child out of school is complicated, and no matter how well planned, school absences are disruptive. Most teachers cede that while family time is important, resulting absences do create an undue and possibly unfair burden on teachers.

1/16/2015

Whatever achievement initiatives the state proposes, and whatever pitches are made to bring in more companies, they will have less benefit if the only places to pile new students are in crowded schools on year-round schedules. The state needs to enact multiple ways to start new school construction this year.

1/16/2015

Educators, parents and school leaders have been vocal about their opposition to the state’s current “integrated” approach to math, which blends three disciplines such as geometry, algebra and data probability in one course. In response, the state developed new courses using the old-school, single discipline approach.

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