K12 Headlines

10/30/2014

10/30/2014

The Texas district, which added some 2,865 students in the last year alone, is expected to hit nearly 100,000 students by 2024, according to the report by College Station-based Population and Survey Analaysts.

10/30/2014

An unprecedented amount of money is upending the citywide Minneapolis school board race with hundreds of thousands of dollars pouring in from well-funded outside groups.

10/30/2014

Two Gallup polls released this week found school teachers divided on Common Core. And support for the academic standards has slipped among parents, particularly Republicans.

10/30/2014

There's a new education controversy brewing in North Carolina that has nothing to do with teacher pay, budgets or class sizes. It's much more basic and personal: grades.

10/30/2014

Illinois needs to repair how it pays for public education. District-by-district funding reflects local property taxes. Richer districts naturally get more money back. It’s basic inequity for poor families, and the sort of systematic imbalance that often energizes federal courts to impose their own remedies.

10/30/2014

The state Court of Appeals has upheld the constitutionality of a decades-old law that calls for the state to provide textbooks and other instructional material to private and religious schools. The court ruled the law doesn’t violate a state constitutional provision barring taxpayer money from being used to support any “sectarian, denominational or private school.”

10/30/2014

Blackboard Inc. released a tablet app designed to improve faculty workflow around assignments and track student submissions. Through Bb Grader, teachers and faculty can easily track, sort and grade student assignments across multiple courses directly from their iOS tablets.

10/30/2014

The debate over money for education was heard at the Washington Supreme Court again, focusing on the state's new commitment to public charter schools. A coalition of teachers, parents and community groups is suing the state to stop the new charter system from getting off the ground.

10/30/2014

A week after Democrats in the Michigan House announced their intentions to reform charter schools, Gov. Rick Snyder said both private and public schools need to be held more accountable and treated equally.

10/30/2014

The Rochester School District is negotiating a new contract with the Rochester Police Department to provide school resource officers in schools, with a new focus on restorative justice practices for wayward students.

10/30/2014

Construction demand is up dramatically in Texas, partially because of the large number of school construction bond issues approved this year. Meanwhile, many construction workers are finding better jobs elsewhere. But the shortage has been decades in the making. Middle and high schools started dropping vocational courses four decades ago in favor of curriculums focusing on preparing students for college.

10/30/2014

Two state lawmakers from Boardman and Austintown introduced legislation to reduce school building costs for local school districts and taxpayers. The legislation would require the state to pay set percentages of school construction costs while decreasing the cost of local school improvement levies.

10/30/2014

Securly’s Securly for Parents offers granular reporting and real-time alerts for parents to see their kids' browsing activities. The weekly reports can help parents find out about online activities, searches, social network use and more.

10/29/2014

10/29/2014

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10/29/2014

For years, vocational high schools have been seen as a lesser form of schooling – tracking some kids off to work while others were encouraged to go on to college and pursue higher income professions. But things are changing. Vocational high schools are focusing much more on preparing students for higher education.

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