K12 Headlines

4/8/2015

4/8/2015

Fundamentally, the call for opt-outs is a call for more parental freedom. It may well be that test-based accountability has run its course in public education. If so, the opt-out movement ironically fueled by self-interested teachers unions — may be pointing us to what’s next: a lot more choice and unbundling of services in public education.

4/8/2015

One can oppose the guns-in-school campaign while still supporting the Second Amendment right to arms. Reasonable limits on where people can carry weapons do not jeopardize the right to own guns. Politicians who want to soften gun-control laws keep running up against school officials and law enforcement professionals who will have to deal with the consequences.

4/8/2015

Maine’s high school graduation rate increased slightly to 86.5 percent for 2013-14, and remains in the top 10 states in the nation. The state ranks sixth for its limited English proficiency graduation rate and 12th for its economically disadvantaged student graduation rate.

4/8/2015

Two key senators have announced a bipartisan agreement on rewriting the No Child Left Behind education law. Students would still take annual tests. But states would have more control over how the results are used to scrutinize schools.

4/8/2015

The Texas district successfully enrolled two-thirds of its student population online during the initial implementation phase of Prologic Technology Systems, Inc.'s TEAMS Online Student Registration & Enrollment System. El Paso ISD will continue the rollout by conducting a series of computer literacy classes for parents.

4/8/2015

A sweeping House proposal would increase per-pupil funding by $3 billion for 94 percent of the state’s 5.2 million public school students — with some school districts in wealthy areas, or those not currently collecting local property taxes at high enough rates, virtually the only ones left out.

4/8/2015

Under a new bill, Oregon elementary schools would be barred from suspending or expelling students for causing repeated disruption or other minor disciplinary problems. The policy takes aim at disciplinary tactics that some schools may disproportionately use against minority students and students with disabilities.

4/8/2015

A plan to save the St. Francis Elementary School by combining classes and elderly assisted living under one roof is aimed at preventing Maine's School Administrative District 27 from shutting down the tiny school because of declining enrollments and rising education costs.

4/8/2015

A restriction prohibiting sex offenders from living or working within 1,000 feet of schools made a patchwork path of nearly half of Michigan's Grand Rapids off-limits to people on a statewide registry. A federal judge in Detroit has ruled that the "geographic exclusion zones" are unconstitutional.

4/8/2015

Adding something truly radical to the mix just might help improve the entire effort to make a better living-and-learning environment for Detroit Public Schools’ students. For kids in enormous need of a stable, sustaining home environment that encourages good learning, a public boarding school model might make all the difference in the world.

4/8/2015

Music Prodigy Quiz is a comprehensive music classroom student evaluation tool for general music students, ensemble students and university students. Teachers can select from the test question database or create their own questions in a variety of formats in one assessment.

4/8/2015

The education nonprofit and DIRECTV partnered to support Teach For America's national efforts to recruit, train and support math educators across the country with its Los Angeles, Oklahoma and Colorado regions receiving dedicated funding.

4/7/2015

4/7/2015

Duncan Public Schools is investigating an allegation of an elementary teacher passing out Bibles in a classroom. The Appignani Humanist Legal Center, a national nonprofit organization whose legal center focuses on separation-of-church-and-state issues, argues the incident violates the First Amendment.

4/7/2015

Council Bluffs CSD has chosen to implement Lexia Reading Core5. In addition, Davenport CSD has expanded its use of the reading program from use in grades K3 to all students in grades K5.

4/7/2015

Several enhancements have been added to Universal Search, Follett's content search and discovery tool available in the latest upgrade of Destiny Library Manager. New features include integration with EasyBib, an intuitive information literacy platform that provides students with citation, note taking and research tools.

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