K12 Headlines

1/8/2015

1/8/2015

In a surprise move, the state announced that it is switching to the SAT as part of the state's required high school exam. The move — which begins in 2016 — will mark a dramatic shift in testing in Michigan. In 2008, the ACT replaced the high school MEAP and became a major piece of the state's high school exam.

1/8/2015

Across the Houston area, school construction and renovation is in full swing. Forty schools are slated for renovation or replacement with 2012 bond funds. Of those projects, 17 have moved from the design phase to construction phase.

1/8/2015

The Department of Education's Office of Civil Rights and the Department of Justice released a letter to school districts on how to comply with their obligation to provide equal access to a public education for this growing group of English language learners.

1/8/2015

Tornado-safe rooms, additional classrooms and a ninth-grade center are part of the plans Ozark school district hopes to deliver if voters approve a $20 million bond issue in April.

1/8/2015

Lake Oswego School District selected GuideK12’s cloud-based solution to enable district analysis and strategic planning with a geographic perspective.

1/8/2015

School districts have rightly argued for more flexibility with fall semester start dates. The real benefit of two bills to be introduced in the new legislative session is that Texas' public school districts would have more control over their academic calendars. And that’s where control belongs — with the schools, not the Texas Legislature.

1/8/2015

Ohio House Bill 241 would have banned all school employees — not just teachers, administrators and coaches — from having sex with students who are 16 or older, but it failed to get even a single hearing in the Ohio Senate last session. At the very least, the Senate Criminal Justice Committee owes an explanation.

1/8/2015

Wisconsin public schools deemed to be failing would have to become charter schools under a newly introduced bill. The measure would also impose letter grades based on multiple performance measures for every public and independent charter school as well as private schools that accept taxpayer-funded voucher students.

1/8/2015

The largest school district in Maryland is trying to come up with a way for its high school students to start their days later. The only one of four options being considered this month that would have a minimal financial impact would push the start times for all schools back by 20 or 35 minutes.

1/8/2015

After nearly six years of state control, Detroit Public Schools faces another crossroads as the troubled district’s third emergency manager prepares to step down next week.

1/8/2015

If schools in Colorado with mascots like Indians, chiefs, and braves want to keep using those names, they'll have to receive approval from a panel of American Indians, according to a new bill to be introduced in the coming weeks. About 40 schools in the state could be affected if the bill passes.

1/8/2015

The State Board of Education is expected to apply a new 10-point grading scale for all high school students this fall, reversing its prior decision to phase in the change starting with the new freshmen class.

1/7/2015

1/7/2015

Computer science is an extremely versatile tool. The ability to independently run a business or an organization is increasingly more important than having a formal education in terms of earning and then succeeding in a job. Having some kind of programming background — especially in creating websites — is almost imperative.

1/7/2015

A package of five bills directed at high school technical programs, signed into law by Governor Chris Christie last month, set new standards for career-technical programs in New Jersey, including dual-enrollment programs with public colleges.

1/7/2015

Sanford may be the site of the most expensive school construction project in Maine's history if residents vote mid-January to accept $92 million in state funds for a new high school and technical center.

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