K12 Headlines

7/1/2015

7/1/2015

Given the depths from which New Orleans' schools started their journey, much more needs to be done. Offering school-level autonomy to all schools, engaging community leaders to help solve the problem and funding the interventions are three lessons that the city has already learned.

7/1/2015

An open government advocacy group that sued the Trenton Board of Education for violating the state's Open Public Meetings Act won key pieces of the lawsuit. The orders instruct the city's school board to change the way they enter executive session at meetings and keep better notes of what they discuss.

7/1/2015

Mayor Rahm Emanuel directed Chicago Public Schools to meet Tuesday's deadline for a $634 million contribution to Chicago's teachers retirement fund but warned making the state-mandated payment would lead the cash-strapped district to make classroom cuts ahead of the new school year.

7/1/2015

The legislators approved a measure requiring all schools to publish their immunization rates and to break out the rates by disease. The The Oregon Health Authority currently publishes the state's vaccination rates, but it doesn't break out the immunizations by disease.

7/1/2015

The Kansas Legislature is again in a dilemma over school funding. Cutting education funding so a select few can benefit from income tax decreases is not fair to the Kansas students and will ultimately hurt the state's economy in the long term through a less-prepared workforce.

6/30/2015

6/30/2015

Indianapolis Public Schools will roll out a new parental involvement educator program at all of its schools in August that it hopes will nudge more parents to play an active role in their child’s education and the community around them.

6/30/2015

ABC-CLIO Solutions has added more than 250 Course Essentials video learning modules to its American Government database to enable students to engage with and better understand how the government affects their daily lives.

6/30/2015

The Extron TeamWork System is a collaboration system that allows small groups of students to share content from both digital and analog sources on a common display. With Extron ShareLink, schools can offer a wireless collaboration gateway to support devices on campus.

6/30/2015

Designed to empower teachers, Edmodo Spotlight enables the collection, sharing and discovery of educational resources to improve student learning. In addition, parents can also access resources for their respective child’s learning pathway.

6/30/2015

The Nevada district named the former human resources director as its new superintendent. Teri White is replacing retiring Superintendent Lisa Noonan.

6/30/2015

Both sides are praising the school funding formula as a necessary step toward better school finances, but the timing has now become a negotiating point threatening to slow or derail action. Some legislative leaders want to put it into place immediately and let the formula determine how state funding rolls out in whatever current budget gets adopted.

6/30/2015

Interim Lawrence County Schools superintendent Johnny Yates was selected to permanently fill the role. He will serve the remaining 18 months left in former superintendent Heath Grimes’ term of office, which is an elected position in Lawrence County.

6/30/2015

Gov. Jerry Brown must now decide whether to sign into law a bill that would require mandatory vaccinations for nearly all California schoolchildren. The measure — one of the toughest vaccination bills in the nation — would require children enrolling in school or day care to be immunized against diseases including measles and whooping cough.

6/30/2015

The Pine Bush Central School District has agreed to pay $4.48 million and enact broad reforms in curriculum and training to settle a lawsuit by five current and former Jewish students who claimed that they had been victims of pervasive anti-Semitism in the schools, a court filing showed.

6/30/2015

In a case involving religion, taxpayer dollars and school choice, a divided Colorado Supreme Court rejected Douglas County School District's school voucher program as unconstitutional. The wealthy suburban district's Choice Scholarship Program aims to use taxpayer money to send children to private schools.

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