K12 Headlines

4/30/2015

4/30/2015

Curriculum Foundry will integrate with Google Drive starting next school year. The integration allows districts using Google Apps for Education to share the lessons, units and courses they have created in Learning.com's digital content solution.

4/30/2015

When a parent’s solution is to opt out by packing a healthier school lunch from home, we lose a potential change-maker who can make a real difference in his or her community. All children, regardless of their circumstances, deserve safe, nourishing and delicious school meals. When we abandon school food, we abandon children who could benefit from our powerful voices.

4/30/2015

The Gloucester County School Board sent more than 1,000 pages of documentation to the U.S. Department of Justice regarding a federal civil rights complaint filed by a high school transgender student. The board instituted a policy in December restricting students to either single-stall restrooms or the restrooms designated for their biological gender.

4/30/2015

The Developmental Reading Assessment - Second Edition PLUS (DRA2+) iPad app guides teachers through the formative reading assessment as they observe, record and evaluate changes in reading performances of students in grades K-8.

4/30/2015

New York City's Education Department failed to report hundreds of violent incidents at at 10 city schools as required by law, according to a new 2011-13 audit. The state-mandated SAVE Act requires officials to report these incidents so that officials can intervene if safety is threatened.

4/30/2015

The Michigan Supreme Court heard arguments during a visit to the Ann Arbor high school in an effort to introduce students to the workings of the state's highest appellate court.

4/30/2015

The state's top court upheld the ability of school districts to use an alternative form of financing to build school additions that doesn’t require voter approval. It has implications for districts across the state that build additions or purchase equipment through lease-purchase arrangements instead of by issuing bonds.

4/30/2015

A bill that would pause the state’s obligation to reimburse school construction debt payments will become law without Gov. Bill Walker’s signature. The governor said confusion surrounding the House’s failure to adopt the effective date clause and a retroactivity provision in the bill contributed to his decision not to sign the bill.

4/30/2015

The costs for Steamboat Springs School District's four potential capital projects range from $54 million to $80 million for construction alone, and could exceed $100 million when other associated costs are added.

4/29/2015

4/29/2015

Despite being the home of Silicon Valley, California struggles to implement long-range technology plans for classroom instruction. Technology plans should provide students with laptops and other digital devices they need to connect wirelessly to the Internet to download lessons, how-to videos and problem-solving tutorials, and to collaborate on projects.

4/29/2015

Recent updates from Twitter, which include a broader definition of violent content and an enforcement option against abusers, are the latest in efforts by social networks, tech companies, researchers and others to put a stop to online abuse and harassment, often using the same kinds of innovations that gave cyberbullying room to grow in the first place.

4/29/2015

Washington, D.C.'s new mayoral plan will add $20 million more to the proposed 2016 budget to fund the D.C. Boys and Men of Color Initiative. In addition to 100 paid internships, the initiative will offer community mentors, award additional funds to schools that improve the academic success of boys of color and open a new all-male high school.

4/29/2015

While Common Core aligned assessments don’t kick in until third grade, many teachers feel pressure to make sure kids are meeting the specified standards before they move on to first grade. That pressure can mean more focus on academics, at the sacrifice of play time in kindergarten.

4/29/2015

This year, 25 states require computer science courses for high school graduation, compared to only 11 states in 2013. Districts are teaching basic coding to students as early as kindergarten, embedding computer science principles into core curriculum, and mandating computer science courses for graduation.

4/29/2015

High-stakes testing was supposed to end the era of making excuses for poor performance, so it's insufficient to hear excuses from those in charge. Granting testing flexibility through a Florida Standards Assessments waiver is a sensible way temporarily to exorcize critics' growing frustration and student harm.

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