K12 Headlines

3/23/2015

3/23/2015

School officials say the shortage worsened as the unemployment rate improved, and job seekers who might have settled for a part-time job such as substitute teaching are now insisting on full-time positions with better pay and benefits.

3/23/2015

Minneapolis Public Schools will announce about 120 layoffs of administrative personnel this week, a move to relocate funding directly back into schools where officials say it has a greater impact on students.

3/23/2015

As Congress debates the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, or ESEA, a bill whose purpose is to fulfill this country's obligation to provide all students with a high-quality education, virtually no attention is being paid to the role that the federal government has played in helping many schools make dramatic progress.

3/23/2015

Edmentum added computing as a new subject available in EducationCity, a foundational learning program for grades pre-K through 6. The new subject provides an introduction to computer science, digital literacy and information technology using interactive content.

3/23/2015

American-Ukrainian startup Preply.com/en is coming back to the U.S. market with an updated product – a marketplace for local and online language tutoring. Preply has officially started acquiring tutors in the U.S. and several other English-speaking countries.

3/23/2015

TheIBLibrary.com launched a new, free digital and physical library resource for International Baccalaureate schools, international schools, and librarians and information science professionals to fulfill the requirements of international school accreditation bodies.

3/23/2015

Large cities are at the vanguard of a shift away from zero-tolerance school discipline toward less punitive strategies that emphasize talking it out and resolving disputes among students to keep them in school.

3/20/2015

3/20/2015

There is a nearly $1 billion backlog of heating system repairs or replacements in the public school systems in the Maryland suburbs, according to a news investigation. School building records in the counties of Montgomery, Prince George, Howard and Frederick show hundreds of school HVAC systems are in need of replacement in the coming years.

3/20/2015

Massachusetts' well-intentioned Open Meeting Law, with its strict provisions for conducting public business with the greatest possible transparency, generally serves the public sector well. However, it does, unintentionally, create problems in attracting top superintendent candidates to a process in which they are required to make their candidacies public.

3/20/2015

Los Angeles teachers and school district administrators are doing battle once again after 18 rounds of contract negotiations. Given the potential long-term impact of any settlement, it is a shame that a major stakeholder can't be at the negotiating table. Namely, college graduates considering whether to pursue a teaching career.

3/20/2015

Dearborn school Superintendent Brian Whiston, the 2014 Michigan Superintendent of the Year, has been offered the position of state school superintendent. Whiston has been selected to replace Superintendent Michael Flanagan, who is retiring.

3/20/2015

Gustavo Balderas is the Eugene School Board’s unanimous choice to lead the district. Currently the superintendent of Huntington Beach's district in California, Balderas will take over for Sheldon Berman, who asked to leave the Eugene district after this school year.

3/20/2015

The next superintendent of schools of the Illinois district will be John Ahlgrim. Currently the superintendent at Zion Elementary School District 6, he will take over from Superintendent Mary Perry Bates after she retires at the end of the school year.

3/20/2015

Gryphon House, Inc.'s new activity book, “Getting to the Heart of Learning: Social-Emotional Skills across the Early Childhood Curriculum” by Ellen Booth Church, offers activities designed to connect social-emotional learning to the classroom curriculum with child-development tips, guidelines and support information for teachers.

3/20/2015

Mayor Bill de Blasio defended his administration’s efforts to fix New York City’s troubled schools, describing those efforts as a cross between a war and a policing operation. The mayor's newly aggressive language comes as Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo is pushing an alternative vision for dealing with the city’s struggling schools that clashes with the mayor’s and chancellor’s philosophy.

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