K12 Headlines

8/18/2015

8/18/2015

More than 2,000 non-union Chicago Public Schools employees—including executives—will find their paychecks a little lighter next month. They'll be paying more of their pension costs, instead of the district picking up most of the tab as it has for decades.

8/18/2015

The new school administrator has some big shoes to fill. Dan Nett replaces William Van Meer, who served as the Wisconsin community’s school leader for almost five years until his sudden death in March.

8/18/2015

The nontraditional curriculum in the California business-based high school—one of the first of its kind in the U.S.—mimics real-world office experience. In order to graduate, students need to present business start-up proposals.

8/18/2015

To save and unify neighborhood public schools, the “school-within-a-school” concept should be employed in each public school with more than 350 students. Having smaller schools would encourage more social commitment and customized curricula similar to charter schools.

8/18/2015

The troubled New York district's board of education has scheduled a special meeting to vote on the appointment of Kriner Cash as the district’s next superintendent. Cash is the former superintendent of the Memphis School District.

8/18/2015

Nearly nine out of 10 people want to see an increase in farm-to-school food programming in the U.S., according to a national survey. The overall results showed more confidence in the quality of public school meals and support for increasing government funding.

8/18/2015

Kids from military families are more likely to say they're bullied at school, that they've tried alcohol or been in a fight, a new study shows.They are also 90 percent more likely to admit to carrying a weapon.

8/18/2015

The success of the new School Turnaround and Leadership Development Act policies will depend on whether its implementation builds a database of knowledge that allows education leaders to better hone in on the root causes of underperforming schools and gives those schools the proper attention.

8/18/2015

Alabama's Ozark City Schools is getting formal about prom spurred by a controversy last year. The system implemented a written policy limiting who can come to the event and who may escort students at lead out. Prom attendees must be at least in the ninth grade and less than 21 years old.

8/17/2015

8/17/2015

Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed a bill that expands the ban on smoking within 100 feet around the perimeter of schools to include when after-school programs are going on. Currently the ban was only in place during regular school hours.

8/17/2015

With a new law permitting schools to incorporate curriculum on the topic of suicide into instructional programs, hopefully school employees and students will have the education necessary to recognize when a person may be at risk and know what to do to make sure those at risk get the help they need.

8/17/2015

Gov. Pat McCrory chimed in on the budget debate, arguing that decisions over staffing should come from principals and superintendents who understand the needs of their students.

8/17/2015

The Nebraska School Activities Association will begin offering championships in unified sports over the next two years, including bowling. track and field relays, swimming relays and golf. Unified sports bring together, as teammates, individuals with intellectual disabilities and those without intellectual disabilities.

8/17/2015

Entourage Yearbooks has taken customer suggestions into consideration during the development of its newest edition of yearbook design software, EDOnline 6.0, which will be released at the end of August. Updates have been made to simplify existing tools and new photo editing features have been added.

8/17/2015

The performance of New Orleans students shot upward after the reforms with higher test scores and less suspensions and expulsions. However, critics of the reforms say that neighborhood schools have been sacrificed for dubious rewards with strict discipline policies and low graduation rates.

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