K12 Headlines

5/23/2014

5/23/2014

Lexington 2 School Board members settled on a $225 million plan for new schools and renovations. The package – the first improvements sought for classrooms since 2002 – will go to voters for approval November 4. It includes $93.2 million for new facilities and $91 million for renovations.

5/23/2014

The Pennsylvania district has appointed Jerri Lynn Lippert, chief academic officer of Pittsburgh Public Schools, as superintendent starting July 1. A replacement for retiring superintendent John DiSanti, she will become the first woman to head West Allegheny.

5/23/2014

At the end of June, nearly a third of Vermont's 60-something superintendents are leaving their posts. That is cause for concern if you ask Vermont's secretary of education, Rebecca Holcombe. "If this was a business, and you had 30 percent turnover every year, you'd think it was a crisis," she says.

5/23/2014

Kregg A. Cuellar, the chief schools officer of Des Moines Public Schools, has been named the next superintendent of Virginia's Accomack County Public Schools. He replaces Bruce Benson, who left the county this spring after 33 months in the job to become superintendent in Stafford County.

5/23/2014

MindPlay, Inc. introduced a new upgraded version of its reading curriculum for grades K12, MindPlay Virtual Reading Coach (MVRC). All stories within the web-based MVRC are also now assigned Lexile ratings by MetaMetrics.

5/23/2014

Six elementary schools in Broward County received a federal grant to start the district's first museum-themed magnet program. Each school had to develop its own STEM magnet program while incorporating project-based learning and the concepts of a museum.

5/23/2014

By acknowledging and respecting that relationships are crucial to creating positive learning environments—and that this relationship-building must not be limited to the classroom—Oakland USD has embarked upon what could be one of the most effective school reform models to date.

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.

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