K12 Headlines

7/14/2015

7/14/2015

The city's school system could be the latest district to follow a national trend toward more independent schools. An autonomy plan isn’t expected to be presented to the school board until this fall. But the fact that the board is insistent that it will happen could mean big changes for the district.

7/14/2015

A joint business, university and Ohio Department of Education effort, the Bright New Leaders for Ohio Schools program trains future principals to work in Ohio’s most challenging schools. No education experience is required. By the end of the school year, successful fellows will receive an MBA and a principal license from the Ohio Department of Education.

7/14/2015

An ambitious middle school designed to prepare black students for success at Southern University in New Orleans was abandoned by the Thurgood Marshall College Fund. It has been in the planning stages for more than two years. But the fund's leaders decided to surrender the school charter, awarded in 2013 by the Orleans Parish School Board.

7/14/2015

As part of an exclusive partnership, more than 1,000 of Twig World Ltd.'s standards-aligned, content connection videos will be seamlessly embedded into STEMscopes, Accelerate Learning’s digital STEM curriculum.

7/14/2015

The district unveiled school spending plans that rely on a half-billion dollars more than the district has on hand. To make the individual school budgets work, Chicago Public Schools is banking on help from the state, which has so far been uncooperative.

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7/13/2015

The new arrangement will ultimately put an end to a five-year agreement with Pearson that had become the subject of anger and protest from parent and teacher groups throughout the state.

7/13/2015

School districts have been dealing with the use of Confederate symbols in sports for years, and not just in the South. From New York and Massachusetts, to Texas and Florida, schools have disassociated themselves with nicknames like Rebels and logos that feature gray-clad Confederate soldiers and the battle flag itself.

7/13/2015

Many are policy items the state's leading Republicans slipped into the proposal with no public debate, such as allowing the Milwaukee County executive to take over failing schools in Milwaukee, creating a special-needs voucher program and requiring all students to pass a civics test to graduate.

7/13/2015

A study found that second-generation Mexican Americans in California and Texas had achieved more education, higher earnings, less poverty, more white-collar jobs and greater rates of home ownership than their immigrant parents.

7/13/2015

The Texas school district has added Principles & Elements of Floral Design to its curriculum resources offered through CEV Multimedia's iCEV online platform. Career and technical education courses are offered in 33 of Austin ISD's schools.

7/13/2015

As budget-strapped Chicago follows a mass school closure with a new plan to layoff more than 1,400 teachers, one set of transactions sticks out: the city’s moves to refinance $1 billion in debt through complex financial instruments called swaps.

7/13/2015

NewerTech's NewerTech Power2U dual USB wall outlet now enables charging of up to four mobile devices at a single electrical outlet. The Power2U features two traditional 15 amp power outlets, plus two USB ports delivering an additional 2.5 amps via the USB ports.

7/13/2015

In contrast to door-blocking devices, the Securitech QID (Quick Intruder Deadbolt) classroom lock is activated by pushing a button to instantly activate both the deadbolt and the lever handle lock. The mechanism can also be opened from the outside by first responders and other authorized personnel.

7/13/2015

A jury in Washington state has decided the Clover Park School District owes a developmentally disabled girl more than $754,000 for failing to protect her from a troubled classmate who sexually assaulted her in a school bathroom.

7/13/2015

The mainstream school system — with its barrage of tests, Common Core and “excellent sheep” — encourages learning as a passive, standardized process. But here and there, with the help of YouTube and thousands of podcasts, a growing group of students and adults are beginning to supplement their education.

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