K12 Headlines

8/6/2014

8/6/2014

The school district in Hoboken, New Jersey has decided to abandon its 1-to-1 laptop program for seventh, eighth and ninth graders. Ultimately, the Hoboken School District decided the scheme was more trouble than it was worth—even when supported by federal grants.

8/6/2014

The Pennsylvania House of Representatives had planned to take up a bill that would let Philadelphia proceed with a $2 a pack cigarette tax to prevent schools there from laying off a thousand employees. But the House chamber sat empty. The state's legislators remained on their six-week summer break from work in the Capitol. It is irresponsible and indefensible to hold the children of Philadelphia hostage in these kinds of internecine political battles, then waltz off on a six-week break.

8/6/2014

The inaugural Math Fair: At the Square Root of Fun took place on August 2 as a free, day-long event. The event was a partnership between MIND Research Institute and corporate and community sponsors who want to inspire a new generation to love math and excel in it.

8/6/2014

Aurora leaders are debating whether to give police officers a new tool to fight speeding in school zones. In addition to the officers who spend time patrolling school zones before and after school, the city council will soon decide whether to spend money to operate a photo radar van in school zones.

8/6/2014

For an entire school year Hillsborough, New Jersey, educators undertook an experiment, asking: Is the iPad really the best device for interactive learning? Four years later, however, it's still unclear which device is best suited to the classroom.

8/6/2014

Onslow County schools has vacated its corporal punishment rule in an unanimous vote.

8/6/2014

Simply adding more mathematics and science high school classes isn't enough, a new study shows. Researchers from ACT studied how increased course requirements in Illinois affected student achievement, the number of courses taken and college enrollment.

8/6/2014

Duval’s School Board voted to accept millions of dollars in local donations to improve the teaching and principal workforce in 36 of its struggling schools. The money is part of a planned $50 million in donations expected to be raised over the next three to five years to invest in teachers, principals, future educators and in technology for Duval schools, called the Quality Education for All fund.

8/6/2014

Gov. Corbett signaled that he was willing to advance millions of dollars in state education money to Philadelphia schools to ensure that they open on time next month. The pledge came hours after an unsuccessful bid to get legislators to return and vote on a $2-per-pack cigarette tax to fund city schools.

8/6/2014

State legislation is threatening to increase school bus route times and mileage, but Central Louisiana buses will roll their regular routes on the first day of school. A law prohibiting bus drivers from picking up or dropping off students in locations where they would have to cross traffic lanes took effect August 1. But an opinion from the state attorney general is giving districts more time to comply with Act 654.

8/6/2014

Whitman Hanson Regional School District has implemented a print solution from Konica Minolta and Collegiate Press that has standardized printing across the entire school district.

8/6/2014

Rice University-based nonprofit OpenStax, which has already provided free textbooks to hundreds of thousands of college students, unveiled a $9 million effort to develop free, digital textbooks capable of delivering personalized lessons to high school students.

8/6/2014

Flocabulary's The Week in Rap current events series has been selected by Wisconsin Media Lab as a new resource to be made available for all educators and students in the state.

8/6/2014

In Connecticut, Stamford has replaced its schools' chief information officer after hiring Christina Hefele from the neighboring Darien school system. Hefele's hiring comes nearly a year after Phillip Dunn resigned as Stamford Public Schools' top technology administrator.

8/6/2014

Pluralsight has partnered with the Utah Stem Action Center and the Governor’s Office of Economic Development with a $5 million donation to give Utah educators a free one-year subscription to Pluralsight’s online training library.

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