K12 Headlines

8/20/2015

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.

8/20/2015

SchoolDude launched MaintenanceEssentials Pro, a facilities management platform, and EventEssentials Pro, a facilities event and community use management platform. The two platforms leverage data and best practices from SchoolDude's 6,000 client and will enable institutions to communicate, collaborate and complete operational work more efficiently.

8/20/2015

Colorado’s successful experiment in marijuana legalization is bringing in millions of dollars of revenue per month while simultaneously benefiting schools and contributing to a drop in crime rates. A fifteen percent excise tax on wholesale marijuana sales is also only earmarked for school construction use.

8/20/2015

A newly amended bill would allow contractors whose “lease-leaseback” school construction agreements are declared illegal to keep their payments. The legislation is aimed at counteracting the impacts of a state appellate court decision in June that a construction contract issued by Fresno USD violated both competitive bidding and conflict-of-interest statutes.

8/20/2015

Because their contract classifies them as year-round employees, dozens of Boston Public Schools applied behavior analysis specialists who support students with special needs are spending two weeks sitting in a school cafeteria with little work to do as there are no students there needing services.

8/20/2015

Standardized school testing has run amok. Educators, parents, students and others who question its value for actual teaching and learning are leading a national revolt. In Illinois, public concern over high-stakes testing reached a fever pitch this year, resulting in a bill that would give parents a formal way to opt out of state tests.

8/20/2015

Lightspeed Systems has integrated RealVNC's VNC technology into its Classroom Orchestrator product, a classroom management solution designed to give teachers a centralized view of students’ screens.

8/19/2015

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.

8/19/2015

To inspire and prepare more students to excel in STEM and build a strong pipeline of teachers in these disciplines, we need new ways of approaching STEM education, and our efforts must involve everyone: states, districts, schools, tech developers, teacher prep programs and our best scientists, mathematicians and engineers all have roles to play.

8/19/2015

Body cameras in the schools are especially problematic. They allow school staff to invade student privacy at an increasingly intimate level—different than the overall monitoring of more open spaces. Body cameras present a real threat to students’ privacy and contribute to an environment in our schools of pervasive, intrusive surveillance.

8/19/2015

In addition to the original animated, professional development Good Thinking! series from the Smithsonian Science Education Center and FableVision Studios, PBS LearningMedia will offer the Shutterbugs: Wiggle and Stomp, Showbiz Safari, Bumper Ducks games and other digital series.

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