K12 Headlines

12/18/2014

12/18/2014

The Virginia district's approved 10-year capital improvement plan for 2016-25 with a total request through 2025 of $109,629,000. For 2016, $2.3 million is slated for architectural and engineering design work on a new elementary school. The 10-year projection includes an additional $20.7 million for construction of the school, slated for 2017.

12/18/2014

The city of Chicago released a report with 28 recommendations to address the city's youth violence problem. The recommendations include adding eight "peace rooms" in Chicago Public schools for conflict resolution and connecting families with counseling.

12/18/2014

The energy efficiency program that debuted in 2007 is paying off for Billings schools and community. Since the program started, energy bills have been 20 percent less than they would have been with no increase in efficiency. Billings Public Schools’ energy conservation shows what’s possible when everyone stays focused on the goal of good stewardship of public money.

12/18/2014

As the pre-K system expanded in New York City, education officials said one-on-one coaching was critical for teachers' growth and expanded the program. Officials have hired 30 new coaches this year, bringing the city’s total to 70, which translates to one counselor supervising 45 teachers, many of them new to their jobs or working in brand-new programs.

12/18/2014

Joel Klein was both change agent and lightning rod during as chancellor of the New York City Schools under former Mayor Michael Bloomberg. In order to improve Boston's education system, Klein advises the governor-elect and Boston’s mayor start by lifting charter-school restrictions. But Boston and several other municipalities are bumping up against the charter cap, that would require legislative action.

12/17/2014

12/17/2014

The Edmond School District voted to spend more than $1 million over the next five years on computer software to record student information through Minnesota's Infinite Campus. The school district also has opted to have Infinite Campus host the system hardware and store data.

12/17/2014

A group of teachers from Rio Rancho High School believes Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC), a new standardized test being administered by the state this spring, will confuse and frustrate students because of its complicated grading system and even more complicated electronic testing procedure.

12/17/2014

Although only a select number of blended learning courses are available in the central Wisconsin school districts, they are starting to become more popular as school administrators begin to recognize the benefits these courses can reap for students and teachers.

12/17/2014

A photo on Scott McLeod’s popular “Dangerously Irrelevant” blog carries the caption, “We’re so busy doing 20th century teaching, we don’t have time to initiate 21st century learning.” McLeod, an associate professor of educational leadership, is concerned that an education system that doesn’t embrace technology won't prepare students to compete in the knowledge-based economy.

12/17/2014

You’d be hard pressed to find someone who disagrees that America’s schools are in need of serious reform. And it’s an obvious leap to think technology is the fast lane to improvement. Education technology's benefits are impossible to ignore. But more technology really can do more harm than good.

12/17/2014

Cheviot School has received computers and technology tools over the past year, but expertise on how to bring them into the classroom did not accompany the resources. A local business has teamed up with the school by sponsoring a monthly “Tech Cafe” for teachers in the school’s computer lab.

12/17/2014

The $30 million campaign to promote computer science education, financed by the tech industry, has been a success. So many students opened up a free coding tutorial that the host website crashed. But the campaign has also stirred unease about the growing influence of corporations in public schools and the motives of tech companies.

12/17/2014

The Oregon district is providing online technology courses for students on the subjects of coding, web design, application design and more. Partially inspired by the program's success, the state is offering the courses for free to residents.

12/17/2014

Bald Eagle Area School District received a $244,847 grant through the state Department of Education that is going toward tech-based products to improve the district’s STEM program, including a language arts component as part of the district’s Reading Wonders program.

12/17/2014

In Kent, Wash., about 9 percent of students can’t access the Internet once they go home. The district has installed Wi-Fi hotspot kiosks at community centers in public housing to enable its poorest students to get online. But these efforts have been fraught with difficulties, showing how hard it may be for other districts to close the digital divide.

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