K12 Headlines

5/1/2015

5/1/2015

More GenDIY students are choosing not to wait until graduation to begin their careers. They are starting businesses and creating products to take to market while still in the public school system. The role of educators is shifting from content providers, to learning facilitators, to career-focused coaches in order to support such innovation.

5/1/2015

New Jersey has administered annual standardized tests peacefully for 15 years, but this year’s spring ritual was scarred by dissension due to PARCC. We can do better next year if we’re mindful of New Jersey’s testing history, steer clear of political pretext, and keep a focus on the needs of all of the state's students.

5/1/2015

Hooked on Phonics is launching its mobile app, The Big Reading Show Classroom, on May 5. The app is an interactive exploration of letters, words, text concepts, phonemic awareness and vocabulary.

5/1/2015

NutriStudents K-12, a new, web-based self-operated food service platform from CKC Good Food, has been launched to help school districts comply with federal guidelines for the National School Lunch and Breakfast Programs.

5/1/2015

After three years with the California school district, Superintendent Nancy Lynch is returning to the northern part of the state to assume the role of superintendent of Reed USD.

5/1/2015

President Obama announced an initiative that would make $250 million worth of e-books available to young, low-income readers for free. The effort will work through a new app, being developed by the New York Public Library, that has the buy-in of all the major publishers.

5/1/2015

The Kansas Supreme Court said that it will not consider another appeal of the ongoing school finance case until after a district court panel finishes its deliberations. The plaintiffs originally argued in 2010 that cuts made overall school funding unconstitutionally low, and that the cuts fell disproportionately on the poorest school districts.

5/1/2015

A judge cut prison sentences by more than half for three former Atlanta educators convicted in a cheating scandal. The former administrators were each given three years in prison rather than the seven years they received at the original sentencing.

5/1/2015

Students would take fewer tests and they would be administered closer to the end of the school year under an Ohio legislative panel's recommendations. The committee also said the state should find new vendors if the companies that provide the current tests don’t revamp them.

4/30/2015

4/30/2015

Creating small high schools improves outcomes for students in the overall school district - both in new small schools and existing larger schools - according to a study of New York City schools by researchers at New York University, Syracuse University and Arizona State University.

4/30/2015

Arts programs have long suffered cuts as schools adjust to meeting the growing demands of academic performance and standardized tests. Yet the Common Core standards mention the arts frequently. Students are expected to analyze paintings, music and theater and create their own works of art.

4/30/2015

SunGard K-12 Education has selected Parchment as its premier provider for the secure transmission of electronic academic credentials, including transcripts, for the nearly 1,400 public school districts and charter schools using SunGard K-12’s eSchoolPLUS student information system.

4/30/2015

A bill passed by the state Senate would force school districts to share more of their tax funding with charter schools, but critics say it may open the coffers unfairly by removing a funding exemption from the shared revenue model.

4/30/2015

Although recent legislation will mandate that virtual classrooms would be available in every Alabama school system by the 2016-17 school year, Montgomery Public Schools will be getting a head start by launching a virtual high school pilot program this fall .

4/30/2015

The city is getting ready to cut its first checks to charter schools that are paying for their own space — an outlay that could stretch to nearly $10 million for this school year, based on charter school enrollment figures.

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