K12 Headlines

3/19/2014

3/19/2014

The Forest Park school board accepted the resignation of James Eichmiller, director of instructional technology. Eichmiller, who was hired in May 2013, has accepted a job as tech director for the larger Downers Grove School District 58.

3/19/2014

The Noblesville School District has been awarded a $100,000 grant from the Indiana Department of Education’s Office of eLearning. The money will be used to support the district’s shift to 1-to-1 technology, including iPads for every student in one classroom in each elementary school.

3/19/2014

To give middle and high school teachers and students expanded access to digital educational content, Net Texts announced new enhancements, including a mobile website and a Common Core State Standards search function. The free Net Texts courses can be accessed using any smartphone or media player that has a mobile web browser.

3/19/2014

April 2-4, 2014

New York, N.Y.

3/19/2014

June 28-July 1, 2014

Atlanta, Ga.

3/19/2014

Newark Superintendent Cami Anderson and her team have developed and are prepared to implement a bold plan in 2014 to combat poor performance, underutilized, crumbling schools, administrative and support staff costs and a growing excess pool of teachers and principals, to name a few of the many issues the metro area is facing.

3/19/2014

Districts across the state asked the West Virginia School Building Authority (SBA) for funding for various projects. A total of 19 counties plan to ask for funding, adding up to over $100 million in requests, with the SBA only planning to award about $45 million.

3/19/2014

Midway through Highbridge Green School’s first year, parents and educators are grappling with what parent involvement will look like going forward with daily operations and long-term visions. The middle school's creation was spurred by United Parents of Highbridge, a group that was lobbying New York City to create a middle school.

3/19/2014

Little Kids Rock and Berklee College of Music are partnering with New York City's Department of Education to expand the district’s Modern Band music program to an additional 60,000 students in 600 city schools. The donated services and resources for the "Amp Up NYC" initiative are estimated at $10 million.

3/19/2014

The organization is donating $2.6 million in grant funding to create 850 new seats in what it deems high-performing schools. Building 21, a new district-run high school opening this year, will receive $2 million from the grant in startup cash over four years.

3/19/2014

At the end of the last semester, the Lawrence district took over management of Lawrence Virtual High School from K12 Inc., a private company that had been running the school, after it posted a graduation rate of just 26.3 percent. The move comes as district officials begin to question the effectiveness of virtual schools generally.

3/19/2014

The Orleans Parish School Board and Recovery School District approved a major cooperative agreement that focuses on coordinating and improving services for students with disabilities, severe behavior problems, persistent truancy or criminal histories.

3/19/2014

The Pittsburgh Public Schools have teamed with several organizations to boost attendance by providing both a better environment for kids and incentivizing them to go to school. While elementary school absentee rates have substantially decreased, creating a similar system for middle and high schools students will be more challenging.

3/19/2014

Discovery Education launched a new iPad app for its Science Techbook series. The Techbook app, available for download on the App Store in the U.S. and Canada at no cost, enables educators and students with an active Science Techbook account to access Discovery Education’s digital content.

3/19/2014

The St. Paul board backed a five-year strategic plan the district dubbed Strong Schools, Strong Communities 2.0. The approval came without the intense debate triggered by Superintendent Valeria Silva's original Strong Schools proposal three years ago.

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