K12 Headlines

8/8/2014

8/8/2014

California's Palos Verdes Peninsula district appointed a new superintendent but will keep the current one on staff - at full pay. Donald Austin, formerly an assistant superintendent of educational services at Huntington Beach Union High School District, will replace Walker Williams, who will retire at the end of the 2014-2015 school year.

8/8/2014

PenBay Solutions has been selected by the Los Angeles Unified School District to configure and roll out a new InVision FM solution to streamline the process of their annual capacity planning process.

8/8/2014

Under expanded school choice, the relationship between Chicago and its neighborhood elementary schools is undergoing a sea change, reshaping the school system and the city’s culture. In 2000, 74 percent of Chicago’s elementary kids went to their assigned neighborhood grammar school. Today, just 62 percent do — and that number is falling, according to numbers obtained by WBEZ.

8/8/2014

Steve Atwater spent five years with the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District, including his final role as superintendent. He is leaving to become an associate vice president with the University of Alaska in charge of K12 outreach.

8/8/2014

Although New York spends the most per capita in the nation on its schools, the Alliance for Quality Education and other education groups charge that New York hasn't upheld a 2006 court order to increase aid to schools by $5.5 billion by 2011 and has also not repaid schools for cuts made during the recession.

8/8/2014

Washington County's public school district will be one of only four in the nation to use special software to track students' social media posts with the idea to keep students safe. Any public post to a social media site on school grounds in Washington County will be run through a new system and checked for certain flag words.

8/8/2014

Mayor Bill de Blasio signed a bill calling for the evaluation of the need for audible alarms on public school building doors, in commemoration of the Avonte Oquendo tragedy.

8/8/2014

Tiltan Games announced a new educational initiative for preschool, pre-K and kindergarten. Available on iOS and Android, My Dino companion introduces new concepts to young kids at their own pace with a dinosaur avatar and activities.

8/8/2014

The New Jersey State Board of Education took the first formal step to modify the teacher evaluation process to reduce the importance of student test scores for the upcoming school year. The proposed changes are in response to teachers' outcry that their evaluations will be based on scores of a new and unproven computer-based test that will be given to students this spring.

8/8/2014

Teachers and students in Washington County's district will be on a new schedule, with longer days Monday through Thursday and Fridays off. The superintendent first thought of the idea, not necessarily as a money-saving measure, but rather as a hiring perk for new teachers.

8/8/2014

Arlington's school district is partnering with the University of Texas at Arlington to set up a free, dual-credit academy for seventh- and eighth-grade students who want to study STEM. The STEM Academy will open at one of the district's high schools in August 2015.

8/8/2014

Despite the challenges, the successes that two Michigan elementary schools are having with the balanced calendar is attracting attention from parents in neighboring districts as well. The different schedule does require some adjustments, especially when planning vacations and arranging child care during the year.

8/8/2014

In the recently passed 2014-2015 state budget, state lawmakers' efforts have been focused on raising the salary for beginning teachers while leaving experienced teachers out of the picture. As in most professions, the workers with the most experience tend to be the best and most valued employees. The state has put forth very little incentive to keep experienced teachers in the classroom.

8/7/2014

8/7/2014

Citing chronically overcrowded schools and the need for technology, the Salinas Union High School District Board of Trustees voted to place a $128 million bond on the November 4 ballot. The bond measure aims to address upgrading and repairing existing schools and installing updated technological hardware and infrastructure.

8/7/2014

Ten New Mexico school districts will receive nearly $97 million in state funds for the design and construction of school facilities. The state capital outlay funds will be matched with district funds totaling $90.6 million for projects.

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