K12 Headlines

6/13/2014

6/13/2014

Forty-five percent of New Orleans voters surveyed in May said public schools in the city are getting better while only 18 percent believe they are getting worse, according to figures released by a Tulane University think tank. The survey comes as the Recovery School District prepares for a new school year in which all of those schools, now totaling 59, will be run by independent charter organizations.

6/13/2014

The Saucon Valley School Board has hired a district superintendent under a new three-year contract. Monica McHale-Small will be leaving her position as assistant superintendent of the Bensalem Township School District in lower Bucks County and start work in Saucon Valley on August 11.

6/13/2014

GOP leaders and the School Nutrition Association say the upcoming food requirements are unworkable, placing an undue burden on schools. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack claims that, overall, school food revenues around the country are up by about $200 million dollars since the changes took effect. His advice for schools that are struggling: instead of asking to opt-out, ask for help.

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Many parents decided long ago that they can't afford to wait for the improvements they want in their schools. Are parents letting school districts off the hook by covering the cost of basic maintenance? Would parents' time be better spent lobbying for systemic changes in the way all schools are operated and funded?

6/12/2014

ClassLink inked a multiyear agreement for its ClassLink LaunchPad with Brevard County Schools. The full-scale adoption will be the framework that ties together Brevard’s Learning Management System programs for over 8,500 staff and 72,000 students. The adoption will be funded through the district’s local Race to the Top allocation.

6/12/2014

School nurses administer vaccines and medications and help diabetic students monitor their blood sugar, among many other things. The nurses don't always have the most up-to-date information about the students' health. Schools and health care systems are trying to bridge that gap to give school health professionals access to students' electronic health records.

6/12/2014

Although construction on the new Kearney High School is underway, a recent gift is paying for 10,000 square feet to be added to the building. A donor has donated $1.75 million for the Career and Technical Education Pathways Institute addition, which will offer hands-on experience in technical careers.

6/12/2014

The Tea Area School District's board members approved to take out $5.2 million in capital outlay certificates to build a new elementary school. The school will be open by fall of 2015.

6/12/2014

Public schools have struggled during the long, slow economic recovery. Although urban districts have been hit particularly hard, there is a tremendous variation by state. What turns out to make a difference is actual spending levels. States that spend less per-student have made significantly bigger cuts (on a percentage basis) than states that spend more.

6/12/2014

Meridian School District will ask voters to approve a $104 million bond that would include construction of three new schools as the district braces for enrollment growth approaching pre-recession levels.

6/12/2014

The state Education Department will install a fiscal monitor for the troubled East Ramapo school district. District officials have been accused of giving short shrift to the interests of public school children, and many residents have alleged that the school board steers taxpayer money toward the private religious schools.

6/12/2014

A panel ruled that the Kansas Legislature satisfied the demands of a recent Supreme Court ruling to equalize education funding between rich and poor school districts. The judges said the additional $129 million that lawmakers added for equalization of capital outlay and local option budgets was sufficient to meet the standards.

6/12/2014

Arlington's school district is suing FieldTurf USA, the company that invented grasslike artificial turf, for more than $1 million for artificial turf installed on two high school fields in 2007. The lawsuit states that the outdoor artificial turf fields “proved to be defective and failed” as early as 2010.

6/12/2014

Sony Electronics is adding a new model to its X Series line of IP mini-dome cameras. The SNC-XM631 is powered by the IPELA Engine EX signal processing system, allowing it to deliver full HD picture quality in challenging lighting conditions using Sony´s wide dynamic range technology (View-DR) and image stabilization technology.

6/12/2014

Des Plaines CSD 62 has expanded its partnership with Discovery Education to include an extensive professional development program. District 62 will work with Discovery Education’s Digital Leader Corps multi-year program to develop teacher leaders to actively participate in the district’s digital transition.

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