K12 Headlines

5/13/2015

5/13/2015

If we want to re-engage learners, re-professionalize teachers, and re-think how we prepare students for a globally competitive working life, we need to follow the learners, and develop more open learning systems — ones that are outward-facing, highly collaborative, co-created and purpose-driven.

5/13/2015

An effort to permit school districts to spend reserve money to ease budgetary pain is on its last legislative leg. Some state lawmakers still hope to pass a measure allowing school districts to tap into their cash reserves, but key legislators say any proposal is unlikely to pass the Iowa Legislature this year.

5/12/2015

5/12/2015

Lawrence County Superintendent Heath Grimes was selected by the Alabama district's school board as its next school superintendent. Russellville Superintendent Rex Mayfield retires in July.

5/12/2015

The Alpine Board of Education has named Samuel Y. Jarman as the new superintendent of schools. He succeeds retiring Superintendent Vernon M. Henshaw. Jarman has worked as assistant principal at American Fork High and American Fork Junior High, and served as principal of Provo High School for seven years.

5/12/2015

The latest edition to Codelocks' KitLock range of electronic push-button locksthe NANO90—is a new lock based on the company’s cabinet lock, but with a much smaller footprint.

5/12/2015

Kids and teens who suffer a concussion worry about their academic skills in the weeks afterward, and older kids and those with more severe symptoms seem to worry the most, according to a new study.

5/12/2015

After a nationwide search, Council Rock School District has hired a new superintendent. Robert Fraser, currently West Chester Area School District's assistant superintendent, will replace Mark Klein, who was Council Rock's superintendent for 11 years before announcing his retirement.

5/12/2015

A bill in the Legislature is aimed at returning, against the will of charter operators, some once-failing Recovery School District schools to the control of the Orleans Parish School Board. The bill has all the makings of a shotgun marriage, seeking to force a relationship that hasn’t been nurtured at the local level.

5/12/2015

The number of children enrolled in state-funded preschool programs nationwide increased modestly by about 8,500 seats during the 2013-14 school year—an increase of 4 percent for 3-year-olds and 29 percent for4-year-olds served by these programs.

5/12/2015

Gov. Greg Abbott approved a measure to reduce the required number of end-of-course tests to pass from five to three. The legislation will immediately exempt thousands of high school students from the stricter graduation requirements. Students still have to get a passing average in all their core classes.

5/12/2015

The Assembly bill does not specifically prohibit investigators from posing questions to children but it does require school boards to adopt a policy for residency investigations. The bill also requires investigators to identify themselves truthfully and five days' written notice to families before an investigation starts.

5/12/2015

The Texas district's internal auditor says he's expanding the grade fixing probe that began at Westbury High School to a second campus. The move follows detailed, anonymous allegations from teachers on the campus relayed to school board members.

5/12/2015

Shell Squad Adventures is a new kindergarten readiness software that combines automated progression rules with advanced gaming functionality to teach preschoolers 18 core early literacy and math skills.

5/12/2015

The LanSchool Connection Service in the newest release of Stoneware, Inc.'s classroom management software now supports up to 10,000 connections and will auto direct students and teachers. The Chromebook extension has also been upgraded to include other LanSchool features.

5/12/2015

This year, in response to complaints that teachers didn’t fully understand how the new teacher evaluation ratings were generated last year, New Mexico's Public Education Department will include more detailed evaluation categories, including student test scores, principal observations, teacher attendance and student surveys.

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