K12 Headlines

10/21/2013

10/21/2013

The suicide of Rebecca Sedwick, the latest in a series of student suicides allegedly tied to bullying, has educators nationwide reviewing their schools' prevention programs. Reports are mixed as to effectiveness, with one study finding they can have unintended negative effects.

10/21/2013

With Pittsburgh Public Schools superintendent Linda Lane planning to propose school closings next month, board member Regina Holley said some communities already have lost too many schools.

10/21/2013

No matter who is elected mayor next month, city kids will likely find two new vacation days on the school calendar: Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha, the holiest days of the Muslim year.

10/21/2013

Of the 54 football players at Serra-San Mateo High School in California, 39 play another sport. Head coach Patrick Walsh doesn't like that. He wishes more of them would play a second sport.

10/21/2013

Rocketship Education, which has opened nine public elementary schools in seven years, may find its lightning-speed velocity forced to decelerate.

10/21/2013

Former teacher and researcher says anywhere between 40 and 50 percent of teachers will leave the classroom within their first five years (that includes the nine and a half percent that leave before the end of their first year.

10/18/2013

10/18/2013

Racial tensions and gang problems were plaguing a Northern California high school when three students arrived for classes in 2010 wearing American flag T-shirts on Cinco de Mayo.

10/18/2013

Just weeks after the death of a Philadelphia schoolgirl and amid mounting pressure from school advocates and civil rights groups, Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett announced he would release $45 million in funding that he’d been withholding from the beleaguered Philadelphia School District.

10/18/2013

With the release of the School Performance Profiles nearly two weeks ago, the state has a new accountability system, but it appears the same schools are as the top of the rankings and the same schools are at the bottom as under the old system.

10/18/2013

Amid protests from hundreds of bus drivers and aides, the Miami-Dade School Board voted down a controversial proposed transportation outsourcing study, citing as their reason that the district already knows its transportation costs—down to $69 million from about $83 million three years ago—are less than Duval County’s privatized services.

10/18/2013

Candidates vying for school board seats on the state's most watched school districts—Denver Public Schools and in Douglas County—have attracted nearly $900,000 in donations, according to the first round of campaign finance reports.

10/18/2013

The Durham Board of Ed will hold a special meeting next week to discuss Superintendent Eric Becoats’ spending on a school district-issued credit card. Records show Becoats spent more than $20,000 on the credit card from July 2012 to June 2013 for out-of-state conferences, meals with colleagues, travel expenses and more.

10/18/2013

After a five-month search, the board of ed voted 5-3 to appoint Salvatore Goncalves, principal of Bloomfield Middle School, to take the reins as superintendent of the 6,100-student district.

10/18/2013

West Baton Rouge Parish School Superintendent David Corona announced that he’s retiring from the school system effective in July, saying it’s time to pass the torch to someone who can “take the district to the next level.”

10/18/2013

At the beginning of the AIDS panic, misinformation about how HIV could and could not be transmitted was the norm and not the exception. As we move into the fourth decade since we discovered that HIV causes AIDS, panic has subsided thanks to accurate education. Unfortunately, some of our schools have fallen woefully short of providing up-to-date training for teachers and administrators—to the detriment of our children.

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