K12 Headlines

4/18/2014

4/18/2014

Philadelphia’s District Attorney is asking the school district to provide names and addresses of students who are chronically truant in order to approach the parents to do more. The district has cited the Federal Educational Rights and Privacy Act as the reason preventing them from providing this data.

4/18/2014

Limited education dollars should be used first and foremost in Florida's public schools. Only afterward needs have been met should dollars go for extended choice and opportunities. To rob public schools of needed resources to enrich private schools is tantamount to a cynical self-fulfilling prophecy that ensures public school failure.

4/18/2014

Chocolate milk far outsells white milk in school cafeterias, and when kids are denied the choice of the sugar-laden flavored variety, they buy about 10 percent less milk. They then throw away a lot more of the white milk they do buy without drinking it, according to a new Cornell University study.

4/18/2014

Wake County officials said 600 teachers have quit since the school year began, a 41 percent increase over the same number who had resigned as of this time last year. The county has the largest school system in the state, employing nearly 9,000 teachers.

4/18/2014

The Hoboken School District filed a lawsuit against the Hoboken Dual Language Charter School and the state Department of Education. The lawsuit calls the state's approval in March to expand the charter school and also renew its charter "not valid" because the Department of Education's acting commissioner was not the one who actually made the decision.

4/18/2014

Western New York's Kenmore-Tonawanda School District is exploring consolidating three elementary schools into one single building. The district has seen an enrollment drop by almost 2,000 students in the past 20 years, prompting the board to examine several scenarios and possible school closings.

4/18/2014

WIN Learning and Kuder Inc. are partnering to provide educators and students with advanced capabilities for career guidance and planning. WIN Learning will utilize Kuder Navigator, a comprehensive online education and career planning system, as the foundation of its myStrategic Compass.

4/17/2014

4/17/2014

Follett and MetaMetrics are continuing to partner on education-focused content and reading data to help educators connect students with age and reading level appropriate books, ebooks and digital resources. In addition to other collaborations, Follett is currently integrating MetaMetrics' Lexile measures into its Follett Shelf Classroom Connections.

4/17/2014

A task force proposes using 1 percent of Rhode Island’s 7-percent sales tax to pay for school construction projects in an effort to reduce the state’s reliance on costly bonds.

4/17/2014

The New Jersey Schools Development Authority announced the start of $500 million in funding for some 1,600 projects that have been approved by the state Department of Education at a total cost of more than $1.2 billion. However, the state aid is contingent on voters' approval of the construction projects in 333 districts.

4/17/2014

As part of the proposed Tennessee Promise bill, high school graduates will receive free tuition to a community college or technical school in the state. The plan will take effect in fall 2015, funded by $300 million from the state's lottery fund. The state expects 25,000 students to apply at an estimated cost of $34 million a year.

4/17/2014

A new charter—linked to the Marion County Juvenile Detention Center—is being proposed to give troubled youths a better chance to succeed academically. The Alternatives in Education nonprofit is also proposing the Public Safety Academy charter for students interested in police, firefighting and homeland security careers.

4/17/2014

In the midst of national efforts to promote disciplinary policies that keep children in the classroom, legislation that would limit the length of suspensions for all but the most serious infractions and put an end to disciplinary fines is under consideration in Illinois.

4/17/2014

Many proponents of educational reform believe we should look elsewhere for inspiration as the American system of a traditional nine-month calendar supposedly impedes learning. However, if we changed to year-round school and extended day schedules tomorrow, things would not change—and will not—until we recognize we are all in this business of helping children learn.

4/17/2014

The state’s top school board would be prohibited from approving charter schools in districts rated A, B or C under a bill that won narrow approval in the House Education Committee. The proposal would apply in cases where the school was rejected by the local school board.

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