K12 Headlines

6/19/2014

6/19/2014

While some of the opposition to Common Core and PARCC is reasonable – no educational strategy can satisfy everyone — much of it is infected with misinformation and politics. First, these are standards, not a curriculum. Decisions on how to attain them — curriculum and school management — will still be made at the district and state level.

6/19/2014

While legislation designed to stamp out bullying may make us feel better inside, such laws by definition encroach upon fundamental freedoms of speech and constitutional requirements that laws not be vague or overly broad. What's more, they may seek to outlaw that which may be beyond the purview of the crimes code: It may be the case that human law is simply no match for the law of nature.

6/19/2014

Lakehurst's board of education approved the use of $500,000 in capital funds and an additional $443,111 in the form of a lease purchase agreement to pay for the school's share of scheduled construction projects.

6/19/2014

Boston plans to eliminate bus service for its junior high school students next year. Instead, over 4,000 children will receive passes to ride public transportation to school. This transportation plan will force some families to choose between their preferred school and their child’s safety. Parents fear their children would risk increased exposure to bullying, harassment, and violence on public transportation.

6/19/2014

Local Baptists, in partnership with the national School Ministries organization, have proposed a new program for the North Carolina county s school system that would offer public school students the chance to be released from class for religious instruction once a month at area churches.

6/19/2014

With scores of unaccompanied children landing in South Florida after streaming this year in unprecedented numbers across the U.S.-Mexican border, the Miami-Dade School Board warned that an influx of needy children could create a financial crisis. Board members agreed to request more money from the federal government to handle what administrators say is a sudden spike of foreign-born children,

6/19/2014

Members of the Maryland county's board of education are considering lifting a ban on cellphones for most students in the district. The policy committee will look at whether to alter the policy to allow for use depending on grade level and instructional use.

6/19/2014

Boulder Valley's school board agreed to ask voters in the fall to approve a $576 million capital construction package. It includes a new $45 million school in Erie, added classroom space to expand preschool and all-day kindergarten programs and repairs and renovations at existing schools.

6/19/2014

Wake County Public School System (WCPSS) in North Carolina will implement Knovation's digital learning resource library, netTrekker, in all K8 schools. As the largest public school district in the state and the sixteenth largest in the country, WCPSS will offer the educator-curated digital content to more than 100,000 students across 137 elementary and middle schools.

6/19/2014

Rourke Educational Media introduced library-bound Spanish collections with science, history and social skills titles targeted for students in kindergarten and elementary and middle schools. The new Spanish series includes titles such as Green Earth Science Discovery Library, History of America, Little World Social Skills and others.

6/19/2014

Dawn Pro Audio announced a new speaker line employing original acoustic waveguide technology. The new Dawn AW4 features four drivers in 3-way configuration and 1000-watt Class D amp. A smaller, battery-powered version, the Dawn AW3, features three drivers in 3-way design and a 40W linear amp.

6/19/2014

Anne Arundel County's school board passed a $1.02 billion operating budget for the 2014-2015 fiscal year that includes teacher raises, a new salary scale and the addition of 75 new teaching positions. In addition, the budget contained $5.3 million for the new Monarch Global Academy.

6/18/2014

6/18/2014

Pitsco Education's latest innovation, the TETRIX PRIME, is a new robotics building system designed to teach various STEM concepts without the construction complexities inherent in other building systems. PRIME is engineered to be simple and intuitive, enabling students to construct and modify robots easily and quickly.

6/18/2014

The Banneker Jamison STEM Academy will rely heavily on the Core Knowledge curriculum, with an emphasis on STEM. If the charter can meet the Denver school board's initial criteria, the school will open in 2015, with another 17 schools the Denver board has approved.

6/18/2014

Curriculum Advantage announced an alliance with Scantron to integrate Curriculum Advantage's Classworks with Scantron Performance Series and Scantron Achievement Series assessment solutions. Classworks will take the assessment data provided on individual students to create customized assignments.

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