K12 Headlines

6/4/2015

6/4/2015

More than a decade ago, Jefferson County borrowed $1 billion for school construction. By refinancing the $600 million remaining on that debt, the tax is extended for an additional 19 years in a new bill. The county's public schools will get $18 million annually, which will be allocated to schools based on enrollment.

6/4/2015

Despite heavy lobbying from the private sector against it, the Salinas Union High School District will proceed to build its next high school using a pro-union Project Labor Agreement. As a result, the district will seek pacts with local contractors that prioritize union labor to build its fifth high school.

6/4/2015

How to make STEM learning fun brought together two education technology entrepreneurs to create KitHub, a new electronics kit company. The company partner with toymakers, technologists and teachers to create and offer new kits monthly in addition to classroom sets and curriculum and step-by-step guides.

6/4/2015

The Nevada Legislature approved a record $1.1 billion general fund tax package in addition to $336 million directed to the state school fund.

6/4/2015

Edmentum has received Florida Department of Education approval of 26 courses for the 2015–16 school year. These courses, accessible through Plato Courseware and EdOptions Academy, were approved for grades 6 through 12.

6/3/2015

6/3/2015

Lawmakers need to find the revenue, restore the funding the state's schools have lost, and start fixing the school funding formula so that politics do not play any role whatsoever in how much state funding school districts receive.

6/3/2015

The new Mondopad 2.0 offers new features that make sharing, annotating, archiving and overall collaboration easier, particularly between multiple locations.

6/3/2015

In states with stronger alcohol policies, high school students tend to report less drinking, even when the policies don’t target youth directly, according to a new study.

6/3/2015

The disastrous $1 billion iPad rollout by LAUSD in September 2013 provided a cautionary tale to districts looking to spend public dollars on technology and digital curriculum. But below the surface of the news stories were thousands of kids feeling hurt by the way they were portrayed by the media and the school district’s lack of trust in them.

6/3/2015

One New Jersey school district is looking to open student enrollment on a tuition basis. Woodstown-Pilesgrove Regional School District has faced a decline in student enrollment over the past three years which has been one reason for a decline in revenue.

6/3/2015

With his hand-picked school board rocked by a federal investigation into a no-bid contract it gave out and beset by an enormous budget deficit, Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced that he has picked four new members to replace those whose terms are about to end.

6/3/2015

The city's public high schools can now show students how to use condoms in high school health classes, a change from a previous policy that did not allow such demonstrations in classrooms.

6/3/2015

The state budget includes $50 million in unappropriated funds that could be used to help deal with the struggling Detroit Public Schools. A Legislature committee also approved the school aid fund of $13.9 billion that included a foundation allowance increase of $70 to $140 per pupil.

6/3/2015

The state’s spending on its 6-plus million K12 public school students lagged behind the national average two years ago, according to a new Census Bureau report. However, under the proposed 2015-16 budget, per pupil spending will have jumped by nearly 50 percent and should crack the ranks of the highest spending states.

6/3/2015

The Florida district and six other community partners are renewing their Community of Readers Initiative with myON. The community-wide program is working to raise literacy by providing full access to myON’s personalized literacy environment for every child in Hillsborough County from birth to eighth grade.

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