K12 Headlines

6/20/2014

6/20/2014

An analysis by ProPublica and NPR of data for the 2011-2012 school year of school discipline practices from the U.S. Department of Education's Civil Rights Data Collection shows restraint and seclusion were used at least 267,000 times nationwide. In 75 percent of the cases, it was children with disabilities who were restrained or secluded.

6/20/2014

Five out of eight applications for new charter schools in Nashville earned a recommendation for approval by Metro Nashville Public Schools, including a proposal from KIPP Nashville, the nation's largest charter network, to take over a struggling elementary school.

6/20/2014

A Washington, D.C., council committee is taking up a package of bills intended to improve services for special-education students. Among other things, the legislation would establish the procedural safeguards that exist for parents in jurisdictions with more effective special education programs.

6/20/2014

More than 80 percent of the state's public school districts reported having significant vacancies for open teaching positions at the end of May, a survey from the School Administrators of South Dakota revealed. The survey found that 258 positions, or 30 percent, of 803 teaching positions available this spring remained unfilled as of May 28.

6/20/2014

Ultimate Typing EDU is specifically designed for teaching keyboarding at schools and is equipped with classroom-essential technologies such as live progress monitoring of students’ typing activity and unlimited user accounts.

6/20/2014

Students with disabilities are about to gain equal access to school sports in New Jersey. A new bill instructs districts to work with disabled students, families and community advocates to identify opportunities for participation in physical education and extracurricular sports.

6/20/2014

The board of Jefferson County Schools passed a budget of $1.019 billion for Colorado's second-largest school district, up 3.2 percent from the previous year. The 2014-2015 budget earmarks nearly $650 million in spending from the general fund, nearly $20 million from the capital reserve fund and more than $60 million from the charter school fund.

6/20/2014

Black River Schools is replacing outgoing superintendent Janice Wyckoff with Chris Clark. He previously worked for Madison Plains Schools in London, Ohio, for 25 years.

6/20/2014

Warren Craig Pouncey, the chief of staff for the Alabama State Department of Education, was named as Jefferson County's new superintendent. Pouncey was previously superintendent of Crenshaw County Schools, assistant state superintendent and deputy state superintendent of education.

6/20/2014

Daniel Curry has been appointed as the new superintendent of Calvert County Public Schools. Curry was formerly the superintendent of Lake Forest School District in Felton, Del., since 2003. The county’s former superintendent, Jack Smith, resigned from the school system last summer.

6/20/2014

Hooda Math has released five math manipulatives designed to be completely device agnostic, including Base Ten Blocks, Number Line Integer Addition, Hundreds Chart, Algebra Tiles and Algebra Balance Equations. These free manipulatives are built using HTML5 code, enabling students to access them on a smartphone, tablet or desktop computer.

6/20/2014

Florida families have had a chance to start voicing their opinion: Just recently the largest number ever — 100,000 — applied for K12 school choice scholarships. It's likely tens of thousands of Florida children will have to return this fall to schools they want to leave without the scholarships. Lawmakers need to expand Florida's voucher system and allow more parents to choose the school that best fits their child.

6/20/2014

The George W. Bush Institute’s Alliance to Reform Education Leadership and New Leaders, Inc. released a framework outlining the conditions necessary for principals to transform schools. The Conditions for Effective Leadership Project findings show that effective districts provide principals with more authority to make staffing decisions and delegate more leadership tasks to other leaders, among other conditions.

6/20/2014

The New Media Consortium and the Consortium for School Networking, with the support of HP, released the NMC Horizon Report > 2014 K-12 Edition. It describes annual findings from the NMC Horizon Project, an ongoing research project designed to identify and describe emerging technologies likely to have an impact on teaching, learning, and creative inquiry in K12 schools.

6/19/2014

6/19/2014

Wake County Public School System (WCPSS) in North Carolina will implement Knovation's digital learning resource library, netTrekker, in all K8 schools. As the largest public school district in the state and the sixteenth largest in the country, WCPSS will offer the educator-curated digital content to more than 100,000 students across 137 elementary and middle schools.

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