K12 Headlines

7/8/2015

7/8/2015

The computerized assessment tests reading skills and identifies strengths and weaknesses for a single student, a class, or the entire K12 school population. Formerly known as RAPS 360, the updated MindPlay Universal Screener now works on any computer platform, as well as on iPads and tablets.

7/8/2015

There is a push by 39 prominent Hispanic advocacy groups to lawmakers to retain federal control or penalties of No Child Left Behind to protect English language learners and other disadvantaged students.

7/8/2015

Decisions about cuts to military personnel at places such as Fort Drum, and the multibillion-dollar economic consequences that come with them, may hinge on local school quality, a new report suggests.

7/8/2015

A package of eight bills designed to give Michigan school districts help more quickly if the state determines they are at risk of a financial emergency has been signed by the governor. One raises the cap on emergency loans to municipalities.

7/8/2015

A counselor in the Rochester School District hopes to start an all-boys charter high school with an Afro-centric curriculum. The JABEA Boys Academy Charter School would be an all-boys school for grades 7-12, holding classes six days a week and place particular emphasis on "self-identity" and career-focused education.

7/7/2015

7/7/2015

The Touchjet Pond Projector turns any wall or table surface into an 80-inch interactive touchscreen where students and teachers can display and interact with Android educational apps, fostering group problem solving and social learning.

7/7/2015

The city treasurer is proposing to invest about $175,000 a year in parking division savings accounts for the approximately 3,500 students who enter city kindergartens each year. Clearly $50 is symbolic, meant to be a learning tool. Studies have shown that kids with a dedicated savings fund are four times more likely to attend college.

7/7/2015

The Lawrence County Board of Education selected Johnny Yates as its new superintendent to replace the former superintendent, Heath Grimes. Yates has worked with the school system for 37 years as a teacher, principal and assistant superintendent.

7/7/2015

Robert Graham, previously the Virginia district's assistant superintendent, has been named to the top spot for Radford City Schools.

7/7/2015

Robert Schultz will leave the district to become the superintendent of Tulpehocken Area School District. He first came to Lower Dauphin in 2003 as middle school principal. He moved to the assistant to the superintendent role in 2008 and was named assistant superintendent in 2013.

7/7/2015

“Stability and predictability” were chosen over an extra $55.7 million for Iowa’s public schools. Gov. Terry Branstad defended his decision to veto a one-time allocation for the state’s 338 public K12 school districts that had been approved in a legislative compromise.

7/7/2015

Gov. Bobby Jindal has agreed to give local public school districts more freedom to choose their textbooks. The state education department will review instructional materials in English, math, science and social studies to decide whether they meet state educational standards. But local districts won't be bound by its approved list.

7/7/2015

Pasadena High is trying something different. The school is placing some responsibility for policing online bullying on its students. The students are learning to confront bullies, responding to put-downs with positive posts, or distracting their friends with real-world activities so they don’t become bullies online.

7/7/2015

A bipartisan duo of House members have introduced legislation that would require school districts that receive funding through the Elementary and Secondary Education Act to establish policies that ban bullying on the basis of race, nationality, gender, sexual orientation or religion.

7/7/2015

Fewer students in the city's public schools have been required to attend summer school this year than in the past several years, according to data from the city’s Education Department. It also shows a lower percentage of students have been held back a grade since Bill de Blasio became mayor in 2014.

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