K12 Headlines

3/3/2015

3/3/2015

Sen. John Hoeven (R-N.D.) announced plans to introduce legislation that would relax the U.S. Department of Agriculture rules for schools when it comes to serving whole grain products and reducing sodium levels.

3/3/2015

Higley USD named Mike Thomason, currently the district's assistant superintendent of operations, as its next superintendent. Current Superintendent Denise Birdwell will retire at the end of the school year.

3/3/2015

The Ohio district chose David J. Brand to serve as its superintendent. Brand, who serves as superintendent of South Central Local Schools in Greenwich in Huron County, was selected by the board of education from seven finalists for the position.

3/3/2015

The debut of Florida's new computerized testing system stumbled in its first hours Monday, as more than half of the state's school districts reported trouble accessing material online.

3/3/2015

High schools throughout out New Mexico saw a massive walkout from students to welcome in the first day of testing under the state’s new PARCC standardized test.

3/2/2015

3/2/2015

As students get ready to take Florida's new standardized test, many school leaders insist the transition is too fast and the increasing reliance on computers could hurt student grades.

3/2/2015

The leader of the Alabama Senate prefiled a bill to authorize charter schools in the state. The legislation would cap the number of some categories of charter schools for five years, exempt them from most state education laws, and establish a state board to review them.

3/2/2015

Jefferson County Schools and Gardendale City Schools have been asked by the state superintendent to forge a local separation agreement. The two school systems began mediation after negotiations for Gardendale's separation from Jefferson County came to an impasse.

3/2/2015

A recent state ruling barred the Southwest Licking Local School District from using portable door barricades to stop potential school intruders. School officials had appealed to the state board after the county building department said the small devices were a violation of state building code.

3/2/2015

Top Republican officials in Kansas who hope to eliminate a budget deficit while sustaining personal income tax cuts are working on a plan to overhaul the state's system for funding public schools in a way that would prevent unanticipated demands for new spending.

3/2/2015

Although Kentucky school boards are allowed to raise property tax rates enough to produce 4 percent more revenue each year without being subject to recall by voters, fewer districts have done so since the 2007-08 school year, according to an analysis of state data.

3/2/2015

As part of a new partnership, CTL and Securly are launching the CTL Education Chromebook with Securly to help school IT administrators meet CIPA compliance requirements. It offers a dashboard summary of student activity and a full audit trail of websites students have either visited or been blocked from accessing.

3/2/2015

Brook Forest Voices has created the BFV Audiobook Connection for public and private schools, a service designed to allow schools to offer audiobooks by streaming audio or on CD.

3/2/2015

A bill that would tie school funding to attendance, not enrollment, is well-intentioned, but it runs the risk of penalizing school districts for circumstances beyond their control. It follows the familiar pattern of state-ordered requirements without funding to implement them.

3/2/2015

What if we focused on developing integrated approaches in which schools and nonprofits not only shared space, but also shared expertise, planning, decision-making power, successes and failures? There is an opportunity to offer more to children by aligning operations and service delivery to save resources for organizations and communities.

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