K12 Headlines

5/30/2014

5/30/2014

InFocus Corporation has addded the 65-inch JTouch model to in its line-up of large-format 1080p, LCD displays that turn notebooks into massive touchscreens. Like the previously released 55-inch and 70-inch JTouch models, the 65-inch device connects to a notebook – PC or Mac – with an HDMI cable, VGA, USB Type-A, or wirelessly via the InFocus LiteShow adapter.

5/30/2014

A divided Jefferson County board hired Daniel McMinimee as the next superintendent of the state's second-largest school district, despite controversy over the hiring process and transparency issues. He currently serves as an assistant superintendent with the Douglas County School District.

5/30/2014

Gloucester County Public Schools has voted to appoint Walter R. Clemons as the district's new superintendent. Clemons, the superintendent of schools for Northampton County, brings with him more than 24 years experience in education.

5/30/2014

The House Appropriations Committee passed an agriculture budget bill that included nearly $21 billion for child nutrition that would allow schools to opt out of White House nutritional guidelines passed in 2012. The guidelines added more fruits and green vegetables to school meals and reduced the amount of salt and fat children consume at schools.

5/30/2014

A New York high school is the latest in the nation to ban backpacks following several bomb threats, and has even taken extra steps, including sealing up students' lockers. Students at Wantagh High School are being forced to carry their books and belongings in plastic bags and submit to searches when entering the building. But the sealing up of lockers is taking school security to a new level.

5/30/2014

Allegations have been made against a Manhattan private school that teaches children with special needs. Many public school students get reimbursed to go the Churchill School but, according to a new report, the school billed the state for money that it didn’t deserve. The state comptroller’s office said that the school bilked the state for more than $3-million in improper and outrageous expenses.

5/30/2014

Oklahoma City is implementing additional security measures as part of a $600,000 overall security initiative split between the Oklahoma City police and public schools. The plan calls for eight additional School Resource Officers from the Oklahoma City Police Department to patrol the city's 55 elementary schools.

5/30/2014

Vermont scored a "D" in the Champlain College Center for Financial Literacy's 2013 financial literacy report card. The Vermont Financial Literacy Task Force is currently working on a comprehensive report that will serve as the state's financial literacy action plan.

5/30/2014

Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA) will be launching its Summer Brain Gain program in 1,000 Boys & Girls Clubs nationwide. Designed to prevent summer learning loss and foster critical creative-thinking skills, the program's curriculum will also be available for free to all BGCAs across the country.

5/30/2014

Though superficially appealing, using test scores to evaluate teachers will create more problems than it will solve. Excellent teachers will be erroneously labeled as incompetent, while poor teachers may get a pass. Students will not benefit.

5/30/2014

As lawmakers work to hammer out a spending plan that maintains the meager status quo in Illinois’ struggling public schools, the Illinois House will have a chance to vote in favor of Manar’s school funding reform bill. Without the latter, Illinois schools will continue to find themselves in an uncertain fiscal situation. Students are the ones who will suffer the most.

5/30/2014

The U.S. faces an epidemic of childhood obesity and diabetes. Taxpayers spend $11 billion a year to subsidize school lunches. Congress decided in 2010 that the money ought to go toward healthy meals. Now, however, the rules are under fire from the 10% of school systems that have had trouble implementing them, and from the makers of foods and beverages that don't meet the new standards. 

5/30/2014

The fact is, the 10 lines in the school lunch program bill merely provide a temporary, one-year waiver only for districts that can prove a six-month operating loss. The bill does not pick and choose which nutrition standards school districts must follow. This legislation instead grants the school systems time to comply with the more than 200 policy memorandums that USDA has issued in just the past 20 months.

5/30/2014

The chief financial officer of the Los Angeles County Office of Education was approved to become the San Marino Unified School District’s new superintendent under a four-year contract. Superintendent Loren Kleinrock will retire from his position on June 30.

5/30/2014

The state Education Department has ignored its obligation to ensure that all California students receive a minimum level of instructional time, according to a lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union, Public Counsel and others. The lawsuit contends the lack of quality learning time for these students is in violation of the state Constitution's equal protection guarantee.

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