K12 Headlines

8/20/2014

8/20/2014

All the incoming freshmen at one high school and 150 freshmen and sophmores at another high school in Greenville County will learn in project-based learning classrooms rebuilt to enable students to work digitally on real-world projects in small groups.

8/20/2014

The city of Ammon, in conjunction with District 93, law enforcement and a Virginia-based tech company, are testing out a system they say will alert them to gunmen on school campuses. The Shotpoint acoustic shot detection system uses a series of sensors mounted on ceilings throughout the school. Each sensor is equipped with four microphones, which can detect the sound of gunshots.

8/20/2014

Duval County schools are embarking on a three-year plan to invest $58 million in technology. Every classroom in the county's 160 schools will have a dedicated source to access the internet while all teachers will be getting new laptops. All middle schools will be getting interactive technology with portable touch-screen monitors.

8/20/2014

New gadgets and mobile apps introduced in the past few years are making reading, writing and math more accessible to students with learning disabilities. Text-to-speech apps like Voice Dream Reader, Read2Go and Notability; speech-to-text computer programs like Dragon Naturally Speaking; and smart pens like Echo have changed the way students comprehend lessons in areas they normally struggle.

8/20/2014

A Wake County judge will rule this week on whether it's constitutional for tax money to be used to pay for tuition at private or religious schools. Taxpayer and teachers groups, as well as many of the state's 115 school boards, are challenging whether the state can spend public money on K12 tuition at private or religious schools.

8/20/2014

Sen. Peter Courtney announced a 2015 plan for the legislature to spend $200 million on seismic upgrades to schools. The proposal would use general fund bonds that the Legislature would disperse as grants to public school districts across Oregon. Schools with the highest risk of collapse would be prioritized.

8/20/2014

Senate President Stephen Sweeney says he will accept Gov. Christie's changes to a bill intended to expedite development of privately run, public Renaissance schools in Camden. The governor vetoed a provision that would have allowed the Camden school board to provide pension sweeteners as early-retirement incentives to some district employees.

8/20/2014

Teachers and administrators at Detroit Public Schools will see their pay slashed by 10 percent in the fall if state education officials approve the district’s proposal for offsetting a failed countywide tax millage. The plan also calls for the closure of 24 schools or buildings over four years.

8/20/2014

In a blow to Gov. Bobby Jindal's move to withdraw his state from Common Core education standards, a state judge blocked Jindal's plan to drop a key set of standardized tests due to be introduced in the coming school year.

8/20/2014

According to a new poll, 40 percent of teachers said they opposed the Common Core. The new poll's figures are more than triple the 12 percent who said they were against the standards in 2013. Public opposition to the Common Core also has increased. While 65 percent supported the Common Core in 2013, a slim majority —​ 53 percent — expressed approval in 2014.

8/20/2014

The fischertechnik division of Studica recently partnered with Minnick Schools to bring some of the fischertechnik learning kits to students with learning disabilities, special needs, behavioral issues and autism.

8/20/2014

Teachers and administrators can ring in the school year with a new solution for managing Internet access with NetRef, an educational security system that safeguards all Internet access points. The multi-platform software empowers teachers to guide students by setting the boundaries kids need.

8/20/2014

Zach Marks and Grom Social, Inc. have teamed up with Florida Virtual School to launch a new app called Solar Skate. The mobile skateboarding game reinforces geometry concepts and is aimed at kids in 4th through 8th grades.

8/20/2014

The West Virginia Board of Education is looking to redesign the role of school principals. A report compiled by ICF International recommends new professional expanded standards that are recognized across the country, the establishment of a Professional Standards Board and creating advanced specializations for principals, among other suggestions.

8/20/2014

The Los Angeles Unified School District announced a major change in the way students are disciplined for some offenses. School police will no longer issue citations for most campus fights, petty theft and other minor offenses, but instead refer students to counseling and other services.

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