K12 Headlines

6/19/2014

6/19/2014

With scores of unaccompanied children landing in South Florida after streaming this year in unprecedented numbers across the U.S.-Mexican border, the Miami-Dade School Board warned that an influx of needy children could create a financial crisis. Board members agreed to request more money from the federal government to handle what administrators say is a sudden spike of foreign-born children,

6/19/2014

Members of the Maryland county's board of education are considering lifting a ban on cellphones for most students in the district. The policy committee will look at whether to alter the policy to allow for use depending on grade level and instructional use.

6/19/2014

Boulder Valley's school board agreed to ask voters in the fall to approve a $576 million capital construction package. It includes a new $45 million school in Erie, added classroom space to expand preschool and all-day kindergarten programs and repairs and renovations at existing schools.

6/19/2014

Wake County Public School System (WCPSS) in North Carolina will implement Knovation's digital learning resource library, netTrekker, in all K8 schools. As the largest public school district in the state and the sixteenth largest in the country, WCPSS will offer the educator-curated digital content to more than 100,000 students across 137 elementary and middle schools.

6/19/2014

Rourke Educational Media introduced library-bound Spanish collections with science, history and social skills titles targeted for students in kindergarten and elementary and middle schools. The new Spanish series includes titles such as Green Earth Science Discovery Library, History of America, Little World Social Skills and others.

6/19/2014

Dawn Pro Audio announced a new speaker line employing original acoustic waveguide technology. The new Dawn AW4 features four drivers in 3-way configuration and 1000-watt Class D amp. A smaller, battery-powered version, the Dawn AW3, features three drivers in 3-way design and a 40W linear amp.

6/19/2014

Anne Arundel County's school board passed a $1.02 billion operating budget for the 2014-2015 fiscal year that includes teacher raises, a new salary scale and the addition of 75 new teaching positions. In addition, the budget contained $5.3 million for the new Monarch Global Academy.

6/18/2014

6/18/2014

Pitsco Education's latest innovation, the TETRIX PRIME, is a new robotics building system designed to teach various STEM concepts without the construction complexities inherent in other building systems. PRIME is engineered to be simple and intuitive, enabling students to construct and modify robots easily and quickly.

6/18/2014

The Banneker Jamison STEM Academy will rely heavily on the Core Knowledge curriculum, with an emphasis on STEM. If the charter can meet the Denver school board's initial criteria, the school will open in 2015, with another 17 schools the Denver board has approved.

6/18/2014

Curriculum Advantage announced an alliance with Scantron to integrate Curriculum Advantage's Classworks with Scantron Performance Series and Scantron Achievement Series assessment solutions. Classworks will take the assessment data provided on individual students to create customized assignments.

6/18/2014

The Albuquerque Public Schools district will replace its former textbook inventory system with TIPWeb-IM from Hayes Software Systems. The upgrade will extend to all 140 schools and 89,000 students. Hayes will also provide system integration, physical inventory services, client engagement services, and ongoing performance evaluation and process monitoring support.

6/18/2014

Many educational reformers see technology as the panacea for what ails education in America, but technology is more a cause of what ails education than a cure for it. The cognitive risk of abandoning handwriting is a small manifestation of a huge problem. In the money-driven quest to digitize and automate education, we are neglecting the development of many human capacities that matter most.

6/18/2014

Superintendent William Hite said that the district needs an additional $96 million to offer students even a "wholly inadequate" education next year. In his last-minute plea for funding, he implored city and state lawmakers to invest much more in the cash-strapped system. Without the extra money, the system could see class sizes above 40 and more than 800 teachers laid off.

6/18/2014

Mayor Bill de Blasio's administration is moving forward with several education initiatives to help transform city schools. The city will spend $52 million in state grant money to transform 40 schools into "Community Schools," which will include extra services for students and families, such as health clinics, dental care and family counseling.

6/18/2014

As the state explores shifting its standardized testing system into cyberspace, about two-thirds of Massachusetts schools face a major technological challenge: They lack enough computers, other equipment, or broadband capacity to test large numbers of students online simultaneously, according to a Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education survey.

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