K12 Headlines

10/1/2014

10/1/2014

New York is in the midst of a middle-skills job crisis. Providing a Career and Technical Education (CTE) pathway to high school graduation helps solve this problem, but time to act is ticking. Creating a CTE diploma will help raise graduation rates and fill manufacturing and high-tech job vacancies.

10/1/2014

When the Great Recession struck in 2007, the average education spending per child for the top 10 percent of earners jumped 35 percent to $5,210 a year compared to an average of $1,000 for the other 90 percent. Research has linked the additional dollars to increased SAT scores and a greater likelihood of graduating from college.

10/1/2014

The state-run public endowment fund, managed by the State Board of Education and the School Land Board, has become the largest educational endowment in the nation. Funded by proceeds from the sale of sulfur and water royalties, oil, gas, lease rentals and other sources, the Permanent School Fund has grown to nearly $37.7 billion.

10/1/2014

Pearson and NBCUniversal News Group's NBC Learn have teamed up to provide students and teachers access to more than 17,000 education videos. NBC Learn’s video library, which includes original content developed exclusively for the partnership, is available through Pearson’s Realize and its Online Learning Exchange platform.

9/30/2014

9/30/2014

Solar panels are slated to be installed on the roofs of two dozen city schools as part of a broader effort to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions citywide by 80 percent from 2005 levels by 2050. The $28 million investment — including $23 million in city funds and $5 million in state grants — will triple the amount of solar installations on city-owned buildings.

9/30/2014

The Tredyffrin/Easttown School Board has appointed Richard Gusick as its next superintendent of schools. The current superintendent announced his retirement effective June 2015. Gusick joined the district in 1990 as a high school social studies teacher.

9/30/2014

Chris Rath, superintendent of the Concord School District, will retire at the end of this school year. She has worked in Concord schools for nearly 30 years as a principal, assistant superintendent and then superintendent.

9/30/2014

A new update to the Presenter software for IPEVO-brand document cameras includes a redesigned interface and the ability to capture video, among other new features.

9/30/2014

Indianapolis Public Schools launched its new IPS Business Alliance. The initiative pairs 11 businesses with 11 "priority" schools with a goal of improving student outcomes. Employees involved will work with school officials on identifying barriers to learning and ways to overcome them, ultimately developing a strategic plan for the school.

9/30/2014

A report released by the National School Boards Association's Center for Public Education says 88 percent of American high school graduates take at least a few college classes by age 26. Those who never get to college tend to be men whose parents did not attend college and who don't have the money to go or lack the time because they have families.

9/30/2014

American schools are scrambling to provide services to the large number of children and teenagers who crossed the border alone in recent months. For cash-strapped districts, providing for these students' needs can be arduous, particularly if they arrive after student headcounts are taken to determine school funding.

9/30/2014

Crawford Central School District Superintendent Charles Heller announced that he would retire, effective January 13, 2015. Heller, who has been with the district for 12 years, was given a multi-year contract in July.

9/30/2014

The report released by the FBI this week underscores our need for a more effective national dialogue on prevention. What could really help are schools with relationship officers in the ranks, armed only with compassion and the skills to build relationships with distressed students.

9/30/2014

Teachers calling in absent forced the cancellation of classes at two Colorado high schools on Monday in a new twist to a dispute over pay and proposed changes to a history curriculum. Students walked out of nearly all the Jefferson County's 17 high schools last week in demonstration against the curriculum change idea being floated by a conservative school board majority.

9/30/2014

The Louisiana Association of Educators has sued the state of Louisiana to block it from using its main school budget to fund certain types of charter schools, saying such funding is unconstitutional. A decision in the association's favor could pull $60 million from about 25 schools, requiring the state to find another way to fund them.

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