K12 Headlines

11/24/2014

11/24/2014

Head of the Chester Upland public schools envisions deal in which an elite Chinese school pours up to a billion dollars into the district, which is in state receivership. The state Department of Education has expressed grave reservations about the plan, which calls for Chinese benefactors to put up staggering amounts of money to turn low-performing schools into elite academies.

11/24/2014

In February 2007, Yale clinicians identified in Adam Lanza what they believed were profound emotional disabilities and offered him treatment that could give him relief for the first time in his troubled life. But Adam was angry and anxious, and he didn't want to go. His mother, Nancy Lanza, constantly placating her son, was inclined to pull away from the treatment.

11/24/2014

A California nonprofit law firm and advocacy group surveyed about half of the state’s 1,100 charter schools, and found that about a third of those required parents to work at the school in return for their child's enrollment. Some forced parents to pay fees in lieu of working.

11/24/2014

LAUSD will pay out $139 million in settlements in the Miramonte Elementary School child abuse scandal, bringing nearer to a close the costly and lengthy case that led to changes in state law and district policies. The payouts will go to settle about 150 legal claims from former Miramonte students who were subjected to a third-grade teacher's lewd acts.

11/24/2014

Ohio school districts are supposed to be alerted whenever one of their bus drivers is charged with breaking the law — on the job or away from work. The statewide system set up to make those notifications, however, doesn’t always function as intended, according to an analysis by WBNS-TV.

11/24/2014

A "Slow School" movement would embrace many of the excellent ideas that school reformers have been proposing for decades: de-emphasizing standardized tests, focusing on student happiness, individualizing instruction, and halting the flight of students from their own neighborhood schools.

11/24/2014

With the addition of 15,000 topics, Researchomatic has expanded its database to include history subjects in the sub-categories of African-American studies, American history, East-European history and Latin American studies.

11/24/2014

Blake eLearning have released three new math apps designed to teach essential early numeracy skills to K2 students. Aligned to the Common Core Standards, the Mathseeds apps include activities designed to build math and problem solving skills.

11/24/2014

Achieve released Classroom Sample Assessment Tasks for middle and high school grades. These sample tasks provide examples of how content and practices from both the Next Generation Science Standards and the Common Core State Standards in Mathematics can be assessed together in classrooms.

11/24/2014

It’s time to refocus the conversation happening around our district’s lowest-performing schools. There is entirely too much fighting and not enough substantive conversation about children and turning things around for them.

11/24/2014

We’re spending way too much time focusing on who is “winning” and “losing” debates over education, and not enough on implementing proven solutions.

11/24/2014

Charter school advocates demand that the New York City schools chancellor, Carmen Fariña, release data to support her accusation that those schools push some students out before they take state tests and later replace them with high-scoring children

11/24/2014

The Texas State Board of Education, whose decisions can have national ramifications, on Friday approved nearly 100 textbooks despite criticism the books exaggerated the influence biblical figures had in forming the U.S. system of government.

11/24/2014

Only a fraction of those discussing education policy on cable news this year have actually been educators, according to a new study by Media Matters.

11/21/2014

11/21/2014

Last week, it appeared that Charter Day School, Inc had finally put an end to more than a month of wrangling with state regulators when it turned over salary data for administrators working at the schools. But the salary list does not include that of the son of the schools' founder.

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