K12 Headlines

7/31/2014

7/31/2014

A new report from the Families for Excellent Schools charter advocacy group found that in nearly a quarter of New York City public schools, 90 percent or more of the students failed to demonstrate proficiency in language arts and math. The study analyzed test data on the New York City Department of Education website.

7/31/2014

When a company wants to dig for coal in Wyoming, it pays a one-time competitive fee to help its bid stand out from what is usually a crowd of companies vying for the right to mine. Over the past 10 years, those fees have paid for more than $1 billion in school construction around the state. But if the industry continues its current trend, that money will dry up in 2018.

7/31/2014

Actions by STRIDE Academy and the Sauk Rapids-Rice school board this month are highlighting the need for more clarity — and fiscal reality — when it comes to Minnesota’s Public School Fee Law.

7/31/2014

The SB 793 Charter School Modifications bill stipulates the salaries of charter school teachers and members of a charter schools’ non-profit boards of directors are subject to public disclosure, but not those employed by for-profit management companies, even though they are paid with public funds. The correct thing to do if a North Carolina school is run with public money is to require all salaries to be disclosed.

7/31/2014

A recent court ruling that resets education spending in Arizona will hurt the state's creditworthiness a bit but could improve that of various school districts. Moody's Investors Service didn't announce any upgrades or downgrades as a result of a Superior Court ruling earlier this month that requires the state to increase school funding by $317 million, starting this fall.

7/31/2014

A North Carolina judge won't block a state agency from distributing taxpayer money to cover private school tuition in advance of a hearing to determine whether the program is legal. The State Educational Assistance Authority will be paying out $10 million in government-funded scholarships to students who won a lottery for tuition assistance to attend private or religious schools.

7/31/2014

Advanced English and science classes will no longer be offered in the Iowa system's middle schools this year, a move that has some parents concerned that top performers won't be challenged. Instead, students will have the option to complete honors-level assignments in all subjects within general education classrooms.

7/30/2014

7/30/2014

November 4-7, 2014
Palm Springs, Calif.

7/30/2014

Blended and online learning platforms are changing K12 pedagogy by providing students with some control over their path, time, pace and place of learning. This sharp departure from the traditional factory-based model of teaching and learning is increasing student engagement and freeing up time so that teachers can provide more one-on-one instruction.

7/30/2014

About one-third of public schools do not have a full-time, state-certified librarian. The librarian’s ability to teach all students digital literacy skills plays a large role in closing the digital divide between students with internet at home and those who don’t have access.

7/30/2014

A 1-to-1 laptop or iPad roll out is not a new instructional model. Whether a student can or cannot carry a machine around all day tells us little to nothing about a school’s actual pedagogy, about the quality of interactions between students and teachers, or about the rigor of the software programs delivered through those devices.

7/30/2014

Sibling Group Holdings, Inc.'s Blended Schools Network division has signed a national partnership agreement to provide K12 online instructional content to School Improvement Network as it develops its Student-Centered Learning product.

7/30/2014

Anthony Padrnos arrives from the Hopkins School District to fill Richfield School District's newly created director of technology position.

7/30/2014

October 30-November 2, 2014
Orlando, Fla.

7/30/2014

October 15-18, 2014
Atlanta, Ga.

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