K12 Headlines

10/17/2014

10/17/2014

The Bay District School Board is giving three new charter programs the green light. Newpoint Bay will add an elementary school and alternative high school while University Academy will add a middle school to its elementary program.

10/17/2014

A new poll suggests North Dakota's proposed Measure 8 will pass without a hitch with voters. If the measure is approved, all public school classes in the state would begin after Labor Day. Supporters initiated the measure to prevent students from sitting in hot classrooms at the end of summer, which has caused districts to cancel school.

10/17/2014

Exposure to nature has long been linked to lower stress levels and mental alertness, but a new study finds it is also associated with higher scores on a standardized test. Even after controlling for factors such as race and parental income, Massachusetts third graders with greater outside exposure showed better English and math academic performance, a new study reports in the online journal PLoS One.

10/17/2014

In a closed school board session focused on Superintendent Nick Salerno's performance review, the California district's board offered to buy out his contract and he accepted. Salerno has sat in the superintendent’s seat for five years.

10/17/2014

Seth Miller, Westville's director of operations since 2007, was offered a three-year contract by the school board. It takes effect when Superintendent Jim Owens retires at the end of this school year.

10/17/2014

The Mississippi Department of Education released this year's school accountability results, which are nearly identical to last year's results. All districts were granted a waiver saying they would not be held accountable for declining performances on the MCT-2, a standardized test that's disappearing this school year. Grades only changed this year if a school happened to improve, which most did not.

10/17/2014

High school football is a great source of community spirit and pride for many towns. It's practically unpatriotic to suggest options other than our current paradigm. And who's to say that an academically-driven schedule in Sayreville would have protected those boys from criminal assault? But our Friday Night Lights fixation is getting in the way of student learning.

10/16/2014

10/16/2014

The Walter D. Palmer Leadership Learning Partners Charter School will hold a lottery this week to cut its student enrollment nearly in half. The action came the same day that the Philadelphia School District opened proceedings to revoke the school's charter. The K12 charter has been operating with 1,290 students on its campuses though it is not allowed to enroll more than 675 students.

10/16/2014

Washington has thrown out the math and reading test scores for Beacon Hill Elementary — a first in the state’s history of high-stakes testing — after finding many answers to multiple-choice questions changed from wrong to right.

10/16/2014

Cleveland's school district has put Issue 4, a 37-year, $200 million bond issue and 0.5-mill continuing levy for maintenance, on the ballot this November. The maintenance levy will raise $25 million a year. The bond will help the district replace about 20 additional schools, improve 20 to 23 other schools and maintain facilities.

10/16/2014

Our policymakers' obsession with test scores is unhealthy and counter-productive. We should stop obsessing about test scores and start obsessing about the health and well-being of children and their families. The gains would be far more valuable than a few points on a standardized test.

10/16/2014

The Lakeland Board of Commissioners moved toward financing new school construction for what would be called Lakeland Prep. The board signaled its intent to raise the city’s property tax rate to finance construction of the new combined middle and high school for the Lakeland school system.

10/16/2014

Equity, fairness and transparency — these are things Illinoisans have lamented about the state’s method of funding schools for decades. However, few have been willing to do the heavy lifting that comes with proposing an overhaul. Let’s have a fair, thoughtful, rhetoric-free debate about the new school funding reform bill.

10/16/2014

The U.S. Supreme Court's decision not to take up a lawsuit that says Alabama's caps on property taxes are racially discriminatory may appear to give state leaders a reprieve on rapid reforms to ensure public schools in impoverished areas are adequately funded. But they better not wait long or they could risk facing civil rights complaints and federal monitoring under new guidelines aimed at ridding schools of racial inequities.

10/16/2014

A Southern California school district has settled a government claim that it discriminated against a transgender student who said she was forbidden to wear makeup, was harassed by other children and was encouraged to change schools. The Downey USD agreed to give the teenager access to the same facilities and activities as other female students

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