K12 Headlines

4/15/2015

4/15/2015

We should rely on teachers (and students) to drive the use of technology in our schools and allow them the freedom to select the resources that work well in their individual classrooms. We should provide professional development that supports their efforts to become the best teacher — not the best iPad or SmartBoard user.

4/15/2015

Armed with cell phones and a dizzying array of social media choices, one-half of middle school and high school students in a recent study admitted to social media abuse — from bullying schoolmates to spreading rumors to pressuring others to send sexual texts or pictures. They also confessed to stalking their partners.

4/15/2015

With the launch of the new Technology Initiative Task Force last week, LAUSD is restarting its approach to integrating technology and instruction after the last effort ended with an FBI probe. The new initiative will be characterized by public access to information and community input and a goal to avoid the previous one-size-fits-all approach.

4/15/2015

A $25 million donation will be made over the next five years by a Sioux Falls philanthropist, and the state will match that amount to create technical school scholarships for high school students in South Dakota.

4/15/2015

Apps with anonymity features might give some students more intrepidity to check out interest groups they would not otherwise explore. But many youths take advantage of anonymity and are unaware of the consequences. Meanwhile, more districts are beginning to monitor student social media use around the clock to prevent students from hurting themselves or others.

4/15/2015

Internet demand is growing in Virginia schools, but some rural localities — including those in the Shenandoah Valley — experience challenges to improving broadband access for their students.

4/15/2015

For the first time, LAUSD will open two all-girls' schools next fall. One will be a science-oriented school overseen directly by LAUSD while the other will be an independently operated, district-authorized charter school.

4/15/2015

The state's schools have to submit certified budgets this week for the next school year, but state lawmakers still haven't agreed how much money those schools can spend. This has prompted one school district to prepare for the worst case scenario by giving all its employees pink slips.

4/15/2015

Greenville County Schools has deepened its 13-year partnership with Discovery Education by implementing Discovery Education’s Digital Leader Corps in 10 sites across the district. The professional development system supports the development of teacher-leaders as they serve as change agents for the district's digital transition.

4/15/2015

FireSphere Threat Isolator, an integration of iboss Cybersecurity's FireSphere and HP's SDN architecture and SDN VAN controller, will extend FireSphere's perimeter defense capabilities to detect malware once inside the network and contain the outbreak of the infection.

4/15/2015

Officially releasing in August, PebbleGo Dinosaurs joins previous database modules covering content for grades preK-3. The new database will feature articles for more than 125 dinosaurs.

4/15/2015

Gov. Rick Scott signed a bill that seeks to cut testing in Florida's public schools. The bill was passed by the Florida Legislature last week, in response to a too-much testing outcry from teachers and parents across the state.

4/15/2015

The Metro Nashville Public School Board needs to adopt tougher accountability and transparency standards for charters. The proliferation of new charters in the Nashville metro area is forcing existing under-funded public schools to compete for the same taxpayer dollars without proper checks and balances.

4/15/2015

What’s on kids’ school-lunch trays can have an impact that reaches far beyond the cafeteria — even to the frontlines where America's men and women serve. Nearly one in three young adults is too heavy to serve in the military. We should continue to support schools that are having a tougher time meeting healthier standards.

4/15/2015

The Vermont Agency of Education's deputy secretary told lawmakers that the agency wanted to back away from mandatory components of the state's education reform bill, which passed the House last month. The agency wants to pursue voluntary steps toward school district consolidation.

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