K12 Headlines

2/18/2015

2/18/2015

In order to comply with impending Oregon regulations, we need to change the way we look at physical activity and kids. It is not some frill compared with core education activities. It should be a high-­priority activity, and an action item for communities.

2/18/2015

Alachua County Public Schools has signed an agreement to deploy Scientific Learning Corp.'s Fast ForWord and Reading Assistant online programs in 10 schools to help students improve their language, literacy and reading skills.

2/18/2015

At least 145 school districts, including some of Michigan’s largest, passed contracts that extended years into the future, delaying the full impact of the law aimed at giving workers a choice on union membership. Unions will have to look beyond blocking right to work to hold on to their members.

2/18/2015

ProgressBook VirtualClassroom is an e-learning management system that gives teachers the ability to create standards-aligned content, collaborate with curriculum teams to co-author content, and share content districtwide.

2/18/2015

The new ParentSquare analytics dashboard is designed to help administrators see, track and enhance parental reach, engagement and participation.

2/18/2015

The Georgia city is partnering with its school system to install external cameras on school buses to catch motorists who illegally pass stopped buses. The city government will pay for the adjudication of disputed citations while Atlanta Public Schools will handle installation and maintenance costs.

2/18/2015

Over the last four years, New York City public schools have seen a 30 percent increase in the number of students referred to occupational therapy, to nearly 42,000 students. The city covers the cost, which at $58 million a year is up from $38 million just five years ago.

2/18/2015

Three dozen California school districts are looking to settle an unprecedented class-action lawsuit over the time students spend in gym class — a battle that has cost taxpayers $1.1 million in fees paid to an Albany attorney, in addition to untold millions in legal costs incurred by the districts.

2/17/2015

2/17/2015

PublicSchoolWORKS has released Discriminatory Harassment — Identification and Response, a new course that addresses eight types of peer harassment based on race, sex, color, national-origin, disability and religion.

2/17/2015

Young athletes are scared to talk about mental abuse, and parents have no idea how to handle it. There are no official laws against it unless it's taken to an extreme. A coach will get fired for punching a player in the face, but nothing will happen when they subtly abuse their hard-working, trusting athletes for years.

2/17/2015

The House Education and the Workforce Committee have passed a bill to reauthorize the long-outdated No Child Left Behind Act. The bill would give states more flexibility in designing accountability systems and consolidate dozens of federal education programs.

2/17/2015

The Otoe-Missouria Tribe is partnering with Strive for College to sponsor a pilot program that helps tribal high school students gain access to college. Strive for College matches qualifying high school students with undergraduate students who virtually mentor them.

2/17/2015

Dissatisfied with the Florida School Board Association, Collier school board member Erika Donalds and three others launched a new school board group that supports school choice options, including charter school and local control of education issues.

2/17/2015

The money, which is included in the current city budget, will pay for training in conflict resolution for school staff and other aspects of the sweeping changes to student discipline procedures.

2/17/2015

Yakima Deputy Superintendent Jack Irion has been picked by the district’s school board to be its next leader. Irion will take over for retiring Superintendent Elaine Beraza in July.

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