K12 Headlines

4/3/2015

4/3/2015

New York's top education official wants to exempt high-performing districts from the new teacher- and principal-evaluation system that state lawmakers approved this week and give those districts more autonomy.

4/3/2015

New Jersey schools spent an average of $19,211 to educate each student last year, a 1.6 percent increase from the 2012-13 school year. Spending varied widely among local districts, according to figures released by the state Department of Education.

4/3/2015

The Washington district's board of directors selected Tammy Campbell, who is currently serving as the assistant superintendent for learning and teaching in the Renton School District. The superintendent position was vacated after former Superintendent Rob Neu became the head of the Oklahoma City Public School District.

4/3/2015

A steady decrease in the number of available substitute teachers across the state has many school districts getting creative with ways to recruit more temporary teachers, including more frequent interview events, increasing pay and offering substitute positions to student teachers already working in the district.

4/3/2015

A weeks-long legislative tussle over school funding levels for the 2015-2016 school year continues at the Capitol, where leaders remain locked in an ideological disagreement over budgetary practices.

4/3/2015

Several Iowa school districts have begun pilot projects to install mobile wireless routers in their buses to see if providing on-board WiFi hotspots can help students get their homework completed during the long after-school commutes.

4/3/2015

The Illinois school district hired Dwight Stricklin as its next superintendent. Stricklin, who is superintendent and principal at Kansas Elementary School in southeastern Illinois, will succeed Curt Nettles.

4/3/2015

The Concordia school district and Twin Valley School District plan to end the academic year early to save money, citing financial pressures caused by reduced state aid for this academic year.

4/3/2015

AccessILS is a newly available platform that allows library industry content providers struggling with developing technology to integrate their digital catalogs with their legacy systems to manage their physical catalogs.

4/2/2015

4/2/2015

Even though the bill survived a House vote, debates continues on the overall education bill, which would require the state's nearly 300 school districts to study merging with their nearby counterparts to become larger districts of at least 1,100 students.

4/2/2015

The statewide high school graduation rate surpassed 90 percent last year, according to data released by the Iowa Department of Education. Cedar Rapids schools had the largest increase in four-year graduation rate among the state's 10 largest school districts.

4/2/2015

The state Charter School Commission outlined a new issue with Seattle's First Place Scholars involving the school taking money from the state to provide special academic help to English language learners but failing to provide the services.

4/2/2015

All but one of 12 defendants charged with racketeering and other crimes in the Atlanta Public Schools cheating scandal were convicted. In 2013, a Fulton County grand jury indicted 35 educators from the district, including principals, teachers and testing coordinators. More than 20 former school system employees previously took a plea deal.

4/2/2015

If building new schools is the priority, the new projects should not be subjected to green standards. Increasing construction costs to build schools that, at best, save only nominal energy and financial savings is not merely imprudent but also a waste of taxpayer money.

4/2/2015

Baltimore County and other high-growth suburban jurisdictions would receive $20 million in extra state money to alleviate school overcrowding. The aid is aimed at school systems with more than 300 portable classrooms over the past five years or with enrollment greater than 150 percent of the statewide average.

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