K12 Headlines

4/4/2014

4/4/2014

Enforcing tougher standards means more students, especially minorities, aren't making the grade as prospective Illinois teachers. That's a big concern because the state needs a diverse teaching cadre. Illinois state government's ill-guided solution: Ease the standards.

4/4/2014

A recent survey of likely Michigan voters for the Michigan Association of School Boards showed overwhelming support for professional development and training for board members to meet the board's demanding responsibilities. Without this knowledge and awareness, boards are potentially liable for infractions against state laws and statutes.

4/4/2014

Listen for Life has created Travels With Music to introduce students to world cultures, using music as the gateway. The multimedia program explores 15 world cultures through the use of 300 video and audio segments that comprise six hours of classroom instruction.

4/4/2014

Currently, charter students in Pennsylvania who want to play multiple sports must play for their school teams if that sport is offered and, for other sports, may play on teams at their neighborhood public school. A proposal is being introduced that would limit sports programs at charter schools.

4/3/2014

4/3/2014

The Florida House's Justice Appropriations Subcommittee approved a bill that would allow local school boards or principals to designate employees—typically former or current law enforcement officers—to carry guns on campus. If passed, HB 753 would require trained officials to complete 40 hours of school safety training.

4/3/2014

After nearly two years of trying to plot the best course of action, the Kenmore-Tonawanda Union Free School District's board voted to close two elementary schools and merge the middle school into the high school. The district will sell the two elementary buildings with the remaining elementary schools housing pre-K through four.

4/3/2014

District voters approved a $34.6 million dollar building referendum that will include the $18.4 million construction of a new elementary school building. Only a short time ago, the district's board was actually considering drastic cuts to make up for a $2 million shortfall.

4/3/2014

Listen Edition has launched a free current events app for Edmodo. The app provides a teachable public radio news story everyday for teachers to utilize in their Edmodo classrooms.

4/3/2014

A referendum to build a new Wisconsin Dells high school went down in defeat with only a five-vote spread between those against and in favor of the $30 million project. The current high school would have been remodeled and converted to a middle school.

4/3/2014

Ricoh Americas Corporation launched its Ricoh Testing and Grading Solution to enable educators to create their own bubble-sheet optical mark recognition (OMR) tests, print them using a Ricoh multifunction product (MFP) and automatically grade tests using the MFP’s scanning capability.

4/3/2014

Making test scores too high a priority can ultimately limit students' real potential. Taking a broader perspective with a variety of enrichment options enhances not only test scores, but more important predictors of life success.

4/3/2014

New York City's mayor and the governor just hammered out a truce over charters that most people probably assume only matters in that state. They are wrong.The fact that a governor like Andrew Cuomo, someone mentioned as a future presidential contender, came out so strongly in support of charters won't go unnoticed nationally.

4/3/2014

Amid a $1.7 billion backlog in funding, school officials and building industry representatives are asking lawmakers to overhaul the way Pennsylvania pays for public school construction. The state’s Planning and Construction Workbook is an 11-step process for local districts to get reimbursed by the state for renovations and new building.

4/3/2014

Maryland's General Assembly has passed a bill that could raise costs for school construction. The measure would require all school construction projects that get at least 25 percent of their money from the state to pay workers the prevailing wage.

4/3/2014

In the 2012-2013 school year, the total number of North Carolina's reportable acts of school crime and violence, suspensions and the use of corporal punishment continue their downward trend. According to the 2012-2013 Consolidated Data Report presented to State Board of Education, expulsions did increase.

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