K12 Headlines

5/23/2014

5/23/2014

A proposal that would drastically change the way Illinois public schools has been amended to also limit the amount of funding some schools would lose under the plan. A Senate panel agreed to cap the amount of funding schools would lose under a new need-based funding formula at $1,000 per student.

5/23/2014

Illinois' District 140 School Board accepted the resignation of Superintendent Bob Gold and appointed middle school principal Bob Bardwell to the position. Gold, who has served Congerville-Eureka-Goodfield schools for 20 years, will begin in July as associate superintendent of highly effective schools for the Arizona Department of Education.

5/23/2014

The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) announced that actor and global humanitarian, Ashley Judd, will give the opening keynote at ISTE 2014. Actor America Ferrera, previously scheduled to speak, is unable to attend due to a scheduling conflict. Part idea incubator and part collaborative workspace, the ISTE annual conference, to be held June 28 – July 1 in Atlanta.

5/23/2014

Ohio schools would get $17 million in state aid for security upgrades while superintendents failing to submit emergency management plans would face penalties under a new school safety proposal.

5/23/2014

The Southern Poverty Law Center is alleging 96 Alabama school districts are violating a federal law which prohibits denying a child's access to public education based on immigration status.

5/23/2014

Extron Electronics has released new versions of all four of its Extron Cable Cubby Series/2 enclosures for AV connectivity and AC power. The Cable Cubby Series/2 includes the compact Cable Cubby 500, the mid-size Cable Cubby 700, the slim, low profile Cable Cubby 1200, and the double-sided, Cable Cubby 1400.

5/23/2014

Researchers at the University of Miami published a study showing that students who earn better grades in high school also make more money as adults. The paper, which appears in the Eastern Economic Journal, finds that boys who up their GPAs by an extra point can expect to earn 11.85 percent more pay down the road. For girls, an additional grade point is worth a 13.77 percent bonus.

5/23/2014

A group of bills are caught up in the Senate Education Committee waiting for review, including putting some limitations on what student data could be shared outside of Louisiana; a proposal that would allow school districts to select their own textbooks and curricula; and a piece of legislation that would allow parents to review the instructional materials being given to their children.

5/22/2014

5/22/2014

Alma, a K12 school management system, has added new messaging features and emergency notification capabilities that allow administrators, teachers, parents, and students to connect.

5/22/2014

The Ohio school district will soon announce its recommendations for building, demolishing, closing, combining and renovating school buildings. The state of Ohio pays two thirds of the bill for building or renovating schools in Cleveland, so each local tax dollar spent brings back $2 from the state.

5/22/2014

High school students would be required to learn how to operate mobile defibrillators and learn cardio pulmonary resuscitation under legislation the Senate passed. Gov. Pat Quinn called the measure “common-sense legislation” that will make sure students are properly trained in life-and-death situations.

5/22/2014

Legislation requiring any new school construction to include storm shelters has been sent to the governor for approval. The Illinois Senate approved HB 2513, which mandates that any new school construction or remodeling that includes classroom space must include a storm shelter.

5/22/2014

One of the most expensive high school football stadiums in America will be closed this fall because the concrete is cracking, and a report commissioned by the Texas school district says it may not have been designed to code.

5/22/2014

Despite promises by Chicago Public Schools to reinvest in classrooms the money saved by closing a historic number of schools one year ago, the Chicago Teachers Union says that the district spent most of those millions elsewhere.

5/22/2014

Two bills aimed at restoring school budgets have been signed into law. One of the K12 bills includes $110 million for public school districts to begin restoring recession cuts. That bill also sets aside money for certain programs, including $20 million for early literacy programs and up to $40 million from marijuana taxes for school construction.

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