K12 Headlines

5/7/2015

5/7/2015

Teacher contract talks in Chicago are off to a rocky start, with the debt-burdened district demanding a 7 percent pay cut and increases in health insurance premiums.

5/7/2015

The approved referendum in the Fort Mill school district covers funds for a third high school, a new middle school, an aquatics center, a training facility, land for future schools and more.

5/7/2015

Voters approved Edina Public Schools’ $125 million plan to renovate all of its schools, improve security and add on to the high school.

5/7/2015

Schools in Massachusetts are not even close to having the recommended number of psychologists present. With a million students and approximately 900 school psychologists, there's only one psychologist per 1,100 students, which is well below the national guideline of one per 500-700 students.x

5/7/2015

Voters in the South Carolina school district approved giving the district permission to borrow $110 million for 51 school projects, including school expansions and renovations.

5/7/2015

Sixteen additional career and technical education courses have been added to Odysseyware's offerings for the 2015-16 school year. The new courses cover a broad range of topics, including architecture, communications and government.

5/7/2015

Michigan continues to lag the nation in the performance of its students. The Legislature has worked on developing a strong teacher evaluation program for four years, and now it should finish the task.

5/7/2015

The New Jersey city's schools should add more social services and community programming to tackle issues of poverty afflicting local neighborhoods, a group of education advocates said. The group advocated that the district could work with local nonprofit organizations to support a wider range of student needs.

5/7/2015

A state representative is demanding a thorough investigation into a report that an online charter school has been collecting taxpayer money for students who were no longer attending the school. The Ohio Virtual Academy has been accused of reporting attendance of students who should have been withdrawn for truancy.

5/7/2015

The current education system doesn’t give students a clear reason to be persistent. On the traditional A-F grading scale, kids move on to the next subject whether they’ve learned all the information or not. A better idea is to tap into kids' passions and help students develop grit around the things that really matter to them.

5/7/2015

The Louisiana House Education Committee advanced a bill to ban building schools on toxic waste sites. The issue flared up after the Recovery School District unveiled a plan to rebuild a school on a site that contained toxins such as lead, mercury and carcinogenic hydrocarbons.

5/7/2015

According to the latest numbers recently released by the Florida Department of Education, the top eight schools, with reported fights, are all in Miami-Dade County. A middle school was in the top spot with 188 reported fights last school year.

5/7/2015

State lawmakers’ months-long impasse on school funding may be close to an end. A legislator posted that legislative leaders have agreed to a compromise of a 1.25-percent increase in K12 public school funding plus a one-time appropriation of $55 million.

5/7/2015

Momentous Institute and AT&T, through the AT&T Aspire initiative, have released three mobile apps that use the social emotional health practices developed by Momentous Institute. The free apps include a deep breathing exercise app, one that focuses on good feelings and releasing worries and a third that works to reduce distractions.

5/7/2015

Kajeet's latest program is designed to help educators better manage their students’ home broadband connectivity. With the Kajeet Managed Education Broadband program, Kajeet handles the filtering, time restrictions, data consumption, and analysis and reporting of students' internet access at home.

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