K12 Headlines

10/15/2014

10/15/2014

Sioux Falls’ public technical school is exploring a new law that might eventually allow it to operate independent of its local 23,000-student Sioux Falls School District. Southeast Technical Institute officials say self-governance makes sense, giving the school more decision-making clout that could lead to more funding, more students and better programing.

10/15/2014

Net Texts’ educational materials and apps are now available to students and educators on iPhone, Android phones and Chrome. Teachers can find, build and customize multimedia courses from a library of more than 1,000 free Net Texts-curated courses and 21,000 free course materials from other providers.

10/15/2014

School Improvement Network and Swivl have partnered on a robotic accessory that lets educators capture and share lessons. The device uses an app- and cloud-connected hosting appliance to turn a mobile device into a lecture and presentation capture tool.

10/15/2014

El Paso ISD and CK-12 Foundation are collaborating on replacing paper textbooks with digital textbooks called FlexBooks. These are standards-aligned, fully-customized digital flexbooks built using the CK-12 platform. The change will start with select high school science classes, with more school subjects to follow.

10/15/2014

LAUSD's student information system, which has cost more than $130 million, made its debut this semester and promptly overloaded the district's database servers, requiring an emergency re-engineering, and causing numerous scheduling, attendance, grade and other issues. A quick fix to the problems plaguing LAUSD's system is unlikely.

10/15/2014

A plan to serve alcohol on school grounds has drawn criticism from the community, but Lebanon Community School Corporation is defending the decision. Under new policies that the school board will vote on next week, certain events outside school hours would provide the option through a catering company to bring in beer and wine.

10/15/2014

A number of top tech firms made a pledge to keep student data secure. Firms like Microsoft, Amplify, Code.org, DreamBox Learning, and others have signed the Student Privacy Pledge, which commits to the secure handling of data from K12 students. School service providers will not be able to sell student information or change privacy policies without notice.

10/15/2014

At Minnesota's River Bend, teachers try yoga and other strategies to help children control their own emotions. They hope that some can leave the school's locked corridors eventually and return to a traditional classroom. While yoga won't cure a behavioral disorder, it seems to be helping some kids.

10/15/2014

After piloting the Lexia Reading Core5 program in six schools, La Mesa-Spring Valley School District has expanded the program to include all of its 17 elementary schools. Palm Springs USD has implemented the program as an essential part of their literacy curriculum. Colton Joint USD and Newport Mesa USD have expanded usage to 24 and 18 additional schools, respectively.

10/15/2014

For the first time in 15 years, Massachusetts education officials probably will not be approving any new independently run charter schools this year, a prospect that is stunning proponents and applicants.

10/15/2014

Public prayer and discussion by and with adults is fine. Reasonable people firm in their faith can tolerate our many differences in such forums, or at least they should. Having our children's faith potentially incorrectly taught by a well-meaning teacher at their public school, however, may be a step too far.

10/15/2014

School Specialty, Inc.'s EPS Literacy and Intervention released its new S.P.I.R.E. Touch Phonics App. Available now on the App Store, the application provides digital manipulatives for phoneme segmentation and word building.

10/15/2014

While the majority (93 percent) of elementary, middle and high school students have wireless access to the Internet at home, a recent study conducted by Harris Poll on behalf of Pearson revealed that connectivity shrinks when they get to school — only 62 percent have wireless access there.

10/15/2014

Texas' McAllen ISD is implementing myON to provide students with 24/7 access to over 7,000 books. District administrators opted to deploy myON to all 20 elementary and 7 middle school campuses.

10/15/2014

A school safety task force will recommend that South Carolina schools practice more safety lockdown drills, have more school resource officers and more school psychologists. The task force will also recommend the creation of a risk and vulnerability assessment team or teams that would check the school safety plans of every school and district.

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