K12 Headlines

10/25/2013

10/25/2013

In step with AAA’s advice that parents should spend more time with their teen drivers so they can build as much experience as possible before driving solo, these new findings provide evidence as to how parents can most effectively work with their teens.

10/25/2013

Results indicated that students in the treatment group showed a 32% higher gain in PALS scores over the control group, indicating greater gains in student’s literacy as a result of the curriculum.

10/25/2013

A central Indiana charter school will close at the end of the week after being unable to raise $250,000 by its Friday deadline. Leaders of the International School of Columbus told students and parents Monday night that it faced unexpected costs at the school's planned new building, a decline in state funding because of an enrollment drop, and poor fundraising results.

10/25/2013

A couple of blocks from Paint Branch High School, in Maryland’s Montgomery County, there's a strip mall with a 7-Eleven, a Pizza Hut and a Chinese restaurant. And every day around 11 a.m., the students from Paint Branch start rolling in.

10/25/2013

Charter schools have generated noisy debates and relatively modest results. The latest report from the Center for Research on Education Outcomes found statistically significant benefits for some students, reversing findings from a similar study in 2009. But the gains are nothing to write home about.

10/25/2013

For all the attention given to concussions in football, hockey has its own issues with serious injuries; a Canadian study released this year reported that the incidence of brain and spinal cord injuries among hockey players has increased over the last 15 years. USA Hockey last month tightened the rules on some penalties, including boarding, hoping to cut down on unsafe play.

10/25/2013

A Cook County, Ill. judge ousted a south suburban school district board president from office due to a felony forgery conviction nearly 30 years ago but Kenneth Williams said he intends to continue running the board. Williams was elected to the Thornton Township High School District 205 board in 2009 and re-elected for another four-year term in April, despite widespread knowledge that he had been convicted of forgery in Indiana in 1985.

10/25/2013

More than a third of Columbus City Schools’ 9.01-mill levy and bond request would go toward keeping the Ohio district operating for at least four more years. An additional 11 percent of the levy, on the Nov. 5 ballot as Issue 50, would be earmarked for expanding the district’s high-performing schools.

10/25/2013

Major R. Owens, a former librarian who went to Congress from Brooklyn and remained there for 24 years fighting for more federal aid for education and other liberal causes, died on Monday in Manhattan. He was 77.

10/25/2013

C.J. Herron can’t go to school because he was born premature, which left him with a compromised immune system. He stays home and gets instruction in person from a home-bound teacher provided by Brenham ISD. But this week, Herron is going to his 3rd-grade class for the first time with a little help from a robot.

10/25/2013

The firehouse is still there, just as it was on the day of the shooting, except for the 26 bronze stars adorning its roof: one for each victim of the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre. The school is still there too, a short walk up the road, but not for long. This week, gates guarding one of the nation's most notorious crime scenes quietly swung open to heavy machinery and construction trucks as work began to demolish the campus where 20 first-graders and six school employees died Dec. 14.

10/25/2013

A former superintendent of Martin County Schools is accused of abusing his power to help his family while he was in office. The Kentucky State Auditor's report said Mark Blackburn assigned his wife a position in the school and let her keep her previous salary and job duties, which was $50,000 more than the person who previously held the position, and gave privately funded scholarships to two of his children and other relatives of district personnel.

10/25/2013

The budgetary impact of complying with Missouri’s school transfer law is beginning to play out in the unaccredited Normandy and Riverview Gardens districts, where superintendents are outlining cuts to reduce staff and programs. In Normandy, 103 of the district’s 650 employees will lose their jobs by the end of December.

10/24/2013

10/24/2013

These programs are part of the Siemens STEM Academy, a national professional development community designed to advance the teaching of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) in the United States.

10/24/2013

Teams can qualify for the National KidWind Challenge by participating in one of two ways — by winning a KidWind Challenge Event in their local area, or by winning a monthly KidWind Challenge Online.

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