K12 Headlines

5/28/2014

5/28/2014

Congress is taking up a large number of education bills this year. Unfortunately, the issue it is ignoring is the one that most needs its attention: an overhaul of the No Child Left Behind Act. It would be an understatement to say that school reform is in a state of disarray because of this legislative inaction.

5/28/2014

The Baltimore school board voted to fully fund programs for gifted students, which were originally slated for cuts next year, and to tap its rainy-day fund to avoid layoffs and cuts to central office operations. The $1.3 billion budget will restore over $30,000 in funding cuts to the International Baccalaureate programs.

5/28/2014

The Illinois Senate approved sweeping changes to the way the state funds public education. The measure would require distributing public education funding based on each district’s level of financial need. The change would direct more state assistance toward high-poverty areas, with wealthier districts having to rely more on local funding.

5/28/2014

The civil rights group Advancement Project and the national community group network Journey for Justice Alliance filed three federal complaints with the U.S. Department of Education and Department of Justice. The lawsuits allege that school closures in Newark, Chicago and New Orleans discriminate against African American students.

5/28/2014

All Indianapolis Public Schools students will get a free breakfast, lunch and snack of fresh fruit or vegetable starting this fall and continuing for the next four years under a federal program the School Board voted to join.

5/28/2014

A student kept out of the classroom three times by ninth grade is virtually guaranteed not to graduate. In addition, 95 percent of exclusions are for disruptive or disorderly conduct reasons. A group of classroom teachers in Minnesota banded together to request changes to the St. Paul School Board's policies regarding discipline and the mainstreaming of many special education students.

5/28/2014

Constructing Modern Knowledge Press announced the publication of The Invent To Learn Guide to 3D Printing in the Classroom: Recipes for Success. The book covers a variety of step-by-step classroom projects, 3D printing technology, new design software and advice on purchasing a 3D printer.

5/27/2014

5/27/2014

Los Angeles Unified, the country’s second-largest school system, is home to more than 650,000 students, and 42 percent of them are overweight or obese. In 2011, the district decided healthier school lunches were the best way to help them not be. A new study suggests that despite the softened menu standards, students are still beelining toward carbs and meat and avoiding fruits and vegetables.

5/27/2014

An early retirement incentive offered annually to Des Moines educators no longer serves its purpose and threatens to become a financial drain on the school district, officials say. The program also features one of the most attractive packages in the state, offering higher awards than other neighboring districts.

5/27/2014

In Massachusetts, Boston administrators stopped selling junk food at lunch and persuaded a health-conscious food organization to donate a salad bar for their cafeteria so students could eat fresh. Due to budget issues, the School Department has refused to stock the salad bar since September and has reinstated the sale of snacks during lunch.

5/27/2014

For a growing number of children in Rhode Island, Iowa and other states, the school day starts and ends with walking with their classmates and an adult volunteer to and from school. Walking school buses are catching on nationwide to fight childhood obesity, improve attendance rates and ensure that kids get to school safely.

5/27/2014

Thousands of Houston-area students in a handful of districts attended class on Monday, a federal holiday, to make up for time lost earlier this semester to inclement weather, though many observed Memorial Day as part of their lessons. To educate pupils on the meaning of the day, school districts held patriotic activities that included veterans as special guest speakers and flag craft projects.

5/27/2014

Teacher Laura Glading-Smith has introduced a new digital math textbook that is customizable to high school math students. The digital textbook allows students to access a number of different methods for understanding important mathematical concepts.

5/27/2014

New Jersey education officials proposed major changes to the science and preschool curriculums as well as minor tweaks to the health and physical education guidelines at a special meeting of the New Jersey State Board of Education. But the officials recommended no changes to the math and English language arts standards.

5/27/2014

Timmons Group’s Raleigh Survey Group signed an on-call survey engineering contract with Wake County Public Schools System. As the second largest school system in North Carolina, Wake County hired Timmons Group’s Professional Land Surveyors to provide multiple surveying services.

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