K12 Headlines

1/16/2015

1/16/2015

A 10-year restorative justice experiment in the California city's schools will be expanded to all 86 schools in five years. At the 27 schools that now use alternatives to traditional discipline responses, officials cite a drop in suspensions and chronic absenteeism and an increase in graduation rates.

1/16/2015

A new statewide anonymous tip line for schools has been credited with identifying 25 real threats and has expanded to 821 school districts in the state as of this week. The tip line accepts calls or texts and is answered by trained analysts in the Ohio Department of Homeland Security's Threat Assessment and Prevent Unit.

1/16/2015

SMART Technologies Inc. introduced a new value line of interactive flat panels designed specifically for the education market. There are two new models in the SMART Board 4000 series with the 4065 and 4055 interactive flat panels a new 6055 model in the 6000 series.

1/16/2015

AVID and Denver Public Schools are starting the AVID Denver Neighborhood Project, a 3-year grant funded by the I.A. O'Shaughnessy Foundation to expand and strengthen the AVID College Readiness System in a cluster of schools in two underrepresented neighborhoods served by the district.

1/16/2015

After more than 40 years in education, Robert Greene, the long-time superintendent of Tennessee's Athens City Schools, will retire at the end of the school year. In 2010, he left his job as the deputy commissioner of education for Tennessee, to take the Athens position.

1/16/2015

Lancaster County's second largest school district has named Christopher Adams as superintendent. He has worked as an administrator in the Hempfield school district for eight years, most recently as assistant superintendent for K12 education.

1/16/2015

After taking the reigns in 2008, and spending almost four decades in education, Elizabeth Everitt is stepping away from the position as superintendent of Aiken County Schools.

1/16/2015

What if we took all the money we currently spend on trying to ameliorate the effects of poverty and instead adopt two ideas: a guaranteed minimum income for every family and universal high quality early education? These might be a surer way to provide a path out of poverty for every child.

1/16/2015

In the fight against standardized testing, resistance can take many forms. Under the new leadership of Barbara Madeloni, the Massachusetts Teachers Association is planning to introduce a bill that would put a three-year moratorium on using standardized tests for high-stakes purposes.

1/16/2015

The St. Paul school district is seeking to establish a new policy to protect transgender students. Some of the main provisions call for students to be identified by their preferred names and gender pronouns, and participate in programs and activities that align with their gender identity.

1/16/2015

Rhapsody Tours of Kent, England has been acquired by WorldStrides, joining its lineup of travel enrichment programs for teachers, parents, students and adults. Rhapsody Tours offers student group travel programs in the UK and across Europe, focused on culture, history, and science.

1/16/2015

The 20-year model that Virginia has used for public education and keeping schools accountable is ready for a make-over according to the Virginia Association of School Superintendents' new blueprint for the future of public education. One part of the makeover, that might make students happy, was less testing.

1/16/2015

North Dakota lawmakers have again introduced a bill that would allow anyone with a Class 1 concealed carry permit to carry a firearm in a school, so long as they have the permission of that school's governing body.

1/16/2015

Pulaski School District officials may ask to borrow funds to buy students their own tablet computers to use for classroom projects and homework. An April referendum is being considered to borrow nearly $700,000 in each of the next four years to pay for iPads for all students as part of a 1-to-1 technology program.

1/16/2015

Ohio schools Superintendent Richard A. Ross has recommended reducing the average amount of time students spend taking standardized tests by nearly 20 percent. The reduction would ensure students in each grade spend no more than 2 percent of the school year taking standardized tests.

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