K12 Headlines

7/13/2015

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

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

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

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

Among Ohio Sen. Sherrod Brown's major proposals: Making charter school management and finances more open to the public, tracking how charter schools fit into each area's education plans and making sure that making profits isn't more important than educating kids.

7/10/2015

7/10/2015

As part of an effort to close the gaps in graduation rates for many groups of disengaged or disadvantaged students, WIN Learning will support National Dropout Prevention Center/Network's communication efforts about college and career readiness measures, including participation in regional and national events.

7/10/2015

The Muscogee County School Board is discussing a pilot program of swimming lessons for kindergarteners. We know from statistics, anecdotal evidence and common sense that small children who learn to swim in formal lessons are dramatically less likely to drown. Local students should have free access to those literally life-saving skills.

7/10/2015

Formal structures for helping students transition smoothly appear to be relatively uncommon, leaving the work to already overburdened counselors and families, or sometimes no one but the students themselves. Two standout programs in Boston and in St. Paul, Minnesota are trying to help connect the dots for freshmen, and may serve as a model for other schools systems.

7/10/2015

A new study estimates that more than 145,000 deaths per year could be averted in the United States if everyone who didn't finish high school had earned their high school degrees. The findings suggest that policies aimed at increasing people's education level could improve residents' longevity.

7/10/2015

Sunburst Digital, Inc. is teaming up with Tynker, a start-up that has introduced more than 20 million kids to computer programming. Tynker’s game-based programming platform offers interactive tutorials, puzzles and code challenges.

7/10/2015

South Lyon Community Schools Superintendent Bill Pearson has retired after 20 years as the district's top leader. Since Pearson started, the number of students has grown from 4,200 to 8,000 and voters passed six bond proposals that brought about seven new school buildings.

7/10/2015

The Texas district's Superintendent Paul Cruz has decided to eliminate 11 of the district’s top administrative positions and reshuffle department responsibilities for the upcoming school year.

7/10/2015

The Colorado Supreme Court issued a ruling invalidating a district-level voucher program for private schools, including religious schools. Such a broad ruling raises questions about what other public investments could be construed as supporting these institutions. Perhaps that is why this case may be brought before the U.S. Supreme Court under the grounds of free exercise of religion.

7/10/2015

Newton Public Schools will be the first district in Massachusetts to implement Skyward, Inc.'s student information system. The Boston suburb school system serves more than 12,500 students in 21 schools.

7/10/2015

Congress moved to substantially scale back the federal government’s role in education, particularly the use of high-stakes standardized testing to punish schools, in the first significant proposed revisions since the No Child Left Behind law was passed 14 years ago.

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