K12 Headlines

10/21/2014

10/21/2014

Steven Anderson, Tom Whitby and Mitch Weisburgh have launched Edchat Interactive, an online professional development web solution with live interactions. Participants in the inaugural October 22 interactive session will examine how connectedness empowers educators to be better professionals, to share tips and techniques to save time, to overcome obstacles, and to develop new skills.

10/21/2014

A Pensacola-based online education program is partnering with the Florida Department of Corrections to help state inmates earn high school diplomas. In the coming weeks, Smart Horizons Career Online Education and the FDOC Online Campus will begin online education programs at seven correctional facilities throughout the state.

10/21/2014

For months last spring, bus drivers complained about low wages, dilapidated buses and unpaid hours spent stranded on the roadside or waiting for inspections. Subject to a school board vote, they will all get pay raises in addition to extra training in CHAMPS, a system the schools use to manage student behavior.

10/21/2014

The hiatus on new charter schools in Massachusetts gives us an opportunity for a more substantive debate on the issue of innovation in the charters and beyond. The state should pause and look at why charters haven’t provided the research and development, the innovation function, that was a critical part of the excitement at their birth in the mid-1990s.

10/21/2014

A merger of bills targeting abusive teachers or other education staff who migrate to other schools after getting into trouble is a rare case of bipartisan common sense in the often fractious Pennsylvania General Assembly.

10/21/2014

School leaders at Monroe-Woodbury High School have canceled the remainder of the season for the junior varsity team. The decision comes after some players at the Orange County school came forward with complaints about verbal abuse between teammates.

10/21/2014

A Superior Court judge has thrown out a $15 million verdict against the New Jersey school district in a disability discrimination lawsuit filed by a former city teacher with multiple sclerosis.

10/21/2014

Elizabethton Superintendent of Schools Ed Alexander plans to retire in January 2015 after eight years as superintendent and 39 years with the city school system.

10/21/2014

Vehicles pass stopped school buses more than 70,000 times a day. The problem has gotten so bad that school districts are installing little cameras that activate when the bus stops. Like traffic signal cameras, they capture the license plate numbers of any cars that fly by. Violators are sent tickets in the mail, with fines ranging from $100 all the way up to $1,000.

10/20/2014

10/20/2014

What's added fuel to the fire is a recent report produced by Stanford and two other universities that found philanthropic money is moving away from traditional public schools and toward private efforts, mostly charter schools.

10/20/2014

To make suspensions something more than quality couch-time and to support some of the Montclair School District's at-risk students, the Montclair Neighborhood Development Corp. is piloting a new program that will provide tutoring and counseling to students suspended from Montclair High School.

10/20/2014

Members of the Go Public steering committee pointed to a survey last month in which 40 percent of respondents said they had a strong positive impression of local public schools, up from 27 percent a year earlier.

10/20/2014

In the last six years, Bancroft Principal Ann Grebeck has seen a 75 percent drop in the number of students referred to her office for behavior problems.

10/20/2014

A hearing last week to fire a principal revealed a startling consequence of the Columbus City Schools data-scrubbing scandal: Years’ worth of school-attendance rates are lies and can’t be made right.

10/20/2014

Direct state funding for public schools in Kansas is still nearly 15 percent less than it was before the start of the Great Recession, according to a report from the Center for Budget Policies and Priorities, a Washington think tank.

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