K12 Headlines

3/28/2014

3/28/2014

A Minnesota district has agreed to pay $70,000 to settle a lawsuit filed in 2012 by the American Civil Liberties Union of Minnesota. The suit claimed school officials violated a student's constitutional rights by viewing her Facebook and emails without permission.

3/28/2014

The Boston School Committee has voted to eliminate buses for seventh- and eighth-graders, one of many cuts it approved in a $975 million spending plan for next year. Even though school spending will increase by about 4 percent, it will not be enough to cover rising salaries and other costs, along with a reduction in federal and state aid.

3/28/2014

A split Allentown School Board approved plans to eliminate 100 positions, including 74 teachers. The job cuts are expected to save $5 million at a time when the district faces a $10.6 million deficit.

3/28/2014

The sole finalist to become superintendent of Atlanta Public Schools is Meria Carstarphen, the superintendent of Texas' Austin Independent School District for the past five years.

3/28/2014

Community Charter School in Buffalo has lost its yearlong battle to stay open. A State Supreme Court judge dismissed the lawsuit and ruled in favor of the state Education Department to close the school because of poor student performance.

3/28/2014

A new report released by the Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights shows that excessively punitive policies are being used in the public school system—even against preschoolers. This should shame the nation and force it to re-evaluate the destructive measures that schools are using against their most vulnerable children.

3/27/2014

3/27/2014

Voters in Schenectady approved $70 million in capital improvements in the district to deal with anticipated growth and to renovate aging school buildings. The district is counting on $66.5 million in state building aid and $3.5 million in EXCEL money to cover the full amount of the project.

3/27/2014

Norfolk is teaming with S. B. Ballard Construction Co. to build five new schools for the city within the next four to five years. Three local architectural firms are working with Ballard on the design for the schools.

3/27/2014

In South Carolina, a bill was advanced through the Senate Finance Committee that would allow school districts in all of the state’s 46 counties to ask voters to approve a 1 cent sales tax for building projects.

3/27/2014

Providing disadvantaged students with high-quality teachers does not guarantee their schooling success, but it certainly goes a long way towards increasing the odds that they will do well school, go on to college and lead productive lives.

3/27/2014

Edgenuity is offering new, dual credit general education courses through a partnership with Sophia. The 11 online courses can be taught and led by on-site teachers at a school or district or by Edgenuity’s virtual instructors.

3/27/2014

Tales2Go, a provider of audio books for early childhood programs and primary schools, is partnering with MetaMetrics to add Lexile measures to provide Tales2Go subscribers better search options to find appropriate audio book matches for individual students or grades.

3/27/2014

The Gallaudet University National Science Foundation-funded Science of Learning Center on Visual Language and Visual Learning (VL2) released its second bilingual storybook app for the iPad, The Boy Who Cried Wolf. The app is designed to facilitate language acquisition and reading in young children.

3/27/2014

The New Jersey district passed a $665 million budget for the 2014-2015 school year that will result in a 1.5 percent increase in the tax levy. The tax hike was due to a combination of rising costs in the district and state funding that remained relatively flat.

3/27/2014

Security upgrades in Spokane Public Schools' system call for resource officers to also become police department reserve officers to receive training in case law, patrol procedures, crisis intervention and firearms. The district and police department have drafted a three-year agreement and hope to finalize it in June.

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