K12 Headlines

6/20/2014

6/20/2014

Hooda Math has released five math manipulatives designed to be completely device agnostic, including Base Ten Blocks, Number Line Integer Addition, Hundreds Chart, Algebra Tiles and Algebra Balance Equations. These free manipulatives are built using HTML5 code, enabling students to access them on a smartphone, tablet or desktop computer.

6/20/2014

Florida families have had a chance to start voicing their opinion: Just recently the largest number ever — 100,000 — applied for K12 school choice scholarships. It's likely tens of thousands of Florida children will have to return this fall to schools they want to leave without the scholarships. Lawmakers need to expand Florida's voucher system and allow more parents to choose the school that best fits their child.

6/20/2014

The George W. Bush Institute’s Alliance to Reform Education Leadership and New Leaders, Inc. released a framework outlining the conditions necessary for principals to transform schools. The Conditions for Effective Leadership Project findings show that effective districts provide principals with more authority to make staffing decisions and delegate more leadership tasks to other leaders, among other conditions.

6/20/2014

Five out of eight applications for new charter schools in Nashville earned a recommendation for approval by Metro Nashville Public Schools, including a proposal from KIPP Nashville, the nation's largest charter network, to take over a struggling elementary school.

6/20/2014

An analysis by ProPublica and NPR of data for the 2011-2012 school year of school discipline practices from the U.S. Department of Education's Civil Rights Data Collection shows restraint and seclusion were used at least 267,000 times nationwide. In 75 percent of the cases, it was children with disabilities who were restrained or secluded.

6/20/2014

Under a proposed bill, the state would aid the nonprofit group Prevention Links in opening the first public “recovery high school” for teens with substance abuse problems on Kean University's campus. Whichever school took part in the state recovery school program would accept pupils from around the state and receive a per-pupil payment provided by the home school districts.

6/20/2014

More than 80 percent of the state's public school districts reported having significant vacancies for open teaching positions at the end of May, a survey from the School Administrators of South Dakota revealed. The survey found that 258 positions, or 30 percent, of 803 teaching positions available this spring remained unfilled as of May 28.

6/19/2014

6/19/2014

The Dickinson school district's voters approved a $56 million bond proposal calling for the construction of two new campuses, Elementary No. 7 and Middle School No, 3. A "mini-education village" design option is being considered in which the elementary and middle school will share a cafeteria and common areas.

6/19/2014

A ruling by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office effectively defined the popular sports team name 'Redskins' as a slur that is "disparaging to Native Americans." But here in Pennsylvania, officials at Neshaminy High School in Langhorne, Pa. have yet to budge on their decision to continue using the term for the school's mascot, and students there are divided on the issue.

6/19/2014

The state says 88 percent of 10 Ohio's third graders met new reading targets and can move onto the fourth grade after follow-up testing. Students can be held back if they don’t meet the literacy goals under the state’s new Third Grade Reading Guarantee. The figures are up from the 63 percent who passed in October.

6/19/2014

While some of the opposition to Common Core and PARCC is reasonable – no educational strategy can satisfy everyone — much of it is infected with misinformation and politics. First, these are standards, not a curriculum. Decisions on how to attain them — curriculum and school management — will still be made at the district and state level.

6/19/2014

While legislation designed to stamp out bullying may make us feel better inside, such laws by definition encroach upon fundamental freedoms of speech and constitutional requirements that laws not be vague or overly broad. What's more, they may seek to outlaw that which may be beyond the purview of the crimes code: It may be the case that human law is simply no match for the law of nature.

6/19/2014

Lakehurst's board of education approved the use of $500,000 in capital funds and an additional $443,111 in the form of a lease purchase agreement to pay for the school's share of scheduled construction projects.

6/19/2014

Boston plans to eliminate bus service for its junior high school students next year. Instead, over 4,000 children will receive passes to ride public transportation to school. This transportation plan will force some families to choose between their preferred school and their child’s safety. Parents fear their children would risk increased exposure to bullying, harassment, and violence on public transportation.

6/19/2014

Local Baptists, in partnership with the national School Ministries organization, have proposed a new program for the North Carolina county s school system that would offer public school students the chance to be released from class for religious instruction once a month at area churches.

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