K12 Headlines

3/12/2015

3/12/2015

The Jefferson Parish School Board voted to borrow $50 million in sales tax bonds to partially finance $129 million for over 200 school construction projects being considered.

3/12/2015

Gov. Rick Snyder is planning to strip the office that works alongside the controversial Education Achievement Authority school district from control of the state Department of Education and place it under his direct oversight.

3/12/2015

The chair of the Assembly Education Committee has called off a vote on a heavily amended bill that called for sanctions on failing schools as well as other major changes to state education policy.

3/12/2015

A bill to allow public school districts to arm a school safety designee like a teacher or a volunteer passed through the House K-12 Education Subcommittee. Training would include going through active shooter training and firearm proficiency.

3/12/2015

The California Board of Education suspended the state's school accountability system for one year to give teachers and students time to adjust to new standardized tests aligned with Common Core standards.

3/12/2015

With the launch of Carolina Biological Supply’s real-world curriculum, Titlewave, Follett’s collection development, search and ordering tool will now provide access to more than 300,000 science e-book titles.

3/12/2015

Some Broward County school employees have been subjected to long investigations by unqualified personnel for allegations they didn't even know about, according to complaints to the school board. The district is proposing to overhaul employee discipline procedures, which are now handled by school police or district principals.

3/12/2015

The Iowa Senate approved a bill that authorizes school districts and accredited nonpublic schools to determine their school start date based on the best educational interests of students.

3/12/2015

Legislation has been approved to allow school districts to convert existing public schools to charter schools and authorize the establishment of up to 10 start-up charter schools in the state each year for at least five years.

3/12/2015

Three new 10.1-inch, Windows 8.1 tablets — including the INP-120Q-ED for use in schools — have been introduced by InFocus Corporation. The InFocus Q Tablet includes free downloadable applications to facilitate sharing, viewing and controlling content with other InFocus devices wirelessly.

3/11/2015

3/11/2015

Computer science is about more than learning to code or getting a job. It’s foundational for all 21st-century students. In every school, students learn about photosynthesis or electricity, even if they don’t choose careers as botanists or electricians. It’s equally important to learn what an algorithm is or how the Internet works.

3/11/2015

Girls often respond positively to the idea that they can contribute to the greater good with their actions; making sure they understand how STEM subjects improve the world can help persuade them to persist in these fields. Therefore, we must educate our teachers in effective curriculum design, but also help them understand how their own biases might affect students.

3/11/2015

Basic computer literacy, now taught in Nevada's high schools, must soon become elementary school material. All students need some understanding of computer science and computational algorithm development. We can no longer just produce technology consumers; we must produce a new generation of technology producers and innovators

3/11/2015

Chancellor Kaya Henderson launched an ambitious five-year strategic plan to transform District of Columbia's public school system in 2012, including a districtwide blended learning initiative. The phased approach started with the math curriculum and then expanded to literacy, science, social studies, and whole-school redesigns in 2013-14.

3/11/2015

Technology has the odd distinction of both connecting people in unprecedented ways at the same time that it isolates them. Several students noticed that when they didn’t have their phones or iPads, they were more ready to connect with friends and family, and more aware when those people were themselves wrapped up in devices.

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