K12 Headlines

9/3/2014

9/3/2014

District CIOs looking to save money on computers are increasingly turning to refurbished technology. Buying preowned equipment puts more devices in the hands of students and keeps old machines out of landfills.

9/3/2014

Measuring and even changing a student’s brain activity was once a science fiction concept. But technology advances are pushing to market more products that use attention levels and plasticity of the mind to raise academic achievement.

9/3/2014

Elizabeth Forward High School will have a new fabrication lab (FABLAB) this year through a partnership with MIT's International FABLAB Association. The room will have laser cutters, 3D printers, desktop computers, laptops, vinyl cutters and a CNC router for students to make and fabricate just about anything.

9/3/2014

September 19-22, 2014
Kissimmee, Fla.

9/3/2014

Espresso Education and Discovery Education will join together under the Discovery Education name. The name change follows Discovery Education’s acquisition of the U.K.'s Espresso Group Ltd. Espresso Primary's services will be under the name Discovery Education Espresso while Espresso CPD offerings are now Discovery Education Professional Development.

9/3/2014

In a study from Northwestern University, researchers looked at the impact of music education on at-risk children’s nervous systems and found that music lessons could help them develop language and reading skills. The study documents the influence of after-school music education on the brains of disadvantaged children, as opposed to affluent children receiving private lessons.

9/3/2014

The dropout prevention Early Warning System and Interventions Catalog from the state's department of education will be implemented in 35 Pennsylvania school districts and charter schools. The schools, located in 23 counties across the commonwealth, will start using the system during the 2014-2015 school year.

9/3/2014

Communication failures both within Seattle Public Schools and with parents of children with disabilities continue to undermine the district’s efforts to fix longstanding problems in special education. Seattle risks losing about $12  million annually in federal funds unless it fixes problems that include failures to update student learning plans and provide services consistently from school to school.

9/3/2014

Gov. Jerry Brown filed an appeal of a ruling that struck down traditional job protections for teachers. California’s two largest teacher unions are expected to follow suit in the case of Vergara vs. California.

9/3/2014

The Grand Rapids Board of Education approved the proposal for the new Grand Rapids Public Museum School, planned for the 2015-2016 school year. In addition to the district and the Public Museum, the Museum School is a partnership with the city of Grand Rapids, Ferris State University/Kendall College, Downtown Grand Rapids Inc. and Grand Valley State University

9/3/2014

The Ohio city's board adopted a policy to officially bar school principals from making after-the-fact changes to grades on their own. Once the grading period ends, school administrators who want to change a student’s grade will have to fill out forms to justify the change, get permission from a central-office official and then have a district data worker make the change.

9/3/2014

A year after hundreds more "Safe Passage" workers were hired to keep children from harm, an infusion of city money has allowed Chicago to increase the number of security guards from 1,200 to 1,300. Another $10 million from the state will mean 600 more workers will be lining the streets within the next several weeks.

9/3/2014

The U.S. education system recently received a report card from the OECD, a think tank for developed countries. America’s grades weren’t pretty with 29 countries out-performing the U.S. in math. But instead of working with state education leaders to implement higher educational standards, some Minnesota legislators are waging a turf war over who decides what kids should learn.

9/3/2014

As Washington grapples with the issue of education funding, residents are left wondering how such a prosperous state fails to fully fund even basic education for the state's children. Ultimately, the answer lies in the Washington's broken and inefficient state tax system.

9/3/2014

Board members in Florida’s Lee County School District backtracked on their unprecedented decision to opt out of state standardized tests for the coming school year, less than a week after the initial decision.

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