K12 Headlines

7/2/2015

7/2/2015

A hefty payment to the pension fund for Chicago Public School teachers is forcing changes that will include curtailing elementary school sports and 5,300 coaching stipends and cutting network offices and teacher development programs. The district's property tax levy could also go up about $200 million.

7/2/2015

To help make tablets more classroom ready, Educational Resources created its EdRedi application to enable classroom teachers to intuitively supervise and control their students’ name-brand devices — such as the Acer Iconia 10.1 tablet, the first EdRedi-enabled device.

7/2/2015

The new Discovery Education Science Techbook is designed specifically to help teachers transition to the Next Generation Science Standards framework. It includes content such as video, audio, text, interactives with hands-on activities and virtual labs.

7/2/2015

Edgenuity MyPath, a supplemental instruction program in mathematics and reading, will soon incorporate Scantron assessment data to deliver personalized learning plans to students. MyPath can be used for intervention, grade-level support, or academic enrichment through individualized learning paths.

7/2/2015

A leadership module has been added to BrightBytes' Clarity platform. Created in partnership with McREL International, the module is based on McREL's research about the leadership practices that have the largest impact on student outcomes.

7/2/2015

The Arlington School Board voted to include gender identity and expression to its nondiscrimination policies for hiring teachers and other employees.

7/1/2015

7/1/2015

An open government advocacy group that sued the Trenton Board of Education for violating the state's Open Public Meetings Act won key pieces of the lawsuit. The orders instruct the city's school board to change the way they enter executive session at meetings and keep better notes of what they discuss.

7/1/2015

Mayor Rahm Emanuel directed Chicago Public Schools to meet Tuesday's deadline for a $634 million contribution to Chicago's teachers retirement fund but warned making the state-mandated payment would lead the cash-strapped district to make classroom cuts ahead of the new school year.

7/1/2015

The Kansas Legislature is again in a dilemma over school funding. Cutting education funding so a select few can benefit from income tax decreases is not fair to the Kansas students and will ultimately hurt the state's economy in the long term through a less-prepared workforce.

7/1/2015

Given the depths from which New Orleans' schools started their journey, much more needs to be done. Offering school-level autonomy to all schools, engaging community leaders to help solve the problem and funding the interventions are three lessons that the city has already learned.

7/1/2015

The Indiana Department of Education wants to ease up on schools' A to F accountability grades because of a predicted 20-30 percent drop in ISTEP scores — based on other states that implemented similar test changes to comply with federal standards.

7/1/2015

A motion was granted for the stay of operation and enforcement of the order by a three-judge panel announced Friday. This means that the $54 million due back to Kansas schools by July 1 will not be required for payment immediately.

7/1/2015

A new committee has been appointed to review how Colorado school districts can best handle students' mental health issues and keep schools safe. The legislative committee will study and evaluate programs and methods for identifying and monitoring students in crisis, developing standardized criteria for school personnel and more.

7/1/2015

Washington, D.C.'s school district agencies in charge of school modernization broke rules, spent money on the wrong projects, and couldn't account for millions in modernization spending, according to a new report.

7/1/2015

Vernier Software & Technology has launched the Go Wireless Link to provide a way to wirelessly collect data from more than 40 sensors on tablets and mobile devices in science and STEM classrooms.

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