K12 Headlines

9/17/2014

9/17/2014

Classworks recently added enhancements to its online instructional platform for kindergarten through ninth grade. New developments include integrated reading activities, a student score dashboard, math resources (also available in the Google Chrome Store), and LTI integration and Google Single Sign-on options.

9/17/2014

It is rewarding to give a tax break to those who deserve it. It is not such an easy decision when giving that break means a higher tax rate for people who are already struggling to pay their bills. By allowing school districts to grant property tax exemptions to veterans, New York is essentially pitting taxpayers against each other and sticking school boards with making the call.

9/17/2014

There is a deeper crisis in American education that cannot be solved by better curriculum or more demanding tests. More and more high school graduates lack fundamental critical thinking skills: Without explicit instruction they are unable to identify a problem, formulate a question and offer a solution.

9/17/2014

One of the state's smallest school corporations, Union School Corp., needs to think big if it's to act in the best interest of its students and taxpayers with only two to three years of funds left. The dilemma facing Union is, or will soon be, faced by other school corporations in Indiana. Union might be the first domino to fall but the course it charts will be watched closely.

9/17/2014

The Compassionate Schools Network, a free online community for individuals interested in compassion in education, hosts a Facebook-like community sharing platform, acts as a resource-sharing center and provides information and tools for compassionate schools. The website is geared towards primary and secondary education.

9/17/2014

Video Insight released VI Monitor for Mac. This free VMS client for Mac allows users to access live and recorded video from any cameras on the surveillance system using an Apple computer.

9/17/2014

Derek Moore, the San Jose USD's director of technology services, is coming to Palo Alto to serve as the district's new chief technology officer.

9/17/2014

Schools and districts in the state made modest gains in performance this past school year, according to report cards released by the Department of Public Instruction. Overall, four out of five schools and nearly all districts met or exceeded expectations. There were 116 schools that received the highest rating, up from 86 the previous year.

9/17/2014

A proposed program redesign at the university would raise the requirements for many aspiring preschool, elementary and middle school teachers. Instead of offering a teaching bachelor’s degree, the school plans to offer a master’s of arts in teaching program that could be completed in about one additional year with undergraduate or summer course work.

9/17/2014

A controversial new school efficiency panel has drafted a list of policy recommendations, including incentives for Kansas school districts to consolidate, and potential restrictions on teacher bargaining rights and state aid for bond issues.

9/17/2014

Pennsylvania law forbids guns in schools, but there is a carve-out for firearms used for lawful purposes. A new bill would clarify ambiguous language and offer the option of extra protection for rural districts that rely on state police.

9/17/2014

The Salesforce.com Foundation made a $5 million donation to San Francisco public schools to support technology advances in classrooms, nearly doubling the $2.7 million gift the institution gave to schools last year.

9/17/2014

The Manatee School District’s new elementary school security guards will be unarmed due to legal concerns. The district will wait for a legal interpretation decision to be made by Florida's attorney general on schools and weapons. The decision is another twist in the district’s controversial decision to hire a private firm, Sarasota Security Patrol Inc., to post armed guards at its elementaries.

9/17/2014

Santa Monica-Malibu USD's Board of Education could spend up to $34.4 million to upgrade technology across the district. The cash would come from a bond approved by voters and be spent on software, hardware, new staff and more. One big ticket item, a network upgrade for 809 classrooms and workspaces, could cost about $9.2 million.

9/17/2014

As part of a pilot BYOD program at a Pennsylvania high school, students are also using their phones with software that coordinates class projects and activities in a somewhat private social network. And students study traditional social networks, like Facebook and Twitter, in a digital citizenship class.

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