K12 Headlines

5/13/2015

5/13/2015

If American schools did a better job teaching about history and government, students likely would grow up to be more engaged, voting adults. Kids today wouldn't buy a cell phone without knowing how it works, yet schools graduate young people without a grounded understanding of how their own democratic institutions operate best.

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Racine USD officials have painted a picture of a future school district where students start high school heading down a STEAM career path. With up to 12 pathways, students could earn college credits or industry certifications in automotive technology, manufacturing, construction, business/marketing, health care, engineering, IT, culinary arts and fine arts.

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Ford Motor Co. and the United Auto Workers will launch career academies in four Detroit schools to help train 1,400 students in the engineering, manufacturing and IT fields. The academy students attend their regular high school but spend most of their day focused on hands-on projects related to their future STEM jobs.

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Tech companies are investing in initiatives to help diversify the industry. But "math misplacement" is a primary barrier that restricts the number of African-American and Latino students pursuing STEM careers. It occurs when students are held back in math even though objective measures such as grades and test scores indicate they should advance to the next course.

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Harford County Public Schools has launched a "bring your own technology" initiative in light of what the school administration is calling a dire lag in classroom technology available to students. Students were asked to bring their own devices and sources of internet access.

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Federal approval was recently granted to the state’s plan to distribute $15.6 million in unspent Race to the Top funds to school districts for technology equipment purchases and regional technology infrastructure upgrades. Funds will be allocated on a per-pupil basis.

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The New Mexico school district's board passed a measure that will continue a renewable $11 million annual property tax levy to pay for computer equipment and other technology improvements in the schools.

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Rather than proving that education technology programs are hopeless, LAUSD's troubled rollout may have provided other districts and tech providers with an unfortunate blueprint of what not to do. Instead of getting caught up in the technology frenzy, districts should fully think through why the technology is important in the first place.

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There are six data security questions a director of technology should consider when integrating with an online student enrollment and registration system. As educational institutions move away from paper and towards solutions that house students’ data online, that data must remain secure and uncompromised.

5/13/2015

Instead of blanketing schools with the tablets as Los Angeles did, San Francisco is starting in five schools and working only with first-grade classrooms. The Digital Literacy program is giving them to the amilies for free, loaded with hundreds of books, learn-to-read software and educational games.

5/13/2015

Louisiana understaffs its charter schools oversight offices and relies on charters' own reports and whistleblowers to uncover problems. The new report also casts a skeptical eye on the veracity of the data that the state uses to calculate the performance scores that keep charters open.

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As part of a new partnership agreement between Quick Key and Pearson, educators can quickly score assessments using Quick Key’s mobile scanner app and instantly upload results to the PowerSchool student information system.

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As a global audience has focused on Baltimore's impoverished neighborhoods following the riots, education advocates are pushing for more money for schools and programs for youth. They are asking the governor to release $68 million in education funding, including about $11 million for Baltimore.

5/13/2015

As an early step in a decision-making decentralization plan, all principals in Denver will have the option to select and buy their own curriculum, school-based testing programs and professional development plans next year.

5/13/2015

The Foundation for Florida Virtual School is turning over financial records to Florida Virtual School in response to a court order, as the struggle over who controls the foundation continues after allegations of fiscal mismanagement and violation of public-records and open-meetings laws.

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