K12 Headlines

6/11/2014

6/11/2014

In a groundbreaking ruling, a California court struck down the state's teacher tenure, dismissal and seniority laws on grounds that they violate the equal protection clause of the state Constitution. If other state governments don't act, disadvantaged students now have a claim to petition the judiciary to protect their rights as much as in the days of Jim Crow.

6/11/2014

Securly, a cloud-based provider of internet security for K12 schools, has launched Student Achievement Analytics to help school leadership use a combination of visual charts and commands to answer questions about aggregate student activity. The new offering shows how students and teachers are really using technology.

6/11/2014

A House bill that would allow some schools to opt out of healthier meal standards drew a veto threat from the White House. The GOP spending bill would allow schools to waive the school lunch and breakfast standards for the next school year if they lost money on meal programs over a six-month period.

6/11/2014

A few days into summer vacation, dozens of Central Texas principals are trying to figure out how to pay for after-school programs next school year. The 5-year cycle runs out at the end of July for nearly 70 local schools receiving federal grant money for the programs.

6/11/2014

A California judge ruled as unconstitutional the state's teacher tenure, dismissal and layoff laws, saying they keep bad teachers in the classroom and force out promising good ones. The court ordered a stay of the decision, pending an appeal by the state and the teachers union.

6/11/2014

Sioux Falls School District officials say the first use of widespread Chromebook technology in the public schools this past year was successful, with less wear and tear than expected. The 18,000 devices, part of the district’s 1-to-1 student technology initiative for grades three through 12, enabled students to access assignments and information at a much greater speed.

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David Hood, who has been Western Middle School's principal, will become the Western School District's director of instructional technology. In this position, Hood will help all Western teachers integrate technology into their regular classroom lessons.

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June 27–29, 2014
Dallas, Texas

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June 22–24, 2014
Downers Grove, Ill.

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June 28–July 1, 2014
Atlanta, Ga.

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July 10–12, 2014

Nashville, Tenn.

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With the Plymouth-Canton schools moving to a 1-to-1 technology learning model next year, teachers are going to be asked to do more as administrators shave the ranks of their media specialists in a cost-cutting move aimed at helping eliminate a $6.3 million budget deficit. Among the budget adjustments being recommended is an elimination of six media specialists and 6.3 full-time-equivalent interventionists.

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July 14–17, 2014
Santa Fe, N.M.

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Binghamton School District will be using digital signage technology from Tightrope Media Systems to deliver information inside the school and over the web. Using Tightrope’s Carousel digital signage solution, the school will broadcast feeds on classroom SMART Boards and large monitors, which will also be replicated on the school’s website.

6/10/2014

The calls for criminalizing bullying have grown stronger in recent years. With the continued sensationalization of bullying-related suicides and homicides in the media, of course we want to blame and punish someone. We cannot solve bullying by punishing it away; we must work instead to restore relationships and environments, change attitudes and behaviors and heal those harmed.

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