K12 Headlines

5/7/2015

5/7/2015

Kajeet's latest program is designed to help educators better manage their students’ home broadband connectivity. With the Kajeet Managed Education Broadband program, Kajeet handles the filtering, time restrictions, data consumption, and analysis and reporting of students' internet access at home.

5/7/2015

Michigan continues to lag the nation in the performance of its students. The Legislature has worked on developing a strong teacher evaluation program for four years, and now it should finish the task.

5/7/2015

The current education system doesn’t give students a clear reason to be persistent. On the traditional A-F grading scale, kids move on to the next subject whether they’ve learned all the information or not. A better idea is to tap into kids' passions and help students develop grit around the things that really matter to them.

5/7/2015

The Louisiana House Education Committee advanced a bill to ban building schools on toxic waste sites. The issue flared up after the Recovery School District unveiled a plan to rebuild a school on a site that contained toxins such as lead, mercury and carcinogenic hydrocarbons.

5/7/2015

According to the latest numbers recently released by the Florida Department of Education, the top eight schools, with reported fights, are all in Miami-Dade County. A middle school was in the top spot with 188 reported fights last school year.

5/7/2015

State lawmakers’ months-long impasse on school funding may be close to an end. A legislator posted that legislative leaders have agreed to a compromise of a 1.25-percent increase in K12 public school funding plus a one-time appropriation of $55 million.

5/7/2015

Momentous Institute and AT&T, through the AT&T Aspire initiative, have released three mobile apps that use the social emotional health practices developed by Momentous Institute. The free apps include a deep breathing exercise app, one that focuses on good feelings and releasing worries and a third that works to reduce distractions.

5/6/2015

5/6/2015

Chartwells K12 School Dining Services will offer FOODPLAY - a national theater show about healthy eating and active living - to the 35,200 children and family members it serves at 22 schools throughout Connecticut and Massachusetts.

5/6/2015

The Missouri city's council approved a measure to increase cooperation between the Columbia Public School District, Columbia Police Department, Boone County Sheriff’s Department and the 13th Judicial Circuit Court to improve the handling of minors who allegedly commit crimes or offenses over which the district can exercise disciplinary power.

5/6/2015

Technology has captured the American education system. As it does, the money keeps flowing in — and so do questions about its impact. Education technology can be beneficial but it must meet students’ needs and enhance curriculum and should support, not supplant teachers.

5/6/2015

Montana Tech will now be home to the CodeMontana program, which is made up of 1,200 junior high and high school students across the state. The computer programming initiative will offer more mentorship opportunities for the high school students at its new location from the college's current computer science students.

5/6/2015

The use of electronics instead of textbooks is logical from an economic standpoint, but we must question whether students’ educational experiences are also being put at a disadvantage. Limitations in accessibility to personal devices outside of the classroom as well as the challenge of sustaining the hardware make this option less desirable when more than just the price tag is factored into the equation.

5/6/2015

Laws in different states provide varied leeway when it comes to monitoring students’ public and private social media activity. Many districts take part in rudimentary monitoring. While there’s probably no criminal liability, comprehensive monitoring could put schools in difficult positions.

5/6/2015

A new House bill would bar school technology providers from targeting advertising to students, selling students’ information to third parties and creating profiles of students for non-educational purposes. At the same time, the proposal allows providers to use data to personalize students’ learning and, when the information is de-identified, to improve their products.

5/6/2015

About 50 middle school girls from across California's Silicon Valley showed off their cybersecurity skills at the first ever CyberGirlz Silicon Valley Summit. The new CyberGirlz after-school programs teach cryptography, networking, forensics, web exploitation and basic programming skills.

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