K12 Headlines

4/2/2015

4/2/2015

If building new schools is the priority, the new projects should not be subjected to green standards. Increasing construction costs to build schools that, at best, save only nominal energy and financial savings is not merely imprudent but also a waste of taxpayer money.

4/2/2015

Under the new budget, districts would see an increase of $1.3 billion this year and funding would not be linked explicitly to a new teacher evaluation system. However, the current teacher evaluation system will change, with many details being left to state education officials.

4/2/2015

The U.S. Justice Department is investigating how the Texas county punishes kids for missing school, targeting what civil-rights advocates call the school-to-prison pipeline. The policies allegedly disproportionately rout certain children — primarily blacks and Latinos — out of class and into the juvenile justice system.

4/2/2015

ProCloud.EDU is a new wireless digital learning suite that offers increased functionality like capacity planning, cloud-managed Wi-Fi, content filtering and classroom management software.

4/2/2015

FileWave v9.0 has added new data management updates such as Dashboard and Imaging v3. FileWave has added a new classroom management tool called Engage, which includes features such as messaging, device mirroring and single app mode.

4/2/2015

Most teachers have been unfairly indicted for poor student performance, failing schools and low test scores. We cannot ignore the effects of poverty and the lack of high-quality early childhood education investment. To recruit great teachers, we also need to reject the status quo by significantly increasing teacher compensation.

4/2/2015

Baltimore County and other high-growth suburban jurisdictions would receive $20 million in extra state money to alleviate school overcrowding. The aid is aimed at school systems with more than 300 portable classrooms over the past five years or with enrollment greater than 150 percent of the statewide average.

4/2/2015

Scholastic published The Holocaust: The Story of Nazi Persecution and the Impact of Hate on Humanity, a nonfiction reader for grades 7-10 that covers the timeline, history, participants and impact of the Holocaust.

4/2/2015

A bill that will help counties and local school systems levy fines against drivers who pass stopped school buses passed the Senate Education Committee. Senate Bill 298 would allow a $500 fine to be levied on the owner of a vehicle caught on camera passing a school bus.

4/2/2015

A bill to suspend the state’s longstanding policy of helping local municipalities pay for school construction bonds passed the Senate. In addition to putting the school bond reimbursement program on hold for five years, Senate Bill 64 lowers the reimbursement level to 40 to 50 percent when it returns.

4/1/2015

4/1/2015

Nine out of 10 students recognize the importance of developing technology skills early to ensure they are prepared to enter the workforce, according to new research published by CompTIA.

4/1/2015

Landlines are out and internet-based phones are in for many schools this year, as the modernized E-rate program begins scaling back funds for traditional phone service.

4/1/2015

Given the advancement of touch-screen technologies in tablets and computers, the State Senate passed a bill to strengthen the 2012 Alabama Ahead Act dropping a requirement that devices come with electronic pens. This move should clear the way to replacing textbooks with tablets and laptops.

4/1/2015

When it can be conclusively proven that technology within schools aids in meeting educational objectives, it will become easier to charter effective district technology plans, budgeting and education reforms. Such educational reforms will require meticulous planning and long-term vision to have a sustained impact.

4/1/2015

Staff and students of New Jersey's Swedesboro-Woolwich district were unable to access computer programs, files and other network-related services for several days due to a ransomware malware attack. The attack has interfered not only with day-to-day academic activities, but also district email servers and the statewide PARCC test.

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