K12 Headlines

1/12/2015

1/12/2015

This week, school officials announced the system will be giving differential pay to substitutes who are licensed teachers and to teachers who have retired from the school system — which means a substitute could earn up to $164 per day with additional differential pay.

1/12/2015

Minneapolis Public School employees are using district credit cards for unauthorized purchases — including personal use — and have routinely failed to follow expense policies, a review of school expense records found.

1/12/2015

The Indiana Department of Education announced a partnership with myON to make thousands of titles available to students taking part in Indiana’s Migrant Education Program.

1/12/2015

Self-control, curiosity, “grit” — these qualities may seem more personal than academic, but at some schools, they’re now part of the regular curriculum. Some researchers say personality could be even more important than intelligence when it comes to students’ success in school. But critics worry that the increasing focus on qualities like grit will distract policy makers from problems with schools.

1/12/2015

Ohio is trying to give parents guidance through its Step Up To Quality preschool rating system, which rates childcare centers from one to five stars based on how well they try to educate children.

1/9/2015

1/9/2015

A new iPad app of Science4Us' kindergarten, first and second grade science curriculum is now available. The free app is available on the Apple iTunes store to students who are paid members of Science4Us.com. It can also be used on Chromebooks, computers and many mobile devices.

1/9/2015

Discovery Education unveiled Math Techbook, a digital textbook designed to encourage inquiry-based learning. Math Techbook supports middle school math, high school math (Algebra I, Algebra II and Geometry), and Integrated Math (Math I, II and III) instruction.

1/9/2015

It’s time Indiana legislators strengthened control over the state’s school voucher program. In the three years since its creation, the program has grown into one of the broadest programs in the country. The problem is that, even as the state moved quickly to expand the program, it failed to properly keep track of the funding.

1/9/2015

This past fall, New York homeowners living in school districts that complied with the state property tax cap were mailed income tax rebate checks. That will continue in 2015, but with one caveat: school districts must create "government efficiency" plans in the next few months for state approval, in addition to complying with the tax cap.

1/9/2015

The New York district's school board accepted the resignation of Superintendent James Abrams and named J.D. Pabis as the interim schools chief.

1/9/2015

Superintendent Henry Arledge, the longest serving current superintendent in Mississippi, will not run for re-election in the fall. He plans to retire, ending a 48-year career with the district, 36 of those years as its leader.

1/9/2015

Topeka USD 501's board of education has decided to cut back on mandatory testing in the district’s schools. Significantly reducing the district’s own mandatory testing sounds like a reasonable change to give teachers more time to teach and students more time to learn.

1/9/2015

The Arkansas Board of Education will hold a meeting later this month to consider whether the state should intervene in the Little Rock School District. The district has six schools considered under academic distress.

1/9/2015

The former Contra Costa County Office of Education Deputy Superintendent Karen Sakata was sworn in as the county’s new superintendent of schools. She is the California county’s first female superintendent schools, as well as the position’s first Asian American.

1/9/2015

The Florida school district could face more than $1.2 million in fines for once again exceeding constitutional class-size requirements — the highest penalty in the state other than Miami-Dade. Lake appealed the finding that 361 of its classes are over the legal capacity this school year, citing unexpected growth as a persistent challenge.

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