K12 Headlines

5/8/2015

5/8/2015

Google has announced teacher-focused updates to its Classroom mobile application. Teachers can now create, grade and post assignments and announcements as well as offer students private feedback.

5/8/2015

The chief judge of the state’s special-school finance court assigned the state’s top education finance official to investigate how much of Gov. Sam Brownback’s school block grants will go to schools and how much will go to the state pension fund.

5/8/2015

With about a month left in the legislative session and the fate and finances of charter schools still to be decided, lobbyists backing charter schools are on track to outspend last year's total with over $330,000 in the first quarter of 2015. Only about 1.5 percent of Connecticut school children — about 8,000 — attend the state's 22 public charter schools.

5/8/2015

The Virginia county's public school board members voted to add “gender identity” to its nondiscrimination policy despite overwhelming opposition from the audience.

5/8/2015

Idaho should make dual-credit high school programs and community service opportunities more widely available to rural Hispanic students. Solutions don’t need to be dollar-intensive. What’s needed is to find innovative ways to more meaningfully engage parents, community members and local businesses in students’ learning.

5/8/2015

A new bill may remove seniority as a priority in school districts' decisions on teacher layoffs. It would allow school district officials to lay off teachers based on their employee evaluations and move teacher tenure eligibility from three to five years.

5/8/2015

The launch of a new one-to-one messaging feature is designed to establish private two-way messaging between schools and parents that can be accessed from email, text messages and mobile apps.

5/8/2015

The Bigfoot Line Array is a loud, powerful, battery-powered portable sound system designed by Anchor Audio, Inc. to provide a portable solution for large events.

5/8/2015

Washoe County's former public school superintendent Pedro Martinez will be taking over the San Antonio Independent School District in Texas. The district is one of 15 serving the San Antonio area and has about 55,000 students.

5/8/2015

A new study from Sweden finds that teens who received medical treatment for obesity were far less likely to graduate from high school than their slimmer peers. Fifty-six percent of the obese students finished all 12 years of schooling compared with 76 percent of their classmates.

5/8/2015

What if we were to abolish all school districts and not force public school students to attend a school based on geographic proximity? The good schools would do what every business facing an increase in demand does: expand. The state's resources, along with bond issues, could be allocated to the high-demand schools.

5/8/2015

Joseph School District hired Joseph Charter School’s athletic director and sixth-grade teacher, Lance Homan, to take over the district’s superintendent position. He will take over the position from retiring Superintendent Rhonda Shirley.

5/8/2015

Students in grades 3-12 could be excused from taking a state test and schools no longer would be penalized in accountability reports for students who do not take the test under a proposed bill.

5/8/2015

The state Education Department asked that AIMS test irregularities at seven Arizona schools be investigated, saying some students' answers on 2014 tests were changed to correct answers at a higher-than-normal rate. The potential consequences for the schools range from lower state letter grades to loss of high-performance funds.

5/8/2015

The Water Valley CSD is bringing in Michael McInnis, currently an assistant superintendent in the Grenada School District, as its new superintendent. He will replace retiring Superintendent Kim Chrestman.

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