K12 Headlines

8/11/2014

8/11/2014

A new report from Alliance for Quality Education and Opportunity Action states high-need schools in New York have missed out on a disproportionate amount of cash during the past several years compared with school districts in wealthier areas. The report says, in addition to being behind on the alleged $5.9 billion it owes to schools, the state owes 2.3 times more to high-need schools than wealthy ones.

8/11/2014

An Indianapolis Star study of all 50 state high school athletic associations shows that Indiana's stance on transfers falls in the middle compared to both the toughest and most lenient restrictions. But the process, in comparison to other states, can be construed as murky or confusing and at times leaves the association open to second-guessing.

8/11/2014

Learning A–Z, a Cambium Learning Group, Inc. company, is merging its two Headsprout software products, Headsprout Early Reading and Headsprout Reading Comprehension, into one comprehensive K5 online reading program.

8/11/2014

Roadtrip Nation and Hobsons have partnered to launch a college and career exploration curriculum for students in grades 6-12. The Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) Commitment to Action around CGI America initiative targets markets with large at-risk, low-income, minority populations, historically high dropout rates, and the highest student-to-counselor ratios.

8/11/2014

The Minnesota Department of Human Rights has found probable cause that discrimination did occur in the Hibbing School District. The department was investigating allegations of discrimination, but it was not made public who or what was under investigation.

8/11/2014

How can the Philadelphia school district be put on a sustainable path? An additional $80 million in taxes is not the answer to these questions — especially after a $1 billion revenue increase for the district over the last decade, with little improvement in student achievement to show for it.

8/11/2014

The new federal restrictions force schools to get serious about keeping students healthy by creating more opportunities for them to eat food that is good for them. One concern heard by active teenagers, especially extremely athletic boys, is that school meals don't provide enough calories to get the students through school and sports. The federal government should review this group of students' food needs.

8/11/2014

The Vermont Education Department announced that 97 percent of Vermont schools missed federal performance goals and called the ever-increasing No Child Left Behind standards a mission impossible.

8/11/2014

School ratings, released by the Texas Education Agency, show that about 9 percent of public schools across Texas fell short of the targets. The Houston ISD, despite its progress compared to last year, had nearly twice the rate of low-performing schools as the state average.

8/11/2014

The 2,800-student Fort Thomas Independent Schools district joins a small but growing number of school districts across the country — mostly wealthy districts that can afford to forfeit the money — that have dropped out of the federal program in the wake of stricter nutritional standards.

8/11/2014

For the first time ever, U.S. public schools are projected to have more minority students than non-Hispanic whites. Non-Hispanic white students are still expected to be the largest racial group this year at 49.8 percent. But, according to the National Center for Education Statistics, minority students, when added together, will now make up the majority.

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Steve Atwater spent five years with the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District, including his final role as superintendent. He is leaving to become an associate vice president with the University of Alaska in charge of K12 outreach.

8/8/2014

Jennifer Snyder has been picked at the superintendent for Doniphan R-1 Schools. She replaces Dan Schlief, who left after three years to become superintendent for the Woodland R-IV district in Bollinger County.

8/8/2014

California's Palos Verdes Peninsula district appointed a new superintendent but will keep the current one on staff - at full pay. Donald Austin, formerly an assistant superintendent of educational services at Huntington Beach Union High School District, will replace Walker Williams, who will retire at the end of the 2014-2015 school year.

8/8/2014

PenBay Solutions has been selected by the Los Angeles Unified School District to configure and roll out a new InVision FM solution to streamline the process of their annual capacity planning process.

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