K12 Headlines

8/28/2015

8/28/2015

The Jordan School District, one of the state’s largest districts, will be building four new elementary schools, two middle schools and one high school over the next five years. Nearly 53,000 students are enrolled in the district this year. That’s 1,000 more than last year.

8/27/2015

8/27/2015

Epiphany Learning, a personalized learning startup, has launched version 2.0 of its Epiphany Learning Personalized Learning Application. New features include teachers dashboards, grading support, co-teaching tools and more.

8/27/2015

Schools in 13 Southern states were responsible for more than half of all suspensions and exclusions of African-American students nationwide, according to a new study that examined more than 3,000 school districts in those states.

8/27/2015

Overcrowded K12 schools in the Florida county have led to a $562 million plan that includes 16 new school facilities and comprehensive renovations in three others. The most expensive project, at $97.8 million, is a new high school that will hold a capacity of nearly 3,000 students.

8/27/2015

Walter H. Dyett High School, which has been plagued by poor performance and low enrollment, was targeted for a three-year phaseout that would have closed the Chicago school this year. Activists in the 10-day hunger strike are pushing for the district to save and transform the troubled school.

8/27/2015

Local Tallahassee leaders are considering implementing a community school system to help Leon County students. The group will apply for one of three $75,000 University of Central Florida grants to develop its own plans to relocate social services such as food banks, health-care centers and mentor groups to the community school.

8/27/2015

In a bid to finance construction of new school facilities and to refund debts, the New Jersey Economic Development Authority offered $2.2 billion in bonds. The offering consisted of $1.75 billion of tax-exempt bonds and $442 million of federally taxable bonds.

8/27/2015

SchoolMint will be the primary mobile platform for application and enrollment processes for all New York City charter schools. Currently, the admissions and communications platform supports over 70 charter schools across the city.

8/27/2015

Members of the Chicago Board of Education voted to pass the budget for Fiscal Year 2016 as three different protests took place across the city in opposition to some of the proposed cuts. The budget calls for $200 million in cuts and approval of more than $1 billion in bonds, after the board agreed to $1.2 billion last month.

8/27/2015

It would give teachers — who have to return to classrooms in the heat of mid-August — the break they need to recharge their batteries and to spend more quality time with their own families. Students would have greater opportunity to learn life lessons outside the classroom and small businesses that lose seasonal workers would get a much-needed boost.

8/27/2015

The Clark County School District's almost 800 vacant teaching positions is a massive policy failure compounded by protectionism. By retaining bureaucratic barriers to the licensing of educators, the system is forced to fill hundreds of classrooms with substitute teachers, the very people those barriers are designed to keep out of schools.

8/27/2015

A late-blooming California bill aimed at protecting school construction contractors from financial losses if their “lease-leaseback” deals are voided by the courts appears to have died just a week after being introduced.

8/27/2015

Through its recent partnership with John Wiley and Sons, Inc., PCG Education will offer the Paths to College and Career English Language Arts Curriculum for grades 6-12 in print and digital formats to educators nationally.

8/27/2015

Baltimore school officials are seeking to relax hiring rules to make applicants with nonviolent misdemeanor convictions — such as drug possession and burglary — eligible for jobs renovating school buildings. The proposal comes as the school district embarks on a $1 billion plan to renovate and rebuild more than two dozen schools over the next decade.

8/27/2015

Allowing guns to be openly carried in public schools only exacerbates the fear and uncertainty of both staff and students. Enacting legislation banning guns in public schools would help provide students with the safe learning environment they need to focus on learning and exploring.

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