K12 Headlines

2/17/2015

2/17/2015

More than a dozen states now grade their public schools using the traditional A through F system. North Carolina is the latest to try it, and most of its high-poverty schools received D's and F's from the state education agency last week.

2/17/2015

Young athletes are scared to talk about mental abuse, and parents have no idea how to handle it. There are no official laws against it unless it's taken to an extreme. A coach will get fired for punching a player in the face, but nothing will happen when they subtly abuse their hard-working, trusting athletes for years.

2/17/2015

PublicSchoolWORKS has released Discriminatory Harassment — Identification and Response, a new course that addresses eight types of peer harassment based on race, sex, color, national-origin, disability and religion.

2/17/2015

Dissatisfied with the Florida School Board Association, Collier school board member Erika Donalds and three others launched a new school board group that supports school choice options, including charter school and local control of education issues.

2/17/2015

The money, which is included in the current city budget, will pay for training in conflict resolution for school staff and other aspects of the sweeping changes to student discipline procedures.

2/17/2015

The Missouri Senate is expected to debate proposed changes to the student transfer law this week. Four bills had been proposed that would take different approaches at changing the law that lets students in poor-performing schools transfer to better performing ones, at the expense of the sending school.

2/17/2015

The House Education and the Workforce Committee have passed a bill to reauthorize the long-outdated No Child Left Behind Act. The bill would give states more flexibility in designing accountability systems and consolidate dozens of federal education programs.

2/17/2015

Yakima Deputy Superintendent Jack Irion has been picked by the district’s school board to be its next leader. Irion will take over for retiring Superintendent Elaine Beraza in July.

2/17/2015

After five years at the helm of the rural 11-town Regional School Unit 3, Superintendent Heather Perry will be heading south this summer to lead the Gorham School District.

2/17/2015

A group of Tampa students were the first of about 3,000 Hillsborough County freshmen to try out new hands-only CPR training kits, which the American Heart Association and St. Petersburg's All Children's Hospital Johns Hopkins Medicine are providing to eight county high schools.

2/17/2015

Indiana’s public schools would see a $469 million increase in funding in the new two-year state budget under a proposal released by majority House Republicans that also includes an additional $40 million in grants for charter schools.

2/17/2015

Rather than address issues such as skyrocketing pension costs, the Pennsylvania Legislature sits back while local school boards grapple with the uncertainties of state aid. It wastes a tremendous amount of administrative time preparing budgets that are not realistic until the state budget is adopted.

2/17/2015

The New York district's school board selected Andrew Selesnick as its next superintendent. He has served the Chappaqua school district for 23 years, most recently as assistant superintendent for leadership development and human resources.

2/13/2015

2/13/2015

Whatever lawmakers do to boost salaries, they need to make sure the state assumes full costs of compensation in the long term. Getting this done might be simpler if the state bargained directly over wages and health care with the state teachers’ unions and left non-pay issues for its local affiliates.

2/13/2015

Joseph Davis, a superintendent from a small, high-poverty district in North Carolina, is the next superintendent of the struggling Missouri district. He replaces Art McCoy, who resigned last spring.

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