K12 Headlines

7/2/2014

7/2/2014

The Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA) released its 2014 Vision K-20 Survey Report. The report suggests that only 40 percent of K12 education institutions feel prepared for upcoming online assessments while respondents expect an increase in the use of BYOD technology.

7/2/2014

Learning.com has launched Curriculum Foundry, a solution that helps districts use digital content to meet their instructional goals, facilitate personalized learning and address budget challenges. Curriculum Foundry provides a searchable content repository that includes vetted open education resources and a district’s existing digital content.

7/2/2014

Filament Learning, a division of Filament Games, debuted its first complete collection of game-based curriculum, PLEx (play, learn, experiment) Science series. The games provide interactive labs and exercises that allow students to explore complex science subjects.

7/2/2014

The New York district is creating a new school that will serve only kindergartners and may last only a year as the district phases out the current elementary school and phases in Delaware Primary. It will be the district's first "one-way bilingual immersion" program. Kindergartners whose first language is Spanish will receive 60 percent of their instruction in Spanish.

7/2/2014

Under new national nutritional guidelines that kicked in this week, schools that are part of the national school lunch program can no longer sell treats such as Oreos and Fritos. The "Smart Snacks in School" program from the U.S. Department of Agriculture covers foods and drinks sold in vending machines, on cafeteria a la carte menus and for club fundraisers during school hours.

7/2/2014

Aaron Hyre, currently the director of technology services in Abington, has been hired as information technology director for the Foxboro school system, replacing Paul Bortolotti.

7/2/2014

Los Angeles USD officials have allowed a group of high schools to choose from among six different laptop computers for their students — a marked contrast to last year's decision to give every pupil an iPad.

7/2/2014

A new Omaha school aims to tackle Nebraska’s technical talent gap by teaching students how to write computer code.

7/2/2014

Many of the 15 successful applicants plan to use their share of the $3 million in tech pilot project grants for the coming year to provide every student with a high-tech device.

7/2/2014

The state legislature is inching toward passing a $999 million information technology bill that includes $38 million to increase internet access for public schools and $68.2 million for public safety communications.

7/2/2014

The State Board of Education rejected sponsorship of a new Montessori school in Salem, citing concerns about whether the public charter school would end up serving the disadvantaged students it targets.

7/1/2014

7/1/2014

Sexting habits are a strong predictor of sexual activity, according to a study from the USC School of Social Work, Los Angeles USD and Sentient Research. Compared with students who didn’t sext, those who received the messages were seven times more likely to have had sex.

7/1/2014

Without enough GOP votes for a pension-overhaul plan, Gov. Corbett and House Republican leaders are asking Philadelphia Democrats to vote for the GOP pension plan in return for Republican support for an increase to the cigarette tax in the city. Philadelphia wants legislative approval of the tax to help with the large deficit in the school budget.

7/1/2014

Across the country, parents who once conceded that their homework expertise petered out by high school trigonometry are now feeling helpless when confronted with first-grade work sheets.

7/1/2014

What does it say about our public school system when 82 percent of the high school students in suburban Montgomery County in Maryland fail their Algebra 1 final exams? It implies quite strongly that our public schools are not doing a good job preparing America’s students in STEM fields.

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