K12 Headlines

12/4/2014

12/4/2014

The state's high school graduation rate rose about one percentage point in 2014 to 88.6 percent, according to the Department of Education. But data from individual schools show that some students, especially in urban and low-income districts, are remaining in high school for a fifth year to graduate.

12/4/2014

For the first time, the U.S. Army is using public school quality as a determining factor in where to station soldiers and their families, as the military further prepares for downsizing.

12/4/2014

Because of today's teaching challenges, new teachers need to be helped and mentored beyond the first year by experienced teachers. So, before we place the focus of teacher reform solely on the shoulders of schools of education, let's not forget the role and professional responsibilities of K12 personnel.

12/4/2014

Student-based allocation won’t solve every problem facing Seattle’s schools, but it will take the important step of giving decision-making power to those who know each school community most intimately.

12/4/2014

Google's Chromebooks have officially unseated iPads as the most popular new devices shipping to schools in the U.S., according to the Financial Times, which cited figures from IDC. In the third quarter of 2014, Google shipped 715,500 of its Web-based laptops into U.S. schools, compared to 702,000 iPads.

12/3/2014

12/3/2014

Kelloggsville Public Schools will ask voters in February to approve a $33.9 million, 30-year tax proposal for building, technology and security improvements.

12/3/2014

The Department of Education has lost track of 1,800 computers–and didn’t even bother to open up 400 laptops or tablets–that are supposed to be in use at just 10 city schools—a tiny sample of the city’s 1,800 public schools, an audit has found.

12/3/2014

Most San Francisco students live a car ride away from Silicon Valley’s technology giants. A new philanthropy initiative is pairing companies such as Dropbox, Eventbrite and Xoom with city schools to inspire students to pursue college and career pathways in technology.

12/3/2014

The school board for McAlester Public Schools approved of two propositions calling for $2.7 million in bond money to be used for technology increases and improvements in schools as well as the replacement of old buses.

12/3/2014

Gov. Peter Shumlin says school spending projections will require a 2-cent increase in the statewide school property tax rate. The new report by Vermont's tax department estimates that education spending will increase by just under 3.1 percent in fiscal 2016.

12/3/2014

Voters in the Michigan school district will be asked early next year to approve a two-part $53.5 million bond issue designed to address security issues, enrollment growth and technology needs. Both bond series would provide students with new technology devices to replace current devices.

12/3/2014

National Education Foundation will invest $10 million to increase the number of school districts across the country with access to high-quality STEM education programs. In order to qualify for the matching grant, a district must have 35 percent or more students on free or reduced cost lunch.

12/3/2014

A Tulsa Public Schools committee has put forth a $415 million proposal to complete a 20-year plan for facilities updates and to help with modernizing technology. Of the total dollars, $110 million would be spent on technology.

12/3/2014

Albuquerque Public Schools has selected Hayes Software Systems’ TIPWeb-IT’s K12 inventory management software to keep technology assets, controllable inventory and capital assets up-to-date and reconciled with its fixed asset system.

12/3/2014

The state is racing to get schools and students ready for a new computerized test that replaces the FCAT in the spring. But other issues beg for attention, too: technology training for teachers, infrastructure to support new hardware, and how best to use technology in the classroom.

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