K12 Headlines

11/4/2014

11/4/2014

The New York district appointed Richard Hughes as superintendent to replace the current interim superintendent of the recently merged district. Hughes has served as superintendent at Otselic Valley Central School District for the past four years.

11/4/2014

In a sudden and unexpected departure, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools Superintendent Heath Morrison said he’s resigning for family reasons. Deputy Superintendent Ann Clark, who was one of the other finalists for superintendent when Morrison was hired in 2012, will take over the interim role.

11/4/2014

The Rochelle Park Board of Education hired Geoffrey Zoeller, former superintendent of the Westwood Regional School District, as its superintendent for four and a half years.

11/4/2014

With no evaluation, all that’s clear is that more families are taking advantage of the state’s voucher program. But policymakers don’t know why. And that’s truly important, especially as lawmakers consider whether to make changes in the voucher program and on how much to spend on education overall.

11/4/2014

Louisiana's top court dismissed a lawsuit filed on behalf of thousands of New Orleans public school workers who were fired after Hurricane Katrina. The court said the fired employees' due-process rights were not violated. If the decision stands, it will spare the state and Orleans Parish costs that were expected to surpass $1 billion.

11/4/2014

Mayor de Blasio announced plans to extend the school day by an hour at nearly 100 schools as part the city’s $150 million plan to overhaul underperforming public city schools. Extra instruction and resources will also be sent to 94 schools that rank in the bottom quarter of the city's schools for graduation and state scores.

11/4/2014

Blackboard Inc. and Chegg, Inc. launched a partnership that will allow Chegg's self-directed learning services – Chegg Study, Chegg Tutors, and Chegg Career Center – to be accessible within Blackboard Inc.'s teaching and learning environment.

11/4/2014

Huntsville City Schools paid a former FBI agent $157,000 last year to oversee security improvements, including the investigation of social media activity of public school students. The online effort led to the expulsion last school year of just 14 out of the city's 24,000 students.

11/4/2014

In the last decade, school districts around the nation have tried different formulas to reform student lunches. But one program out of Minnesota starts by simply removing seven unwanted ingredients.

11/4/2014

The problem is not that our teachers are resistant to adopting new standards or advancing their own knowledge and skill sets. Recent data shows that educators are all too eager to work together to look critically at literacy teaching and learning practices and pilot approaches that enrich student learning. The core issue is quality time.

11/4/2014

Less than half of the Louisiana voucher students who took the LEAP and iLEAP exams passed this year: 44 percent, according to data released by the Louisiana Department of  Education. In comparison, 69 percent of public school students passed those exams statewide.

11/4/2014

Lesson plans and a curriculum for sixth through eighth grade teachers are available from Outliers Publishing for close reading activities from the book, Ingredients of Young Outliers: Achieving Your Most Amazing Future.

11/4/2014

The Arizona State Board of Education voted to award a $19 million contract to American Institutes for Research to develop an assessment to replace the Arizona Instrument to Measure Standards next spring. The new test will be called Arizona's Measurement of Educational Readiness to Inform Teaching or AzMERIT.

11/4/2014

In Tennessee, Metro Nashville Public Schools students can start applying for the school they want to attend, and a new process allows high school students to pick a school based on academic interests.

11/3/2014

11/3/2014

As difficult as state funding cuts are for public school districts in Wisconsin's largest cities, they are doubly painful in small rural communities. Coupled with increased spending on private school vouchers, state aid reductions in recent years have crippled their small systems and forced them to slash programs and services.

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