K12 Headlines

3/26/2014

3/26/2014

Baltimore County invested $3.7 million in school security improvements, including a OneView camera system in 107 elementary schools to make security footage available in real time to county police and the county's Department of School Safety and Security. All 173 county schools were outfitted with a baseline of security devices in 2013.

3/26/2014

With the legislature focused on following the Kansas Supreme Court decision ordering legislators to restore funding that helps poor districts, the proposal to provide state funding for full-day kindergarten will most likely not advance during the current session.

3/26/2014

North Philadelphia will be home to three new high schools in September. The schools are expected to add a grade each year and eventually enroll 475-600 students. The non-selective schools will follow the project/competency-based education model.

3/26/2014

Unlike programs identified today as “school choice,” such as opportunity scholarships, charter schools and tax credits, universal choice transfers control of education back to parents. It allows public funds to follow the child to the school chosen by the parents. With parental control comes responsibility—a prerequisite to success.

3/26/2014

Thousands of black, Hispanic and American Indian youngsters have higher suspension rates and much less exposure to science and technology classes, which can prepare students for lucrative careers. Schoolhouse inequalities should not be allowed to fester in a society where these minority populations will compose the majority by 2050.

3/26/2014

The district has implemented GuideK12’s geovisual analytics platform to support its 10-year master facility plan. The district currently serves 13,000 students, and is predicting rapid growth over the next ten years. Plans includes adding a third high school and three new elementary schools and renovations for two existing schools.

3/26/2014

Gov. Mike Pence signed legislation making Indiana the first state to withdraw from the national Common Core education standards that have become a lightning rod for critics of federal government overreach.

3/26/2014

Changes could be coming to how the state’s schools are graded after lawmakers approved changes to Florida’s school accountability and teacher evaluation system. The proposal would simplify how school grades are calculated for elementary, middle and high schools based on the percentage of total points earned by the school.

3/26/2014

Brevard Public Schools has purchased Performance Matters' system to manage data and develop, administer and score online assessments. The district plans to conduct training this spring and summer, and launch the system in the fall.

3/26/2014

A computer program will grade student essays on the writing portion of the standardized test set to replace the FCAT, according to the Florida Department of Education. The essays will be scored by a human and a computer, but the computer score will only matter if the score is significantly different from that of the human reviewer.

3/25/2014

3/25/2014

Two months after submitting his resignation from the Swedesboro-Woolwich School District he has served since 2010, Victor Valeski has announced that he will be taking a superintendent’s position with the East Brunswick K12 district.

3/25/2014

Increases in academic rigor, use of technology in assessing student performance and professional accountability for teachers and administrators all represent a positive direction—but without expanding capacity in New Jersey’s districts, it may well be impossible to successfully implement these initiatives. What’s the rush?

3/25/2014

“The New Opportunity to Lead: A Vision for Education in Massachusetts in the Next 20 Years,” a new report commissioned by the Massachusetts Business Alliance for Education, concludes that Massachusetts districts, schools and instruction must be transformed if the state is to remain a hub of innovation.

3/25/2014

Stillwater Area Schools Superintendent Corey Lunn has accepted a position as superintendent at Johnston School District in Iowa. Lunn’s three-year contract with Stillwater expires after this year. His new role is expected to begin July 1.

3/25/2014

Randy Richards has been selected as the new superintendent for Waverly's five schools. Currently interim superintendent of Hammond's Central School District in New York's St. Lawrence County, Richards is expected to begin his new position on July 1.

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