K12 Headlines

6/12/2014

6/12/2014

A panel ruled that the Kansas Legislature satisfied the demands of a recent Supreme Court ruling to equalize education funding between rich and poor school districts. The judges said the additional $129 million that lawmakers added for equalization of capital outlay and local option budgets was sufficient to meet the standards.

6/12/2014

Arlington's school district is suing FieldTurf USA, the company that invented grasslike artificial turf, for more than $1 million for artificial turf installed on two high school fields in 2007. The lawsuit states that the outdoor artificial turf fields “proved to be defective and failed” as early as 2010.

6/12/2014

Sony Electronics is adding a new model to its X Series line of IP mini-dome cameras. The SNC-XM631 is powered by the IPELA Engine EX signal processing system, allowing it to deliver full HD picture quality in challenging lighting conditions using Sony´s wide dynamic range technology (View-DR) and image stabilization technology.

6/12/2014

Des Plaines CSD 62 has expanded its partnership with Discovery Education to include an extensive professional development program. District 62 will work with Discovery Education’s Digital Leader Corps multi-year program to develop teacher leaders to actively participate in the district’s digital transition.

6/12/2014

Collaboration between mayors and school boards—not mayoral takeovers—can lead to better school governance and student achievement, according to a report by the Center for Public Education at the National School Boards Association. The report also found that mayors can provide great benefits to public schools, enabling better integration and coordination of services for children and families.

6/12/2014

Students at two dozen Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools will eat free next year, regardless of family income. The schools, among the district’s poorest, will serve breakfast and lunch to all students for free starting in the fall under a new program from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The Community Eligibility Provision is an amendment to the National School Lunch program.

6/12/2014

After Hurricane Katrina's devastation in 2005, Louisiana embraced a radical vision for New Orleans education, leaning ever more heavily toward charter schools. That shift culminates this month as the last of Louisiana city's traditional schools close. New Orleans is now an all-charter school city.

6/12/2014

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, which has spent more than $200 million supporting the Common Core academic standards, is pushing for a 2-year delay in using test results associated with the new guidelines to evaluate teachers.

6/12/2014

One in three school districts is raising property taxes without the consent of residents by using a loophole in a Pennsylvania law meant to relieve the burden of rising education costs. If districts need to go above a cap set by the state Department of Education, the increase is supposed to be put before voters. However, a state program exists through which districts can receive voter referendum exceptions.

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6/11/2014

Beginning this summer, Greenwood Public School District will personalize instruction with a new digital educational tool through Compass Learning. The district’s 3,000 students will receive direct instruction and immediate feedback both at school and at home through any web-enabled device.

6/11/2014

There are six decisions a district leader must make when accepting electronic payments from parents—which is one step for districts in going paperless. Many school systems have had vendors set up secure online portals where parents can pay for AP courses, lunches and field trips, among other items.

6/11/2014

Chesterfield County Schools, one of the country’s 100 largest school systems, has purchased 32,000 new Chromebooks for the 2014-15 school year from Google Enterprise.

6/11/2014

The Norwood school district is waiting for the Ohio Department of Education's approval of a charter school application for the new Norwood Conversion Community School, which will focus on offering a blended learning environment for students. Although the district will sponsor the school, the charter school will have its own director and board.

6/11/2014

Blended learning models may improve education by enhancing personalized learning in schools and freeing teachers to focus on helping all students develop higher-level learning skills. However, successful implementation of these models requires adequate infrastructure, reliable technology, quality software content, and changes in classroom management practices, according to new research by SRI International.

6/11/2014

Once viewed as a place for student slackers with no college ambition, Massachusetts vocational high schools are increasing academic standards, offering honors classes, and producing more college-bound students than ever before. During the past five years, the percentage of vocational school graduates attending four-year colleges rose at schools across the state.

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