K12 Headlines

12/8/2014

12/8/2014

To middle-school students and their parents, the high-school admissions process is a grueling and universally loathed rite of passage. But as awful as it can be, it used to be much worse.

12/8/2014

High school football could cease to exist in some towns if a concussion lawsuit filed against the Illinois High School Association succeeds, officials with the organization said Friday.

12/8/2014

Of the eight large cities surveyed, only Philadelphia parents had a lower opinion of school progress than Cleveland parents, with even Detroit residents more likely to believe schools there are improving than here.

12/8/2014

Maricopa USD implemented the Skills Behavior Intervention Plan Builder. The program is designed to address challenging behaviors commonly displayed by individuals with autism spectrum disorder and other developmental and behavioral disorders.

12/5/2014

12/5/2014

The Minnesota State High School League board has approved a new policy for transgender students that will begin with the 2015-2016 school year. Criteria for determining eligibility of transgender students for high school sports would be applied in the appeal process. Religious schools would be exempt.

12/5/2014

Michigan has one of the worst ratings in an analysis of state policies for holding charter school authorizers accountable for their schools' academic performance. According to a National Association of Charter School Authorizers report, Michigan received only three out of 27 points.

12/5/2014

Canvassing for potential students — and honing a front-porch pitch — are standard for charter schools. But for traditional public school leaders, it's unfamiliar territory. Still, it may quickly become an expectation as urban districts around the country grapple with destabilization related, at least in part, to the growth of charter schools.

12/5/2014

Children from different economic backgrounds behave differently in classrooms, according to a new study. For example, working class kids are less likely to ask for help from teachers than are their middle class counterparts. And when they do ask for help, they’re less aggressive about it.

12/5/2014

Students at Nebraska's Westside High School are using biometric fingerprinting scanners to purchase their lunches to keep others from using another’s account through a registered verification system. The software was installed to improve student account security, eliminate errors and eliminate student ID cards.

12/5/2014

The Orange County School Board appointed Brenda Tanner as superintendent. Tanner has served as the interim Superintendent since Robert Grimesey’s departure in June 2014.

12/5/2014

MindPlay debuted MindPlay Teacher Companion, an online reading and professional development program designed to help teachers learn about scientifically-based reading instruction through lectures, videos and activities.

12/5/2014

The Linn-Mar Community School District announced Quintin Shepherd, currently superintendent of Illinois’ District 69, as its next superintendent. He will take over from Superintendent Katie Mulholland, who is retiring.

12/5/2014

The Mutualink K12 communications platform is now being piloted in 20 New York schools, enabling schools to establish a direct link to police, fire and other entities in an emergency.

12/5/2014

All school districts in the country are required to tell the federal government how many times kids have been restrained in their schools. But some districts aren't following through with reporting incidences, including New York, Los Angeles and Chicago.

12/5/2014

Louisville Public School’s board of education voted to offer the district superintendent position to Andrew Farber, now principal of Arlington High School. The current superintendent, Gregory Shepard, plans to let his contract expire at the end of June 2015.

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