K12 Headlines

3/10/2014

3/10/2014

Ohio's more than 600 school districts were supposed to reap a multimillion-dollar jackpot from new taxes produced from the state's four new casinos. But one year and 10 months after the first casino opened in Cleveland, the schools are finding their winnings more window dressing than windfall.

3/10/2014

Kansas’s highest court ruled on Friday that funding disparities between school districts violated the state’s Constitution and ordered the Legislature to bridge the gap, setting the stage for a messy budget battle in the capital this year.

3/10/2014

Ending a months long standoff between federal and state officials, the U.S. Department of Education has told California education officials they approve of the state’s plan to administer only portions of new standardized tests this year - and not reporting the results.

3/10/2014

The FCC issued a Public Notice revealing E-rate program reform actions under consideration, including a one-time targeted support for schools and libraries that lag behind in broadband connectivity. E-rate consulting firm Funds For Learning will discuss the E-rate program news in a free webinar on March 13.

3/10/2014

The example now causing a ruckus is in Pinellas County. Schools there use palm scanners to authorize withdrawals from pre-paid accounts, moving lunch lines faster and giving students more time to eat.

3/7/2014

3/7/2014

SAU 50, which serves the communities of Greenland, New Castle, Rye and Newington, has selected Salvatore Petralia to fill the superintendent position held by Dr. George Cushing, who is retiring at the end of June.

3/7/2014

Janice Wycoff will start her new term as superintendent at Clear Fork Valley Local Schools on August 1. David Ritter, interim superintendent at Clear Fork, will stay in that position until Wycoff begins.

3/7/2014

New York Life Foundation announced a $4 million grant to After-School All-Stars, a nonprofit providing year-round, school-based, afterschool programs. The four-year grant will be used to support expansion to serve middle school youth in six new cities.

3/7/2014

H&R Block recently introduced the "How Big is a Billion?" contest, a new educational program that asks teachers to turn the idea of $1 billion into a math assignment for a chance to win a $3,000 grant by March 14.

3/7/2014

State Superintendent Flanagan, frustrated by the fiscal problems in our K12 system, suggested giving the authority to make these fiscal decisions to superintendents rather than local boards. At first blush, his idea may hold appeal.

3/7/2014

The summer programs in seven school districts, which are part of the National Summer Learning Association's New Vision for Summer School Network, will include free, unlimited access to Capstone's myON with thousands of enhanced digital books and tracking and measurement tools.

3/7/2014

Though a new law removes algebra II as a core requirement for a high school diploma, many Texas universities say they will not change their admissions standards to drop the advanced math course anytime soon.

3/7/2014

Here is an idea to promote educational productivity: School boards should invest in the arts, which have been proven to enhance the learning process, stimulate the brain, assist lower-socioeconomic students and increase standardized test scores.

3/7/2014

Ultimately, the entire funding system needs to be restructured in a way that emphasizes results, accountability and an appropriate balance between paying teachers well while also respecting taxpayers and protecting N.Y.'s economy.

3/7/2014

The Putnam County Board of Education is searching for two people to fill assistant superintendent slots–one for curriculum and instruction and one for human resources and operations–that have been vacant for more than a year.

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