K12 Headlines

4/9/2014

4/9/2014

The Illinois legislature is considering 11 bills that would, among other things, limit where charters can be located, ban them from marketing themselves to students, and abolish a commission that has the power to overrule local boards and grant charter licenses.

4/9/2014

Baltimore school officials presented a budget scenario that calls for sizeable staff layoffs and de-funding key contracts that serve schools if a $31 million deficit is not closed.

4/9/2014

When teachers or coaches are charged in incidents involving sexual relationships with students, it’s disturbing on a number of levels. The potential exists that the offenses will go unreported and could occur again. Schools can currently allow educators to quit quietly and get hired at another school without their past known.

4/9/2014

Mutualink has introduced a secure multimedia communications platform to enhance schools’ safety and security by establishing a direct link with police, fire, EMS and other entities in emergency situations. Mutualink K12, designed exclusively for K12 schools, acts as a gateway for real-time voice, video, data and text communications.

4/9/2014

Students involved in sexting inappropriate images at a Barrington middle school are now facing more serious consequences as a criminal investigation has been launched rather than punishments through the school's student discipline code.

4/9/2014

The Catasauqua Area School District's board approved an initiative where all high school students will receive a personal laptop computer for the 2014-2015 school year. Under a four-year lease deal, the district's 1-to-1 technology initiative will equip students with a MacBook Air device.

4/9/2014

TabPilot Learning Systems released Tablet Manager 4.0, expanding features that allow for classroom control, monitoring, and management of tablets in shared-use environments.

4/9/2014

Extreme Networks and Pro Football Hall of Fame are partnering on education and community outreach in K12 districts across the country. Extreme will be donating its IdentiFi Wireless and high performance switch technology to be distributed across multiple districts and powering the PFHOF’s Heart of a Hall of Famer series.

4/8/2014

4/8/2014

Over the next few years, charters are expected to serve an increasing proportion of New York City students—perhaps as much as 10 percent. Is there a point at which fostering charter schools undermines traditional public schools and the children they serve?

4/8/2014

Arrow, an ASSA ABLOY Group company, introduced the Key Rotation Indicator Rose for use on the QL97 series classroom intruder lockset. In an emergency situation, the 97 Function allows the teacher to use their key to lock the outside lever from inside the classroom, thereby preventing unauthorized entry.

4/8/2014

Dual enrollment options at the local community college and flexible scheduling are among the new offerings students at Ann Arbor Public Schools will find this fall. The district will also be moving a student development program into its A2 Tech High School building to offer students in both tracks more options as part of a "Pathways to Success" campus.

4/8/2014

The Frankfort School District 157-C Board of Education inked a 3-year contract with Dr. Maura J. Zinni to serve as the new superintendent effective as of July 1.

4/8/2014

Kelly Pew of the Pickens County School District will become the new superintendent of Rock Hill schools. She replaces Lynn Moody, who resigned last year to become superintendent of the Rowan-Salisbury School System in North Carolina.

4/8/2014

State law allows children with diagnosed allergies to keep their prescribed epinephrine auto-injectors at school in case of a reaction. A bill has been introduced in California that would require schools to keep an epinephrine stock and train some school personnel to use them in the case of an anaphylactic reaction.

4/8/2014

A new study from American Educational Research Association indicates that middle school youth have experienced a wide range of upsetting sexual violence experiences that seem to be unaddressed by adults in these schools.

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