K12 Headlines

2/10/2014

2/10/2014

Less than four months after StudentFirst charter school opened, those dreams collapsed amid allegations of mismanagement, nepotism and financial irregularities. Overdue bills had the school on the brink of bankruptcy. Students were going without textbooks, losing teachers and taking long naps during the day, consultants reported. The board of directors fired school founders Handford and Moss, who are now suing the board they once recruited.

2/10/2014

After he heard about the children in Utah whose school lunches were thrown out because their parents were behind on payments, Kenny Thompson was worried about the elementary school kids he tutored and mentored in Houston, Texas. So he went in to check whether they were getting the proper nutrition. What he found disappointed him.

2/10/2014

Administrators in Ohio's largest school district are weighing a plan to close seven buildings, including two high schools, forcing relocation of 2,500 students. A decision in favor of shuttering Brookhaven and Independence high schools would mark the first high school closures in the district in more than 30 years.

2/10/2014

The business community is changing the way it supports the nation’s education system by moving away from simply funding programs to building long-term partnerships, and moving toward helping students achieve more in school and be better prepared for the workforce, according to a new report.

2/10/2014

Business leaders visit classes to give students a head start after high school in a specific trade, preparing them for a higher education degree and helping them learn how to pursue jobs. And it has become an entryway not only into the professional world, but also into learning the basic skills needed to survive adulthood.

2/10/2014

There's "no appetite" for passing a bill this year that imposes sanctions against poorly performing public or private voucher schools, says Republican Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald. Instead, the Senate will pursue a more limited school accountability bill that focuses on having private schools report the same data as public schools without a major overhaul of the report card.

2/10/2014

Whenever the talk begins about our nation making quality education a priority, it's no surprise that some may be cynical. After all, we have too many children entering school unprepared, too many falling behind early, and too many dropping out before graduation. Why can't we change this story? The truth is, we can—and we are.

2/7/2014

2/7/2014

The educational entities implemented Tools4ever’s solutions to automate their account management procedures and to improve access and security of their internal solutions.

2/7/2014

The key priority for ASCD and its members in 2014 is to promote multimetric accountability so that standardized test scores are not the sole measure of student achievement, educator effectiveness, or school quality.

2/7/2014

Founder Sumner Murphy identified the need for a better way for teachers to include appealing video in school lessons to increase engagement with students of all learning styles and add depth to learning.

2/7/2014

Edgenuity’s “2014 Trends to Watch” are based on the company’s experience partnering with thousands of schools and districts to successfully implement online and blended learning programs across the country.

2/7/2014

Superintendents of public school districts in Michigan's Washtenaw County are discussing ways to bring in more funding for special education—which could mean a proposal before voters in November. State law allows for intermediate school districts to levy a tax for special education.

2/7/2014

Reading the headline news in The Huffington Post recently, I was struck by the marked contrast between two articles: The Impact section featured a story about seven-year-old Zora Ball, the youngest person to create a mobile app, while the front page featured a story about governmental leaders sabotaging peace agreements and maneuvering to instigate war. A child, new to our formal education system, is exercising creative power; while adults, graduates of our most esteemed universities, are exercising destructive power.

2/7/2014

More than 13,000 students were out of school Thursday—and likely will remain so through Monday—after teachers in southern Oregon's largest district went on strike. The walkout Thursday in the Medford School District occurred after all-night bargaining yielded no results. No new talks are scheduled until Saturday, and the district has canceled classes through Monday.

2/7/2014

Some say because Easton ASD in Pennsylvania has slashed so many teachers and programs in recent years, it should have a charter school in the district that will have smaller class sizes and provide more hands-on learning for children. Others say the cash-strapped school district shouldn't have a charter school that would "drain the district of money" and take some of its children away.

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