K12 Headlines

9/15/2014

9/15/2014

More schools are using social media such as Facebook and Twitter to dissseminate everything from bulletins, such as closing due to inclement weather, to accolades for students and updates and final scores for their athletic events.

9/15/2014

It's mid-September, and most schools have barely begun classes, but students at Rosa Parks Elementary School are getting ready for vacation. Fall break for the Portland, Oregon, elementary school starts on Sept. 22 and runs for three weeks.

9/15/2014

Dynamic Path released its Praxis II PLT K-6 study questions, which include 200 review problems to test and strengthen the skills professional educators need for the Praxis II PLT K-6 exam.

9/15/2014

A plaster-type finish to go over walls to bulletproof homes, schools or offices has been developed by GigaCrete Inc. The finish can help create safe rooms and bullet resistant walls for schools or any other building where ballistic protection may be needed. The company has just passed official ballistic tests proving it can stop five rounds of AK47 bullets.

9/15/2014

Leverage Applications' Mobile University Partner School program has fully launched. Available for iOS and Android devices, the university search apps let students search more than 4,500 schools nationwide by location, degrees offered, test scores, tuition and more. Students can also search approximately 18,000 scholarships within the database.

9/12/2014

9/12/2014

Forty-eight Michigan school districts and public school academies are operating in the red, according to a quarterly report from the state's department of education. The report gave a mixed picture of schools’ financial health: While ten districts were projected to climb into the black by the end of the last school year, 12 others that began fiscal year 2014 with a surplus had fallen into deficit by June 30.

9/12/2014

The Wyoming Department of Education has named PublicSchoolWORKS as an approved provider of training on suicide prevention fundamentals and core competencies for all staff in school districts. Beginning with this school year, Wyoming educators are required to receive a minimum of two hours of suicide prevention training each year to maintain their state teaching licenses.

9/12/2014

InfoSnap, Inc. inked a strategic partnership with Software Answers, Inc. to develop a web-based classroom and student management solution, the ProgressBook Suite. This collaboration will offer customers a customized integration between InfoSnap online enrollment and registration and ProgressBook Suite.

9/12/2014

The Better Business Bureau (BBB) is warning school districts across the country to be on the lookout for fake invoices for educational supplies. In just the last few weeks, the BBB has received more than 3,300 inquiries and nearly 100 complaints from schools in 26 states.

9/12/2014

The New Jersey district's board of education members voted to appoint Lamont Repollet, principal of Carteret High School, as its permanent superintendent.

9/12/2014

Fred Heid is officially superintendent of the sixth largest school district in the state. Heid was issued a non-provisional superintendent certificate by the Illinois State Board of Education. Although Heid was credentialed to serve in his previous position as a superintendent in Florida, Illinois does not allow for reciprocity.

9/12/2014

The California district brought in Julie Mitchell, the chief personnel officer for the Tustin USD, to serve as Rowland’s top administrator. The search for a new superintendent began last April, when Superintendent Ruben Frutos decided to step down.

9/12/2014

Young people are often too willing to take risks, which is why state legislatures and sports organizations must be more aggressive in ensuring the safety of student athletes. A high school game may seem all important to its participants, but adults know better — and they are required to act on that knowledge.

9/12/2014

Tragically, violence, hunger, homelessness and abuse have become an unfortunate way of life for far too many students living in cities. Unfortunately, there are not enough programs to effectively treat PTSD suffered by public school students and their parents. Public education policy ignores the reality that many urban students have difficulty learning because of ongoing PTSD.

9/12/2014

A series of new ASCD Educator Effectiveness Institutes will be held on multiple dates in cities throughout the United States. In addition to the traditional one- or two-day institutes, ASCD is also offering a flipped learning institute. The institutes cover diverse topics, ranging from differentiated instruction to turning high-poverty schools into high-performing schools.

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