K12 Headlines

8/29/2014

8/29/2014

Sam Watkins, who served as the principal at Peru Junior High School for 13 years, became the new superintendent of Peru Community Schools. He replaces former superintendent Chuck Brimbury, who announced in June he wanted to resign.

8/29/2014

Truenorthlogic, a talent management company for K12 school districts and state departments, has joined the Digital Learning Alliance to promote personalized education through technology and education reform.

8/28/2014

8/28/2014

Hamilton district’s new food vendor is looking to turn the cafeterias in the district's 24 school into a "retail food court" concept, a place where students are drawn to healthier food options as their parents become more savvy about the nutritional content of their children’s lunches.

8/28/2014

When it comes to education, it appears that just getting your child to school safely, is among the highest priorities for Detroit public school parents. The district has created so-called “safe routes” for students, with better lighting and security, in addition to removing blight around area schools.

8/28/2014

Louisiana's high-profile school voucher program made a C on a national report card. The report by the Center for Education Reform faulted Louisiana for imposing "excessively burdensome" financial requirements and state tests on schools, and for restricting eligibility to low-income students from low-performing school systems.

8/28/2014

West Ada School District’s attempt to ease overcrowding with new schools failed to get the two-thirds majority needed for passage with low voter turnout. The district had planned for three new schools and a high school upgrade to take care of the influx of students in the area.

8/28/2014

App Partner has completed the iOS programming for the new NGAkids Art Zone app for iPad. The app was produced in collaboration with Protozone, Inc. and the National Gallery of Art in Washington. The art-inspired app is for children between the ages of nine and eleven with interactive activities, a sketchbook for freehand drawing and a personal exhibition space.

8/28/2014

McGraw-Hill Education has developed a suite of adaptive learning products that includes SmartBook, an adaptive reading program powered by LearnSmart adaptive technology for both the K12 market and for higher education.

8/28/2014

Discovery Education's Social Studies Techbook series, a digital solution that replaces traditional textbooks and features standards-based digital content and resources, will be used by several new districts this school year, including Alabama’s Baldwin County Public Schools, Arizona’s Sunnyside Unified School District and Colorado’s Garfield School District No. Re-2, among others.

8/28/2014

A group of Newark parents announced that their children will boycott Newark public schools at the start of the new school year. “NPS Boycott 4 Freedom” is a response to “One Newark,” a school reform plan set to take effect next month that will restructure or shut down a third of schools in the city’s state-run public school district.

8/28/2014

A well-intentioned law to expand national fingerprinting background checks for school employees has been crucial for students' safety. However, the implementation leads to multiple, repetitive background checks and unnecessary, costly layers of government bureaucracy. These challenges will be further complicated by the passage of another new law to extend fingerprint checks to disability service providers.

8/28/2014

After a failed attempt last year, the Massachusetts district will again ask voters in November to approve a $71.5 million bond measure to ­replace a middle school and make other technology and classroom improvements.

8/28/2014

The steering committee for Klein ISD’s upcoming 2015 bond referendum is considering up to $690.6 million worth of new construction, campus additions and other expenses that could be placed on the bond referendum next May.

8/28/2014

The city's public school students on Staten Island have become victims of a series of financial errors by the Department of Education (DOE). The DOE was due to have been reimbursed for money it spent between 2012 and 2014 on U.S.-mandated services for special education pupils. However, the DOE covered the unreimbursed special education costs by shifting city money from school supplies.

8/28/2014

It's clear that bullying in schools so concerned the Indiana General Assembly that lawmakers passed a measure requiring schools statewide to track cases. But the state's bullying report shows a significant variance in numbers from school to school. That raises concerns that schools aren't being consistent or, even worse, aren't taking seriously the need to track incidents and file such reports.

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